Cafe Flora just does ice cream and drinks but its ok, its just off the main square down a main street. a OJ and ice cream cost 300lek.
Mama Rossa is an italian place in the heart of the bars and cafes, around the area of Blloku, RR Ismail Qemali.
Food is pretty good, 1400lek (£8.50) for a salad and a main of escolopes and a beer.
Shamrock is obviously an 'irish' bar with a nice decor inside and i spent afew hours in here to avoid the downpour outside. food is good, service is good. i had club sandwich for 150lek, £1!
tea and crissant, 220 lek, £1.50.
This is a restaurant with a micro-brewery insite, brewing their own craft beers.
The place is huge, there is a restaurant, a pub and a kids graden.
The crafted beers are Helles(blonde), Marzen(red) and Weiss(weizen), probably the best beers in Albania.
The food is Bavarese style and a lot of traditional foods. Live music from Thursday to Saturday.
Very worthy to visit and an unforgetable experience.
Favorite Dish: Mix sausages, spare ribs, pizzas etc.
BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN, FEEL LIKE HOME, GREAT SALADS, BURGERS.
LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF TIRANA EASY TO FIND. JUST GOOGLE IT.
Favorite Dish: BREAKFAST MENU: EGGS BENEDICT, PANCAKES, WAFFLES.
LUNCH MENU: FAJITAS, BURGER, DR.PEPPER.
DINNER: SOUP, SPECIAL OF THE DAY....DELICIOUS......
It seems in Tirana most people sit and drink a small coffee for hours without moving - did I mention they often smoke a pack of cigs with an espresso?!! While this is a lovely pass-time, there is a spot near the student city where you can get takeaway coffee. They even have small paper cups for espresso and larger ones for american coffee...and even their chips come in paper cups! Wonderful for people on the move! Lots of local info as well!
Favorite Dish: I liked a lot of their items, but I am happiest with the takeaway coffee.
The Lonely Planet guide rates this restaurant so highly, that it insists its readers visit it as part of its "Tirana in Two Days" recommendation. It certainly sounds appealing, with "fantastic service" and "tasty Albanian dishes for carnivores and vegetarians alike", all set in the former East German embassy. The only problem that, like many of the Lonely Planet's West Balkans restaurant recommendations, it no longer exists. In fact, judging by the depth of trash and dust gathering outside the embassy, it hasn't been open in years. Unlike my LP guidebook which is dated 2006.
So, to save yourself hours of your holiday wandering around the dark streets of nighttime Tirana looking for this famous restaurant: don't bother.
Update: According to a note left on this page the restaurant has now been re-opened.
A great place, 100 meters from the Tirana Backpacker Hostel...
Information, tourist brochures, fast food, cold & hot drinks....
English spoken, as well as French, Italian, Dutch, Greek & Albanian.
Great chicken wings, hot dogs and fries.
Its a relaxing place, just out of the hastle of the centre...and lots of students passing by!
Also a bulletin board for buying & selling stuff.
If you stay at the Tirana Backpacker Hostel on the Elbasan Road, you MUST visit Kaloj Cafe!!!
Favorite Dish: Chicken wings and beer on thursday and friday!!!
They have great sauces too...and cheap!!
Very good restaurants all around Tirana - and outside it of course. Local recepies, but lots of Italian as well. Personally I must say i have eaten some of the best pasta and pizza in Tirana, instead of Rome or somewhere else italian.
To mention some: Vinum, Artist, King's House, Era, Amour. Look for the "Tirana in your pocket" booklet at the International bookshop in Scanderbeg square and you will find detailed location for all these. Although food is excellent most of the time, prices are still rather cheap compared to EU countries.
Don´t be fooled by the look of this place.
This is not mc donalds.
It´s a fastfood place servind mainly burgers, but they are bigger and better than what you get at mc donalds and they serve beer there so adults come as clients too.
Favorite Dish: I can recommend the skanderburger that is not made on your usual boring bun, but on a proper piece of bread and it´s also a proper piece of meat they use for it.
Lovely surroundings and English-speaking waiters and menus, make this a relaxing choice for dining. They have an extensive list of soups and appealing entrees. The coffee is good.
Favorite Dish: Chicken with spinach and gorgonzola
Located behind a high wall, in an old villa, with relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, this is perhaps the best restaurant in Tirana. Order from the menu or take advantage of the chef's special offerings for that day. There is an extensive wine list. Try the stuffed mushrooms, the polenta, and anything made with salmon!
One of the best restaurants in Tirana, the main course emphasize meats and fish. And while delicious, the appetizers are truly memorable. The menu offers so many that a meal could be made from them alone. Be sure to order the spinach souffle (no eggs) and the beans. The rest is up to you. The Tres Leches is a memorable dessert.
There are dining areas both inside and outside and a small offering of animals that intrigue the children and keep them occupied.
Favorite Dish: In addition to the appetizers, try the piglet or the shish kebab. Portions here are generous
The Casa di Pasta restaurant is found in the Taiwan complex. It has a great selection of pasta dishes, pizzas, meat & salad dishes. There are tables both inside & outside. They give good views of the park & nearby boulevard.
The service at the restaurant was very good. The waiters spoke some english & the menus were in albanian, italian & english. The price I paid for a good size pizza & half litre of foreign lager was 850 lek.
The Opera bar & cafe is found next to the entrance of the opera at the Palace of Culture. The outside tables overlook Skanderbeg Square. It's a great place to sit with a drink both day & night & look out over the bustle of the square.
The restaurant complements a similarly names boutique hotel. There is indoor dining as well as al fresco dining. Food is italian cuisine made modern for some familair fares such as lasagna and traditional for some. Either way, food is great though portions may be much more smaller than comparably similarly priced dining places. Wait staff are attentive and ready to serve though only a few and slightly older ones can understand English
Favorite Dish: Lasagna - rolled into a tower and bathed in a savoury but light sauce
Risotto Fruta di Mer - traditional risotto with tender squid, cute juicy clams and succulent mussels, and full flavored whole shrimp
Rumors has it that expats and visitors congregates at this restaurant. On the night I dined, there was one other non albanian couple seated close to my table. The menu is in English. There are traditional italian choices including pizza and pasta as well as antipasto and side dishes. The menu also included an extensive selection of Albanian food such as qofta, griiled meat, etc. I ordered vegetable risotto and qofta korce or Meatballs cooked on embers ala Korce (Korce is a city in Albania). Both were tasty and came in generous portion. There were 2 flattened juicy meatballs lightly seasoned and sauteed in a tomato and onion combination, flavored with laurel leaves and baked prior to serving. It was filling indeed !