On the highway to Durres there are some department stores where you can find international brands like Mango etc. you can take a free bus in Scanderbeg square going there every 15 minutes. the names of the stores are QTU, Casa Italia, City Park.
Clothes from Italy and Greece
The main street for clothes, shoes etc is Myslym Shyri str., most of the products coming from Italy and Greece. You can find other smaller boutiques in the Bllok area.
Some brand shops like the Beneton, Sergio Tacchini, are around Durresi str.
As for other stuff, like ceramics, you will find some very good ones located at Shallvare buildings.
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dont remember, sorry :(: Handmade figured plates
I think the souvenir shop is on the Kavajes Street.
What to buy: I bought figured plates by a local artist. Souvenir of Tirana wasnt attractive to me because Im from Istanbul and those souvenirs of Tirana is quite familiar to me. Ottoman style souvenirs coffee pots, tea sets, Ottoman daggers, clothes etc could be attractive for many people but not for a guy from Istanbul :( Anyway those plates are nice and decorative. Im happy to find them. Also locals describe a shop which was very famous for its Albanian dolls in the city center but it was closed during my stay...
Shops of jewelry
There are an lot of gold shops in Tirana and really cheaper than in other countris in Europe. The shops are more in the road from the Center of the city to the train station. To walk on that road it takes 15 minutes.
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Adrion: Souvenir and Books
Across from the mosque, at the edge of the square, is the Opera House, a complex dedicated to art and culture. Inside, you will find a theatre, an art gallery and the national library. Just inside the entrance is the Adrion bookshop, the country’s most comprehensive bookshop.
What to buy: There you can find novels and other publications in different languages, books about the country and guidebooks to make your visit to Tirana a bit easier. Adrion also has the best selection of souvenirs and gifts to be found in the country.
Sheraton Hotel Shopping Center: Mall Attached to the Sheraton
Attached to the Sheraton Hotel there is a shopping mall where one can find a limited grocery store, three small restaurants, Lori Cafe, one men's clothing store and a cellular phone shop. This shopping center is not particularly impressive, but if you are staying at the Sheraton it proves to be somewhat convenient.
What to buy: I would only reccomend shopping at the grocery store, as the other shops in this particular mall seem to be over priced when compared with other similar stores in Tirana.
International bookstore: Books!
I was surprised to see the store with such great choice of literature, especially in English. There are many books in English about Albanian culture, history, customs and traditions, cuisine etc.
Easily spotted the Galeria inside the European Trade Centre (ETC) building is a four storey shopping mall like any you'd see in similarly sized cities across Europe. It also has banks, ATMs, and cafes with great views of the city.
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