We struggled to find a place to eat near Korce's bazaar during our day trip to the city in March 2012.
Our Macedonian guide, Goran, ruled out several simple places (such as burek stalls) within the bazaar on grounds of poor hygiene. To be fair, we could see his point; they didn't look particularly appealing.
We left the bazaar and strolled along Bulevardi Fan Noli eyeing up the various eating establishments. A restaurant that was simply called "Burek" caught our eye; we crossed the road to take a look and were disappointed to see that the open grill in the window contained just a couple of pitiful looking kebabs.
A short walk along the boulevard and we found a bright looking place with green "Stela" beer parasols outside. Goran spoke to the waiter and ascertained that they didn't sell food, only drinks.
Our next fruitless stop was "Bar Cafe Agjensia". We sat ourselves down at a table by the window in the upstairs dining room, with great views over the boulevard, before finding that they too weren't serving food. However, the waitress pointed out of the window to a small cafe opposite; a place called Gjiro Elva.
We made our way across the road and found a welcoming cafe. The staff spoke some English and were curious about our visit, even more so when they learnt that we were from England.
A spit of meat was cooking behind the counter and, although we didn't see a menu, I don't think it stretched any further than gyros pittas. That was fine by me; I've grown very fond of gyros pittas during my visits to Greece over the years.
We ordered 3 gyros pittas (150 Lek / £0.90 each):
Wafer thin pork shaved off the spit and stuffed into a folded pitta bread along with french fries, onions, ketchup and mustard. We all enjoyed our snacks.
Goran asked the waitress for tap water and she returned with three glasses of complimentary water. We were unsure whether the tap water was safe to drink, so we left it alone.
Tasty gyros pittas close to Korce's bazaar!
After wandering around the market stalls of Korce's bazaar on a day trip to the city in March 2012, we were ready for a drink. I was particularly keen to sample the local "Korca" beer.
We stumbled across a rather incongruous looking mini shopping mall, Qendra Tregetare Pazari Korce, which was far more modern and salubrious than the surrounding streets of the bazaar.
We ventured inside and found Bar Cafe on the upstairs floor.
Having failed to sample Korca beer at a bar in the town of Pogradec earlier in the day (they only had Macedonian "Skopsko" beer available), I was happy that this place sold the local brew! A cold bottle of Albania's most famous beer cost 120 Lek / £0.70.
Emma had a can of Fanta Exotic (100 Lek / £0.60) and our guide, Goran, had a macchiato coffee (70 Lek / £0.40).
See previous tip
Favorite Dish: We had Xaxiki, same as the Greek Tzatziki for 200 leks
Peshk, (fish), actually a local trout for 600 leks
Kukurec, same as the Greek kokoretsi for 600 leks. : Mutton offal wrapped in intestine, grilled on the spit and cut in slices. It was delicious.
Takror for 1200 leks, a kind of burek. Actually a large tort, cut in pieces that filled two plates ! That was excellent but too much to eat immediately and the nice girl that served us brought a roll of plastic foil and a doggy bag for us ! We kept it for next lunch along the road.
And a bottle of wine for 700 leks
Which made altogether 3300 leks for two persons that we might as well have paid with 23.5 euros (both currencies were on the bill).
Restorant Antonetta is in Boboshticë, 6 km south to Korcë.
The tables are spread on various small terraces along the stream, with water flowing everywhere. It is working mostly in the evening and for lunch, most customers were sitting in the restaurant room, inside the house. We chose to be outside.
Favorite Dish: Next tip (not enough space for the photos !)
Vila Themistokli is on the main road which connect the Orthodox cathedral with the main square in Korche.
It is old fashioned house set in ints own gardens and have very pleasant outdoor seating area , with conservatory for the cold days.
The Restaurant is housed in the old family House of the Albanian revolutionary Germenji Themistokli hence the name.
In the old house there is an memorial house/museum which is open to visit.
Favorite Dish: Best dish I had there, was made by the owner, chicken in beer sauce. I loved it!
We have not been to this restaurant that looked very nice and went to Antonetta (see othe tips). The setting is gorgious ! We will try it another time.