Food Shopping, Skopje
The residents of Skopje seem to snack all the time. Apart from the excellent and relatively inexpensive restuarants (see other tips), there are bakeries and small stalls everywhere selling burek and many other delicious things, both sweet and savoury. Burek is basically a cross between bread and pastry and comes in many shapes, but predominantly round (see photo).
The burek are very inexpensive and are filling - ideal if you are on a tight budget.
For those not familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet, the sign for a burek stall looks like "bUPEK" in roman script.
I did have a picture here but it appears, as I was told by several helpful VTers that it was of a gevrek and not a burek, so I have removed it. May I say that a Gevrek (a round bread affair) is also very tasty. I hope on my next trip to the region to be able to include a picture of a burek, believe me even looking at it will make your mouth water!
You really must try them - no visit to Skopje would be complete without at least one burek!
While there are supermarket chains in Skopje [see next tip] most shopping is done either at openair markets or in specialty stores such as this meat store and fruit/vegetable store.
Outside the supermarket we use in Karpos III there are often individual vendors seeling fresh produce.
These two shops are in the downtown area.
When the Greek supermarket chain, Vero, opened its first store in Skopje everythone though that would be the end of the Macedonian chain, Tinex. Far from it. They are both thriving. This Vero is on the ground floor of the city shopping center.
Bakeshops and theirs products are real custom in Macedonia.
The most popular is BUREK ( a kind of pie filled with cheese , meet , vegetables .....
I'll provide a picture as soon as possible :)
Skopje buys its food fresh from the open air markets throughout the city. The biggest is in the old part of the city, but there is another large one in the new part where I took this picture.