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Restaurants in Pristina

Albanian-Kosovar food is a joyous celebration of fresh produce more than often washed down by ever-present raki (anise-flavoured spirit). The influx of foreign workers has added an international twist and sophistication to dining out in a city overflowing with restaurants and bars.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three price categories:
Expensive (over €35)
Moderate (€15 to €35)
Cheap (up to €15)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one with half a bottle of wine or equivalent. Tipping isn't compulsory though a gratuity of about 10% is appreciated - although not at take-away burek (savoury pastry) or qebaptore (kebab) outlets.




Popular with internationals, this top-of-the-range fine dining experience is just a 10-minute taxi ride from the city centre. Its modern European cuisine served in a contemporary setting adds a twist to fish and meat dishes. Retire post-meal to its plush lounge for Cuban cigars and cocktails.

Address: , Veternik, Pristina,
Telephone: (038) 602 099



Traditional Albanian cuisine is served in this modest yet cosy setting where flavoursome food packs a real punch. Dishes change daily and it can be hard to get a table, so get there early. Besides fresh tasty salads and small-eats such as sarma (dolmades), Tiffany's is renowned for moreish lamb dishes.

Address: , Fehmi Agani, Pristina,
Telephone: (038) 244 040

Vila Gërmia


With its Swiss chalet-style appearance, this is one of Pristina's oldest and most respected restaurants, located in the delightful setting of Gërmia Park. Vila Gërmia offers a wide selection of Balkan dishes and steaks with western-influenced rich sauces. Dishes such as sea bass in garlic sauce and their fresh trout make Vila Gërmia one the city's best fish options. Excellently priced set meal combinations.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: (038) 517 741




A popular flag bearer for Albanian cuisine in the heart of Pristina, Pishat features a cornucopia of grilled meats, brick-oven baked breads, and local dishes such as flia (layered pastry pie) and tave (baked meat in yoghurt). House Mezes (platters) are available for the indecisive with a selection of Kosovar wines on the drinks menu.

Address: , Qamil Hoxha 11, Pristina,
Telephone: (038) 245 333



The irony of eating sushi in a coast-free Balkan state is almost as delicious as the cuisine on offer. Bouts of karaoke do not detract from authentic mixed sushi platters and yakitori chicken alongside familiar offerings of miso soup and maki rolls. Sip Japanese sake from a prodigious menu of cocktails.

Address: , Fehmi Agani, Pristina,
Telephone: 377 044 393 111


Te Shabani


Of the many qebaptores serving beef or lamb kebabs and flat samun breads, this small restaurant/take-away is an insider's tip to one of the best. Price is for a take-away kebab and bread. Corner Iliar Konushevci/Xhemaji

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Guesthouse Velania

Run by a professor, this guest house is a real cheapie in a three-storey building located in Velania's leafy neighbourhood. It exudes a homey ambience. Breakfast not included.

Hotel Ambasador

Small and boutique in size, Hotel Ambasador's contemporary rooms represent one of Pristina's classiest options. Winter chill is kept at bay by indoors saunas and a roaring log fire in the dining room.

Hotel Victory

There's an air of triumphalism about Hotel Victory with its palatial exterior and rooftop Statue of Liberty. Comfortable if chintzy rooms with excellent highway access making it popular with business clientele.

Hotel Afa

Perched on a quiet hillside location with views over the city centre, Afa's large airy rooms are extremely popular with internationals and NGOs. Discounts are available to citizens from countries recognising Kosovo.

Hotel Begolli

Boxy outside appearance with brightly furnished no-thrills rooms. Excellent value for the budget-conscious and close by the old Ottoman quarter and market.

Hotel Luxor

Despite being a few kilometres outside the city centre, the USP of this modest friendly hotel is its close proximity to Pristina's green lungs - the wonderful Gërmia Park.