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.

Vila Gërmia

Price: Expensive

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: Kosovo
Telephone: (038) 517 741


Price: Expensive

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, Kosovo
Telephone: (038) 602 099


Price: Expensive

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, Kosovo
Telephone: (038) 244 040


Price: Moderate

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, Kosovo
Telephone: 377 044 393 111


Price: Moderate

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, Kosovo
Telephone: (038) 245 333

Te Shabani

Price: Cheap

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

Address: Kosovo
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