When visiting Priština, the first thing you need to do is set aside any presumptions or negative stereotypes that you may have about the tumultuous Balkan region. While the effects of war on Kosovo are visible throughout the city, this only makes the destination all the more unique and fascinating for any culture vulture or history buff. The capital of Kosovo, Priština is Europe’s youngest capital and much like a teenager ready to leave home, it’s a city that’s ready to shake off the weight of its past and propel itself into the future. A mishmash of gastronomical delights, artistic endeavours and architectural feats, the city is the perfect starting point for a Balkan adventure or for an unconventional city break.
With mainstream tourists only just starting to come to Priština, the city’s hotels have been primarily designed to cater to business travellers and foreign officials. Recently renovated and ready to receive international guests visiting the city for pleasure rather than business, The Emerald Hotel is widely known as the best hotel in Priština and is an ideal location from which to discover the city. Modern, comfortable and convenient, the hotel is situated just outside the city centre and the large comfortable beds are perfect for laying your head down after a long day of exploring. The hotel’s staff are friendly, helpful and on hand with any recommendations or tips you may request throughout your stay here.
Off the main road Fehmi Agani, tucked away behind a bush with no signage whatsoever is Tiffany. A welcoming, intimate restaurant offering quality fresh food that strikes a balance between traditional and contemporary cuisine, Tiffany will treat you to the dazzling flavours of the city. With its simple and modest interior, the food is the real focus here. If the weather permits, request a seat on the terrace to soak in some of the local atmosphere. Be prepared to trust the experts – the restaurant does not offer any menus so let the waiters take the wheel and introduce your palate to spectacularly flavourful local dishes like the stuffed peppers, sujuk and tave gore.
Renaissance: A special family-run unmarked restaurant serving delicious mezze, meat courses and spiced vegetables. There are no menus here so be prepared to put your trust in the chefs.
Country House: 7km north of the city, this restaurant offers delicious traditional fare and spectacular views from the terrace.
Pinocchio: A trendy rooftop restaurant specialising in delicious local cuisine with an Italian twist.
With something going on almost every night in the city, Priština is an up-and-coming destination for club seekers and night owls around Europe. One of the coolest spots in the city is Hamam Jazz Bar, a favourite of the locals with an amazing atmosphere to enjoy a night of drinking and dancing. Located past the terraces of Kafje E Vogel, the bar is a transformed old cellar and showcases a variety of talented Kosovan musicisans. With the likes of Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa all having their roots in Kosovo, you never know what up-and-coming talent you might stumble upon! Sink into the deep leather couches, explore the impressive cocktail list and sway to the live performances of the night.
Banhof Night Club: A converted train station, this night club is hugely popular with locals and is the best example of how Pristina is quickly becoming one of the Europan hotspots for club-goers.
National Library of Kosovo: The building showcases some of the most fascinating architecture of the region – a must see while in Pristina.
Cave of Gadime and Marsha Waterfalls: Two sights of natural beauty in the region, take a day trip to the ‘Marble Cave’ and cascading waterfalls.
Our full Balkans Travel Guide offers a 10 day itinerary taking you to fascinating historical monuments, unique art galleries, incredible restaurants and so much more to help you discover the best of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro.
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