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With a mix of heritage dating back to the Illyrians, Tirana is ranked high on my list of the best restaurant scenes around. You wont find the usual fast food giants or array of generic restaurant chains but rather a huge variety of locally owned traditional restaurants serving comfort style food and plenty off it. With a mix of Turkish, Italian & Mediterranean influences merged with Albanian cuisine eating out is an affordable & enjoyable holiday experience. Albanian hospitality is second to none, never would you have seen a more welcoming face as you enter the restaurant. Most often you will be immediately served with loads of extras, drinks, breads and cheese which are consumed with every meal. You will leave both satisfied & socialized. Here are some of my favorites.
Top Tirana Restaurants
Luga e Argjendte Tirana
This restaurant is all about local dishes, local ingredients and promoting healthy eating and locally grown products. Each of the ingredients in the dishes is hand picked from local farmers / artisans and cooked with skill and more importantly, love. It’s a small restaurant that looks more like a deli shop. The shop sells lots of lovely food items such as honey and marmalade but also has 3 tables for dining in. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Vegetarian options available
Uka Farm Tirana
Uka Farm was founded in 1996 by former Minister of Agriculture Rexhep Uka, who started organic cultivation of agricultural products on a small plot of land. The surrounding farm is beautiful and makes the experience feel like an escape from city life.
Guests can enjoy fresh vegetables and locally sourced cheese, meat and quality homemade wine. Great for family dinners, booking are essential +355 67 203 9909
Rustic style restaurant in Tirana offering fine dining, great hospitality and family warmth that honors the tradition and values of Albanian Culture. Featuring homemade pasta, fresh meat, good wine and a great traditional albanian drink (leng thane).
La Voglia Resturant & Pizzeria
If Pizza is your thing then look no further than La Voglia Resturant & Pizzeria. Accompanied by Brushetta, soups, salads, risotto and plenty of Traditonal Albanian dishes.
Along with a beautiful ambiance this restaurant offers a fabulous menu with homemade bread baked in a wood-fired oven every day. They produce their our own extra virgin olive oil, from the finest olives in the Albanian south coast. Meat, cheeses, salamis, vegetables and every product is hand-picked and of the highest quality. they have also perfected the recipes of all the classic pizzas and tested dozens of new ones. Artigiano was the first to introduce in Tirana pizzas with Burrata mozzarella, with Philadelphia and truffle, with Nutella (to die for), and so many others.
Sofra E Ariut Tirana
Traditional restaurant with a breathtaking view of the mountains when you dine outdoors is breathtaking! The menu offers variety with lots of traditional Albania dishes. The décor is mountain chic, with the waiters wandering around in traditional costumes.
The restaurant has a peaceful setting complete with a sloped garden. Situated about 10 mins from the center it is possible to walk if you plan on drinking some traditional Albanian wine or a beer or two.