The most important tip I can give you on Montenegro local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Montenegro, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in
Apart from the hotels located in towns and summer resorts offering half-board and full-board accommodation, and those along the roads and communication lines such as restaurants, pizza places, taverns, fast food restaurants and cafes, there is a choice of national restaurants offering traditional Montenegrin cuisine.
In addition to the standard European and Merranean cuisine, Montenegro offers a variety of healthy food products and local specialities. Cold hors-d’oeuvres include the famous njeguki prut (smoked ham) and njeguki cheese, pljevaljski cheese, mushrooms, donuts and dried bleak. The main courses specific for the northern mountainous region are boiled lamb, lamb cooked in milk, cicvara in fresh milk cream (buttered corn porridge), boiled potatoes with cheese and fresh cream.
A selection of traditional recipes of the central and coastal parts will include the kastradina (dried mutton), smoked and fresh carp (from Skadar lake) and a variety of fresh sea fish and seafood dishes. Donuts served with honey and dried figs are traditional desserts in these parts of Montenegro. Products of animal origin are supervised and approved by veterinary and health authorities according to EU standards.
What to Drink in Montenegro
Wine The legal purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18, but there is no legal age for drinking. Montenegrin vineyards and the production of quality wine is part of the tradition of southern and coastal wine makers. The best known Montenegrin wines are the premium whites: “Krsta?”, “Cabernet”, “Chardonnay” and reds: “Vranac”, “Pro Corde”.
All of them are produced by the famous company “Plantae”, but there’s also some home-made wines of high quality, like Crmni?ko wine. 1L bottle of “Vranac” red wine will cost you from 8 to 15 in the bar or restaurant and it is well worth it! Also, you can buy a bottle of “Plantaze”‘s wine for about 2-4 in supermarkets. Brandy The continental region and north are more oriented towards the production of aromatic fruit flavoured brandy (plum brandy – ljivovica, apple brandy – jabukova?a).
Grape brandy “Montenegrin loza”, “Prvijenac”, “Kruna” or home made grape brandy (lozova rakija, lozova?a) is a must-try, and a good choice to “warm up” before going out in the evening. Beer “Niki?ko” beer is the best known beer in the Montenegro, and most common alcoholic beverage, which cost from 0.50 to 2.50. It is produced as a draught beer, or bottled, in both “Nik Gold” and lighter “Nik Cool” variant. The dark variant, “Nik tamno”, is praised among beer lovers. The local word for beer is ‘pivo’, strangely Montenegro also has a river called Piva. Other Other alcoholic drinks can cost anywhere between 1 and 10.
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