The most important tip I can give you on Kosovo  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 Kosovo, 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

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Best restaurants to eat at are those that are located in the villages near by big cities; they tend to have the best meat dishes and the best sea food. Trout, seabass and salmon fish are very common and popular and are kept fresh in their pools and are nearly always fried when you order. Prices are pretty average and, for some European countries consider, cheap.

Lots of great burek (baked pastry stuffed with cheese, meat or spinach). Try the drinkable yoghurt (Ayran) – it’s superb. Lots of kebabs and other Ottoman Turkish style food. As far as you are in an Albanian territory, you could try Albanian food as well. Fli, a very good pastry, can be found in different traditional restaurants. At the bakery, you can buy a fantastic loaf of bread for under €1. The grocery stores have a plentiful supply of Western food.

What to Drink in Kosovo

The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18. Beer at Peja is a pretty good brew. It is brewed in Peja (Pec). Peja Premium is a slightly stronger beer from the same brewery but less widely available. Wine is also widely consumed when eating out, some local wine and also Vranac from Montenegro are the most common ones. Even though the Albanians are predominantly of Muslim heritage, drinking is quite liberal. Raki is also another alcoholic beverage in Kosova.

It is made from local fruits (the most common one is from grape) and can be best described as a hard liquor similar to vodka. It can be quite strong so if you have a weak stomach or do not often drink liquor avoid this beverage. Yogurt/Ayran is also a common local drink and is consumed with pastry foods. Boza is also another common sweet drink drank with cakes and pastries. Crème de la Crème, Mujo Ulqinaku (Peyton Neighborhood), ? +38649315783, . 21:00-03:00; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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Crème is probably the best all-round bar in the city. It’s run for the amusement of the young, arty owners and not for profit, which explains the more-than-generous pricing arrangements, especially for the perfectly executed cocktails. Its five tiny floors heave on Fridays and Sundays with Pristina’s cool to the variety of beats. €1-5. The White Tree Terrace (Druni i Bardh’), Mujo Ulqinaku 15 (Peyton Neighborhood, behind Crème de la Crème), ? +38649166777, . 08:00. It’s a beach in the middle of concrete! It’s a very cozy place, a good collection of beers and rakia (local spirit/liquor), very good music and nice urban people. It’s also the terrace of a nice hostel. 23:00.

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