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Cafes, lazy afternoons, books, captivating smell of freshly ground coffee – who doesn’t love that? I’m crazy about cafes, I like visiting places where the coffee drinking culture is developed and cafes are as interesting as museums. Before I visited Kosovo, I had read somewhere that the Kosovian macchiato is equally as good as the Italian one and I decided to check that myself. For the sake of research and reliability, I went to dozens of cafes in Kosovo and can now say – coffee in Kosovo is THE BEST. And so are their cafes.
What are the six best cafes in Pristina?
I would never have thought I would be recommending a restaurant/cafe that is number one on Trip Advisor in Pristina. But I am – Liburnia rocks. I knew I had to go there after I saw its interior on another travel blog. The restaurant is somewhat hidden in one of the little alleys near the centre of Pristina. When you enter, the first thing you see is overwhelming greenery. Bushes, flowers, leaves, little trees took over this place completely. The second thing you’ll see are wooden furniture and antiques. Besides tasty food, awesome coffee, it also has very friendly staff.
Rr. Meto Bajraktari, Pristina
Soma Book Station
I bumped into this place by incident while trying to locate another cafe. It’s a type of a cafe that attracts intellectuals, students, artists, and journalists. It’s interior is spacious and the walls are filled with wooden bookshelves. On the bookshelves you will find examples of classical and modern literature in English, Albanian and Serbian. If you feel like reading something else, Soma also has a whole array of magazines about politics, society, and art, especially the Kosovo 2.0. What is more, the staff is also very friendly and helpful. I reached Soma at a point where I was feeling quite bad because of my allergy and they were super patient and caring with bringing me unlimited amounts of cold water until I got better. All the photos for Soma were taken with my old analogue Zenit. 🙂
4/A Fazli Grajqevci
There are two places called “Han” in Pristina and both are located close to each other. One is a hostel, the other one is this cafe. What I liked about Han is a spacious and colourful patio with cute chairs, greenery, and pleasant shade. I didn’t spend much time inside this cafe, since the weather was so nice that I preferred to say outside, but I caught a glimpse of its design. It’s rather modern and minimalistic. It has a different atmosphere when compared to, e.g., Soma. Since it’s also less crowded, it’s a perfect place to work. If you want to find Han, take a turn left from the Mother Theresa boulevard at the height of the Swiss Diamond Hotel. It’s so colourful it can’t be missed.
Fehmi Agani, Pristina
If it hadn’t been for the people I got to know in Pristina, I would have never found this place. It’s not one cafe, but it’s a whole neighbourhood filled with cafes and pubs where Pristinians head for after work. Although it’s pretty close to one of the biggest and most central streets, the Bill Clinton Boulevard, it’s not visible from the main street until you enter an unwelcoming gate. Once you enter, you feel as if you were in a micro-city. It’s lively, filled with music, and you can easily slip from drinking coffee into drinking beer.
The White Tree
It’s actually a hostel, but their common area is available to everyone. They serve really tasty lunches and the patio has comfy couches and lots of tables where you can work. In the middle, there’s the famous white tree and the whole area is nicely furnished. I loved spending my mornings there. 🙂
This cafe has a reputation for attracting individuals, students, journalists, but to be honest, I didn’t feel that while being there. Maybe it’s because of the time of the day (early afternoon), it was just a pleasant cafe with a nice patio. Similar to Soma, it also has books and it’s possible to work there. However, they have one annoying thing – no one comes to the table, so if you want to order something, you need to go to the bar and later fetch your own food and drinks. If you don’t mind that, it can be a really nice cafe for an afternoon with friends.
There was one more cafe which I remembered, but not for its coffee, nor for its food. I remember it because it had the weirdest bathroom ever. When I entered it, I was close to being afraid to do what I wanted knowing this lady is watching me from behind!
If you ever happen to be in Pristina, be sure to give those cafes a go and I am sure you’ll have great time there. Staff in every place I visited spoke really good English, wifi is easily accessible everywhere and it’s not the speed that makes you annoyed, but normal quick Internet enabling you to work on your stuff. Also, what was a nice surprise, in each of those places you’ll get tap water in any amount you want without any additional cost. Each coffee also goes with a big glass of water (maybe except for ice coffee or coffees mixed with some whipped cream etc., but if you go for the dark, traditional coffee, water is always included).
Which one could be your favourite one?
To read more about Kosovo, check out the mini Kosovo travel guide.
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