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*If you like coffee, and have a massive amount of time on your hands, Pristina is the city for you. There are cafes absolutely everywhere, and most of them are packed through the warm season with fashionably-dressed young people, dropping a euro a day to keep themselves amused. Unemployment / underemployment is pervasive throughout Kosovo, and tends to affect people from all walks of life and different levels of education. Which means that dude in the sleeveless tshirt with streaked-blond hair at the table beside you could just as easily be an economist as a farm kid from Kamenicë, so learn to say "Mirëdita" with a passable accent and feel free to start a conversation. What to order? "Macchiato" (espresso with hot milk, similar to the American latte) is the catch-all term for "coffee" throughout Kosovo. Lately, some top-end coffee bars have installed WIFI zones and access to Internet.
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*If you like coffee, and have a massive amount of time on your hands, Pristina is the city for you. There are cafes absolutely everywhere, and most of them are packed through the warm season with fashionably-dressed young people, dropping a euro a day to keep themselves amused. Unemployment / underemployment is pervasive throughout Kosovo, and tends to affect people from all walks of life and different levels of education. Which means that dude in the sleeveless tshirt with streaked-blond hair at the table beside you could just as easily be an economist as a farm kid from Kamenicë, so learn to say "Mirëdita" with a passable accent and feel free to start a conversation. What to order? "Macchiato" (espresso with hot milk, similar to a latte) is the catch-all term for "coffee" throughout Kosovo. Lately, some top-end coffee bars have installed WIFI zones and access to Internet.
  
 
*Privately-owned outdoor swimming pools are springing up around Kosovo, some just outside the city and worth the euro to cool off in the summer.  
 
*Privately-owned outdoor swimming pools are springing up around Kosovo, some just outside the city and worth the euro to cool off in the summer.  
  
*Shopping-wise, Pristina is full of good bargains but low on selection (and if you happen to be a man who wears M shirts or pants, forget about it). Silver is sold in the old quarter and is a pretty good value; Albanians are known throughout the former Yugoslavia as silversmiths.
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*Shopping-wise, Pristina is full of good bargains but low on selection. Silver is sold in the old quarter and is a pretty good value; Albanians are known throughout the former Yugoslavia as silversmiths.
  
 
*Do as the locals do: In Pristina, this means '''korza'''. In the evenings, when it's warm, a large proportion of the population heads out into the streets and promenades, between cafes or in with no particular destination. The objective is to see and be seen, chat with friends, and take in as much fresh air as possible before the horrific winter descends. Note that 53% of Kosovo's population is under the age of 25, so most of the people on the street around dusk are teenagers and people in their early twenties.
 
*Do as the locals do: In Pristina, this means '''korza'''. In the evenings, when it's warm, a large proportion of the population heads out into the streets and promenades, between cafes or in with no particular destination. The objective is to see and be seen, chat with friends, and take in as much fresh air as possible before the horrific winter descends. Note that 53% of Kosovo's population is under the age of 25, so most of the people on the street around dusk are teenagers and people in their early twenties.
  
* Alternately, you can sit at a table in an outdoor cafe and watch the white UN vehicles enter and exit the UNMIK headquarters building. For some reason, it is strangely hypnotic.
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* Alternately, you can sit at a table in an outdoor cafe and watch the white UN vehicles enter and exit the UNMIK headquarters building. For some reason, it can be strangely hypnotic.
  
* Stay out late because the streets are safe and Albanians love Foreigners. Also go out to bars and such, as they are usually filled but make sure you drink some "Peja" beer (Key word PEJA)
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* Stay out late because the streets are safe and Albanians love foreigners. Also go out to bars and cafes, as they are usually filled but make sure you drink some "Peja" beer (Key word PEJA)
  
* For clubs there are Fullhouse and Duplex in Pristina which are right near the newborn sign. Good for dancing, usually play American hip-hop.
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* For clubs there are Fullhouse and Duplex in Pristina which are right near the newborn sign. Good for dancing, usually play American hip-hop.
  
*<do name="Spray Club" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sprayclub.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Not the first but definitely the best night club in Prishtina. Spray has established itself as an international brand in the music’s cultural horizons, in the past 5 years some of the industries leading producers and dj’s have had the chance to perform at Spray club. The venue has a capacity of approximately 1,500 pp or 1,000 square meters. The building has a unique architectural shape. Indoor, with minimalistic exterior design, and a modern entertaining look, and outdoor with the shape that reminds you of a castle. A must when in Prishtina! </do>
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*<do name="Spray Club" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sprayclub.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Not the first but definitely the best night club in Prishtina. Spray has established itself as an international brand in the music’s cultural horizons, in the past 5 years some of the industries leading producers and dj’s have had the chance to perform at Spray club. The venue has a capacity of approximately 1,500 people or 1,000 square metres. The building has a unique architectural shape. Indoor, with minimalistic exterior design, and a modern entertaining look, and outdoor with the shape that reminds you of a castle.</do>
  
 
*<do name="ODA Theatre" alt="" address="Pallati i Rinisë 111" directions="next to City Stadium" phone="038 246 555" url="http://www.teatrioda.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Theatre venue with variety of cultural and artistic events, including theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, International Jazz Festival in November and many more.</do>
 
*<do name="ODA Theatre" alt="" address="Pallati i Rinisë 111" directions="next to City Stadium" phone="038 246 555" url="http://www.teatrioda.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Theatre venue with variety of cultural and artistic events, including theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, International Jazz Festival in November and many more.</do>
*<do name="People watching" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Being the poorest country in Europe, Kosovans struggle to afford nights out and meals in restaurants. Instead, they get dressed up in their best clothes and walk up and down the main drag. Join them, or if you prefer, grab a beer or coffee in an outdoor cafe and watch them go by.  </do>
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*<do name="People watching" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Being the poorest country in Europe, Kosovans struggle to afford nights out and meals in restaurants. Instead, they get dressed up in their best clothes and walk up and down the main street. Join them, or if you prefer, grab a beer or coffee in an outdoor cafe and watch them go by.  </do>
  
 
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Pristina (Albanian: Prishtinë or Prishtina; Serbian: Приштина Priština) [1] is the capital city of Kosovo.

Talk

The main language you will hear in the street is Albanian. English is widely spoken in the 3 square kilometre space in the centre of town where internationals and those working for international organizations predominate; the further you go from the centre, the less likely you will be to find English widely spoken. However, most people from Pristina, especially young people speak at least a little English so can more than likely get by. Navigating around the city is easy - the city centre is small and walkable (watch out for crazy drivers who often hop sidewalks and plow through intersections) and people are generally receptive to efforts to communicate in broken Albanian and English. Serbian is Kosovo's other official language, but it is seldom heard on the streets in the capital. You should be able to speak Serbian in some government offices, but should be cautious about how you speak it in public, except in Serbian areas, where you should be careful of speaking in Albanian. German is easily the next most widely spoken language. Ties between the Kosovo Albanian diaspora in Germany and Switzerland and Kosovo are very strong; many older Kosovo Albanians have worked there as guest workers in the past.

Get in

By plane

The easiest way to get to Pristina is by plane. There are direct flights to Pristina International Airport (IATA: PRN) [2] from London, Zurich, Geneva, Gothenburg, Copenhagen [3], Vienna, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Bremen, Verona, Ljubljana, Budapest, Tirana, Istanbul and Oslo. There are low-budget flights to Pristina from Liege, Belgium and with Easyjet from Switzerland. There are cheap connecting flights via Tirana and Ljubljana, but also from most of German airports. UAE-based Air Arabia flies twice a week from Sharjah, connecting Pristina to the Middle East.


If you arrive at Pristina airport - small, haphazard but recently modernized and efficient in a Balkan kind of way - you should get from the plane to the outside world within 15 minutes. The city itself is about 25 minutes away by car. The many taxi drivers outside the airport will quote you €25-30 for the trip but will happily be haggled down to €20. If you call a local taxi dispatch agency beforehand, a driver can be waiting for you for €15 (plus the price of the phone call). If you pretend to be waiting for a lift from someone else they'll compete with each other down as far as 5 Euros, but it hardly seems fair.

By bus

From Albania, there are several daily direct bus connections to Pristina, from Tirana (€ 15), and Durres (€ 16). In Tirana the bus office and stop is right behind the Hotel Internation. As of Dec 2011, there are two busses daily, at 06:00 and 15:00, and a ride takes approximately 6 hrs. There is no formal bus station in Tirana.

There are also direct bus links from most cities in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.

(As of 15th July 2012) From Podgorica in Montenegro there is a daily night bus at 9:30PM that runs via Peja and arrives in Pristina at 5AM - €16.

There is one bus every night that runs from Pristhina to Ulcinj, Montenegro with stops in Peja, Prodgorica and Bari. The buses leave at 7PM from both Pristhina and Ulcinj. The trip is €20 round trip and take 9 hours.

From Skopje in Macedonia there are 8 buses per day at 10 past the hour. It is supposed to take 1.5 hours, but we took 3 hours due to traffic! It costs only 320 MKD (just over €5)

The Prishtina bus station is quite a safe place to await sunrise (I was there on a Sunday morning).

From Serbia there are several direct buses from Belgrade (6 hours, 1 day bus & 2 night busses), run by Kosovo Albanian companies, cost less than €20, stops depending on the route in Niš or Kruševac. Adio Turs run two buses daily from the main bus station in Niš at 9:30 and 18:00. A one-way ticket costs 870 dinars. Ask for the bus to Gračanica (a Serb-majority town near Prishtina) and ask the bus driver to stop at Prishtina (otherwise, the bus will go straight past!). There are twice daily mini-buses from Niš, they cost 600 dinars (about $10) and the guys at Niš Hostel (http://www.hostelnis.rs/) will help you get in contact with organizers, even if you aren't sleeping there, as it is necessary to book in advance (information dates from October 2009). If entering direct from Serbia, be aware that you need to leave by the same way that you came in so that you get Serbian entry/exit stamps (see note under Kosovo).

There is also a bus service from Sarajevo (via Novi Pazar; Buy ticket to Novi Pazar on 10PM bus, the bus continues to Prishtina, tickets available onboard,i.e. the ticket Novi Pazar-Prishtina have to be bought on the bus, but after Novi Pazar; it is not possible to buy the ticket Novi Pazar-Prishtina on the bus Sarajevo-Novi Pazar, although it is the same bus that then continues to Prishtina); so from Sarajevo to Novi Pazar you buy the ticket for that trip (15 euro one way and 22 euros return - return has to be within a month)and after Novi Pazar you buy the ticket to Kosovo (7euros to Prishtina one way). You arrive in Novi Pazar at around 5.30. At 5.45 there is one bus that heads towards Skopje (Macedonia)with stops in Mitrovica and Prishtina as well as sometimes along the road (7/8 Euros is the ticket to Prishtina - the bus will stop on the road outside of the main bus station). It passes at the EULEX patrolled border post in North Kosovo, which might be quicker and more preferable. At 6.am there is a bus from Benko tours that leaves Novi Pazar direction Kosovo (final destination is Prizren). The bus used to pass through North Kosovo (only Serbian border post) - there are no security issues,even after July 25,2011, but when there is heavy snow the bus will not be able to the trip. In that case, you have to do the alternative route (if the weather permits) over Rozaje pass in Montenegro and Pec/Peja - bus to Rozaje from Novi Pazar at 9.30a.m. (4,50€) and then with taxi to Peja/Pec bus station (taxi will cost around 30 euros), in Peja/Pec every 20 minutes buses to Pristina (4€). Overall the trip Sarajevo-Novi Pazar-Prishtina over Mitrovica lasts around 11 hours and costs around €22 (one way - return is a bit cheaper.) The bus should be in Prishtina around 9 a.m. and continues to Prizren. Advantage of passing through North Kosovo (non Eulex border) is that you enter Kosovo via Serbia, which might save you trouble if you exit Kosovo via Serbia. Whether this is important very much depends on the political climate and on the agreements between Belgrade and Prishtina. Alternatively,if you pass through Montenegro,you can ask Kosovo police not to stamp the Kosovo entry stamp in the passport as you have to exit via Serbia. Even better,though,is if you use your passport for Kosovo (which is necessary), and your ID card for exiting Kosovo through Serbia(for instance, Italian ID is sufficient to enter Serbia)

By train

There are trains which travel from Macedonia and Serbia to Pristina. These take long to get there. See Kosovo#By train

Get around

  • City buses are the preferred method of local travel. They run on set routes and cost next to nothing. It is usual to pay when you get in so try to have some change. Minibuses were replaced by city bus since Oct. 1st 2006. For detailed maps and timetables, visit [4]
  • Taxis are readily available but more expensive. Make sure your driver has a meter in his vehicle. No trip around the centre or from the centre to Dragodan / Arberia, Valenia, Sunny Hill, etc. should cost more than 2-3 €.

The roads in Pristina (and in general throughout Kosovo) are pretty bad, but the government is doing a lot in improving that. A lot of times you will be stuck in traffic due to road repairs. This is a result of a number of factors such as: they were never especially good, Yugoslav tank treads and UCK mortars fired at those tanks did nothing to help the situation, and NATO sealed the deal in '99 with its stealth bombings and armoured convoys. Since then, UNMIK and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG, Kosovo's nascent government) have simply not had the money to invest in infrastructure. Two or three of the main roads that make up the major road network have been repaved. Some roads have have disintegrated to the point that they are pretty much just dirt and gravel.

See

UNMIK Headquarters
  • No visit to Pristina is complete without a walking tour. To see the city from street-level is best: start off in the Dardania neighborhood, in front of the three-storey portrait of Bill Clinton, and stroll past the university to the Grand Hotel and UNMIK. Follow Nena Tereze street towards the Skenderbeg monument and the new Government Building, then point yourself toward the historic mosques and meander through the tight lanes of the old quarter. You will see street market stalls, kids hawking cigarettes and phone cards, qebabtores and cafes, and the vibrant community life of Kosovo's biggest city. If you have more time, it's also worthwhile wandering up into Dragodan / Arberia or Velania (especially City Park, also referred to as "the Italian park," and the park dedicated to now-deceased President Ibrahim Rugova).
  • Pristina is a brown and sprawling city, with none of the historic charm of Prizren or the imposing mountain backdrop of Pejë. But there are outposts of green, the biggest and best of which is Gërmia Park. During the summer, the lake-sized swimming pool here is a hot spot for families and young people, but year-round the park itself offers grassy spaces to relax or kick the ball around, and a network of mine-cleared trails through the dense woods perfect for dog-walking or drunken hide-and-seek tournaments. A couple of restaurants at the top of the park have good food and nice views. Also interesting to check out the cluster-bombed police bunker, just up the road from the best restaurant.
  • It may be "interesting" for some visitors to see the offices of the major international organizations in Kosovo. UNMIK's compound in the centre of town is tough to penetrate without an UNMIK card, but you spending a half-hour in Phoenix bar just outside the fence will provide you with a basic idea of what's going on in there. A more worthwhile destination is the OSCE headquarters on Luan Haradinaj; if you can get yourself inside, the view from the restaurant on the ninth floor is excellent.
Library of the University of Pristina
  • A couple minute's walk from the Grand Hotel Pristina is the library of the University of Pristina. It looks like it is constructed of massive concrete Lego bricks and then covered with chain mail. It is certainly worth a look.
  • Lately Pristina is rebuilding, and some of the city roads now are new! But you still must be on the look out for large potholes!
  • The museum is free, and even better than its collection is the building itself.
  • Don't miss the Pristina Ethnographic museum tucked back in the old town streets about 5 minutes walk from the main museum. Beautiful house, costumes and traditional tools.
  • Check out the mosques on Nazim Gafurri Street. Jashar Pasha Mosque (near the clock tower) is currently being restored, and is closed to the public [2010], however the work that is visible on the exterior is beautifully executed in calming blues.

Do

  • If you like coffee, and have a massive amount of time on your hands, Pristina is the city for you. There are cafes absolutely everywhere, and most of them are packed through the warm season with fashionably-dressed young people, dropping a euro a day to keep themselves amused. Unemployment / underemployment is pervasive throughout Kosovo, and tends to affect people from all walks of life and different levels of education. Which means that dude in the sleeveless tshirt with streaked-blond hair at the table beside you could just as easily be an economist as a farm kid from Kamenicë, so learn to say "Mirëdita" with a passable accent and feel free to start a conversation. What to order? "Macchiato" (espresso with hot milk, similar to a latte) is the catch-all term for "coffee" throughout Kosovo. Lately, some top-end coffee bars have installed WIFI zones and access to Internet.
  • Privately-owned outdoor swimming pools are springing up around Kosovo, some just outside the city and worth the euro to cool off in the summer.
  • Shopping-wise, Pristina is full of good bargains but low on selection. Silver is sold in the old quarter and is a pretty good value; Albanians are known throughout the former Yugoslavia as silversmiths.
  • Do as the locals do: In Pristina, this means korza. In the evenings, when it's warm, a large proportion of the population heads out into the streets and promenades, between cafes or in with no particular destination. The objective is to see and be seen, chat with friends, and take in as much fresh air as possible before the horrific winter descends. Note that 53% of Kosovo's population is under the age of 25, so most of the people on the street around dusk are teenagers and people in their early twenties.
  • Alternately, you can sit at a table in an outdoor cafe and watch the white UN vehicles enter and exit the UNMIK headquarters building. For some reason, it can be strangely hypnotic.
  • Stay out late because the streets are safe and Albanians love foreigners. Also go out to bars and cafes, as they are usually filled but make sure you drink some "Peja" beer (Key word PEJA)
  • For clubs there are Fullhouse and Duplex in Pristina which are right near the newborn sign. Good for dancing, usually play American hip-hop.
  • Spray Club, [5]. Not the first but definitely the best night club in Prishtina. Spray has established itself as an international brand in the music’s cultural horizons, in the past 5 years some of the industries leading producers and dj’s have had the chance to perform at Spray club. The venue has a capacity of approximately 1,500 people or 1,000 square metres. The building has a unique architectural shape. Indoor, with minimalistic exterior design, and a modern entertaining look, and outdoor with the shape that reminds you of a castle.
  • ODA Theatre, Pallati i Rinisë 111 (next to City Stadium), 038 246 555, [6]. Theatre venue with variety of cultural and artistic events, including theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, International Jazz Festival in November and many more.
  • People watching. Being the poorest country in Europe, Kosovans struggle to afford nights out and meals in restaurants. Instead, they get dressed up in their best clothes and walk up and down the main street. Join them, or if you prefer, grab a beer or coffee in an outdoor cafe and watch them go by.

Buy

  • The outdoor bookstalls adjacent to the Grand Hotel are a good place to pick up your copy of the Code of Lekë Dukagjini. Or a map of Pristina that most likely has names for all the streets no one has ever heard of.
  • Also on the streets: CDs and DVDs that are cheap, and more likely than not, illegal. The In Your Pocket guide recommends a few places to buy these.

Eat

There are a variety of restaurants with something for everyone's taste.

  • Ben-af - very good food/meals at reasonable prices, self-service, downtown location. Recommended by local taxi drivers!
  • Home restaurant and bar, right beside OSCE, for a lively atmosphere and variety of delicious food.One of the best restaurants in Kosova.Serves Medterranian,Italian and Kosovar food. Visitors come from many international staff of the surrounding offices, embassys and national ministries. Local actors and well known singers. Very good selected music, English speaking staff and very good wines.Adress.Luan haradinaj(on front of EUROKOHA)300 m from Grand Hotel or Hotel Prishtina and just 200m from Diamond Hotel Contact; 044 336 336, 038 22 40 41 home@prishtinanet.com
  • Pjata, Rruga Dubrovniku nr.1 (a block away from the UNICEF office), ++381 38 220 739 (), [7]. WiFi connection for free and good food. The only con is that you will think not to be in Kosovo.
  • Pinocchio, in the Dragodan / Arberia neighbourhood, which has excellent food and a warm atmosphere, as well as a panoramic view of Pristina below. For lunch, hit Te Komiteti on Qamil Hoxha street and have the gazpacho and chicken sandwich.
  • As far as views go, however, you cannot beat Chalet Denis (up Dragodan hill from the bridge, toward Film City / KFOR). Friendly service and the best banana splits in Pristina, presented in a Swiss chalet-style atmosphere.
  • For quick snacks, Aroma near Strip Depo and the ABC Kino and Metro across from the Grand Hotel have terrific sandwiches; the highly over-rated and over-priced Thai restaurant near UNMIK is nevertheless conveniently located; Restaurant Rio near Gërmia Park is the best bet for fish-fanciers; and the duelling South Asian restaurants located in the mall on UCK St. (one Indian, one Nepali) are both great for a long, quiet dinner.
  • Il Passatore is an authentic Italian restaurant, run by a real mama and her family. Go there in a taxi as it's a bit hard to find, but all the cabbies know it.
  • The Lounge, (Opposite RTK building, Mother Theresa street). Smart and upmarket bar/restaurant. Food is very good. Offers a mixture of international and local cuisine.
  • Tiffany Pizza, directly behind Home, with an eerily simliar layout, features perhaps the best pizza in Pristina. The spinach pizza is highly recommended, as is the special Raki, all the way from Mitrovica. Another good pizza place is Margarita, opposite of main Police building, wide menu including fresh summer salads and tasty pastas are at your disposal. Home pizza "Margarita" is highly recommended.
  • XIX Restaurant, Luan Haradinaj 2 (Center, Police Avenue), 038 248 002, [8]. 07:00 to 24:00. Located in the center of Prishtina between EULEX (ex-Unmik) and OSCE. Menu is composed from Italian and National (Kosovar) specialites. Restaurant Xix also offer delivery services. Free wireless internet available. (038 248 002 ; 044 300 002 ; 049 300 002)
  • Not to be missed: Panevino, Pellumbi, Pishat.
  • If you are interested in trying some Albanian food (with possibly the best bread in the world), then head to Pilat restaurant, not difficult to find, but it's probably best to ask someone to point you in the right direction. Seriously delicious local food. Gets very busy at lunchtimes with Kosovan politicians.
  • Fast Food Places and great food: Sarajeva sells Burek (5 locations), Aurora (across RTK tower), Sarajevo (banjallucki qebab) also close to RTK and one behind the old Post Office.
  • Lai Thai, Film City NATO base. If you have access to the base, find the Lai Thai restaurant. It is owned by the lady that has a restaurant with the same name in Kabul. The Thai food is excellent.
  • Pi Shat - this is a traditional Albanian restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere located in the Dragodan neighbourhood. If you are unfamiliar with Albanian food, just ask the waiters to put together a platter for you - you'll end up with a delicious range of grilled meats. A meal for two here comes to around 30€.

Every taxi driver knows the location of most major restaurants frequented by internationals. Try a traditional qebabtore (you can find one anywhere), or a Turkish doner shop (best ones around the corner from Payton Place, near UNDP) for a real taste of the local food and great value. If you are a foreigner you may have to do a fair bit of pointing to order, but it should be worth it.

  • Himalayan Gorkha, at Qafa Galery, TMK Street. Fine Asian restaurant. Pineapple lassi or Masala tea is a great non-alcoholic drink if you don't like beer, vodka or the local drink (Rakhi rrussi). For starters there is chicken pakora which is nice fried chicken which tastes exactly like Kentuky Fried Chicken or vegetable pakora. Best thing about this restaurant is you can have both spicy and non spicy items. For main course there is Chicken Tikka with Roti or Naan. They also have Chicken Biyani, Vegetable Biriyani and Butter chicken.If you are fond of Chinese you can have Chicken fried rice and Veg Fried Rice. Meal for two will not cost more than €10 to 15 with drinks.
  • Restaurant Ex, on Fehmi Agani. Friendly, English-speaking staff, varied menu including curry.
  • Amadeus. Another restaurant in the Dragodan neighborhood. Serves pizza and other western dishes.
  • City Bakery, Nena Tereze 41 (Center of Prishtina), 045 785 785, [9]. If you want to try traditional food of Kosovo, try City Bakery.
  • Rron Restaurant, Veternik - Prishtinë (On Route Rat towards Gjilane, top of the hill before turn for Swebat. Right turn immediately after sign.), 044 347-777; 044 141-215, [10]. Rron Restaurant is actually just outside the Pristina city limits on the way to Gracanica. Hidden behind an under-construction building for the past couple of years, Rron is a treasure that is popular with local and international politicians as well as the normal guests. The bar area is quite impressive with vaulted ceilings and shelves lined with all different kinds of alcohol all the way up. The far end of the restaurant has a plate-glass wall that looks out into the garden seating area which is lovely during the summer. There is a small playground for children outside on the far end of the garden which can make summer meals a bit loud at time when there are groups of children running around.


Drink

Cafes and bars are especially crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Clubs open up and close down on an almost seasonal basis, but there are some reliable standouts, and neighbourhoods where something good is bound to present itself. In cafes, a good cup of coffee can be bought for under €1.

  • For live music and atmosphere, Ahër (Barn) on the university campus just behind the library is unputdownable. The building was recently refurbished in a post-and-beam all-wood style, which creates the impression that you are partying inside a longhouse. The crowd is mostly Kosovar,and on the prowl, also Hard Rock Bar on the so-called township "Pejton" or at 3 Sheshirat, plays the best rock & hard music in town, with a good prices and an atmosphere is on the house. Not to be missed.Try also Kontra, Zebra and for Jazz 212 in Peyton.
  • Internationals gravitate to Zanzibar, near the ABC Kino cinema, and Strip Depo down the street from there. Places around the OSCE, like the Little Cafe and Outback, are also popular. For the ultimate foreigner experience, down a pint at Phoenix Bar on a Saturday night with the folks from UNMIK, but be warned: if the idea of drinking and dancing with fourtysomething long-term single expats in a downscale Yorkshire pub doesn't appeal, this is not the place for you.
  • Toto & Morena are favoured by young Kosovars, nice decor. Also near the ABC cinema.
  • Hot cafe districts include the strip down from OSCE near Tiffany's (especially Kaqa), the area at the beginning of Luan Haradinaj street across from KTA, and the student hangouts on Bill Clinton in Dardania.


Sleep

Accommodation can be very expensive in Pristina, as everything is tailored for internationals on expense accounts and hefty per diems. If you look around you should be able to find fliers offering accommodation. If you can find these place(s), go there as the cost is usually €10-15 per night.

Budget

  • Velania Guesthouse (The Professor's Guesthouse), [11]. Free laundry service, free cable TV in every room and 24-hour free internet access. Reception is open 24/7. (Taxi from the bus station shouldn't be more than €5.) €13-30.
  • Hostel Pristina (hostel.pristina@gmail.com), 16 Musine Kokalari (From Bus station take Bill Clinton street and come on main square where is new church, take a right turn and cross Ben-af Super market and take first right street, second left and second right.), +38649187791. checkin: Any time; checkout: 11:00 AM. Free pickup from bus station for the group of 3+ person with minimum stay of 2 nights, washing machines, cable TV, Wi-Fi in whole building. All rooms are with shared bathroom. Breakfast included €8-12 per person per night.
  • Hajde Hostel, Ismail Dumoshi 40, +37744945015, [12]. breakfast, WiFi and extremely friendly owners, detailed map of Pristina showing best places to visit, homemade book of top 10 must-see's in Kosovo, laundry service and private room available. €12-€12.50.

Mid-range

  • Hotel Afa, Ali Kelmendi Nr. 15, +381 38/225 226 (+381 38/225 226, ), [13]. checkout: 12:00. Free Internet and a cheap restaurant. €45 to €75 singles, €75 to €112 doubles.
  • Hotel Aldi, Cagllavica nr. 303, +381 38 54 88 02 (), [14]. checkin: after 12AM; checkout: 12AM. Fresh, modern family-run hotel. Situated only 2 km from the centre, perfect choice for travelers and business people. €25 to €35 for single rooms and €45 to €55 for double rooms.
  • Hotel Begolli, (off Mother Thereza Street), (), [15]. An exceptionally clean family-owned boutique hotel with five fully furnished self contained apartments and eleven rooms. Apartments have kitchens and well appointed amenities and one suite has a full sized jacuzzi spa. Some other rooms have private jacuzzis or three beds for families. €30-80.
  • Hotel Princi i Arberit, +381-38-244244, [16]. Modern hotel some 4 km from the centre. Its distance from the centre means it is often empty, with a risk that the restaurant may be closed and the heating switched off. Internet is available. €40.
  • Hotel Sara, Maliq Pash Gjinolli St (in the heart of the bazaar), +381 38 23 62 03, [17]. Rooms for one to three people and renovated albeit very simple. Clean and basic, this hotel features lurid red and green corridors, a handful of satellite television channels, a few rooms with small jacuzzis and a garage for two cars. Singles €30, doubles €40, triples €60, apartments €60, suite €99.
  • Hotel Victory, Mother Teresa, p.n., +381 (0/38) 543 277 (+381 (0/38) 543 267, fax: +381 (0/38) 543 286), [18]. On the southern side of the city, about 15 minutes walk from the centre. A friendly and upmarket hotel. Rooms have air conditioning and wireless internet works well throughout. Excellent breakfast with lots of fresh fruit and pastries. Dinner in the restaurant - about €10 for a meal with drinks. €80.

Splurge

  • Grand Hotel Pristina Unio Commerce, [19]. A state company during the Communist era and in the process of privatization, The Grand Hotel has not been substantially renovated yet—and as such the place is very worn and rightfully mocked for its ironic name. Dangerous electrical connections, and substandard bathrooms especially require attention. The hotel offers seven halls for every kind of activities, wireless and cable internet, business center, and cable TV.
  • Hotel Sirius [20]. Centrally located and offering a luxurious top-floor restaurant providing unique city views. Rooms are supremely decorated and equipped with air-conditioning, an LCD TV, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Wake-up service can be arranged. Private bathroom provides a shower and hairdryer.
  • Hotel Prishtina [21]. Just two or three blocks from the UNMIK headquarters, very close to most places of interest. The Hotel Pristina is used by many international workers, including UN workers and members of the international police. It is very clean, has comfortable rooms, offers free internet access (including wifi), and the price of the room includes breakfast.
  • Hotel Ora[22]. Hotel ORA is one of most frequented and renowned hotels in Kosovo. With the long tradition which is a combination of Kosovo tradition, modern service and maximum care for the guests, Hotel Ora is most preferred address of international guests but for locals as well. Beginning in 90s as restaurant Ora and since after the war as a hotel, Ora has welcomed many guests, beginning from the deceased President of Kosovo Ibrahim Rugova, statesmen from all the world, beginning from Bill Clinton to continue with current vice president Joseph Biden, former EU representative for foreign policy, Javier Solana, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner, his Russian colleague Sergej Lavrov and well known European and American politicians. Laying in the city centre, near central local and international institutions of Kosovo, with its calm, discretion and adaption for the guests, with a professional staff.
  • Hotel Baci is comparable to Hotel Pristina and is close to a couple of the more important transportation hubs (i.e. bus station, taxi roundabout, intersection to other towns in Kosova etc.). There's also a decent restaurant downstairs and free Internet in the lobby. Besides this, Hotel Baci offers to its clients free laundry, free fitness and sauna. Breakfast is included in the price, there is 24/7 electricity and water.
  • Hotel Ambassador [23] near the Swiss Liaison Office in the Velania neighbourhood is also up to the standards of a discerning visitor.
  • Hotel Dion, [24]. In centre close to UNMIK headquarters.

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Embassies

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Get out

A day trip to Prizren can be interesting. Buses depart from the bus terminal or you could hire a taxi for the day.


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