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Tirana, Albania: Fantastic Food & Drink Guide

Best Restaurants Tirana is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.

I travel to eat and drink. And when I do, I do so in large quantities. For upscale dining, variety of food and value, Tirana is near the top of my list (Cape Town being the decided front runner). With only two nights in town, I couldn’t eat everywhere but I certainly tried. Here are the highlights:

1. Best Experience: Mullixhiu Restaurant Tirana

Here’s an excerpt from that post: This could be one of those posts peppered with overused travel expressions like ‘off the beaten path’, ‘the local experience’, ‘authentic’, and my least favorite, ‘wanderlust’ (see Are You a Naive Traveler?). This experience won’t make me use softer words in future posts, but it is the type of experience that reminds me why I travel and why winging it is still the way to do it (see How to Book Trinidad’s Carnival Last Second for Free*). 

And here are some photos to back up my claim:

a bowl of food with food on it a plate of food on a table

TPOL’s TIP: The address is: Shëtitorja Lasgush Poradeci Hyrja e Parkut tek Diga e Liqenit Artificial Tirana, 1019

2. Best Binge: Salt: My first night in Tirana I went to Salt where, according to the menu, World Peace Begins in the kitchen. I didn’t know what to order so I ordered everything.
a sign on a buildinga room with a table and chairs and a tree with bottles on the walla wall with shelves of liquor and a treea bar with shelves of liquor and a person behind ita ladder and shelves with bottles and rocksa salt and pepper shakers on a table a menu of a restaurant a glass of beer and a basket of bread a plate of oysters and lemons on a table a oysters on a plate a glass of pink liquid next to a shell a plate of sushi on a table a close up of food a steak and french fries on a black surface a plate of french fries a dirty plate with food crumbs and a fork

a paper with numbers and a price

How much does everything cost? 5080 lek which is $44. The Stella, at $3.45, was the only pricey item.

TPOL’s TIP: Salt is located on Rruga Pjetër Bogdani, Tiranë 1001, Albania, a street with many restaurants and bars.

a plate of food with a shell and shrimp
Best restaurants Tirana

3. Best Bill: On day two, I went to il Gusto for lunch. Perfect, incomparable, spoiled, fit for a king – all appropriate words to describe this experience. I have some practice picking out fish (see Burgers & Seafood: Sanya Dining Guide), but I have never been to a restaurant where the fish was de-boned in front of me. Much like someone putting cream cheese on my bagel, this was an indulgence that I rather enjoyed.
a sign with a red circle on it a fish on ice in a display case a group of fish on ice a plate of food on a table a man opening a bottle of wine a wine bottle and wine glass on a table a bowl of food on a table a plate of food on ice a person pouring a wine into a glass a plate of food on a tablea plate of food with rice and vegetables a man in a black apron cutting food a plate of food and wine on a table a fish head on a plate

I’ve also had my fair share of fine cigars (see Guns & Butter: New Orleans Travel Guide (Binge Edition)) and I routinely have a Gran Marnier and espresso, but never in such a fancy presentation.
a cigar and lighter on a table a person pouring liquid into a glass a cup of coffee and a cigar on a tablea receipt on a leather walletAll of this cost $80.

TPOL’s TIP: il Gusto is located at Rruga Kajo Karafili, Tirana 1001, Albania and is perfect for lunch.

4. Best Gelato: There are gelato places all over Tirana. I picked a random one and can attest that it is much better than the rip-off gelato of the world’s biggest tourist trap, also known as the Amalfi Coast.

a large ice cream cone statue a trays of ice cream

5. Best Drinks: Kino: It may be misleading to say that Kino has the best drinks since I didn’t go anywhere else. However, I’ll go with it because the drinks were top-notch, and I don’t want to mess up the theme.
a book on a table a group of people sitting at tables outside a building a glass of liquid and a book on a table a glass of red liquid with a celery plant on top

TPOL’s TIP: Like Salt, Kino is also located on Pjeter Bogdani.

6. Best Atmosphere: Walk around the Salt District. There’s a bar, restaurant, cafe, or all of the above to suit your taste.

a group of people sitting outside a restaurant


When the voters picked Tirana for where I would move next, I doubt many of them had any idea where it was or how great a city it is. Even if you aren’t looking to call Tirana your new home, I highly suggest staying there for a few days and having a few meals.

Best Restaurants Tirana is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.


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