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Few places in Europe have remained off the beaten path as much as the Kosovar first city; fewer yet have been at the heart of a political dispute as agonising in recent history. Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, one of the world's youngest states, boasts a youthful populace to match, and exudes a lust for life that's virtually tangible. Still rough around the edges and with no tourist information offices in sight, Pristina remains uncharted territory, a state of affairs foreseen to change as the city attracts a growing number of visitors.
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Ethnographic Museum

There is no better place to familiarise yourself with Kosovar traditional culture than taking a guided tour of the Ottoman buildings containing the Emin Gjiku Ethnographic Museum. Musical instruments, pieces of clothing and accessories, along with other artefacts, are on display in the museum's stylised interior.
Adresse: Iliaz Agushi, Pristina
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm
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Pristina National Library

The city's most staggering discovery is the brutalist National Library building, a structure so bizarre and seemingly out of place that many are left unsure as to what to make of it. It still is a perfectly functional library, so do drop in to get a good look at what's inside – you might just chance upon an English-language exhibition.
Adresse: Agim Ramadani, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 212 416
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 7am-2pm
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Germia Park

The coveted summertime escape of Germia Park lies just outside Pristina, and covers an impressive 62 square kilometres. Apart from the many hiking trails, its main attraction is the huge open-air swimming pool thoroughly enjoyed by locals. The Villa Germia restaurant on its grounds also has a great reputation.
Adresse: Dr. Shpëtim Robaj, Pristina
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Bill Clinton Statue

The Bill Clinton statue was unveiled by the man himself nearly a decade ago, and has since then remained one of the city's oddball attractions, given especially the idiosyncratic nature of its Communist grey-building backdrop. A kitsch replica of the Statue of Liberty also graced the roof of the now defunct Victory Hotel until rather recently.
Adresse: Bill Clinton Boulevard, Pristina
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Imperial Mosque

The Imperial Mosque (or Sultan Mehmet Fatih Mosque, named after the man who ordered its erection in the mid-15th century) is Pristina's most notable. It still stands today despite the damage done during WWII, and boasts some beautiful indoor art and decoration.
Adresse: Ilir Konushevci, Prisitna
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Newborn Monument

Inaugurated on 17 February 2008, the day when Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, the monument that spells "newborn" embodies the state's "birth" and very real struggle for recognition, still ongoing as of today. Although the monument is well past its glory days, it still holds symbolic importance.
Adresse: Luan Haradinaj, Pristina
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Kosovo National Gallery

The National Gallery of Kosovo showcases pieces of modern art produced by Kosovar/Albanian artists throughout the 20th century till the present day. Exhibitions are held regularly, one of the most notable being the competition for the Muslim Mulliqi Prize.
Adresse: Agim Ramadani 60, Pristina
Åpningstider: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
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Marble Cave

A 20-minute drive south of Pristina lies the natural limestone cave known as the Marble Cave, once accidentally chanced upon by a local resident. Despite the research project now being financed by the EU, the cave remains largely unexplored. The entry fee is very moderate and includes a guided tour.
Adresse: Gadime e Poshtme
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Gracanica Monastery

This functioning monastery isn't much of a developed tourist attraction, but visitors are welcomed by an English-speaking guard and ushered inside the early 14th century Serbian Orthodox monastery (built in place of an even more ancient 6th century basilica). There is a small gift shop selling ecclesiastic paraphernalia and souvenirs.
Adresse: Gračanica, Kosovo
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Ulpiana Archaeological Site

Mentioned in ancient sources as early as the 2nd century AD, the archaeological site of Ulpiana contains remnants of a Roman settlement, all clearly marked and accompanied by information boards. It was a relatively important city, whose territory covered an impressive 120 hectares, one that to-date remains largely under the radar.
Adresse: Lipljan, Kosovo
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Tiffany

Although most produce used to cook Tiffany's traditional fare is, indeed, organic, that isn't to say dining here is exactly a healthy affair: expect oil and lard in generous amounts pumped into the restaurant's specials, with meat taking centre stage over vegetables. It's all part of the authentic experience that draws in both locals and visitors.
Adresse: Fehmi Agani, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 244 040
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9am-10.30pm, Sun 6pm-10.30pm
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Country House

Set in a village a few kilometres north of Pristina, Country House is a restaurant worth taking the trip out of town for. Meals are prepared from scratch, with tava (meat or vegetables roasted with creamy yogurt sauce) and flija (a layered crepe pie) being the doubtless highlights. Seating available outdoors, with views over the idyllic countryside.
Adresse: Bernica E Eperme, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 656 054
Åpningstider: Mon 1pm-11pm, Tue-Sun 10am-11pm
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Liburnia Restaurant

Liburnia goes above and beyond in an effort to forge one of Kosovo's top dining experiences: the atmosphere is very welcoming, staff speak fluent English, but the biggest highlight is the food - its incredible variety, with traditional local and Albanian dishes taking centre stage, some served sizzling in their skillet.
Adresse: Meto Bajraktari, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 891 000
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 12pm-11pm
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El Greco

The centrally located Greek restaurant is one of Pristina's best dining venues, with both dishes and ambience forging an authentic atmosphere of a Greek tavern. Dishes can be paired with drinks and wine straight from Greece. Outdoor seating available in the patio.
Adresse: Meto Bajraktari 10, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 231 550
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 7am-12am, Sun 5pm-12am
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Pishat

The longstanding Balkan restaurant remains well-regarded and popular with locals to-date. Dishes served are sized generously, and the culinary point of focus is Albanian cuisine (meat dishes prevail, but there are a few vegetarian options too). Mind that smoking indoors is allowed.
Adresse: Qamil Hoxha 11, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 245 333
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 7am-12am, Sun 12pm-12am
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Himalayan Gurkha

Here's a little something different on the Pristina dining scene: a restaurant serving pan-Asian dishes, with an emphasis on Indian & Nepalese. Dishes served include staples like chicken tikka, but also relatively rare for this part of the world Nepalese momo dumplings.
Adresse: Uck 17, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 402 265
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
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Home Restaurant & Bar

All but a few will feel at home here, at this longstanding institution listing dishes from all corners of the world on its eclectic menu. Greek, Italian, even Chinese - let alone Kosovar and Albanian specialities - these cuisines are all represented here, and both locals and expats keep the business running.
Adresse: Migjeni, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 336 336
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11.30pm
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Osteria Basilico

Basilico serves reliable Italian, dish classics mixing in with specialities of the house. Prices are steeper than elsewhere in town, but you get what you pay for, and the reception and quality are both worth a bit of a splurge.
Adresse: Fehmi Agani, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 276 276
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm
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De Rada Brasserie

This brasserie's allure is one hard to pull yourself away from, and that, coupled with good value food (Italian-leaning) and wines, makes it hard to leave soon. The place is known to be frequented by the local creme de la creme, so prepare to brush shoulders with Kosovar elites.
Adresse: UCK Street, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 222 622
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 7am-12am
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Soma Book Station

Perhaps the coolest spot in town, Soma Book Station is somewhat of Pristina's hipster headquarters, sitting at the nexus of book cafe, casual restaurant, and steampunk bar-type establishments. It gets very busy during lunch hours (come by if you have time to spare), and the outdoor garden buzzes with life on summer evenings. Food served is a mix of international specialities: tacos, burgers, pasta and risotto.
Adresse: Fazli Grajqevci 4/A, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 748 818
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 8am-1am
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Dit' e Nat'

Translated as "day and night", Dit' e Nat' doubles as a cool daytime book cafe and hip bar/happening venue come sundown. The menu is concise yet nifty, and prices more than reasonable. Seating available in- and outdoors. Live jazz plays in the evenings, and the place often hosts movie screenings and similar events.
Adresse: Fazli Grajqevci, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 742 037
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 8am-12am, Sun 10am-8pm
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Shpija e vjeter

The cafe is a rather popular meeting place for locals looking for a casual meal or an evening glass of draft beer. It serves authentic local fare at reasonable prices, which keeps the flow of patrons steady.
Adresse: Street Qamil Hoxha, Pristina
Telefon: +377 45 840 084
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 7am-12pm
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Miqt Taverna

It's somewhat hard to locate this tavern, but you'll be glad you did: the key is to duck into a small alley underneath the "Anker" sign in Nena Tereza Square. It serves great value, uncomplicated traditional fare, and is cosy enough to easily help while away a few hours.
Adresse: Nena Tereza Square, Pristina
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 8am-12am
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Half & Half

Trendy Half & Half spills out onto the street when weather permits, offering even more patrons the chance to enjoy views of the central square as they sip on a drink of choice. The name refers to the establishment being half cafe and half bar, equally alluring for breakfast and evening drinks.
Adresse: Bulevardi Nënë Tereza, Pristina
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 7.30am-12am
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Prince Coffee House

The variety of coffees served at Prince Coffee House is truly astounding, and taking your pick will certainly be a hold-up, so come ready. There is another branch now at Albi Mall; both serve excellent brews, cakes, and snacks.
Adresse: Sheshi Zahir Pajaziti
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–11pm
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Santea Neighbourhood

After work and on weekends, locals swarm to this neighbourhood, hidden in plain sight behind a gate leading here from Bill Clinton Boulevard. It teems with cafes and bars, patrons slowly relocating from the former to the latter as the night progresses. Music fills the air, and the vibe is jovial.
Adresse: Santea, Pristina
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Rooftop 13

Although the Grand Hotel itself has seen much better days, its top floor is currently occupied by one of the town's swankiest nightlife venues: Rooftop 13. DJs play sets most nights, and guests enjoy a panoramic view of Pristina. Dress smart - most who come here, do.
Adresse: Sheshi Zahir Pajaziti, Pristina
Telefon: +377 45 111 200
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Hamam Jazz Bar

The snazzy jazz bar is an important live music venue for, reportedly, all of the Balkans, let alone just Pristina. Its award-winning interior continues to see an undwindling flow of patrons, and jazz, along with other music genres, still sound off the stage just like they did nearly a decade ago.
Adresse: Hajdar Dushi, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 222 289
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 8pm-2am
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Priview Bar

Another pleasant evening meeting point is the Priview Bar, just outside of central Pristina. There is live music here, too, and entertainment available in the form of billiards. Food is served alongside drinks, and the bar doubles as a cafe during daytime.
Adresse: Ferid Curri, Pristina
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Zone Club

Zone is an expansive affair: it gathers substantial crowds, and might be the city's largest nightlife venue. It alternates between two different locations during the summer and winter seasons. The party here doesn't stop until early morning hours.
Adresse: Industrial Zone, Pristina
Telefon: +377 45 222 284
Åpningstider: Fri & Sat 11pm-6am
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Bazaar

The most obvious choice for an authentic shopping trip is the old Bazaar, packed with lone vendors and stalls selling everything from feta cheese by the bucket to car parts and Kosovar memorabilia. It's worth poking around even if you aren't planning to buy.
Adresse: Rruga Ilir Konusheci, Pristina
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Yllka Brada Atelier

Atelier owner and fashion designer Yllka Brada brought home knowledge gained in France to dress the fellow Kosovar, and opened an atelier of her own in downtown Pristina. She's worked with media and fashion labels, and the final bill is guaranteed to be much lower than elsewhere in western Europe for the quality.
Adresse: Sheshi Zahir Pajaziti 1, Pristina
Telefon: +377 45 410 047
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Grand Store

One of Pristina's two large modern shopping centres, Grand Store is a collection of regional and international brand name shops selling clothing, accessories, and a further variety of relatively standard items. There is a food court with multiple restaurants and cafes.
Adresse: M2, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 602 166
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
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Delvina

For traditional pieces and souvenirs, try Delvina, set at the corner of Bill Clinton Boulevard and Robert Doll Street. There is plenty to browse through, including Albanian folk dress and accessories, bags, belts, a few household items, pottery, and more. Many of the items come from Kosovo's own city of Prizren.
Adresse: Bill Clinton Boulevard, Pristina
Telefon: +377 45 507 701
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Dodo Silver

Silver smithery is a craft with roots in Pristina, and Dodo Silver holds its spot among the well-regarded boutiques of the Kosovar capital. Artisan pieces of intricate silver jewellery are on sale here, from elaborate necklaces and pendants to earrings and bracelets, all at reasonable prices and with gift packaging available.
Adresse: Garibaldi 33, Pristina
Telefon: +383 44 198 789
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
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Dukagjini Bookstore

This beloved local bookstore stocks a wide selection of literature, including English-language fiction, travel guides, books on Kosovo's history and culture, and more. It's a good place to shop for paraphernalia such as post cards, too.
Adresse: Nena Tereza 87, Pristina
Telefon: +381 38 248 143
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
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Art Gallery Llalloshi

With all-original artwork, the Llalloshi Gallery is a cultural attraction as much as a place to shop for unique pieces such as paintings and sculpture. The entire Llalloshi family is actively involved in the art world, and there are a dress and a jewellery shop just around the corner that both belong to the prolific family.
Adresse: Nazim Gafurri 18, Pristina
Telefon: +377 44 124 441
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Albi Shopping Mall

Perhaps, the most popular shopping and entertainment complex in town is Pristina's Albi Shopping Complex, which houses a wide variety of regional and internationally known brand stores. There is a children's playground, along with a cinema, large supermarket, and extensive food court. Parking is free of charge.
Adresse: M2, Pristina
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm
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Passport / Visa

Kosovo can be entered visa-free by citizens of the EU and/or Schengen Agreement member states, as well as citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, and the majority of South American countries. Citizens of some Asian and African countries may need to apply for a visa. Important travel notice: if you are continuing on to Serbia after your stay in Kosovo, make sure your original entry point to Kosovo is through Serbia. This means, entry to Serbia may be refused to travellers transiting through Kosovo who first arrive in Macedonia, Albania, or Montenegro. Check whether or not visa is required for you at:
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Best Time to Visit

Summers can get very hot and winters very cold in Pristina, but temperatures are rarely at their extremes. Even though summers tend to be on the hot side, July through September remain the height of tourist season. For guaranteed pleasant temperatures appropriate for city exploration, aim for June or late September. Those looking to continue on to the slopes of Brezovica may find December through March bring the best skiing conditions, while May through September are good for mountain hiking.
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Pristina International Airport

The Pristina International Airport offers an increasing number of connections to various destinations across Europe. As of 2018, there were no public transport connections between the city and the airport, and the only way to reach Pristina was by taxi or private transfer. When getting a cab, make sure to agree on the price before departure, and enquire about the current rates at your time of travel.
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Public Transport

There is a well-developed bus network that runs through the entire city. Fares are low, and tickets may be purchased directly on board the busses. There are inter-city bus connections within Kosovo and internationally, between Pristina and Belgrade, Novi Pazar (Serbia), Skopje (Macedonia), Tirana (Albania), Podgorica, Ulcinj (Monetengro). Trains run to Kosovo's Peja and Skopje.
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Taxi

There are several taxi companies that operate in Pristina. Most use meters, and have a standard starting fare. If using non-official carriers or non-metered taxis, make sure to agree on a price in advance. Trips within the city limits usually cost no more than a few euros. Some companies that operate in the city include: Victory Taxi +381 38 555 333 London Taxi +377 44 300 300 Beki +377 44 111 555
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Post

The PTK postal company runs a relatively reliable service in Kosovo. Still, some mail has been reported not to arrive due to the sporadic changes to addresses and street names that sometimes occur. To be on the safe side, avoid mailing goods of high value. There are two types of letters: regular and priority, the latter are more expensive but give the sender access to tracking their mail. Private carriers like DHL, UPS, and FedEx also operate in Kosovo. PTK FILATELIA: UÇK p.n, 10000 Pristina Kosovo Tel: +381 38 246 770
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Pharmacy

Barnatore Rruga Gazmend Zajmi 13A, Pristina +381 38 244000 Mon-Sat 8am-9pm Kastrati Pharmacy Enver Maloku, Pristina +386 49 482 390 Open 24/7 American Hospital in Kosovo +381 38 221 661 +386 49 513 513 www.ks.spitaliamerikan.com
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Telephone

Although a country code +383 was finally assigned to Kosovo in 2016, you will find many phone numbers still listed with an international phone code of Monaco (+377), Slovenia (+386) or Serbia (+381). There is even a phone app (developed by Google) designed specifically to automatically convert pre-entered numbers starting with the above mentioned codes into the new +383. All old codes are planned to be replaced by the newly assigned one soon, following the lead of Vala operator already supporting it. IPKO may still use the Slovenian code (+386) in some instances, and Serbian +381 is for landlines. The area code of Pristina is +38.
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Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz Type F two-pin sockets