Eating Out in Gjirokaster
The daily diet of most Albanians includes milk and cheese, vegetables and bread. Meat, eggplants, peppers, olives and tomatoes are frequently part of Albanian dishes. Feta cheese and a coarse white cheese called djathe i bardhe are common. Albanians also eat lots of fruit.
Turkish dishes have influenced Albanian cooking. Shishqebap (shish kebab), romstek (beef patties) and qofte (meatballs) are popular grilled foods. Other popular Albanian foods include bourek or byrek (layers of pastry filled with cheese, meat, or vegetables), pilaf (a dish made with rice and cheese) and faszle (white bean soup). Beef stew and roast meat with sour cream or yogurt are common. A dessert popular in the city of Gjirokaster is hoshaf, which is made with figs.
Breakfast is usually bread and jam with tea and milk and sometimes eggs. The midday meal is the main meal of the day. It usually includes soup, salad, meat, and vegetables. Instead of a sweet dessert, most people will finish the meal with fresh fruit or nuts. However, akullore (ice cream) is popular in summer. In the cities, many people have their evening meal in a restaurant.
Did you know?
A spring near Gjirokaster provides excellent mineral water for drinking. The water is named Glina after the nearest town.
A guest in an Albanian home may be offered Turkish coffee and raki, a clear strong brandy made from grapes. In Kruja, people enjoy boza, a thick drink made with cornmeal, sugar and water. When Albanians gather in coffeehouses or bars, they may toast each other by saying "Gëzuar!"
You can enjoy eating in Korculle or Virua.
Eating places are thin on the ground in Gjirokaster. The Kalemi Restaurant next to Hotel Kalemi is about as cheap and convenient as you will get.
On the hill high above the town is the Tourist Restaurant with a great view but higher prices. Follow the road past the Hotel Kalemi to walk to it in about 20 minutes.
Hotel Kalemi has a European restaurant.