Te Ariu Restaurant & Mini Zoo

What a great place to take the kids on a rainy day or a nice day!  There are bears in a big cage outside.  Other enclosures include ostriches and a few other critters.  There is a big duck pond where kids will happily stand for a long time, tossing in bits of bread.  There is an outdoor playground for nice days and a large indoor playground as well.  Parents can sit at a table in eyesight of the playgrounds and enjoy standard Kosovar fare like shop salads, pizzas, pastas, soups, meats, etc.  There is also a full bar.  Prices are good, very reasonable.  The menu is not translated to English, but it is easy enough to figure out.  Some waiters speak some English, but as always around Pristina, they seem just fine with communicating through pointing and gesturing and you will get your food.  Seems to get very busy on weekend evenings, but a trip during a weekday will reveal plenty of space.

Price:  $$ of $$$

Driving Directions:  (~10 minutes)  Starting at U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to go down the hill and take a right onto the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  At the first circle, go around and take the last option, toward Ferizaj/Viva Fresh/Maxi/Albi Mall.  At the next circle, take the second option to continue straight through the circle (M2/E65).  Stay straight until you pass Albi Mall on the left hand side.  Take the next exit onto the M25-2, toward Gjilian.  Take a left (you will see a sign that says “Te Ariu” and has a bear on it).  Then take a quick right and pull all the way back into their parking lot.

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