Christ the Saviour (Unfinished) Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

A beautiful, unfinished church sits in the field next to the National Library in Pristina.  There is nothing inside of the brick shell and the entrances are obstructed by coiled barbed wire, but the outside is still nice to look at.  The construction of this Serbian Orthodox cathedral was started in 1995, but due to the war, was never completed.

Walking Directions: (To a good vantage point)  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left to go up the hill to the Dragodan steps, just before the Hungarian Embassy.  Go down the steps and cross over the main road (Zagrebi).  When you come to the fork, bear right to go onto Fehmi Agani.  Stay on this road, straight.  Cross over the first big intersection (Luan Haridinaj).  Ma Belle will be on your left.  Continue walking over Nena Tereza Boulevard.  The Swiss Diamond hotel will be on your left.  At the next big intersection, Agima Ramadani, make right onto the road.  In less than 1 km, you will see the big church on your right hand side.  You can walk on the paths through the grass to get a closer look if you like.

Map:  Click here

Furra Shekulli

This bread bakery probably needs no introduction; it is so popular with the embassy community.  The bread is fresh and delicious, it comes in many shapes and sizes, and the prices are fantastic.  You will love, love the fresh chocolate croissants.  There is also cheese burek for sale, meat and cheese mantia, bread-wrapped vishlles (hot dogs), and sour cherry pastries.  There is a little counter if you would like to drink a yogurt and lean to have a quick snack, but typically customers carry out their purchases.

Price:  $ of $$$

Walking Directions:  (~5 mins)  Starting from U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to walk down the hill toward the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  Take a left onto that road, down the hill.  Walk past the Mega Pet Shop.  Furra Shekulli will be on the next corner on your left hand side (intersection of Metush Krasniqi).  It is very close!

 

PanExpert

PanExpert has a cafeteria-style lunch counter with nice, inexpensive sandwiches (50 cents to 1.50 euro).  But much more importantly, there are doughnuts!  And they are very tasty, just as good as any “Dunkin’ Donuts.”

There are a few other menu items and you can buy whole loaves of bread as well.  It looks like they have a good selection, even rye bread.  This is a nice place to go to pick up a quick sandwich for lunch or a dozen (or two) doughnuts.  There are indoor and outdoor tables.

Price: $ of $$$

Walking Directions:  (Corner of Agim Ramadani and Bajram Kelmendi, situated across the street behind the National Theater/Teatri Kombetar) From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left up the hill to get to the Dragodan steps, which will be on your right.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road at the bottom (Zagrebi).  Go straight, following UCK road.  Continue through the square and cross over the main road at the other side (Agim Ramadani), taking a right onto it.  Walk straight on Agim Ramadani; PanExpert will be on your left hand side.

Sultan Pasta & Baklava

This small shop in the old part of the city sells coffees, pasta, and some very delicious baklava.  You can also order beautiful special occasion cakes.  There are a few tables inside and on the sidewalk.  As with many places in Pristina, if you need to say something in English, the helpful staff will find someone to translate.  There is wifi as well; ask a member of the wait staff for the password.

Tel: 044/330-490; 044/661-201

Walking Directions:  (Rr. Nazim Gafurri)  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left up the hill to get to the Dragodan steps, which will be on your right.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road at the bottom (Zagrebi).  Go straight, following UCK road.  Continue through the square and cross over the main road at the other side (Agim Ramadani), straight onto (Haxhi Zeka/Ibrahaim Lutfiu).  Stay straight and the road turns into Nazim Gafurri.  Pass the clock tower on your right.  Keep an eye out for the Sultan dark red awning on your left.  It is right on the corner.

Independence House

Former First Kosovar President Ibrahaim Rugova’s house is open to the public to tour.  It is not big and is pretty modest, but this fact makes a statement about the politician and writer in a positive way.  The house has a wall full of compelling black and white photos and a copy of the Kosovo Declaration of Independence signed in 2008.  The gold seal of the president of Kosovo is laid into the floor.  A knowledgeable English speaking guide is on staff and helpfully explains exhibits and answers questions.  There is a lot of history in Kosovo; this is a good place to go to learn some of it.

Price:  Free

Learn about Ibrahaim Rugova before you go:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Rugova

Directions:  (Walking)  From the U.S. Embassy Bravo Gate, take a left to walk up the hill to the Dragodan Steps.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road (Zagrebi).  Bear right as the road splits onto Fehmi Agani.  Continue a short distance.  Directly after you pass the Croatian Embassy, take a right to walk around behind it.  It looks like it is a parking lot.  You will see flags on flag poles (red-and-black Albanian; blue-and-yellow Kosovar; red-white-and-blue American) on your right hand side.  Go through the iron gate and stone pillars into the small white house.

Korniza Glass and Framing

 

Very reasonable prices for canvas stretching and framing.  The staff speaks German and Albanian, but the framer’s brother speaks English and he will come in and translate if something cannot be understood.  They also have several art pieces on hand if you would like to buy something to go into a frame.  Nice quality work as well.

Walking Directions:  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left up the hill to get to the Dragodan steps, which will be on your right.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road at the bottom (Zagrebi).  Go straight, following UCK road.  Continue through the square and cross over the main road at the other side (Agim Ramadani), straight onto (Ibrahaim Lutfiu).  Pass the bright yellow museum on your right.  The framing shop is just as you are getting into the old part of town, on the corner on your right hand side.

LLalloshi Art Gallery

 

Beautiful, relatively affordable all-original art.  You will find paintings in different media from different areas as well as sculpture pieces made by the gallery owner himself.  The Llalloshi family all seems to be artistic!  On the same street, there is a beauty/nail salon, a couture dress store, and a silver store all owned by the family.  Go to buy or go to look, but go!

You can also get canvasses stretched or custom framed here.  There is a very good selection of beautiful frame options, sold by size.  He also does very nice shadow boxes for things like Albanian costumes or a particularly lovely piece of filigree.

Walking Directions:  From U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a left up the hill to get to the Dragodan steps, which will be on your right.  Descend the steps and cross over the main road at the bottom (Zagrebi).  Go straight, following UCK road.  Continue through the square and cross over the main road at the other side (Agim Ramadani), straight onto (Ibrahaim Lutfiu).  Pass the clock tower on your right, pass the school, and keep an eye out for “Llalloshi Art Gallery” written in white on the glass window on your right hand side.