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This is a wonderful preserved Ottoman house in the old part of Pristina. If you haven’t been here yet, you should go! It is very interesting and there are English translations describing each of the exhibits.
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 (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 Baklava dark red awning on your left. It is right on the corner. Turn left down the street directly after Sultan. When you reach the T in the road, turn right. The ethnological museum is on the right side of the road after a parking lot. It is set back from the road.
Kolonat is Mediterranean fast food, as it says on its sign. The golden arches of the K and the candy apple red color scheme may remind you of McDonald’s, but it is not the same. The set up of the restaurant and menu is quite similar, but the food tastes unique to Kolonat. Here is the menu (click to enlarge):
There is indoor and outdoor seating, and there is an indoor play place for the kids. They have kids meals with little toys as well. The drive through is open! There is one window. If you don’t see anyone around when you drive up, try honking your horn and someone will come to the window and take your order.
Price: $ of $$$
Location: Right before Albi Mall, next to the gas station
Map: Click here
On the top floor of Albi Mall, right next to the food court, there is Funland! This indoor playground for kids is the best one of its kind in Pristina. There are ball pits, slides, trampolines, rocking chairs, and other fun things. There are two sides, one for kids above three and one for the little guys. The equipment is new-looking, clean, and well maintained. There are some coin-operated ride on machines around as well, though many bear the out of order sign (“nuk punon.”) You can leave the kids there with the Funland babysitter, or you can kick off your shoes and play with your children. It can get crowded on the weekends, but during the week, it is a fun and easy trip. Very good fun for a rainy or too-hot day!
Price: 1.50 euro per hour
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 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. You are going to have to loop around and get on the highway going in the opposite direction. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right to go under the highway. Take a left onto the ramp getting back on the highway. Keep your eyes peeled as you pass the gas station on your right. As soon as you are able, take the right hand turn and then another right into the Albi Mall parking lot. Go to the top floor for Funland.
Or: Hail a cab. Prices are about 3 euro one way from Pristina.