Passage Lounge, Tirana

Passage Lounge, Tirana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 7 June 2015 Passages Cafe (Rr Lidhja e Prizrenit and Rr Janos Hunyadi – map)     Passage Lounge, Tirana   Tucked away on the kind of alley you only find when you are running late and trying to make up time, Passage lounge is on an island of buildings squeezed between one-way streets and only big enough for a cafe, a butcher and a corner market. I’ve passed this spot several[…]

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Komiteti, Tirana

Komiteti, Tirana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Tirana) Sunday, 17 May 2015 Komiteti (Rr. Fatmir Haxhiu and Rr. Papa Gjon Pali II – map) Komiteti, Kafe-Muzeum This little gem of a café is in a tiny street across from the Pyramid’s back door. The café doubles as a museum of knickknacks that represent Albania’s past. Old rotary phones, a gas mask converted to a lamp, jackets and caps from communist era soldiers, as well as traditional carved-wood plates and[…]

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The Tea Room in Tirana, Albania

The Tea Room, Tirana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Monday, 11 May 2015 The Tea Room (Boulevardi Gjergj Fashti – map and facebook page) The Tea Room No name better suited an establishment – everything about this shop speaks to the traditional image of tea. The walls are covered in a light-colored floral-patterned wall paper. A large round table near the doors displays an assortment of the sweet edibles traditionally associated with a tea ritual. Rather than brave the almost-formal interior[…]

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The Rooms, Tirana

The Rooms, Tirana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Saturday, 9 May 2015 The Rooms (Sami Frasheri and Ismail Qemali – map)   The Rooms A cleaned-up, dance cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ ever-popular thrift shop plays outside of this Blloku Cafe. The Rooms occupies a small sidewalk nook shaded by the leafy trees that line Rr. Sami Frasheri. I’ve passed this café many times in my to-and-froing through Tirana. Each time I pass, the temptation to enter the warm,[…]

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Woodstok, Tirana

Woodstok, Tirana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Monday 20 April 2015 Woodstok (Rr Bilal Golemi and Rr Dervish Bej Mitrovica map) Hidden in an obscure backstreet just far enough from the bustle of Blloku to keep it from achieving true fame Woodstok is one of the most unique coffee shops in Tirana. It is a beautiful day, but I’ve enjoyed the outdoor seating before and today I want to take in the full feel and vibe of the coffee[…]

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Cappuccino at Ginger in Tirana, Albania

Ginger, Tirana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 29 March 2015 Ginger, Tirana (Rruga Gjin Bue Shpata – map)   The this colorful Bar Cafe advertises itself as a “Social Club.” Funky pipe lighting and a yellow and turquoise design scheme give the place a funky, fun vibe. I wonder if the owners misplaced it by accident – if maybe it belongs in The Block, just two streets over instead of by Dinamo Stadium. As I walk up the[…]

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Kruja is one of the four castles of Tirana

Albania: Castles of Tirana

Castles of Tirana Tirana’s importance in Albanian history is a relatively recent affair. Officially established in 1614 when Sulejman Pasha Bargjini built a hamam and some shops, the town remained small and relatively insignificant until 1920 when Albania’s founding fathers decided that the little town right at the center of geographic Albania should be the new nation’s capital. Before that, Tirana was a small community made important only by the wealthy agricultural families who farmed[…]

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