"Albanian cuisine - "bread, salt and heart” (bukë, kripë dhe zemër)

"Albanian cuisine - "bread, salt and heart”. This proverb expresses perfectly what Albanians are all about.

We are often asked what the Albanian cuisine is like.

What are the traditional dishes? How do they taste?

* These are interesting questions, which can help you learn a lot about the country. It is best to ask the Albanian mothers, who talk about cooking from the bottom of their hearts. They are very familiar with the preparation of traditional dishes.

* Albanian cuisine has been influenced by the history and development of the country over the centuries. Albanian cuisine has its roots in the Mediterranean cuisine.

* Slow-Food restaurants are often seen in Albania. A special focus is placed on the arrangement of the dishes to promote "love at first sight" for the food. The furnishing, as well as the soul that is put into the cooking, reflect the special hospitality and the heart every Albanian has.

* For Albanians, even in the most difficult times, the preparation and eating of food was a "sacred ceremony", where the whole family came together, or a friend was warmly invited as a guest, so you often spoke of "bread, salt and heart" (bukë, kripë dhe zemër). This proverb best expresses what Albanians are all about.

* In every region of Albania, generation after generation, traditional dishes, fragrances and authentic taste blends have been preserved. When you travel from one city to another, you will realize how many nuances each one offers.


Needless to say, the basis of Albanian cuisine is meat and vegetables. Besides, the famous "byrek" (stuffed puff pastry) cannot be ignored, which is offered differently in every corner of the country. For the locals, the quality of the products and the taste has always been important.family_article.jpgAs on a gastronomic journey, we will take you to the north of the country and leave you there to enjoy: "Flia" in Valbona, "Jufka me pule" in Dibra and "Tavën e krapit" in Shkodra. Far apart in taste, but still closely connected, is the southern cuisine, which brings the sea and fresh fish dishes closer together: "Arapashi" in Vlora and the famous "Qifqi" in Gjirokastra.  In the southeast of the country, in Korça and Rehova, we taste at dawn the flavors of "Trahana" and " Petanik". We then stop in Permet to try the famous, diverse "Glikos". At the end of our culinary ride we arrive in Central Albania, where we are offered "Tava e dheut", "Tava e kosit", "Japraket", "Bollokumet", "Qumeshtorit", "Bugaces" or "Revania".
Albanian winegrowers produce and trade successfully not only at home, but also abroad. On an Albanian table, however, Raki and beer are indispensable. 
We hope to have brought the Albanian kitchen a little bit closer. Now we cordially invite you to experience and enjoy them yourself. Discover the unique taste, which you have certainly "never" tasted and from which you will certainly not be disappointed. 



© Elvira Balla & Ecotour Albania

The Six most consumed drinks in Albania

Raki :

This is the traditional Albanian drink and is also the most alcoholic drink consumed in Albania. Raki can be produced by almost every fruit. This drink can be consumed before or after the meals and sometimes even in the morning while having a coffee. The most well-known raki is the one of Skrapari. In certain regions like Korça, Pogradec or Diber the raki from plums is very famous. In the southern regions like Erseke or Leskovik, they produce the raki from berries.



The coffee is very important for Albanians and for their lifestyle. It’s in bars, instead of offices, where lots of deals are closed. Coffee can be also drunk at home. There it is served as Turkish coffee. While in bars the Italian express is the most frequent. It is consumed all day long.





large_glass-of-beer-412029_1280.jpgBeer :

The consumption of beer is also very big in Albania. There are some beers produced in Albania like: Tirana, a blonde beer with a sweet taste, Elbar, and the best of all, Korça, produced in the city with the same name. These beers can be easily found everywhere across the country as well as imported beers.





large_vin.jpgWine :

Whether your choice is white or red, you won’t be disappointed. The best are the merlot and the cabernet, and also some wines produced from local grapes such as the wines of Korça and Shkodra. In villages, it is common that families produce their own wine. Even though, this wine is bitter authenticity lovers will be delighted.




large_boza.jpgBozë :

This drink has 4 ingredients corn and wheat flour, sugar and water. The Albanian Bozë is slightly different from the Turkish, Bulgarian or Macedonian boza.





large_dhalle.jpgDhallë :

 It can be also considered like salty, liquid yogurt. It’s mainly consumed during the summer.

Whether they are drinking raki, wine or beer, usually they make a toast and say “Gezuar”, which means “Cheers”.