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Discover the 12 Best Cafés in Tirana

Discover Albania's café culture in 2024! Our guide to Tirana's top coffee spots promises exceptional brews and vibrant atmospheres.

Did you know that Albania ranked third in Europe for its number of cafés in 2023? Yes, it’s true, here you’ll find a café almost every step you take.

However, we know that quantity doesn’t always equal quality, and this rings true in the realm of coffee as well. For this reason, our team at Magic Towns has analysed and picked the best cafés in Tirana, where you can have exceptional coffee in a nice environment.

Let’s discover them together!

1. 505 Café

505 Café

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(5)

“The warm and welcoming atmosphere, combined with the outstanding service, makes this cafe a true haven for coffee enthusiasts and seekers of delightful culinary experiences.”

505 Café is a nice and cosy place for coffee aficionados and dessert lovers alike. As soon as you step into this place, you’ll sense a welcoming atmosphere where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Friendly baristas stand ready to offer their expert advice and recommendations. For an exceptional customer experience, 505 Caffe earns a well-deserved 5-star rating.

2. Balzac Bar Café – Bistro

Balzac Bar Café – Bistro

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.9)

“The menu offers a variety of tasty options, and the food is beautifully presented.”

A lovely little bistro close to the centre, full of good vibes and tasty treats. That’s what you’ll find here! At Balzac, they make the yummiest sandwiches, perfect for a quick bite or a leisurely lunch. And don’t worry if you can’t speak the language, the staff are super friendly and will make sure you get exactly what you want.

Note: Don’t forget to ask about the dish of the day – it’s always a tasty surprise.

3. n’Dritëro

n’Dritëro

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.9)

“The atmosphere is cosy and inviting, with nice music and great prices.”

n’Dritëro is a warm and welcoming small lounge and bookstore, that stands as the literary heritage of Dritëro Agolli, a celebrated Albanian writer. This is exactly one of the main elements that make this spot so special and different from the average coffee shop we’re used to. Under the delightful ownership, every guest is ensured a fantastic visit. Renowned for its delectable coffee during the day, and a diverse selection of beverages in the evening, the atmosphere exudes cosiness, complemented by pleasant music and reasonable prices.

4. Destil Creative Hub

Destil Creative Hub

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟 (4.5)

“The spacious and well-equipped workshop room is perfect for hosting events and workshops. The cafe offers a variety of delicious desserts and signature drinks, along with a cosy and vibrant atmosphere.”

Destil Creative Hub is one of the most popular spots in Tirana. More than a simple café, here they often organise interesting workshops and events you can join. Plus, if you need a quiet place to work, at Destil you’ll also find a co-working space.

And the café? It’s got the yummiest desserts and cool signature drinks, all in a cosy and lively atmosphere.

5. Antigua Specialty Coffee 

Antigua Specialty Coffee

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.6)

“Antigua Specialty Coffee in Tirana is a charming and modern café that offers high-quality coffee and a variety of delicious baked goods.”

Antigua Coffee Shop in Tirana is a lovely spot that’s been buzzing with positive reviews from travellers and locals alike. Situated near Blloku, a famous area in the city, this modern café is a favourite hangout or working spot for many. One of the highlights of Antigua is its exceptional coffee, which is consistently praised for its quality and flavour. And what else truly steals the show are the delectable baked goods on offer. Cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, brownies, there’s something for every sweets lover!

6. Hana Corner Café 

Hana Corner Café

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.8)

“Hana Corner Café in Tirana, Albania is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique and welcoming cafe experience.”

With their yummy cakes and drinks and the inviting atmosphere, Hana is a really cool spot for anyone looking for a relaxed hangout. The staff are super friendly, and the community-focused vibe makes it easy to chat and meet new people. But what really makes Hana stand out is its dedication to creativity and community. They host all sorts of cool events and activities that bring folks together.

7. Coffee 65

Coffee 65

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.6)

“Whether you’re looking for a quick coffee break or a cosy spot to spend the day, Coffee 65 is the perfect destination.”

Remarkable service, coupled with reasonable prices, ensures that every visit is met with satisfaction. Customers frequently commend the hospitable staff for their kindness, politeness, and exceptional assistance. Coffee 65 comes highly recommended for the experience it offers. Whether you seek a quick coffee fix or a just retreat for the day, consider Coffee 65 as a potential destination!

8. Sophie Caffe & Snacks – (Ali Demi)

Sophie Caffe & Snacks – Ali Demi

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.6)

“Sophie Caffe & Snacks is a cosy and welcoming cafe with a warm ambience and efficient service.”

Sophie Caffe & Snacks operates as a chain with several locations scattered across Tirana. This spot has a nice vibe, with a warm ambience and efficient service. The interior is well decorated, with a beautiful ceiling that adds to the overall atmosphere. The staff is friendly and speaks English, making it easy for expats to communicate.

9. Café Botanica

Café Botanica

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.4)

“The menu offers a variety of delicious dishes, including modern Albanian doughnuts served with honey and feta, chicken in pistachio sauce, and a variety of salads.”

Café Botanica, located at “Sheshi Skënderbej” is a very popular spot in Tirana. Decorated with greenery, the interior exudes charm, complemented by an inviting outdoor seating area. Great place to have a coffee, brunch, or even an entire meal. If you’re feeling more than just a coffee, the menu features modern and interesting recipes to choose from. The service is commendable, with attentive English-speaking staff and convenient card payment options.

10. Mon Chéri Coffee Shop

Mon Chéri Coffee Shop

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.7)

“Mon Chéri Coffee Shop in Tirana offers a relaxing atmosphere, great service, and delicious drinks and snacks.”

Mon Chéri Coffee Shop is a popular chain in Tirana that offers a nice ambience to chill with friends or work from your laptop. Highlights include the rich menu with different types of drinks, coffees, and desserts The intimate indoor and outdoor seating areas provide comfort, while the music sets just the right tone for a quiet experience. It’s a favoured destination among expats and tourists, thanks to its prime location and reasonable prices.

11. Mulliri i Vjetër

Mulliri i Vjetër

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.4)

“Mulliri Vjetër – Shallvaret in Tirana is a popular coffee shop among tourists and expats, often referred to as the “Starbucks of Albania.”

Mulliri Vjetër is another chain that has become a popular spot for both natives and tourists in Tirana. With a variety of different coffee types, the establishment offers a commendable variety of beverages and snacks to suit diverse tastes. The atmosphere is inviting, with both indoor and outdoor seating options. Indulgent coffee and dessert selections, notably the pistachio doughnut, leave a lasting impression on clients.

12. The Tea Room

The Tea Room

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4.8)

“The Tea Room in Tirana is a charming and delightful spot for tea lovers. From the moment you step inside, you are transported to a whimsical world, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.”

Now allow us a slight detour from our main focus on coffee shops to introduce ‘The Tea Room’ as a bonus for those who especially appreciate the charm of tea. After all, every tea lover deserves a mention! This place makes you feel like you’re transported to another era, or to a world similar to Alice in Wonderland. Complementing the tea experience, the homemade cheesecake strikes a delicate balance of flavour, without overwhelming sweetness. “The Tea Room” is definitely a must-visit for a unique, cosy and inviting experience in the heart of Tirana.

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