8 Brew-tiful Cafés & Coworking Coffee Shops In Tirana

Albania is ranks at the top of the list for the number of coffee shops per capita, with 654 cafés per 100,000 resident.

One of the first things you’ll notice upon arriving in Tirana is the profusion of coffee shops throughout the city. It’s more than just one at every corner, you might spot two or even three on one tiny alley. Funny enough, every single one of them is charming in its own way, roasting its very own unique ambiance through magnetizing décor and services. Some cater to dessert lovers, some brew along to retro vibes while others follow their own franchise practices like Mon Cheri and Sophie Caffe & Snacks.

Albanian’s coffee culture truly began in 1540 when the land was under Ottoman Empire rule. Governor of Yemen, Ozdemir Pasa, first discovered a particular black fluid. After he presented this elixir to Suleiman the Magnificent, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire shared it with the elites that rapidly commercialized the new drink within society.

Today, coffee has evolved into a bonding experience between coworkers, students, family and friends. It is an essence of the Albanian community, whoever invites someone for coffee, the inviter picks up the bill.

You’ll find numerous cafés especially in the trendy Blloku neighborhood, and most of them are coffee shops during the day then transform into bars for the evening crowd. Since Tirana is grounded by its prevalent coffee culture, here are some of the most authentic ones in the city. Trust me, each is undeniably brew-tiful. Don’t forget to bring your laptop or a good book!

Noor Coffee & Fine Food

Rruga Abdi Toptani, Tiranë, Albania

Noor is an adorable coffee shop and eatery near the Tirana Castle. It’s a delightful stop for great snacks, paninis and aromatic coffee. Noor is stylish with an open garden by the sidewalk, making it an ideal spot to be in the city mix and people watch. The café also features an enchanting veranda and a rooftop for a bird’s-eye street view. 

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City Art

Rruga Mustafa Matohiti, Tiranë, Albania

City Art is a superb place for digital nomads to work on the computer during the day. It’s also a tapas bar, so for those wanting to grub on something yummy, this coffee shop also serves up savory sushi rolls. The interior design exudes an industrial mood, it’s a great escape from other institutions in the city that typically emanate a vintage ambiance.

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Çoko

Rruga Pjetër Bogdani Nr 7, Tiranë 1010, Albania

It’s hard walking by Çoko and not at least peak inside at what all the fuss is about. The chatters from its outdoor terrace invites any streetwalker’s curiosity, just like my own. Situated in the heart of Blloku and next to the popular Colonial Cocktails Academy and Salt Rest, Çoko is a great spot for co-working and typing away on the computer. Better yet, its brunch menu is undeniably divine: Eggs Benedict, Grandma’s Fried Dough Balls, French Toasts…just to name a few salivating dishes.

Small Tirana

Rruga Pjetër Bogdani, Tiranë 1001, Albania

Good things do come in small packages. Small is a decorative café attracting locals looking for another cozy spot to sip on exquisite cocktails alongside retro décor. The coffee shop stops serving cups of joe after 7 p.m., during after hours, you can enjoy anything from a nice glass of wine to a fruity alcoholic drink. A few months after Small was launched, the eight-table tiny gem was already a hype in a city always ready for a new, fun opening.

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Novelle Vague Tirana

Rruga Pjetër Bogdani, Tiranë, Albania