Shopping is always associated with something pleasant, but sometimes it brings not only positive emotions. Often it becomes exhausting and after a long search for souvenirs for family members, one begins to think whether it was worth the time and money spent. Shopping in Albania means a great amusement both for shopaholics who came in the sales season and for ordinary tourists who want to take a piece of the country with them.
Albania is adjacent to trendsetting Italy; therefore, you can find there all the world’s leading brands. Prices are lower here, and the goods are not inferior in quality. Albanians themselves always dress with elegance, so walking around the malls, one can be inspired by the people and their images. The largest shopping centers are located in Tirana – the capital of the Republic, in particular:
- CITY PARK is a wonderful place with more than 100 shops suited to every fancy located in the center of the capital, and offering moderate prices. The shopping center has many places for rest such as cafes, sofas, and even a skating rink.
- TIRANA EAST GATE is the largest Balkanian shopping center with shops of world’s famous brands (Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Stradivarius), and specialty shops with leather goods, Turkish silks and many other things. The largest cinema in the country is also located there.
- COIN is a large shopping center, where during seasonal discounts you can buy exclusive and high-quality items at a great price.
Any Albanian souvenir shop reflects the authenticity of the country, its traditions, customs, and cultural values. Such shops resemble real historical museums. A big advantage is that any Albanian souvenir shop will offer you something that will remind you of the lovely journey. Albania may offer extraordinary gifts, not just the fridge magnets, for examples, such interesting souvenirs like:
- Christmas-tree decorations (baubles, garlands, glass figures) made of high-quality glass and painted with traditional patterns that are transmitted from generation to generation. Such ornaments are best found in markets and rag fairs, and the price can vary from 1 to 30 Dollars depending on the complexity of the work and the seller.
- Carpets and bedcovers
In Albania, carpets are a traditional interior feature, they are sewn by hand, and the ornament is invented by the weaver based on traditional ornaments. Large carpets are a real work of art, and the price range varies depending on work complexity.
It is Albanian vodka based on grape alcohol. Albanians call this drink a magic universal remedy.