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Guidebook for Skopje

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Guidebook for Skopje

Food Scene
Great pizza, refreshing near the river
Every Day
Great pizza, refreshing near the river
Relaxed atmosphere, unpretentious good food, Macedonian 'tapas' - snacking rather than eating, with friends and drinks
Meze Bar & Pizzeria
бб Boulevard Kuzman Josifovski Pitu
Relaxed atmosphere, unpretentious good food, Macedonian 'tapas' - snacking rather than eating, with friends and drinks
Italian restaurant - great food at affordable prices. Homemade sweets and icecream in waffle too
Gino's
Italian restaurant - great food at affordable prices. Homemade sweets and icecream in waffle too
Good cafe', newly furbished place, good service
Get Caffe Lounge Bar
Good cafe', newly furbished place, good service
Neighbourhood popular cafe
Red Café
1 23 Oktomvri
Neighbourhood popular cafe
Good views, relaxing atmosphere
Skybar Russia
22 АВНОЈ Булевар
Good views, relaxing atmosphere
Great food, excellent ice cream, Friday after-work parties, great for anytime of the day
DejaVu Capitol Mall
71A Boulevard Jane Sandanski
Great food, excellent ice cream, Friday after-work parties, great for anytime of the day
Local restaurant, local prices - grilled meat, salads. Popular during the day for lunch and drinks.
Gostilnica La Tana
Local restaurant, local prices - grilled meat, salads. Popular during the day for lunch and drinks.
Great garden, at least several degrees cooler than Skopje's summer heat. Big salads, grilled meat, fabulous "Honey Heart' dessert
Oreov Lad
Great garden, at least several degrees cooler than Skopje's summer heat. Big salads, grilled meat, fabulous "Honey Heart' dessert
Authentic Macedonian food, served with a choice of local brands of alcohol - mastika, rakija, good local wines and beer, in traditional dishes. Perfect atmosphere with indoor and outdoor space, recently enlarged
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Old City House Restaurant
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Authentic Macedonian food, served with a choice of local brands of alcohol - mastika, rakija, good local wines and beer, in traditional dishes. Perfect atmosphere with indoor and outdoor space, recently enlarged
Really fast and efficient service, given the size of the place. Food always fresh, a great choice of Macedonian dishes, also Italian food and global dinner favorites. You can order a meal to be prepared for you, or if in hurry, just see from the buffet and the waitresses will bring it to you. Great huge salads for lunch
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Pelister
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Really fast and efficient service, given the size of the place. Food always fresh, a great choice of Macedonian dishes, also Italian food and global dinner favorites. You can order a meal to be prepared for you, or if in hurry, just see from the buffet and the waitresses will bring it to you. Great huge salads for lunch
Iconic local fast food chain, burgers and bread double the size of the multinational chains, french fries inside, ketchup and mayo on top, altogether for a great value! Young people's favorite, it clogs up arteries instantly :-)
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Fast Food Sedmica 7
bb Булевар Јане Сандански
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Iconic local fast food chain, burgers and bread double the size of the multinational chains, french fries inside, ketchup and mayo on top, altogether for a great value! Young people's favorite, it clogs up arteries instantly :-)
Fast food joint, it has the best country style potatoes. The burgers are beef-only, great for our Muslim friends, and the salads are also good value for money (big and delicious for what they cost)
Goody's Burger House
Fast food joint, it has the best country style potatoes. The burgers are beef-only, great for our Muslim friends, and the salads are also good value for money (big and delicious for what they cost)
Great kebab place, really fast service, beef-only ground meat - no pork. It is one of the links to the Ottoman tradition with a local twist!
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Destan
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Great kebab place, really fast service, beef-only ground meat - no pork. It is one of the links to the Ottoman tradition with a local twist!
Great pastry with numerous fillings and toppings. Excellent after a night out in bars and discos, it is swarmed around 1 - 4 am, for a late night snack before heading home to sleep
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Silbo
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Great pastry with numerous fillings and toppings. Excellent after a night out in bars and discos, it is swarmed around 1 - 4 am, for a late night snack before heading home to sleep
Excellent pastry dishes for morning breakfast or afternoon snack. Yummy desserts too!
Mekicite od Strazha
41 Macedonia
Excellent pastry dishes for morning breakfast or afternoon snack. Yummy desserts too!
Morning coffee, lunch aperitive, afternoon digestive
Caffe Pauza
Morning coffee, lunch aperitive, afternoon digestive
New pizza place
Pizza & Caffe Bar Mo-Mo
1 Bojmija
New pizza place
morning coffee or afternoon meeting with friends
Jet Set caffè
7 Bojmija
morning coffee or afternoon meeting with friends
Serbian style huge burgers with extra toppings on request, and french fries inside - to take away or eat there.
Vili Leskovachka Skara
Serbian style huge burgers with extra toppings on request, and french fries inside - to take away or eat there.
Trend/Trendissimo is great for drinks, coffee, or food - salads, sandwiches, pasta, meat... Big in size, it tends to be slow in service when crowded. The best part is that there is a children playground within the premises, so you can eat/drink in peace, while the children climb/jump/slide in your view in a fenced area.
Gastro Bar Trend
Trend/Trendissimo is great for drinks, coffee, or food - salads, sandwiches, pasta, meat... Big in size, it tends to be slow in service when crowded. The best part is that there is a children playground within the premises, so you can eat/drink in peace, while the children climb/jump/slide in your view in a fenced area.
Great ice cream choice served in cones or glasses, also good desserts and coffee
Palma
18 Vladimir Komarov
Great ice cream choice served in cones or glasses, also good desserts and coffee
Typical grilled meat, easy atmosphere, uncomplicated dishes and people
Gostilnica Lezet
16 Boulevard Krushevska Republika
Typical grilled meat, easy atmosphere, uncomplicated dishes and people
Allegedly the freshest and best quality meat for the barbecue grills - in direct collaboration with a chain of specialized butcher / meat factory. Salads and traditional veggie dishes also available
Kaj Zlate
Allegedly the freshest and best quality meat for the barbecue grills - in direct collaboration with a chain of specialized butcher / meat factory. Salads and traditional veggie dishes also available
Getting Around
Central Bus and Railway station for all destinations in the country and in the city. Most intercity buses have this as starting or crossing point.
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Автобуска Станица Скопје
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Central Bus and Railway station for all destinations in the country and in the city. Most intercity buses have this as starting or crossing point.
Parks & Nature
Great for bycicle rides, blades, running, dog walking and general outdoor activities. The trail stretches from the bridge near Holiday Inn in the centre to the suburb of Novo Lisiche, and after the main city square, continues from the park to the Alexandar Palace, up to the suburb of Vlae. 2 minutes walk to our apartment
Kej 13-ti Noemvri
Great for bycicle rides, blades, running, dog walking and general outdoor activities. The trail stretches from the bridge near Holiday Inn in the centre to the suburb of Novo Lisiche, and after the main city square, continues from the park to the Alexandar Palace, up to the suburb of Vlae. 2 minutes walk to our apartment
Open at the top, it is surrounded by fir and oak forests. Children playgrounds and wood benches with tables for picnic. The best part is getting there - hiking on the hiking trail from Mid - mountain Vodno (Sredno Vodno), going on the funicular for a lazy photography session, or on a mountain bike, you are guaranteed great views of the Skopje valley.
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Millenium Cross
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Open at the top, it is surrounded by fir and oak forests. Children playgrounds and wood benches with tables for picnic. The best part is getting there - hiking on the hiking trail from Mid - mountain Vodno (Sredno Vodno), going on the funicular for a lazy photography session, or on a mountain bike, you are guaranteed great views of the Skopje valley.
Top spot for relaxing outdoors in the city heat, small ponds, lake, trees, benches... Bicycles, roller blades, skateboards... A shame that the Amusement park there dates from the early 80's, so equipment is not always functional. But they do have huge trampolines for children of all ages
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Градски Парк Фонтана
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Top spot for relaxing outdoors in the city heat, small ponds, lake, trees, benches... Bicycles, roller blades, skateboards... A shame that the Amusement park there dates from the early 80's, so equipment is not always functional. But they do have huge trampolines for children of all ages
Just off the river bank's walking and cycling trail, the Park of Lakes is a mix of small lakes, ponds, fountains, bridges, walking paths with trees and benches. There is a good playground nearby, and the place is visited by both children and elderly, as well as romantic souls. It is well illuminated in the evenings, and next to it is the Sport Complex Jane Sandanski with tennis courts and other sport facilities. Very safe and very popular
Park of Lakes
Just off the river bank's walking and cycling trail, the Park of Lakes is a mix of small lakes, ponds, fountains, bridges, walking paths with trees and benches. There is a good playground nearby, and the place is visited by both children and elderly, as well as romantic souls. It is well illuminated in the evenings, and next to it is the Sport Complex Jane Sandanski with tennis courts and other sport facilities. Very safe and very popular
It's really great to see the canyon overwhelm you. Walking in its shade, the rock on one side, the lake on the other, it is several degrees cooler than centre of Skopje. When you reach the first point, you will see where rafting competitions are held. A restaurant, once very famous Meckina Dupka/ Manastirska Peshtera, is embedded in a cave on the left. On the second stop, above the water electricity dam, there is a small church, a restaurant with many flower beds, and people offering regular boat trips or kayak rent with safety equipment for a little adventure. You can reach the entrance of the world famous cave Vrelo from here, but you cannot enter it from this side. For the fittest, there is a mountain trail that connects Matka with Vodno (around 8 km) as well as other mountain trails with various intensity.
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Canyon Matka
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It's really great to see the canyon overwhelm you. Walking in its shade, the rock on one side, the lake on the other, it is several degrees cooler than centre of Skopje. When you reach the first point, you will see where rafting competitions are held. A restaurant, once very famous Meckina Dupka/ Manastirska Peshtera, is embedded in a cave on the left. On the second stop, above the water electricity dam, there is a small church, a restaurant with many flower beds, and people offering regular boat trips or kayak rent with safety equipment for a little adventure. You can reach the entrance of the world famous cave Vrelo from here, but you cannot enter it from this side. For the fittest, there is a mountain trail that connects Matka with Vodno (around 8 km) as well as other mountain trails with various intensity.
Drinks & Nightlife
Live music during the day on weekends, in the little square between the Church St. Savior and the Mustafa pasha mosque, it is eclectic. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, draft beer or wine are quick fixes for lunch. In the evenings, this place is packed with groups of friends going for a drink with peanut snacks and good music.
Winery Temov
Live music during the day on weekends, in the little square between the Church St. Savior and the Mustafa pasha mosque, it is eclectic. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, draft beer or wine are quick fixes for lunch. In the evenings, this place is packed with groups of friends going for a drink with peanut snacks and good music.
Part of old town traditions - great place to hang out, in the subterranean part there are live DJ parties, rock, ska, punk, techno, on the ground floor you can meet up with friends and talk
Menada
Part of old town traditions - great place to hang out, in the subterranean part there are live DJ parties, rock, ska, punk, techno, on the ground floor you can meet up with friends and talk
Great place for jazz and drinks!
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Bistro Bruklinski
75 Ortse Nikolov
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Great place for jazz and drinks!
Entertainment & Activities
Renovated and with exotic additions like the giraffes, the Skopje Zoo offers tree shades, fresh squeezed juices and activities for kids in the centre of Skopje.
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Skopje Zoo
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Renovated and with exotic additions like the giraffes, the Skopje Zoo offers tree shades, fresh squeezed juices and activities for kids in the centre of Skopje.
It has tennis courts, spa with pool, massage and beauty treatments, gym, training facilities for gymnastics, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball etc. You can pay monthly membership or per class/session for some sports
Sports Complex „Jane Sandanski“
It has tennis courts, spa with pool, massage and beauty treatments, gym, training facilities for gymnastics, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball etc. You can pay monthly membership or per class/session for some sports
Recently renovated, recommended for all ages
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National Arena "Philip II of Macedonia"
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Recently renovated, recommended for all ages
All the blockbusters and national popular movies, 2 D and 3 D. Sometimes they also cast live performances from the Met Opera Theater in New York and from the Russian Bolshoi.
Cineplexx
All the blockbusters and national popular movies, 2 D and 3 D. Sometimes they also cast live performances from the Met Opera Theater in New York and from the Russian Bolshoi.
They often feature series of artistic non mainstream films, European films, awarded documentaries
Cinematheque of Macedonia
1 Nikola Rusinski
They often feature series of artistic non mainstream films, European films, awarded documentaries
Pool in olympic size close to the apartment - working hours 10am-5pm and 8.30pm-11pm, entrance fee 250 MKD
Olympic Pool
Pool in olympic size close to the apartment - working hours 10am-5pm and 8.30pm-11pm, entrance fee 250 MKD
A small open air pool - not Olympic size, with a bar. Frequented by locals, if you want to cool down on a hot summer day
Swimming Pool Biser
A small open air pool - not Olympic size, with a bar. Frequented by locals, if you want to cool down on a hot summer day
Bowling alley with acceptable prices - there is also great choice of drinks and food on spot.
4Bowling
Bowling alley with acceptable prices - there is also great choice of drinks and food on spot.
2D and 3D cinema, latest blockbusters and also film festivals, on the first floor of the open air shopping mall GTC
Cinema Millennium
2D and 3D cinema, latest blockbusters and also film festivals, on the first floor of the open air shopping mall GTC
Arts & Culture
Kurshumli An is a unique place - hosting Roman lapidarium, various museum pieces from different periods, but also a place where concerts are staged as well as open air plays and exhibitions. The yard is huge, and the structure is an Ottoman inn.
Kurshumli An
Kurshumli An is a unique place - hosting Roman lapidarium, various museum pieces from different periods, but also a place where concerts are staged as well as open air plays and exhibitions. The yard is huge, and the structure is an Ottoman inn.
Leading exhibition space for contemporary art paintings, this building is a converted Turkish bath - a unique feel to the visitor
Daut Pasin Hamam
Leading exhibition space for contemporary art paintings, this building is a converted Turkish bath - a unique feel to the visitor
Great works of contemporary artists, this museum has even a Picasso original, a gift to the city of Skopje after the legendary earthquake! Quiet surroundings and great views of Skopje from the hill
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Museum of Contemporary Art
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Great works of contemporary artists, this museum has even a Picasso original, a gift to the city of Skopje after the legendary earthquake! Quiet surroundings and great views of Skopje from the hill
Sightseeing
It offers excellent views on the central Skopje area - the main Post office, the Government, the new museums, the square on one, the park on the other side. Its walls have been reconstructed in part, and depending on the season, the garden is maintained in order.
Skopje Citadel
It offers excellent views on the central Skopje area - the main Post office, the Government, the new museums, the square on one, the park on the other side. Its walls have been reconstructed in part, and depending on the season, the garden is maintained in order.
12th century monastery, exquisite example of Byzantine art anticipating the Renaissance period in the West by more than 100 years - the frescoes are moving and not static, with fascinating expressions. Great marble iconostasis. You can reach the place either by bus n. 28 from the Central Bus station, or on foot from the Mid-Vodno stop through an asphalt path on the right.
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Saint Pantelejmon Monastery
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12th century monastery, exquisite example of Byzantine art anticipating the Renaissance period in the West by more than 100 years - the frescoes are moving and not static, with fascinating expressions. Great marble iconostasis. You can reach the place either by bus n. 28 from the Central Bus station, or on foot from the Mid-Vodno stop through an asphalt path on the right.
12 houses build each in a different regional style of Macedonia, with pottery and other workshops, ethno museum for the different dresses and jewelry /personal decorations of each region, two restaurants, a cafe and supermarket. Launched in July 2016, good views of Skopje as well. Entrance is free of charge, also inside the ethno museum and workshops
Ethno Complex "Macedonian Village"
12 houses build each in a different regional style of Macedonia, with pottery and other workshops, ethno museum for the different dresses and jewelry /personal decorations of each region, two restaurants, a cafe and supermarket. Launched in July 2016, good views of Skopje as well. Entrance is free of charge, also inside the ethno museum and workshops