Gifts and Souvenirs

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Almost all over Albania, particularly in Tirana and in the traditional bazaar of Kruja, tourists can buy a variety of souvenirs and handicrafts items. In Tirana there is a group of souvenir shops on Barrikadave and Luigj Gurakuqi streets. Some of the big tourist hotels also have their own shops. You can find interesting souvenir shops even in Shkodra, the city that has old and good traditions in different handcrafts items.  You can buy carpets, figurines, silver and copper articles, woodcarvings, ceramics and an assortment of needlework.


Very typical articles are the wooden pipes, musical instruments such as çifteli ,sharkembroidery and tablecloths with motifs from Zadrima village, among other places.  
General shop hours vary, but typically they are open in the morning, afternoon, and early evening, with a break between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Many shops are open on Sunday Libations.


Among the alcoholic drinks the most important is the “Raki Skrapari” (a local alcoholic beverage made from grapes); the Albanian cognac known by name “Scanderbeg” is distinguished for its characteristic aroma. Albania enjoys a wide variety of wines. Those of highest quality are produced by “Luani” and “Cobo” in Berat, “Aquila Liquori” in Tirana and the “Gjergj Kastrioti” winery in Durrës.