Albanian people drink coffee and rakia day and night, that is why their capital never sleeps. There are many people around Tirana at any time of the day and night so you will surely find activities that you like the most. Let’s figure out what to start from.
1. Walk around the night city
Tirana is small, so it is a good idea to explore the whole center of the city on foot. The central Skanderbeg Square is brightly and beautifully illuminated at night as well as many bunkers left in Albania after the communist regime.
The car traffic is meager at night, so you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the night city, which is romantic and safe enough.
2. Do Sports Activity in the Big Park
The Big Park is under the government protection all the time. It is a modern park where local people go jogging, play tennis, basketball and even do rock climbing. There is so much to do for children, and the park is lit until the late evening.
Don’t hesitate to go jogging if you are a sports enthusiast.
Just keep in mind it is not allowed to go camping there even though nature beckons the real adventurers.
3. Enjoy Gambling in the Bar
Albanian men are really into gambling. Most of them make bets before every football match, and they can’t wait for successful results. They might seem too naive at the beginning but be careful, since they are really good at guessing.
If you love gambling as much as Albanians do, you should visit Regency Casino in Tirana where you can try your luck in a luxurious and expensive way.
4. Drink Coffee Like a Local
The Albanians are real coffee experts that they inherited from the Italian culture. The most popular sort of coffee is espresso. However, you should not drink the refreshing drink as much as the locals do. Otherwise, it is not good for your health.
Still, you should visit some coffee shops in Tirana to taste what the Albanians are used to drinking many times a day. There are dozens of cafes everywhere around the city, but Onyx Bar Lounge and Sophie Cafe are considered some of the best ones . And if you want to have a piece of cake together with the coffee, go to D’Angelo Cafe.
5. Go Shopping in the Night Market
Did you know that Albanian markets are open day and night? Surprisingly, local vendors sell fruits, vegetables and even bakery at night. So, there is no need to wait until the morning if you can buy some oranges or plums at night.
6. Climb the Pyramid
The Pyramid of Tirana is a notable pyramidal structure in the very center of the city. Primarily, it attracts young people who like to climb it. If it is too crowded for you in the daytime, climb the Pyramid at night. But be extremely careful! Don’t drink alcohol or wear polished shoes when climbing the walls.
7. Taste Local Albanian Cuisine
Albanian cuisine is similar to the typical Mediterranean or Italian one. It includes a lot of seafood, pasta, and meat. Also, there are many types of white cheese, which is a traditional cuisine.
If you want to have dinner in a traditional restaurant, pay attention to Otium or Mullixhiu restaurants that offer high-quality, delicious food and snacks.
8. Visit Festivals
Tirana is famous for its non-stop social life and public events. If you are there during the high season, you can visit musical festivals almost every weekend.
However, the most popular is Tirana International Film Festival, which takes place annually in the Albanian capital since 2003. It is a must-visit event if you are a movie fan.
9. Go to the Dajti Mountain
The Dajti Mountain is one of the most popular observation points around Tirana. Go there to see the whole city along the Adriatic coastline at a glance. That’s beautiful and impressive!
There are cable cars regularly going to the observation point until 10 p.m., but you can stay there until the sunrise or take a taxi to come back home overnight.
10. Ride a Bicycle Overnight
There are many rental shops all over Tirana where you can rent a bicycle for a specified period. It would be a good idea to explore the main attractions by bicycle overnight.
The most popular bicycle rental service is BimBimBikes that rent the vehicles starting from 15 euro. They are good quality bikes, and you can ride them the whole night.
Updated: March 18, 2018