My favourite cosy and refreshing bar, Bonaparte, is located in the famous “Blloku” area of Tirana. Being a business bar, it is close to offices and bureaus, which marks the first difficulty of commoners to find it. There is one spot though that you cannot miss for sure, because of its lavish appearance, called “Coccolatini Italiani”. Once there, look closely for a staircase on the right, up you go, then to the right of the corridor. You’re facing the entrance of Bonaparte’s.
I like to call Bonaparte’s menu ‘classic’. The best thing is that I always find a variety of wines and spirits, since the bar is directly attached to an Albanian wine shop chain and the choices vary from local to French classics. Also, they have a sandwich menu, where customers can get a small sandwich, a glass of freshly pressed orange juice and a coffee for only 250 Lek! The sandwiches are tasty as well and follow French inspiration with different ingredients.
Thus, although not a real, proper restaurant, the snacks at Bonaparte always kept my hunger at bay for a while! Moreover, the bar offers a quiet atmosphere and discreetness ideal to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of Hennessy. Also, the bar is subscribed to international well-known magazines, such as “The Economist” and “New York Times”, so I’ve often managed to keep myself up-to-date while sipping my coffee. It’s the best scenario for a Sunday morning!