So many coffee shops and bars in Tirana and you have to come up with some really different idea just to get people to notice you and Komiteti-Kafe Muzeum got that right. The name actually says it itself, “Komiteti-Kafe Muzeum” means: a coffee shop and a museum at the same time. The place’s interior design is inspired by the communism era in Albania: the furniture, the walls and even the toilet (not weird at all). Also I think they are the only ones who serve this special candy that was very famous in 1970-1990 in Albania called “karamele Zana”. They serve it with coffee or tea which is pretty cool. Whenever I go there, I ask for 5-6 candies just because I’m nostalgic and yeah, the staff is so awesome that they don’t mind that.
Komiteti is also the only place in Tirana that has 18 types of different “raki” which is a famous alcoholic drink in Albania. Another thing I truly love and appreciate about Komiteti is the fact that the staff is willing to explain all the different objects that are part of the little museum inside the coffee shop.
The clients actually belong to very different categories: students, artists, some of the employees at a bank near the place, nostalgic people trying to remember what’s left of communism and tourists.
It’s one of the few places that kinda has it all.