Of course we are willing to show you some of the highlights of Skopje.
These highlights are part of our history so they are part of our lives.
However, Skopje Greeters also want to show the things that you will not find in a guidebook or are hard to discover if you are just wandering about.
Traditional Macedonian barbecue at its best.
Macedonian traditional food goes way back, but Macedonians eat a lot of it even today. There are many restaurants that offer traditional Macedonian food in Skopje, but one of the favourite tourist destinations is Destan.
What to eat there? You must try the barbecue, and the greatest specialty is the Destan kebap.
Rock kafana Rustikana
Kafana is a place that many people on the Balkan will find familiar. It is a special type of restaurant/bistro which serves mostly traditional food and a lot of alcohol. There is always music in kafanas and it’s usually local folk music.
What makes this kafana different is that it’s playing rock music instead of folk. And that’s why locals love it.
Great part of why Rustikana is very popular among locals is the food. The burgers and meat specialties are some of the most popular choices.
The city park is one of the favourite places for locals to visit during the weekend. It’s full of people during sunny days (which Skopje has a lot of).
This is the largest park in the country. It’s near the very centre of the city and it’s bordering the city zoo on one side and the Vardar river on the other side.
Skopje fortress Kale
The Skopje fortress, also known as Kale, is a fortress dating from the 6th century AD, when the first fortress was built. This site was destroyed by an earthquake in 518, only to be rebuilt during the 10th and 11th centuries.
The fortress is locates on the highest point in the centre of Skopje and it’s overlooking the biggest river in the country – Vardar.
Kale is free to visit for everyone. It offers one of the best city views in Skopje.
Pivnica Star Grad
The name translates to Old City Brewery.
The brewery offers a range of beers and has great food.
It’s location is also great – right under the old city fortress, which is why it’s very popular among locals and tourists.
The Old Bazaar
The Old Bazaar in Skopje is one of the largest marketplaces in the Balkans. It’s located in the centre of the city and it’s very easy to reach.
The earliest known sources that describe the existence of a merchant quarter on the bazaar’s territory date back to the 12th century. Beside its importance as a market place the Old Bazaar is known for its cultural and historical values. Although Ottoman architecture is predominant, remains of Byzantine architecture are evident as well, while recent reconstructions have led to the application of elements specific to modern architecture. The Old Bazaar still is home to several active mosques, türbes, two churches and a clocktower, that, together with the buildings of the Museum of Macedonia and the Museum of Modern Art, form the core of the modern bazaar.
The Stone Bridge
The Stone Bridge is located in the centre of the city, connecting the main public square and the Old Bazaar.
It’s a popular meeting place for locals and it’s location offers view of the old part of the city and the city square.
The bridge is one of the main symbols of Skopje.
Museum of the city of Skopje
Skopje has various museums, including Holocaust museum, Museum of natural history, Museum of the Macedonian struggle etc.
One of the favourites is the Museum of the city of Skopje, especially because of the historical value of the location. Founded in 1949, it is located in a former railway station that was partly destroyed in the great 1963 earthquake that left Skopje in ruins. The clock has stopped at the time of the earthquake and it’s left as such since then.
The museum is home to permanent еxhibitions representing the history of Skopje, from the first recorded settlements around 3000 BC to present.
Vodno mountain and the Millennium cross
Vodno mountain is located in Skopje. On top of it, there is the Millennium cross, which is a 66-metre tall cross overlooking the city.
Vodno is popular location for hikers and cyclists, but also for locals who want to have a view of the city.
You can go to the top by taking a bus half way to the top and using the cable car to reach the top.