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Pristina is a city in flux that is buzzing with its new found freedom and self identity. You won’t find many cities in Europe with such an exciting atmosphere.
Pristina really is a city where politics, recent history, ancient history and day-to-day life collide. Where stark communist blocks lie next to striking remnants of its Ottoman past. Beautiful 15th century mosques, hamams, clock towers and bazaars are all here to give you that distinctive eastern feeling. Amongst all this you’ll find the hustle and bustle of the city’s community life, mostly through the hum of the open-air cafes that flank the streets, particularly in Dardania. Sitting and drinking coffee is a national pastime and you’ll be hard pushed to get a better macchiato anywhere in the world. And when they’re not feeding their caffeine addictions the locals like nothing better than to hit the bars around Rexhep Luci and Peyton, where musical preferences range from dance and rock to hip-hop and jazz.
And throughout the city you’ll find fabulous eateries selling everything from local dishes to high-class cuisine, not to mention good quality kebab vendors on every corner.
Browse for English-language books and magazines at Dit' e Nat', Pristina's excellent little book cafe. There's cosy seating, great coffee and occasional events, too (Rruga Fazli Grajqevci, +49 256 362).
Pay a visit to the statue of Bill Clinton, which stands in a small park along "Bulevard Bil Klinton", beneath a huge billboard of the man. Hillary Clinton personally unveiled the statue on a state visit in 2011, and said she liked the colour.
Head for the city's best music event, the Pristina Jazz Festival, held on 1-7 November at the Oda Theatre. This year, among others, the Willard Dyson Quartet, Tineke Postma and Ivan Paduart Trio are expected to play. jazzprishtina.com
Escape to Janjevo, a charming ethnically mixed town located a 40-minute drive south of Pristina, which used to have a sizeable Croatian minority. Explore the quaint streets, try the tasty local sausage at the Friday market, or spend the night at a home stay. janjevatourism.wordpress.com