If you intend to visit Skopje during the warmer months of the year, you might want to know good bars with nice terraces and great views from them, we know we would, and luckily we do, and we are also more than happy to share the list with you.
An excellent club, bar, lounge and restaurant in one, Trend serves great international food from a helpfully photographic menu and features friendly waiters who remember you the second time you visit. It’s the personal touches that make places like this such a hit, and the location is hard to beat too. The Trend brand is currently expanding around the city. Keep an eye out for their other recommended venues, including two other restaurants and a hotel.
Revija Bar & Food
Cute place for grabbing a cup of coffee with friends, or with a good book, if that's more your thing. Apart from nice beverages, they also have a great list of good food, like pasta, burgers and pizzas, and many other dishes, prepared by top notch chefs. The atmosphere is always pleasant and relaxing at any time of day, which is why some people choose to work from here, preferably with a cup of muled wine.
This large and hugely popular restaurant inside Skopje’s equally popular Capitol Mall specialises predominantly in good Italian and seafood dishes although the extensive menu features much, much more. If you’re not sure what to choose, you can’t go wrong with their brilliant pasta dishes although you should try to leave some room for one of their magnificent desserts. There’s live music too, and a children’s adventure playground to help the little ones burn off some calories whilst you digest your meal with the help of one of their deadly strong espressos. Near Ramstor Mall is another Deja Vu restaurant just as worth checking out.
Located inside a 100-year-old house on one of the most beautiful streets in Skopje, this industrial-style cafe allows you to experience the spirit of both old and urban Skopje. The offer of home-made coffees combined with wonderful healthy breakfasts made from oats and fruit will fill you with energy in the morning. We recommend you go for the Choose Fresh & Healthy breakfast with a mix of fresh fruit. During the evenings, the cafeteria offers a selection of world famous cocktails with a range of techno, pop and house music playing in the background.
One of Skopje’s more pleasant surprises, Vinyl was started by a couple of friends who as so often happens opened the kind of place they wanted to hang out in but that didn’t exist at the time. Found in a convenient location for those who find themselves walking regularly between the city centre and Debar Maalo, this classic, industrial-feel café serves a cracking coffee, offers a few snacks and hosts regular DJs who try to blend with rather than dominate the environment.
A mostly educated crowd gather here in the upstairs bar most evenings to drink, chatter and generally throw peanut shells over their trousers. You get complimentary peanuts with every drink here you see. The bar is named after Sloboda Square, the public space that inhabited this spot until the 1963 earthquake ruined nearly all the surrounding buildings. Also open during the day, surplus to the drinks and aforementioned nuts Piazza Liberta features a menu of simple dishes from breakfast to good value spaghetti.
Boasting a wonderful panoramic bar alongside a plethora of other treats including state of the art conference equipment and excellent sauna and fitness facilities, this recommended five star hotel in the Old Bazaar comes with a fine selection of rooms and suites from good value economy rooms to some truly outstanding apartments. Perfect for both business and leisure travellers looking for something really special, get a room near the top of the building if you can for extra special views of the city sprawled out below.
This high class rooftop restaurant and bar with awesome views of the city is one of the best places in town to meet some of Skopje’s beautiful people, dine on quality international food, drink classy drinks and listen to music from some of the most respected young DJs and others in Macedonia and abroad. As night descends on the city, The Loft becomes more of a club than a classic restaurant.
You know the place, uber-cool with a minimalist industrial tinge to the interior, a clientele that is as much local businessman as it is Macedonian millennial, and a commitment to good coffee that goes beyond the modern aesthetics. Coffee Factory ticks these boxes and ticks them with aplomb, and you can also buy beans to take home. There are a number of locations dotted around the centre, all of which follow the same aesthetic blueprint.
There is something undeniably ‘local’ about Broz Cafe. Its covered terrace seems to be a magnet for creatives and students alike, working hard on who knows what as they tip-tap the day away. In truth its the perfect environment to get things done, all relaxing lounge music and a laid-back charm, as the everyday people of Skopje go about their business. A favourite of ours, without doubt.