A quarter of a century after the birth of modern Albanian capitalism and Tirana now boasts more or less everything the modern shopper requires, much of it conveniently tucked away inside the city’s growing collection of Western-style shopping centres. If you prefer doing what the less well-paid locals do and would like to go native, there remain plenty of cheap and cheerful shops staffed by a battalion of grinning proprietors, many of them more concerned with where you’re from and if you have a husband or wife than what you want to buy. Outside the city centre, certain streets often cater to singular tastes such as bicycles, second-hand clothes and furniture, almost all of it available for cash only.

Books etc.

Tirana boasts a number of shops selling English-language literature, although the selection isn’t great. It’s recommended you bring books or an e-reader/tablet if you want to read anything specific whilst you’re here.

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