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Top Choice Castle in Berat

Kalaja

The Kala neighbourhood inside the castle's walls still lives and breathes; if you walk around this busy, ancient neighbourhood for long enough you'll invariably stumble into someone's courtyard thinking it's a churc…
Top Choice Gallery in Berat

Onufri Museum

The Onufri Museum is situated in the Kala quarter's biggest church, Church of the Dormition of St Mary (Kisha Fjetja e Shën Mërisë). The church itself dates from 1797 and was built on the foundations of an earlier 1…
Top Choice Albanian in Berat

Lili Homemade Food

This charming family home deep into the Mangalem Quarter underneath the castle is the setting for one of Berat's best restaurants. Lili speaks English and will invite you to take a table in his backyard where you ca…
Museum in Berat

Ethnographic Museum

On the steep hillside that leads up to the castle is this excellent museum, which is housed in an 18th-century Ottoman house that's as interesting as the exhibits. The ground floor has displays of traditional clothe…
Albanian in Berat

Mangalemi Restaurant

The restaurant of the excellent Hotel Mangalemi is the best place in town for traditional Albanian cooking, and summer nights on its breezy veranda are not to be missed. The large menu serves simple, home-cooked tra…
Area in Berat

Mangalem Quarter

Down in the traditionally Muslim Mangalem quarter, there are three grand mosques: the Sultan's Mosque, the Lead Mosque and the Bachelors' Mosque. All are worth a visit and each has its own idiosyncratic design and h…
Church in Berat

Chapel of St Michael

Perched on a cliff ledge below the castle is the artfully positioned 14th-century chapel of St Michael (Shën Mihell), best viewed from the Gorica quarter across the river. To get here you have to follow a narrow zig…
Albanian in Berat

Antigone

Cheap, cheerful and always crowded, this popular Gorica restaurant is one to cross the river for. There are daily specials and friendly English-speaking staff who are used to dealing with travellers, despite the cro…
Italian in Berat

White House

On the main road that runs north of the river, this place has a pleasant and breezy roof terrace with sweeping views over Berat, and serves up a mean pizza to boot. There's also a classier dining room downstairs wit…