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Top Choice Area in Skopje

Čaršija

Čaršija is the hillside Turkish old town of Skopje and evokes the city's Ottoman past with its winding lanes filled with teahouses, mosques, craftsmen's stores, and even good nightlife. It also boasts Skopje's best …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Skopje

Old Town Brewery

The siren call of tasty craft beer sings to locals and tourists alike at Skopje's only microbrewery, which is justifiably popular for its Weiss beer, IPA, Golden Ale and dark beer – all brewed on-site and accompanie…
Top Choice Museum in Skopje

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia

All gleaming and shiny new, this supersized pile of Italianate-styled marble has been a giant receptacle for Skopje's recent splurge on government-led monuments to boost national pride. Inside, there are three floor…
Top Choice Macedonian in Skopje

Pivnica An

Skopje's Čaršija is still home to a couple of ans – ancient Ottoman inns, similar to desert caravanserai – and the Kapan An houses this upmarket restaurant, serving some of the city's best Macedonian fare. Try butte…
Top Choice Kebab in Skopje

Kebapčilnica Destan

Skopje's best beef kebabs, accompanied by seasoned grilled bread, peppers and a little raw onion, are served at this classic Čaršija place. There's no menu, everyone gets the same thing, but the terrace is usually f…
Top Choice Fortress in Skopje

Tvrdina Kale Fortress

Dominating the skyline of Skopje, this Game of Thrones–worthy 6th-century AD Byzantine (and later, Ottoman) fortress is an easy walk up from the Čaršija and its ramparts offer great views over the city and river. In…
Gallery in Skopje

National Gallery of Macedonia

The Daut Paša Amam (1473) were once the largest Turkish baths outside of Istanbul and they make a magical setting for the permanent collection of Skopje's national art gallery, just by the entrance to the Čaršija (O…
Square in Skopje

Ploštad Makedonija

This gigantic square is the centre piece to Skopje's audacious nation-building-through-architecture project and has massive statues dedicated to national heroes in it, as well as an incongruous Triumphal Arch in the…
Museum in Skopje

Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Statehood & Independence

Part history museum, part national propaganda machine, this is a formidable memorial to Macedonia's historic occupation, land struggles and revolutionary heroes. The museum is dark, literally (the walls are black an…
Bar in Skopje

Van Gogh Bar

Whisky nights, cocktail nights, live-music nights... there's something going on every day of the week at Van Gogh, a poky bar with a lively local crew that spills onto the street. The bar is a haunt of local bikers,…