When it comes to food, Balkan cuisine is definitely one of unsurpassed quality and heartiness. It can be described most concisely as the merging of various influences from around the region and presenting the very best of its fertile lands.
Not only is the food in the Balkans fresh and delicious, but the locals truly know how to enjoy food and are eager to showcase their culinary skills.
Characterised by diversity, each country has its own regional specialities, however, at the same time, many of the Balkan nations enjoy and share the same foods, each with their own flair applied to the same dish.
Starting with the most important meal of the day, a basic breakfast from a bakery will not set you back much. In fact, a generous portion of burek (a delicious pastry-based dish) will cost no more than around €1. The same goes for a Balkan-style coffee or cappuccino.
A filling lunch consisting of a cevapi sandwich, plijeskavica, or kebab will cost between €3-4 for a large portion that will most definitely leave you feeling full.
A meal at a mid-range restaurant, including a starter and a main dish, will average about €10 and less in smaller regional towns.
A substantial multi-course meal, for example, in a very popular part of Ohrid, Macedonia, will cost around €10 for two, including a drink each.
Fine dining options are aplenty in larger Balkan cities, whilst prices are substantially cheaper than what you would expect to pay in most other parts of the world for the same quality and service.
In terms of alcohol – a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a strong cocktail, will range in price from about €1 to around €3 at a typical bar or cafe. Night clubs usually charge slightly more.
Summary: Whether you’re after a fine dining experience or quality food on-the-go, extremely affordable food options abound in all countries of the Balkans.