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Best Restaurants In Ohrid, Macedonia
Ohrid is known as Macedonia’s jewel for a good reason. This city’s cultural heritage and natural beauty are so great that the entire city and the region surrounding it are designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
The number of visitors in Ohrid increases every year, and there are always some new, hot restaurants that want to cater to as many different taste buds as possible. However, there are still classic restaurants in Ohrid (mostly serving Macedonian, continental, and Mediterranean food) and in this article, we’ll share the best of them.
This family-owned restaurant is located next to Ohrid’s ancient amphitheater that was built in 200 BC and hosted all kinds of different events throughout the years, including Gladiator battles, which is where the restaurant’s name comes from. The owner’s family lived in the house in which the restaurant is located for a couple of hundred years. Gladiator has a good selection of continental food and some amazing coffee.
A lot of locals stop by for a cup of coffee in the morning to enjoy the view; from the restaurant’s terrace, you can see the old amphitheater, the Church of Holy Mother of God, and the beautiful Galicica Mountain peeking from the background.
Address: Brakja Miladinovci 14, Ohrid 6000
Letna Bavča Kaneo
Overlooking the crystal-clear waters at Kaneo Beach, Letna Bavča Kaneo is the best restaurant in the region. The menu features a selection of Traditional Macedonian food and a lot of fish-based dishes cooked with aromatic herbs.
It’s one of the priciest restaurants in Ohrid, but the view of the beach and the Kaneo Monastery in the background is worth it. Keep in mind, however, that even though it’s located next to the beach, this is not a beach bar but a restaurant.
Address: Kocho Racin 43, Ohrid 6000
A less luxurious version of Letna Bavča Kaneo, Kanevche also serves some fantastic traditional food and fish dishes and has almost the same view because it’s located right next to it.
During the peak season, finding a table around dinner and lunchtime is a real challenge in both restaurants. One thing Kanevche is famous for (and you absolutely have to try) is the deep-fried plasica (tiny local fish)
Address: Kocho Racin 39, Kaneo, Ohrid 6000
Restoran Sveta Sofija
The Sveta Sofija Restaurant is named after the church located across the street, which also happens to be one of the oldest ones in Ohrid. You absolutely have to try their local trout dishes and the “monastery cheese,” but that doesn’t mean that’s all they have.
Their food features the best of Macedonian cuisine, and they have a selection of more than 100 of the finest Macedonian wines. Occasionally, there’s also live music, which further enhances the romantic atmosphere of the restaurant.
Address: Tsar Samoil 88, Ohrid 6000
Damar is another restaurant in Old Town that has some good options for vegetarians. Primarily, the restaurant is famous for its barbecue and fish dishes, but they have a few delicious choices for vegetarians as well as some delicious home-made rakija.
Address: Kosta Abrash, Ohrid 6000
If you get a late-night pizza craving, Leonardo is probably the best pizza place in town. Hence, it’s no wonder that the place is packed when dinner time comes.
If you don’t like crowded places, you can take your pizza to go, but if you can, try to get a table at the terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens of St. Nikola Bolnicki.
Address: Tsar Samoil 33, Ohrid 6000
Located in a traditional Ohrid house on Kosta Abrash Street, Čun is one of the classiest restaurants on the lakefront. During summer and springs, you can sit outside on some of the tables located right next to the shore.
If you want to try some great local fish dishes, this is the right place for you, but the restaurant also has a great selection of continental food. A lot of people choose it as a breakfast destination because of its unique location. After all, what’s a better start to one’s day than having breakfast and a cup of coffee right next to the lake?
Address: Kosta Abrash 4, Ohrid
If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, only a few places in Ohrid can compare to Via Sacra, but that’s not the only thing they serve. They have a delicious selection of traditional Macedonian food as well, combining the best from both worlds.
The surrounding cobbled streets of Ohrid’s Old Town make the ambient in the restaurant even more appealing, drawing hundreds of visitors every night during the peak season.
Address: Tsar Samoil, Ohrid 6000
Belvedere is located on the border between Ohrid’s Old Town and the new part of the city only 50 meters away from the harbor and is one of the best places in Ohrid when it comes to barbecue and fish.
If you’re passing by in this part of the city, the tempting aroma coming from the restaurant’s kitchen will inevitably lure you to visit. During the peak season, there’s live acoustic music every night, creating a very special ambient. Belvedere ranks at the top of all lists when it comes to restaurants in Ohrid, and there’s certainly a good reason for that.
Address: Macedonia, 2, Ohrid
Without a doubt, this is the best coffee place in Ohrid. Most of the tables are placed on the balcony that’s literally hanging over the lake, giving an amazing view of the Ohrid Lake and Galicica Mountain in the distance. The coffee here is absolutely amazing, but they also serve some light snacks, making it a perfect place for an aperetivo-like dining experience.
Address: Kosta Abrash, Ohrid 6000
As the name suggests, this taverna’s menu offers the perfect mix of Mediterranean and Macedonian cuisine. Saying that Taverna Momir’s chefs are the most creative chefs in town when it comes to fish dishes is not an overstatement. This restaurant has arguably the best trout in town, and the fish soup is finger-licking good as well.
Address: Kosta Abrash 3, Ohrid 6000
Located on the coast close to the city center, Aleksandrija is the perfect place for a quiet breakfast. Their bakeries prepared in a wooden oven are a must, and their pizza is quite good too. The restaurant also has a great selection of traditional soups, barbecue, and delicious Mediterranean salads.
Address: Kosta Abrash, Ohrid
Conveniently located at the corner between Ohrid’s Tourist Street and the Boulevard Macedonian Educators, Bistro Corner is one of the most modern and chic bistros in town.
It’s one of the locals’ favorite coffee spots, and there’s a good reason for that. Bistro Corner also has a selection of amazing cakes and desserts and saying that this is one of the best dessert places in Ohrid wouldn’t be an exaggeration.
Address: Boulevard Macedonian Educators, Ohrid
Restaurant Biljanini Izvori
Located at the end of the Riverfront walking street, the Biljanini Izvori Restaurant (Biljana Springs Restaurant) is one of the best choices for a romantic dinner in Ohrid.
The restaurant serves possibly the best grill in town, and they have some tremendous Macedonian dishes, as well as continental food. While you’re there, also try their own rakija (a local spirit made from different fermented fruits).
Address: Biljanini Izvori Ohrid 6000
Hotel Tino Restaurant
This restaurant is outside of the city next to St. Stefan beach, and you’d have to take a van or public bus in order to reach it, but it will be worth it. Tino has some of the finest Macedonian traditional food in Ohrid.
You absolutely have to try the Tavce Gravce here! If you can come here for dinner, you can enjoy the view of the sun setting behind the waters of St. Stefan beach and enjoy the live music available every day during the peak season.
Address: Naselba Sveti Stefan, Ohrid, 6000
If you did some research about Ohrid, you know that no trip to this city is complete without visiting St. Naum; a beautiful monastery hanging off a cliff located southeast of Ohrid. Thousands of people come to visit this fascinating site every day during the peak season, and during this time, it’s challenging to get a table at Ostrovo. Since the restaurant is a bit off-the-beaten-track, the prices are a bit higher, but the food is nothing short of magnificent.
Address: southeast side of Lake Ohrid, next to the monastery of St. Naum Ohridski, Ohrid, 6000
Did you ever visit Ohrid and some of these restaurants? Which one was your favorite, and which one would you go to first if you were to visit Ohrid? Let us know in the comments.
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