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FEATURES SKOPJE

THE MIGHTY KEBAP

The mighty kebap (Macedonian) or qofta (Albanian) may well resemble a plate of elongated meatballs to the uninitiated, but in North Macedonia they’re most definitely kebabs, or to be more precise one of several building blocks that together create a fabulous combined dish on several different plates that more or less keeps the entire nation …

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SIMIT POGAČA

A Skopje speciality rarely found outside the capital, this unusual breakfast food is mentioned here more for its popularity than for any culinary value it may possess. Coming in various shapes and always tasting more or less the same for obvious reasons, imagine a white burger bun filled will greasy filo pastry and that’s a …

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KOKINO

Dating back some 4,000 years in its oldest sections and only discovered in 2001, the Bronze Age site of Kokino features the remains of various settlements spread out over a wide, rocky and desolate area over 1,00 metres above sea level. Amongst the miscellaneous clay pots and other typical artefacts discovered during archaeological explorations of …

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KAMNIK WINE

Founded in 2004, Kamnik produces a number of reds, whites, sparkling wines and a rosé. Their 15 hectares of vineyards on the northeastern outskirts of Skopje form part of an estate that produces everything from Syrah to Vranec to Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc. Particularly active in the tourist industry, Kamnik offers several opportunities to taste …

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ČORBA

Roughly translating as broth or sauce, čorba is a delicious sour soup found throughout the Balkans and beyond that needs to be tasted at least once as part of any serious trip to North Macedonia. Probably arriving with the Ottomans several centuries ago, like most other nations, the Macedonians have adapted the recipe to suit …

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COCEV KAMEN

Of volcanic origin and some 30km east of Kumanovo in a severely isolated and desolate location, Cocev Kamen is an exquisitely beautiful site on a hilltop whose human origins date back to at least the Palaeolithic age. An alleged venue for gruesome sacrificial rituals, and yet another place that some claim to have once been …

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