I offer the following as practical information for newcomers based on my first three weeks in Prishtinë. If I had known this information when I arrived, I probably would have saved a lot of time and money. All of these places are identified on my map.
Note: Write down the name and location to show to your taxi driver. Your American pronunciation of these acronyms/letters will not be the same as in Shqip.
2 blocks east of the Serbian cathedral, 1 block south of the Ministry of Education
This Turkish chain is the biggest and best within easy walking of downtown and campus. You can find most of your domestic needs (kitchen and bedroom) on the ground floor and your groceries in the basement hypermarket. Since many of the products come from Turkey, you probably will find items and labels not available at the other local stores.
No question: start here if you have transportation. The closest thing to a WalMart in Kosovo, megastore ETC offers availability and selection for competitive prices. This is the best place I’ve found for kitchen wares and appliances, pots and pans, heaters, cheap shoes and clothes, and tons of food items, including bulk items.
This large, two-level store is another kilometer (or less) beyond ETC (but still headed to the airport). JYSK is Kosovo’s version of IKEA, although the quality seems lower and the prices higher. On the ground floor (“living”), you’ll find furniture (primarily unassembled, laminated furniture in a box) beds, and lamps. The second floor is for bedroom and bath and has a huge selection of sheets, covers, duvets, memory foam, towels, etc. Most of the staff speak some English but will steer you towards the most expensive items. The manager said truck delivery for large items could be arranged for 10€.
Multi-level, indoor shopping mall with hypermarket (supermarket) in the basement. Arguably higher quality items and stores; certainly higher prices and fewer customers. Still, not a bad place to window shop and/or retreat from bad weather.
Note: Grand Store is a few blocks further south but is even pricier with its limited stores and selection. If does, however, run a free shuttle bus to and from Hotel Baci.
Since I live in the downtown area and shop (on foot) for groceries several times each week, I’ll point out my favorites. Hypermarket is just another name for supermarket; smaller markets often are called “mini-markets.”
Fehmi Agani (a few blocks north of the main police station)
The largest supermarket I use routinely, though the farthest away for me. There are lots of good restaurants nearby that are frequented by internationals and, consequently, a bit pricier. Occasionally, I can find “black” bread, comparable to those heavy German breads I so love.
Nene Teresa (a couple blocks north of Grand Hotel and directly across from the small ABC Cinema)
The medium-sized of the three markets I frequent. Despite its smaller size, this MAXI (there are several around town) carries some domestic items (extension cords, small appliances).
Nene Teresa (one block south of the cathedral with the scaffolded tower)
Smallest of the three but diverse enough to cover all basic food needs. I go there mainly because there is an excellent and inexpensive cafeteria on the ground floor. On the upper levels, there are additional floors and stores–kinda like a five-story Woolworth, though lacking the comprehensiveness of ETC.