Macedonian cuisine

Traditional Macedonian cuisine (Macedonian: Македонска кујна, Makedonska kujna) is the traditional cuisine of the Republic of Macedonia—a representative of the cuisine of the Balkans—reflecting Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, and to a lesser extent Italian, German and Eastern European (especially Hungarian) ones. The relatively warm climate in the Republic of Macedonian provides excellent growth conditions for a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Thus, Macedonian cuisine is particularly diverse.

Famous for its rich Shopska salad, an appetizer and side dish which accompanies almost every meal, Macedonian cuisine is also noted for the diversity and quality of its dairy products, wines, and local alcoholic beverages, such as rakija.

Tavče-gravče and mastika are considered the national dish and drink of the Republic of Macedonia, respectively.

Traditional Macedonian foods

Tavče-Gravče, Turli Tava, Ajvar(a bell pepper spread, can be mild or hot), Kebapi, Musaka, Sarmi and Sarma from wine leaf, Polneti Piperki (stuffed capsicum usually filled with rice or rice with meat), Shkembe Chorba, Shopska salad, Pita (pastry), Burek, Lutenica (a hot pepper/vegetable spread), Malidzano (an eggplant spread), Pindzur (a spicy vegetable relish), Kiselo Mleko and Jogurt, Taratur (a yoghurt-based cold soup/dip), Banica, Popara, Pastrmajlija, Turli Tava, Sirenje (white brined cheese), Sharplaninski ovchi Kashkaval (hard sheep's milk cheese from the Šar Mountains – Šar Planina in Macedonian), Shirden and Kukurek, Kisela Zelka and Rasolnica (Sour cabbage), Mekici (also known as tiganici or pishii), fried lumps of dough, Chorba od Kopriva (Creamy Nettle Soup), Kompir Mandza (a potato and meat stew), Pleskavica or burger( also Sharska and Ajducka ), Kachamak (aka. Bakrdan), Zelnik

Traditional Macedonian desserts

Alva, Baklava, Kadaif, Med, Tulumba, Palačinki (Crêpe), Kompot






The Republic of Macedonia has a well developed coffee culture, and Turkish coffee is by far the most popular coffee beverage. With over 5,000 establishments, the traditional Macedonian coffeehouse and bar—the kafeana—is one of the most common places to go out and have a drink. However, because of the negative stereotypes surrounding the kafana, many younger people prefer to frequent the more Western-styled cafés which are also seen as being classier.

From the days of the Ottoman Empire through to the present, coffee has played an important role in Macedonian lifestyle and culture. The serving and consumption of coffee has had a profound effect on betrothal and gender customs, political and social interaction, prayer, and hospitality customs. Although many of the rituals are not prevalent in today's society, coffee has remained an integral part of Macedonian culture.

Other coffee beverages such as lattes, cafe mochas and cappuccinos are becoming increasingly popular with the opening of more upmarket cafés. Professionals and businesspeople have contributed to the popularity instant coffee (especially frappé).


Wine (Vranec, Traminec, Alexandria, Smederevka)
Rakija (Grape Rakija, Plum Rakija, Apricot Rakija, Mastika)
Beer (Skopsko, Krali Marko, Zlaten dab, Gorsko)





Non Alcohol

Yoghurt (Kefir)
Mineral water
Gorska Voda
Pella rosa

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