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Skopje City Guide

Mosque in Old Town

Skopje in a word: Likeable.

Chance of Hooking up: 3 / 5
Quality of Girls: 3.5 / 5
Smoking tolerance level: 3.5 / 5

City guide ratings explained

Costs €$£

Beer: Around  €1.50 – 2 for a pint.
Bed: €20 for a private room.
Bud: €50 for 25 grams.
Board: €3 for a good meal.
Budget other: Go to the new age bar and shell out a few coppers for a communal Hookah and some yummy Macedonian wine, well worth it for under €15.
Currency Conversion

Overview

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for this place. Macedonia in general is one of my top countries in the Balkans. I’ve been in Skopje three times, both in winter and summer. The city has plenty of character, the girls are great, it’s cheap and the nightlife is not too bad wither. Enjoy this Balkan gem.

The Girls

Suzana Al-Salkini

Macedonian girls are something special. They are slim, sexy and chilled. Ethnic Macedonians are mostly brunettes but also get the typical blonde hair, blue eyed girl about. 25 % are of Albanian heritage if you like a darker, more Ottoman look. The great thing is the girls are more friendly than their Balkan neighbours in Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. Day game and night game work equally well here and you can be fairly direct.Most girls speak basic English. Skopje doesn’t receive many tourists so locals are curious about foreigners. Frankly, it’s a relativity easy place to pick up quality women. If you want to see more Macedonian babes click here.

Nightlife Recommendations

I have two good recommendations for you guys.

New Age

From what I’ve seen, if I could bring a date to any bar in all of Europe, my first choice would be New Age. The seating areas are on cool wooden islands over a pond, covered in cushions. Inside looks like a derelict building with Arabic décor, Hookah pipes, local wine and chill-out music.  Not really a place to pick up, but the perfect pre-club bar to start your night if you are with friends. A must-see.

Club Havana

An open air fiesta with Cuban sounds, live music & cheap beer. The party vibe here is infectious and it’s wall to wall with cute girls. The clientèle are laid back and it’s really easy to approach as everyone is standing and it’s not too loud.  Arguably the best place in Skopje to pick up. Go Monday night.

UPDATE: Havana has gone done hill. Check out Maracanas nearby for rock chicks and live music.

Getting High

Nomad’s input : Bought 50 grams for €100 (just asked around in New Age). My friend got caught smoking a joint by the police, they let him off, didn’t  ask for money and even gave the joint back – gotta love this country!

Law enforcement: There is a special police unit called “ALFI” they drive old ventos golf 2 3 and always they roll in a pack of 3. If you get arrested with a small amount – let’s say 5 grams they may let you off easy.

Where to buy marijuana in Skopje: Best place to find weed here in skopje is just walk around find some group of kids ages 16-23 or so a lot of us smoke weed so the chance of you asking the right ones is 80%. Don’t give the money first.

Skopje marijuana prices: 2$ a gram, 230$ 1 Kilo. The prices get higher 500 denars = around 12$ for 2 grams.

My Skopje Experience

The first time I went here was in 2009 with a Norwegian girl. The locals treated us like family and wouldn’t let us pay for a thing. On my recent trip, the first night was incredible. I spent the night with a blonde bombshell I met on-line and took to New Age. The next day, the sweetheart even made me cookies, then took me on a picnic and lavished me with wine. The second night, I went to Havana and made out with three different girls, one of which I really clicked with. I also had numbers of two other girls I gamed before that night, but I didn’t even have time to see them. Needless to say, I got my flag. My third time there, I stayed for a week, but admittedly, I kind of got tired of the place by the end. It’s just a little bit too small for a long stay.

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56 Responses to Skopje City Guide

  1. uh October 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Hey, Im in Skopje and I need a contact to get some special stuff. Can you help me?

  2. lucian October 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    hi naughtynomad, i’m planning a trip to skopje for the next weekend can u help me out with a contact ?

  3. lucian October 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    for some green stuff 😀

    • naughtynomad October 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

      Just ask around at the New Age bar. That’s how we got sorted. I don’t have any specific contact.

  4. tyler February 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    dude, I am heading to skopje in a few months. what online site did you use to meet macedonian girls ahead of time prior to your visit?

    • Naughty Nomad February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      try tagged.com

  5. ayandiaf May 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    hi i will go on vacation in india goa can you hook me up with a blode girl i will take care of the rest i can pay the ticket and the cost for two weeks i have a villa to stay in goa should be till 5″9 as i am 5″11.

    thanking you in advance.

    • Naughty Nomad May 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      WTF?

  6. Joshua May 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Slap him lol

  7. james June 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi nomad,

    I notice you were recently back in Macedonia, any update skopje, was it as good as your last trip?

    Is it worth me getting online to contact some chicks on any networking sites? Amy suggestions?

    Have fun in Bulgaria.

  8. si June 13, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    hey nomad,

    Awesome site! I love your articles!! I noticed you were recently back in Macedonis, any update for Skopje? as i am planning to be there in 2 weeks.

    and Tagged is the best site to conatc the hotties first?

    hey have fun in bulgaria…Plovdiv is a good spot (if the students are still about!)

    • Naughty Nomad June 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

      yeah.. will try get around to an update… another good place to pick up young chicas (17-20) is rock bar maracana near Havana. If you’re looking for chicks a little bit more mature (mid to late twenties) check out Van gogh.

  9. si June 14, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    thanks bro!

    I dont see a city guide for Bulgaria, but last time I was there we got lucky in a place called Alocohol bar/club (Sofia) ….and if the students are still there def head to the smaller city of Plovdiv (but its dead without the students)

    Hopefully ill have some luck in Macedonia next weekend

    • Naughty Nomad June 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      @Simon: Haven’t really done Sofia… Good luck in Macedonia. Some of the girls make out easy enough.. but a fair bit of comfort is required to bed them. Have fun..

  10. John Morrison August 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Hey Nomad, your analysis of Skopje is a joke! The girls are weak compared to what I just saw in Pristina, Kosovo! Kosovo girls are more sexy and pretty compared to the mutts of Skopje. I’m going to check out Havana this week but if what I’ve saw in the streets of Skopje are any indication of what the clubs have then your need glasses. In addition, Pristina is a real city with activity and modern buildings and great outdoors restaurants and cafe’s. WTF are you talking about that it’s a mess?? Skopje is the mess and it’s so poor compared to Pristina it’s not even close Amigo. Have you seen the square area of Skopje recently? It’s all busted up and a fucking mess. They are trying to renovate it but they don’t what the fuck they are doing. Pristina has new homes and modern buildings all over the place and is upscale compared to dumpy and quiet Skopje. Albanians are stong people with a brain for commerce. Remember, they just told Serbia and the world to stick it and formed their own country! To your credit, you are correct about the attitude of the Albanian women in Kosovo, it’s very male dominated (still) and they women and men do not seem to sit with one another when you walk by the outdoor restaurants during the day. That separation of the two species is interesting to see. I’ll let you know about the nightlife of Skopje to see how accurate your wrap is…..

  11. John Morrison August 22, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    Well, I checked out Havana and the night club right behind it on a Wednesday night and as I suspected, a complete joke and waste of time! It was a dude fest with a few decent looking girl who are not game at all! They are very young and I’ll repeat myself, NOT GAME AT ALL! Macedonia is the biggest disappointment on my trip (I’ve been all over the world and have been to places this Nomad kid hasn’t been too). Guys, don’t waste your time with this broken down and poor city. The city square is a fucking mess and the country is extremely poor. Go to Pristina instead for a day or two and try and meet girls during the day and take them out at night. The city has energy and is more modern and clean. Skopje is a joke! Nomad gets a big “F” on this analysis!!

  12. Bilal August 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    @john Morrison i was planning to travel skopje but after reading your comments it really changed my mind what to do u suggest to go to have fun in balkans………….
    @naughty nomad any suggestion from your side

    • Naughty Nomad August 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      @Bilal: I just got back from Skopje for the third time. I had a great time (again), but perhaps I’ve let my objectivity slide because I met an incredible woman there. Unfortunately, some things have changed there. The Art hostel, which was one of the coolest hostels in EE, has moved location to a shit building. Furthermore, the center is being renovated (not my fault Jim). The girls you meet are young – but since when was that a bad thing?

      @Jim: Did you check out New Age? This is my number one reason I’m so fond of the city…

      • Alex July 11, 2015 at 9:56 am #

        Hell I need to know where should I go to have good fun in Macedonia do you can email me some contacts ?

      • SKY August 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

        Hi Naughty Nomad! Just wanted to say I’ve found your site incredibly helpful and is my go to source for travelling! I’ve been to several countries over the last 4 years based on your reviews and have had incredible success!! Thankyou so much!! My next stop is Macedonia and I’ll head into Kosovo after.

        • Mark Zolo August 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

          Thanks man.

  13. chris December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    i be going to skopje on xmas time and thinking new year?
    how is the weather there ? how much money i need per day to live good and have fun ?

    thanx

  14. Allen May 23, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    Hey I just wanted to ask, have you really been to Balkan? I’ve been there every summer these last 4 years, stay for one month (I like the place for some reason) and it seems very different from what you describe it. I’ve been to Macedonia as well and maybe you didn’t saw it because your biggest focus is blond hair, but Macedonian girls are flat chested in general and I wouldn’t call them slim. I don’t want to offend anyone, but that’s from my experience. Maybe we have visited different places, but I didn’t even see (natural) blonds. Heck, I saw the Albanians there too, and frankly natural blond is more common in them (Ottoman?). Never seen so many green eyes in my life. But anyway, that was off from what I wanted to say. I wanted to say that when it comes to Balkan, the best countries are the coastal ones at least in my opinion. I didn’t liked the others so much. The girls are better in the coastal Balkan countries from my numerous experiences.

    • Naughty Nomad May 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Of course, but I do need to update this city guide. I’ve been back since and see it differently. Funny, the two girls I hooked up with in Macedonia were blonde… but yeah, it’s rare.

  15. Jack May 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I’ve been living in Skopje for quite a while, and trust me, night life is superb when you are foreign. This place is still off the map, foreigners are rare, and Macedonian girls are the most open minded ones I have ever seen. I hit 2-3 girls per week, rarely go home alone. Havana is still an ok place, indeed especially on Monday nights, but the scene changes in the summer, when I would stick to places like Midnight (after 1AM), or just the old bazaar part (before 1AM), for pick up. Much younger crowds should hang out at Barista (before 1AM) and 69 (after 1AM) The summer clubs are not very easy game, lot of money involved there, Ukrainian situations, especially Paradiso is one hell of a snobby place (but Skopje is cheap, you’re easily rich!) Mamas used to be very good but it is closed for now. Avoid the Leninova area unless you are on a date, no way you will be succesful there. Jukebox, in Debar Maalo, is an ok bet on odd days like Tuesday, it’s a bit like Havana. Pivnica in the Old Town is good on fridays, saturdays, before you go out, as an alternative to the classic New Age Bar. It is not hard at all to mingle with locals there between 11 and 1. Best thing of advice: Look good, make sure you don’t look like a Macedonian, so dress up, wear a suit, it works. Nomad, if you need more info on the clubs in town and what’s on and what’s not, don’t hesitate to ask. Love your blog, love your adventures! Cheers.

  16. Tucky July 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Hey there,

    I’ve read all the comments, some positive- some negative.

    I’m going to macedonia for a week in mid-late august. What is the best bet to meet cuties ? to spend time in skopje or heading straight to ohrid for having fun there ?

    i was thinking of spending 1-2 days in skopje however i’ll land on sunday, so i aint sure if sunday is the right day to go out for hunting cuties ? Please advise.

    How about ohrid ? Any report on places in ohrid ? Finally, i’m also in search of website to work in advance, but this taggad is a joke imo.. Is there a better alternative ?

    cheers

    • Naughty Nomad July 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Ohrid is cool – but only in Summer on the weekends. I need to update this guide as I’ve been back since. Check out a bar called maracanas! Great for picking up young rock chicks.

  17. Zero August 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I was in Skopje for three nights the third week of July and my experience matches this city guide pretty well. Except that I couldn’t find New Age, it may be closed in the summer or maybe all the people I asked were clueless. In summer Havana’s moves to the park by the stadium, but has a great open-air vibe and nearby is a nice dark park with a pond for isolation. The taxis wait out front and only $2 US got us back to my apartment. I got my flag there the first night I went out (Saturday) and went back on Monday (1/2 price ladies drinks) and it was rocking despite the rain. The town was dead on summer Sunday. I didn’t check out Maracanas, should have read the comments. I don’t know what the haters are smoking, but they can go elsewhere and I’ll be back to Skopje.

  18. tucky August 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    I’m heading to skopje this friday, and i’ll stay the friday night there. Since I’m heading to ohrid for the following day, friday is my only bet ( there might be 1-2 weekdays before taking off too)
    So I’m confused, this havana having moved to open air park should be the destination , if not maracanas or new age ?

    • Naughty Nomad August 8, 2012 at 1:28 am #

      Summer Havana is right beside Maracanas 🙂 Hit up both and report back!

  19. Verinas August 9, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Awesome site, can’t wait to read your book. My gf got a job offer in Kosovo and we moved here 3 weeks ago… as a card-carrying member of the Oregon state herbal society, I am finding it extremely frustrating that local folks are so sketched out when I ask for bud. Something about new police ops… anyway, I’m headed to New Age this weekend, hope that works, I can’t sleep without my meds! Please pm me with any other helpful info. Thanks and keep on keeping on!

  20. instigator August 14, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    Naughty Nomad, what’s the website that you use to meet Macedonian girls?

    • Naughty Nomad August 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Tagged, vkontack, myspace, badoo, facebook..

  21. komit November 16, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Naughty nomad i want your advices i am going to casinos in gevgelija… and i want girls for having fan.. can you send me an email to help me… next time i have to go i want to know what i am doing 🙂 thank you.!

  22. mclovin December 8, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    seems worht the trip

  23. Dominik December 31, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    LOL ,prishtina a modern city ,biggest joke y ever heard ,go to prishtina if you really want to see poorness and mafia people

  24. Michael January 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    I’m planning a trip this summer, I want to see the best that Eastern Europe has to offer along with the Balkans, I’ve read your city guide on Kiev Skopje Sarajevo etc. I need help making up my mind on where to visit. Athens is a must though because I have friends there where I could stay for free.

  25. K-fiesta loca January 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I’m here in Skopje for work, I don’t know the city, may you send me some contact’s?
    mail, phone number ecc
    😉

  26. George March 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Greetings guys.I just want to share my experience with you.Personally I believe that Skopje is nothing like the town described in the guide. First of all the poverty is very high and quality of life is too bad. The girls are not ultra sexy or something but they are the ugliest compared to the other Slavs or neighbours like the sexier by far Bulgarian,Greek and Serbian girls. Most of them have no pretty characteristics at all. KInda short height and flat chest.The people here are a little xenophobe to racist too.The prices are low though. I don’t want to offend anyone but this is my personal experience as I travel to this country often because of my job. The poster’s view seemed weird to me that is why.I posted. never mind. have fun and enjoy the place you will.visit. bye bye folks

  27. Traveller March 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Thanks, your article was very helpful 😉

  28. Wonky November 12, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Must admit, I wasn’t that impressed by Skopje when I first arrived on a Saturday afternoon. The centre is really small and still an unfinished construction site for the massive redevelopment of the old square. The Old Town/Turkish Bazaar was quiet and the food not great.

    But when I returned around 11pm everything had changed. There were loads of people out and a nice buzz. The string of bars by the river next to the main square were really lively with some fit girls (though a bit on the tarty side).

    I went looking for New Age, as it came so highly recommended by NN, but had difficulty finding it – nobody seemed to know where it was, even a friend of a friend who lived around the corner didn’t know. When I finally found it, it was dark and quiet, with just a few bods laying semi-comatose in the shadows. But the owner invited me in and gave me free drinks. It was a surreal experience. She was wankered and talkative. The place is cool, more like a beach bar in SE Asia, than Europe. She explained that it’s a lot busier during the week and not in August.

    After she closed up, she took me to her sister’s bar in the Old Town. Absinthe House. Another cool venue, bit like a speakeasy, with DJ and a terrace on the cobblestone square out front. But Absinthe is nasty stuff. She and her friends got properly fucked up. I left around 4am when she couldn’t speak anymore.

    I then found a heaving bar in the middle of the dead backstreets. I was quite drunk myself and stumbled into a bloke. But he didn’t seem to mind. In fact, he tried to follow me home. I didn’t realise until I saw him lurking behind me when I went for a piss in the bushes by the Stone Bridge. Cue hasty retreat.

    Skopje’s cool. And people are very friendly as foreigners are surprisingly not very common. Definitely worth a visit.

  29. Deckar November 20, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I am going to skopje for first time can you help me with some contacts. girls to show me around the place.thanks.once i am shown around I should be able take care of myself

  30. biologicalworld.com February 26, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over
    again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  31. brien June 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    man i’ll be visiting skopje. May you tell me the number of any of the girls you spent the night with. i would like to have her also 😛

  32. Chris October 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I went to skopje last may and june 2013 and I enjoyed the vibe. I went to a nice bar called the mojo city jazz bar or something like that where they have a few bands on. I spoke to a guy there who recommends the jukebox for a night out for music and meeting people.

    now I am going back to skopje this sunday 12th – and heading back Friday 17th to England.

    Tagged.com I found to be a waste of time though. met no one from there. but I am not there to meet anyone (I have long stepped down from the set up that to get most women you need to have pick up artist skills – so I would rather step away than exhaust myself with pua manuscripts and I can live without drilling flange anyway)

    anyway, I will be trialling the jukebox, and bars where there are spacious dancefloors for some music motion. I like jazz, blues, funk, rock, 50s, 60s 70s some 80s and early 90s music. I have 5 nights so I want to make the best of them and also budget to £15 a day as I am on a career break currently. But what would be the best night bars other than jukebox? might try new age if can find it or Havana. I am residing near the square – well,just over 5 minute walk away from the square heading further away from the train central station.

  33. B January 31, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Hey.. gona travel to gecgelija sometime in the next 2 weeks..
    Just need an overnight company of 2 hotties..
    can u point me somewhere?
    thx mate..

  34. FabriX July 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi!,
    It is my 2nd time in Skopje, and love this place. I have seen mix of opinions about girls here. Well there is some true on both. It is a poor place, but there’s all level of girls here and they are really willing to meet foreigners. Regarding boob, I don’t know which country you have been, but this is one of the country where girl have bigger boobs!.
    I cannot really recommend places in Skopje, but I strongly recommend to visit Ohrid. Awesome place, nice girls!!

  35. Barnone August 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Hey guys i make a little trip in europe, and i’ll be in skopje at the beginning of september. Any people around ? Do you have some advices for hostel/hotel or bar to meet some girls ?
    thanks 🙂

    • Tristan September 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Hey man I’m here for work add me on bbm or whatsapp or email your contact info we can meet up for some drinks.

  36. Veljko September 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Macedonia is amazing country full of beautiful girls,cheap booze and great nightlife.
    i come from Belgrade which is slowly loosing its title as the best party city but Skopje…it is phenomenal,20-30 percent cheaper then Belgrade,cheapest taxi i have ever taken,nice restaurants,gigs…girls are also really friendly especially if u speak german or turkish..D
    warm recommendation

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