The delicious dishes in Macedonia reflect both the balmy, hospitable climate of its lowlands—excellent growing conditions—and strong culinary influences from the rest of the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and Turkey. A flagship meal is tavce gravce, a beanand-onion stew that comes in countless regional variations. Many a meal comes accompanied by the puffed-up flatbread called pita. Baklava, kebabs, and dolmas—eaten widely throughout the region—have their own Macedonian versions. Popular beverages include Turkish coffee, kefir, wine, and the regional liquar rakia. In this food-loving culture, it’s wonderful to sample local cuisine across the full spectrum, from a street vendor to a fancy sit-down restaurant, where you’ll often be able to taste firsthand how inspirations from farther afield (such as Western Europe) manifest on a Macedonian plate.