If you want to go to every cafe or bar in Belgrade, you will have to spend a couple of years here!
-I have heard.
Belgrade is full of cafes, pubs and bars! I have to admit it, I am a cozy place maniac, foodie and unique spots seeker – and this city is paradise for me. I am not a fan of chic places where people go to show off. The opposite, I like bars where you don’t have to pretend anything and are allowed to be yourself, wear your worn jeans and comfy sneakers. If you like such places too, go ahead and read on. If you look for fancy bars of Eastern Europe, this blog may not be the right read.
Let me take you on a virtual trip around restaurants, bars and kafanas in the beautiful city of Belgrade!
SKY WALKER – VILENJAK
Something for those of you who like to stay close to nature and water while being in a city. Sky Walker is a cafe on a boat. There are places to sit outside and outside on a spacious terrace.
I’ve just had a coffee there so can’t say much about the food but I definitely have to mention this place on my top list because I love the spot. In the summer it’s a place to be, you can even spend a whole day there (or jumping from one cafe to another) without getting bored and hurting your wallet!
Address: Hard to say. It’s located on the promenade by Sava river.
Live music, inexpensive drinks, cozy space and lots of tables to choose from. Additionally, quite big portions. I took just a cup of tea (served in a big mug) but a friend of mine took a sandwich and it looked really good.
This is a place to go for cafe and pub crawlers. If you like to change the place after one drink, you should definitely check this one out. There is an entire passage full of cafes and bars so even if you don’t like Jedno Mesto, there is a big chance that you’ll find something for yourself. And your picky friends too!
Address: Cetinjska 15
One of the pubs in the passage in the neighborhood of Jedno Mesto:
Quite a fancy, yet cozy place. Smokvica is a restaurant and a cafe located in an old villa in a very nice neighborhood. The place is quite spacious but always full. I’ve been there twice, never found a free spot – we actually shared the table with some other couples.
It’s a beautiful, neat and proper place, but if you look for a peaceful place to work on your laptop, you may search for another one. Smokvica seems to be one of the favorite places of your people from Belgrade who want to listen to music, eat and talk.
They serve delicious, aromatic mulled wine in winter.
Address: Molerova 33
2in1. Hostel and a bar, something for beer connaisseurs – you can taste many types of Serbian crafted beers. Big advantage of the place: cool and relaxed ambience plus a nice view – especially in the summer.
As they advertise:
“Stay in the city. Feel the nature”
And nothing more to add!
Address: The passage along Danube river, more precisely: 44°49’20.01″ N, 20°25’55.25″ E
I didn’t plan to go there, I didn’t even hear about the place. Luckily, I was wandering around and spotted this cool place with a breathtaking view.
“We have to go there!”
– I said.
As we opened the door I smelled something you could call “local” – a familiar fusion of old, wooden interiors, coffee and the 90s. Not everybody may like it, I loved it. The place is relatively cheap, the views are priceless. Adventurers will love the fact that if you want to use the toilet, you have to freeze your ass off in the toilets outside. Well, it’s all worth it!
Address: Visoka 35a in Zemun district
Nothing special at first sight. Simple interior, kind of kitschy entrance.
“We came here for food”
– I’ve heard.
I understood these words after we’ve taken our breakfast. It was super fresh (hot bread baked there!) and extremely delicious (vegans will hate me if they read this!)
If you’re not a fan of chic, fancy places, like to eat well and are not vegan or vegetarian – that’s a place for you. You will eat well on a budget.
Address: Boulevard Arsenija Carnojevica 95, quite far from city centre.
Typical, local kafana for people who like to spend time with friends, listen to live music and don’t like to dress up. I loved its relaxed atmosphere. The place is cozy and very small, what makes it cameral, but at the same time – first come first served – if you don’t grab your place in advance, you may not have a spot to sit.
Feels like home, the kitschy decorations give it some charm. Atmosphere far from being stiff, you won’t see people wearing high heels or smart clothes.
Address: Sindeliceva 3
Now something for meat lovers: super authentic ćevap from Sarajevo! Inexpensive, freshly prepared food (their kajmak is to die for!) and simple, wooden interior. A place for connaisseurs who want to taste the best local dishes.
Address: Đure Jakšića
CAFE LE RIO
There is a big competition in Belgrade when it comes to floating bars and restaurants! I have visited three so far and liked them all. Le Rio is another pearl on the list – cozy interior that feels like home, and delicious desserts (I ordered mouthwatering knedle).
Reasonable prices, intimate corners to sit, nice views.
Address: Again, hard to say. It is by Danube river, in Zamun district, in the place where all bars are located
MLADOST LUDOST GADOST
I know I said I am not a fan of fancy places, but… this one took my breath away. Warm, wooden interiors are my weakness! The wooden beams, tiny lights hanging all over the place and comfy sofas make this place feel like you are in a cabin in the woods.
The place itself is big, has 2 floors, the music is quite loud, lots of elegant people around. Not my favorite thing but some people may take it as a big asset!
Prices? A bit higher than the places I’ve previously listed.
Address: Karadordeva 44
Which one would you go to?