BEFORE YOU COME…
If you are anything like me, you like to prepare before you come to a new city. Here are some great books that will entertain you and make you understand Serbian mentality a little bit better. You can get them online on Amazon or in street bookshops in Belgrade.
The titles are: Momo Kapor (A Guide to the Serbian mentality, The Magic of Belgrade) and Emma Fick (Snippets of Serbia). They also make a great gift for your friends back home.
Where to Stay
You have so many cool places to stay in Belgrade, whether you are into fancy hotels (Square Nine, Radisson Blu, Hyatt, Crown Plaza, Metropol) or you are more a hostel kind of person traveling on a budget.
If you want to find the perfect apartment to feel like at home, City Break Apartments are great option to look into. They are located in the city center from where you can easily and simply reach all important points in Belgrade. The one from photos bellow is called Klishe Zen Apartment.
ONCE YOU ARE HERE…
Food you should try n buy
Makadam Shop If you are new to Belgrade it is difficult to find all the local designers by yourself so lovely folks from Makadam did that for you. This concept shop, bistro and event spot was founded in June 2015 in the historical center of Belgrade where each piece is handmade by local artisans and designers. I keep coming back for Makadam Scented Candles (try Topciderska zvezda scent) and Koozmetik body lotion.
Little Blue Pot Jam is a 100% natural made jam with extraordinary flavors and unique design so they make a great gift Little Blue Pot Cherry & Black Pepper Fruit Preserve, Little Blue Pot Plum & Rosemary Jam, Little Blue Pot Apricot & Thyme Jam. They are available in Belgrade and New York City.
Rakia Bar You cannot go back home from Serbia without Rakia for all your friends. Drop by Rakia bar and try different types of them so you can chose the best one for your buddies. Also, get some Adore Rakia Bar chocolate pralines that have 10 different flavors filled with rakia made from: plum, aromatic plants, quince, honey, cherries and raspberries.
Photo Travel through Belgrade
Belgrade has rich heritage of many centuries, the modern cultural and artistic scene and design, distinctive city attractions, exciting nightlife, fine international cuisine and its well-known local food and drink, local hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The folks from City Break Apartments made a collaboration with
Factory of Photography and they organize a unique phototravel trough Belgrade. They can show you around Kalemegdan, Skadarlija Bohemian Quarter, Knez Mihajlova street, The Republic Square, Sava Mala, Belgrade River Promenade, Ada Ciganlija, Gardoš Zemun… The photos from this post were taken by Dzenet Koko from Factory of Photography.
How does it work?
A professional photographer will be your guide and take you on a tour capturing the creative angles of Belgrade seen through a photo camera. You will get an album of beautiful moments during the tour and if you are interested you will also get a- photography tips so you can take better photos yourself. The tours last for 2h and you can choose some of the suggested routes: Rivers of Belgrade, Dorćol eternal charm of contrasts, Street art Belgrade creative energy and Kalemegdan Fortress. Or you can chose tell them more about yourself and pick you own route.
If you are looking for an ultimate list of best restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars etc. you are at the right place because I’ve made one just for you 🙂
Quotes on Belgrade
“… I went to Belgrade with no expectations of décor, images, gaiety, anything interesting, and now I am a complete victim of its seductive charm that I must say goodbye to it with the greatest pain. This is a new sensation: falling in love with a city.”
Herbert Vivian, journalist
“The sky above Belgrade is expansive and high, shifting yet always beautiful; clear with its chill splendour during the winter; turning into a single downcast cloud during summer storms, driven by the crazy winds and bearing rain mixed with the dust of the Pannonian plain; seeming to flower along with the ground during spring; and growing heavy with roils of autumnal stars during fall. Always beautiful and bountiful, it is a reward to this odd township for all that is missing and a comfort for everything that should not be.”
Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner
“This grand city seems to have always been like this: torn and split, as if it never exists but is perpetually being created, built upon and recovered. On one side it waxes and grows, on the other it wanes and deteriorates. Ever in motion and rustle, never calm and never knowing tranquility or quiet. The city upon two rivers, on the grand clearing, bound by the winds.”
Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner
“There are places in Belgrade where picket fences still exist, with weeds of a strong and bitter smell growing right next to them… a turtledove is cooing upon the wild pear branch and the lost field mouse is running in terror or hunger… All these things still exist, in a street with no name and a house with no number… Stuck like thistle to the pants of the metropolis, travelling across a time and space they do not belong to.”
Dušan Radović, poet and writer
”You had so much to rebuild, having been bombed by both the Germans and the Allies. The other cities of Europe have an easy time boasting of their beauty… You have a beautiful little zoo… They told me that during the bombing the zoo was destroyed and the animals fled to the streets, but returned of their own volition… It is truly a lovely tale – though I do not know if it is true…”
Alfred Hitchcock, film director