I’m just back from a weekend trip to Belgrade with my friends. I was a first timer in Belgrade, cool place. Belgrade is also known as the city that never sleeps it is the capital of Serbia and country’s largest city. It was also the capital and the biggest city in Yugoslavia. It lies on the confluence of two great European rivers Sava and Danube. It’s one of the oldest city’s in Europe and it’s really a place to visit. Here are some highlights of our weekend in Belgrade:
Walley of the hungry or the hungry street in New Belgrade
If you are a food lover, you need to go to so-called Avenue of the hungry where you can find more than 15 choices of fast food offers on 200 meters area. You can get a variety of quick bites from pizza, gyros, pancakes, donuts and many more they work 24/7. My favorite is sis cevap (šiš ćevap), it is delicious, the place is always busy, a line of people all the time but it’s worth to wait, I highly recommend. If you are in Serbia you also need to try traditional dish called čevapčiči (is a grilled dish of minced meat, found traditionally in the Balkans) with lepinja (traditional type of bread) and kajmak (kaymak is a Serbian soft creamy dairy product with rich flavor it tastes like a mix of butter and cheese-try it!).
Belgrade fortress (Kalemegdan Park)
Kalemegdan park and fortress is one of the main attractions of Belgrade. Before you enter the fortress you can see lots of vendors selling souvenirs on their stalls. The park is huge and the entrance is free. At the edge of the fortress, you get incredible views of the great Danube meeting Sava river and view to the New Belgrade.
The walls of the fortress are composed of red brick and gray stone. The gray stone is from the time of the Ottomans and the red bricks were added by the Austrians.
Knez Mihailova Street
Very close to the fortress is the main pedestrian street in Belgrade with lovely architecture and it is full of cafes, restaurants, and shops. Knez Mihailova Street, the pedestrian zone, and the shopping center is a protected cultural zone as one of the oldest and most valuable city complexes. It has lots of numerous representative buildings and urban houses. It is a nice place to spend the afternoon.
Nightlife in Belgrade
Belgrade is famous for its nightlife you have plenty of options to pick from. Here you can find a place for you, no matter what kind of a person you are, no matter what kind of music you like, what kind of food you like and how much money you have. There is something for everyone, from fancy restaurants all kind of music clubs, traditional Serbian bars…
One of the popular options to party is most definitely floating rafts (splavovi) turned into nightclubs, on the banks of the Sava and Danube river. Splavovi are opened only in the summer months so if you visit Belgrade in the winter you need to find another alternative.
Belgrade main clubbing scene consists of turbo-folk (music specific for Serbia), house music, progressive and tech house.
Serbs love rakija and their rakija is very good, lots of Serbs make rakija at home. Rakija is an alcoholic drink made from the distillation of fermented fruits. It can be very strong (40% to 60%), so be careful, it can be dangerous. You can pick from different types of rakija: plum, apple, apricot, grape, fig, quince…