Here you are a brief selection of restaurants, cafés and bars in Belgrade. However before going out eating or drinking you need to know at least something about Serbian cuisine!
Generally, Serbian cuisine is an heterogeneous mix due to the influence of all the cultures (Mediterranean, especially Greek, Hungarian, Turkish and Austrian cuisines) that lived in Belgrade throughout history.
Serbian traditional food involves a lot of grilled meat, beans and many cabbage-based meals. It is a rich cuisine with a wide range of alcohol beverages that accompany these fat-rich dishes. Here are some specialties:
Some of the most typical Serbian dishes in Serbia is the pljeskavica, minced meat in hamburgers form or made meatballs; sarma, minced beef and pork wrapped in pickled cabbage or vine leaves; cevapcici, small rolls of mixed minced meat; Vesalica that is grilled meat strips; muckalica i.e. grilled guts and gibanica, pastry leaves mixed with eggs, cheese and then baked. Another more elaborated dish is the karadjordjeva snicla, stuffed veal chop with kajmak, cheese, ham, french fries and mayo.
As for fish based dishes, the typical one is the riblja corba, a fish soup and the lignje na zaru, battered squid.
Even if vegetarian cuisine is not the strength of Serbian cooking it is possible to find many kinds of salad and vegetarian dishes in Serbia, such as the Srpska salata (salad, tomato, peppers and onion).
Most Serbian restaurants serve the national cuisine, but there are lots of international restaurants with a large variety of cuisines (Chinese, Italian, Japanese, French, Greek and Mexican).
The national drink of Serbia is the slivovica a famous home grown plum brandy. Other common drinks are the lozovaca, a kind of grappa; the rakija, a really high brandy with slave origins and the pelinkovac made with wormwood.
However beer is the most common alcoholic drink in Belgrad; Jelen, MB, Lav and Pils are the national brands. Every year in August held The Belgrade Beer Festival.
Besides, the choice of wines ranges between Mediterranean and continental types.
We recommend the following restaurants in Belgrade:
Lorenzo i Kakalamba Restaurant
Cvijiceva 110 - Belgrade Centre
Lorenzo i Kakalamba Restaurant’s original location that is a unique conception of the conflict between Florence and Pirot. The designers it seems were given a free hand to express themselves, you will notice around a multitude of interesting details, from tables filled with green apples, seats contoured to a naked human form, a goat which is peacefully grazing grass on the ceiling, and the comic reproductions of the famous Florentine sculptures to the fantastic paintings of the famous Botero. As for the menu, it is a combination of traditional Pirot cuisine and Italian, featuring pasta and pizza, roast meat and tufahija and tulumbe, alongside chocolate souffle. Prices are reasonable.
Jevremona 26 – Belgrade Centre
Jevren Restaurants s located Placed in a back yard of a lovingly restored old villa in Belgrade, dating from 1936. in the centre of Dorcol quarter, highly recommendable by presidents, writers, actors, even members of Royal familly.
If You are looking for the most recommendable, high class, traditional and a bit cheeky place with excellent food and atmosphere, You are in a right place.
Furnished as if time stopped in the 1920s, and the old photographs of Belgrade on the sunflower-yellow walls confirm this. The food is traditional and simple, and try the spiced hot brandy with baklava and Serbian coffee.
Kralja Petra 6 Stari Grad - Belgrade Centre
? has the shortest restaurant name in Belgrade, the object of an argument between the former owner and the abstemious clergy of the Orthodox cathedral opposite, who objected the old name "Cathedral Tavern". The landlord decided to change the signboard to a '?' signaling his perplexity as to what the fuss was about. ? is an original Balkans with chiaroscuro light from paneled windows that creeps in to pick up cigarette smoke and dust specks dancing through the sunbeams. Furniture and foot-polished floorboards glow with a patina of antiquity, diners sit at low wooden tables on equally low half-moon chairs. The menu is Serbian, with a robust selection of grilled meats.
Savski trg 7 - Belgrade Centre
Savamala is located in a renovated building not far from Belgrade train station. The service and the menu meets high standards and expectations both of Belgraders and tourists. The menu includes traditional Serbian dishes as well as international cuisine. Furthermore Savamala offers organization of working breakfast, business lunches and dinner or cocktails, with competitive prices. Due to its beautiful setting it is also a specialized place to celebrate weddings, banquets, receptions and other events.
Kolarceva 1 - Belgrade Centre
Kristal is a four star restaurant located in the very centre of Belgrade. It offers fantastic comfort in an elegant space with a wide gastronomical offer and good prices. The restaurant is divided in two areas: the restaurant hall and club restaurant. Restaurant hall has 120 seats and is ideal for all kinds of celebrations and also one of the favourite place in Belgrade for business lunches and family celebrations. The Club restaurant has a multifunctional banquet hall with 120 seats. Some of the features include video, projector, speakers that make it ideal for seminars, promotions, and presentation. The restaurant offers national and international cuisine.
As for cafés and bars in Belgrade, we recommend not specific places but Streets in which you can choose among a wide ranges of cafés and bars.
Strahinića Bana Street, known as "Silicon Valley", where the fanciest bars of Belgrade are located.
The crowded Obilićev Venac Street , located between two very popular shopping malls in the city center and closed to the main pedestrian zone.
Njegoševa Street is lined with a series of fancy cafés and bars and it is an excellent place to stop for a drink after shopping.
Also Zemun quay on the Danube offers a wide range of cozy restaurants, often with live music.