In the last 10 years Belgrade seems to have become one of the most hipster cities in Europe. If you want to visit some of the city’s hip venues you can start from here. Or in case you can’t be bothered to discover its beauty on your own , you can book our hipster walking tour.
The area is focused around the Karadjordjeva street busy with heavy traffic that connects the Old town with the bus and train stations. It shows a rich heritage of invaluable historical buildings from the 19th and the early 20th centuries and a number of relics from the Ottoman period. Given that the Communists decided to build New Belgrade across the river and had no plans whatsoever of investing in Savamala, this area fell into a state of neglect and disrepair developing a vile reputation. Industrial heritage such as depots and warehouses from the 19th century seem to have fallen into oblivion.
Up until the year 2008 with the onset of the bottom-up urban development followed the first stage of gentrification. In Brace Krsmanovica Street a brand new cultural centre appeared inside 19th century warehouse, followed by Mikser House creative industries focal point and annual Mikser festival, and the club Mladost. So far Savamala has experienced a few stages of gentrification.
Venues: KC Grad, Galerija Stab , Mladost club
Since the last months of 2015 a new clubbing district is rapidly emerging in the inner city area of Belgrade. In the former BIP factory in 15a Cetinjska Street next to Bajloni market and BITEF alternative theatre, there it is well hidden in the yard behind the white fence.
Within walking distance but a little ‘up’ in that direction there is one we really like called Polet which is more like a mixture of a culture centre, gallery and a bar. Here you can get a feel of some retro music and literary nights to name but two and grab a coffee during the day.
We also like Zaokret. This one is more like a pub, the place where you can catch some local DJs and drink beer and wine. Right opposite Zaokret , another club Elektropionir is located. This is one really nice club with affordable prices of drinks and gripping DJ nights mainly focused on local collectives such as Beyond House, Mystic Stylez, Banda Panda and similar.
Let us not forget that bar Dvoristance moved from Savamala area right here in this district and it works during the day and in the evening.
Prices seem to be rather affordable in all these places, though admission fees are required for clubs where the crowd tends to be quite casual so there is no need for flashy dressing,
Dorćol consists of two parts- Upper Dorćol and Lower Dorćol. However, Lower Dorćol is no longer multicultural neighbourhood like it was in the past, but it’s becoming a very trendy neighborhood of Belgrade due to many hip venues that were opened recently. Let’s just say that Lower Dorćol together with the new clubbing district in Cetinjska St. is becoming a new Savamala or how some locals like to call it Dorcolmala.
Find me info on Lower Dorcol’s venues here.
Popular warm up place near the Bajloni green market and Skadarska Bohemian quarter. Good place to chill and drink rakija, wine or beer. Also works as a restaurant during the day and offers a variety of specialties at affordable prices. Tezga is one of the most popular places of Belgrade club goers.
Address: 82 Strahinjica bana St. 11000 Belgrade
Prolece is situated in Vuka Kradzica Street, in the very heart of the city next to famous park Palas where youngsters get togather to have a drink or two in the park. Prolece is a tipical local kafana with rather affordable food prices mainly serving Serbian specialties and local beer and wine.
Address: 11 Vuka Karadzica St. 11000 Belgrade
In less than twelve months’ time, Salon 5 has become Belgrade’s top fine dining restaurant, catering to international and local clientele on the lookout for a supreme eating out experience.
Located in a converted apartment of a period building in Belgrade’s historical area of Zemun, Salon 5 has quickly gained reputation as one of the city’s superb places to wine and dine in. The restaurant is run by two old friends, Nikola and Pavle. Nikola mastered the art of restaurant business, having worked as a sous chef in Italy for almost a decade, while Pavle is an avid art collector running a successful design studio. Together, they’ve opened Salon 5 as an alternative to Belgrade’s current restaurant scene, serving the finest Italian cuisine in an intimate and refined atmosphere.
Address: 5 Avijaticarski trg, 11080 Zemun
This popular Belgrade splav (raft) is located on the banks of the Sava river. Mercifully it works all year round, regardless of the weather conditions. This is my favorite place to go clubbing, especially in the summer season when the dance madness kicks off on the boat deck. The raft offers a good music selection ranging from Detroit techno and soulful to disco, funky, house and dub step. 20/44 hosts one of the best clubbing nights in Belgrade, called Disco not Disco featuring local stars DJ Brka, Toshke, Schwabe and other special guests. During the summer months the splav offers a wonderful view of the old city and bridge at night, when all the lights are on. In the morning hours you can catch one of Belgrade’s breath taking sunrises. Over the winter, parties are held under the deck, where it’s warm and cosy no matter how cold it is outside. The atmosphere is always super sexy: red lights, a few screens and lots of smoke. Splav 20/44 hosts the best local DJs and also world famous stars such as Detroit techno-master MikeHuckaby and trendsetter Nicolas Jaar. The crowd is friendly and relaxed. The entrance fee is between 2 and 4 euros, and drinks are quite affordable.
Location: Savski kej BB, 11070, New Belgrade
Open Thu-Sat 21-05 am
We are proud to present Belgrade’s techno cathedral Drugstore. The “new” Drugstore found its place in the former industrial quarter of Palilula municipality. After the great success this underground club had in Beko building in downtown, they started a new concept in this new riveting venue which is a far cry from Berghain Berlin though, dark, raw and rough around the edges, situated in what used to be a slaughter house. Space is big (600 m2), it can accommodate up to 1000 people and it includes wide cathedral like room and corridors. The owners, some local guys, usually host big names from underground electronic music scene and throw parties on two stages. Brace yourselves up for techno, underground house and alternative bands from local and international scene. Let me drop a few names: Molly Nillson, Dasha Rush, Xanax, Trax, Elektrabel, Jor, Dimi Angelis and many more. Drugstore is an independent club, supports artists and local DJs as Filip Xavi, Tijana T, Grof, Banda Panda etc. It’s open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Location: Bulevar Despota Stefana 115 – Poenkareova, 11000 Belgrade
Not far from Drugstore club in Palilula, a group of young enthusiast established Kvaka 22 in 2015. This empty and neglected space was accidentally discovered by one of the guys from the group. After the squatters who lived there left 22 door handles (Kvaka) were missing from the doors and that fact triggered the idea for the name of the space. Kvaka’s programme includes art exhibitions, Kvaka 22 museum with exhibits from the period of former SFR Yugoslavia, concerts, DJ gigs and live performances.
Zvezda was one of the first cinemas in Belgrade, however with economic crisis that followed in the 90s and privatizations after the 2000s the cinema was sold to a private enterprise and left abandoned and neglected literally in the heart of the city. However a group of enthusiasts literally decided to squat in the old dilapidated and seemingly long forgotten cinema and now they are screening movies and holding debates on the rooftop and in the indoor hall. Admission fee is dirt-cheap, so you just need to look for the programme and make a pick. Watching legendary old and new film achievements in a hidden roof top location cossetted away amongst the Belgrade lofts is truly an extraordinary experience.
Supermarket Concept Store
Jane Doe vintage & new design shop
Pokret Concept Store
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.