Beton Hala (Concrete Hall) is located in 2-4 “Karadjordjeva”Street, in Savamala, next to Belgrade Pier, at the Sava riverfront. The existing Concrete Hall in the first decade of the last century was extensively used for tourism, hospitality and commercial purposes. With the tourism picking up as of recent the citizens of Belgrade uncovered the great potential of former industrial buildings standing on the riverfront.
Today, Beton hala (The Concrete hall) represents a must visit “hotspot” in Belgrade and contains a few trendy restaurants:
Comunale restaurants is in one of the prime locations in the city. The architects of the ”project” known as Beton Hala or Concrete Hall at Sava Port have created a chain of attractive looking places, right here, on the Sava river. The creator of the interior design and concept of the restaurant Comunale, Aleksandar Rodić again have opted for a bold approach. The pioneering efforts of many Serbian restaurant owners and caterers alike to introduce community tables rarely seem to be brought to broad daylight. Still, here Alexander manages an uncompromising space full of just that. Sort of no compromise-approach. As the name itself suggests – meaning a gathering or a get together, the guests at Communale sit in throngs at the same table and make themselves at home because they are all there for one reason. They are here to sink their teeth in high-quality Italian specialties. The aesthetics is clean and monochromatic, as is the architecture of the space itself. Large spaces, monolithic structures, in line with the way things seem to be done here, with the central bar in the middle are all very Communale. Aleksandar has brought a mixture of steel and veneer to perfection coupled with chairs made of stainless steel and monolithic benches.
Cantina de Frida
Cantina de Frida is a well populated place both in daytime and in the evening when it operates as a lounge as well. The concept of the restaurant is inspired by the life and work of famous artist Frida Kahlo. Authentic interior is the work of Ronald van Bersselaar, the Dutch interior designer who is behind all the famous Jamie Oliver’s restaurants. Interesting interior is complete with the wide range of dishes from Mexico, Spain and Argentina. The small plates (tapas) and large plates are offered with lavish servings perfect to share with your significant others. All dishes are made with the same idea in mind: Feel free to enjoy every bite of the most mouthwatering food and mind
Toro Latin Gastrobar is located in Beton Hala, right next to popular Belgrade restaurants Comunale, Frida and Iguana. It takes up two levels of a wide area that constitute the entirety of the interior composed of varied details. The interior is a mixture of different colors, materials and furniture that create quite an interesting concept. The first level offers a quite laid back atmosphere: surrounded by walls of white brickwork and wood, multicolored wooden and plastic chairs, a comfy sofa, the wallpaper with wildlife design, chic chandeliers. installations and open kitchen. While, the second level is of a more acquired taste, not that vivid in choice of colors and is enhanced with a wine rack and a long wooden table for 12 people.
A renowned chef and owner of a restaurant chain in world capitals, Richard Sandoval set up this restaurant in Belgrade with the concept of “small plates” based on Latin American tastes. Sandoval already has a chain of 26 restaurants with this concept, in Denver, Las Vegas, New York, Santa Monica, Washington, Mexico, Dubai and Qatar. The food is fresh and mouth watering and the prices are not exorbitant. The choice of music is quite good also and during the evenings DJs ‘show what they are made of’. So, we can say without fear of contradiction that this restaurant is urban, chic and hip and definitely a place well worth visiting.
This is also a quite new restaurant in Beton Hala. Like the other restaurants it takes up two levels of a wide space with colorful chairs and large canvas hung on the wall. White and silver color prevail, but there is a tinge of purple, green and blue furniture and vintage looking chandeliers lest it be monotonous. One wall is made of wood featuring a quirky wire sofa propped up above on the wall. Prices are on average from 10 to 15 euros for the main dish and from 4 to 10 euros for the appetizer. Specialties are Beefsteak sofa, Sofa steak, duck breasts, tagliata and Ossobuco sofa. The choice of foods leans towards French, Italian, seafood and a little choice of vegetarian food . Italian Gabrielle Gori is a chef of the restaurant.
Not so far away from the other restaurants mentioned earlier on, at the very end of Beton Hala lies Sakura. This is a lounge and a restaurant offering Asian cuisine and a variety of cocktails. It is well worth noting that food is exquisite; for instance they offer a very good sushi. Sakura is also a nice place for vegetarians and sea food lovers.
This restaurant takes pride in its elongated bar, very pleasant kitsch-free interior and elaborate detail. If you feel like having dinner, you’ll be well advised to make a reservation and enjoy warm and welcoming atmosphere. Prices range from 10 to 20 euros per main dish.
The concept of the restaurant is based on modern Balkan cuisine. This is currently one of the most popular restaurants in Belgrade. Guests have an opportunity to relax in quite a pleasant atmosphere and absolutely gorgeous interior design, and taste exquisite culinary delights which are a fusion of many tastes and flavours. Ambar offers unlimited lunch and dinner menus including over 70 delicious Balkan-inspired dishes for 2990 RSD per person with 50% discount for children.
FARO by Fish & Zelenish
The first Fish & Zelenish emerged in downtown Novi Sad and after a while it became one of the most popular restaurants in the entire city. Belgrade’s FARO by Fish & Zelenish represents more up-scale version, enriched with beautiful interior design which includes a stage for jazz and instrumental music. Menu offers various delicious food options inspired by the Mediterranean culture and gastronomy.
In case you would prefer to get to know the inner city areas better and experience Belgrade like a local we suggest booking walking tours Creative in Belgrade or Hipster tour .
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.