Eating and drinking outdoors is one of the favorite habit of Belgradians. So, if you want to feel like a local you might try visiting some of the venues from our selection.
If you ever get tired and hungry on your route to discover the city centre remember that Tri is just round the corner, tucked away at the back of residential buildings in 51 Kosovska St. (behind National parliament). This beautiful and unique garden is a true oasis of peace since it’s well hidden from the city hustle. Vintage furniture, great service, very interesting food selection mixed with local wine makes the entire concept of the restaurant quite genuine. Our favorites are Domestic ravioli with cheese and spinach and Curry chicken. The restaurant is open from 12 pm until midnight. You can pay only in cash and you can book a table in the evening, when the place is full and pretty busy. And yes, Tri is one of the favorite spots for local hipsters.
Another beautiful and very colorful garden is located in Stari grad. This hidden gem in 5 Stevana Sremca Street is mostly visited by locals. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy in various DJ sets and movie screenings. Selection of drinks is satisfying, ranging from various types of rakia to cocktails and different kinds of coffee.
This is one of our all-time favorites. This restaurant is also very well hidden. It is very close to Ljutic, in 46 Svetogorska Street at the back of a residential building. The garden is super cozy and during the day visitors can enjoy the sunshine and taste delicious Mediterranean meze, while sipping wine from small local or Greek wineries. We vouch for Spring rolls, Croquettes chickpeas with tahini sauce and Mildly baked feta cheese. Prices are very affordable.
Bašta is already a Belgrade classic. Tucked behind a gate on the way down the ‘little’ staircase in Savamala (we usually show it on our Creative tour).
Exterior design is vintage with a touch of romance. We like sipping wine here, as well as ginger martini. In the night, visitors can enjoy jazz gigs, just a little reminder: do not forget to book a table since it can get busy in the weekends.
There is a great indoor place in the same building. In Krokodil centre for contemporary literature (they also organize a festival KROKODIL) visitors can drop for a cup of coffee, knedla (delicious local product) or attend interesting debates and various programmes. Did we mention that you can see and buy artworks of well establish Serbian designers here?!!
SKICA & TURTLE PUB
Both located next to each other, Skica and Turtle pub have
outdoor gardens in Kosancicev Venac where history literally lies under your
feet. Here you can enjoy a wonderful view of Belgrade rivers and sit next to
the students of the University of Arts, which is just around the corner. Art nouveau architecture from the
beginning of the 20 century, home-made blueberry and lemon beer from Turtle pub
and a touch of royal Belgrade – what more can you long for?!!
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.