Belgrade is an exciting tourist destination. Everywhere you go you will see a lot of tourist having a good time. But what if you want to get away from the tourist and see how locals spend their time. There are plenty of places to go out in Belgrade, and cafes and bars are almost in every corner. So, see the lists below to find out where you can go to and make sure to avoid popular tourist places.
1. Kafe Diplomatique
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Located near Slavija, but far enough from the traffic noise, this humble café is packed full during the afternoon hours with local residents, and if you have just one drink here, you will always want to come back. Café guests are so friendly, that you might even start a conversation with a random person. During summer days, you can relax in the shade and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Belgrade’s old streets. Prices are reasonable, welcoming staff and great coffee- this café will make your day amazing.
2. Dobrica Bistro
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Even though this café/bistro is located near Skadarlija, you will not find as many tourists here. This café is usually found empty during the morning, so it will be a perfect place for you do have your first caffeine fix. Besides, you can also order fresh pastries, so you can have a great breakfast here. As the day goes by, this café gets more and more crowded, and in the evening, you will not be able to get a seat if you do not have the reservation. Their cocktails are highly rated so do not leave this café without at least trying one cocktail.
3. Andrea Mia
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You will see a lot of cafes and clubs along the left side of the Sava river bank, but this one will grab your attention. Located almost near the end of the bank on New Belgrade, this bar is so cozy you might even decide to stay a bit longer than you have intended. During the summer you can enjoy a romantic view over the river Sava and bridges across it. And during the winter you can stay warm by getting a seat near the fireplace. Great place to sit down after a long walk and enjoy delicious food influenced by Italian cuisine.
4. Julijana Bar
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If you are near the St. Sava Temple, you cannot miss this bar. It is just on the opposite side of the street. Massive wooden tables inside and artsy interior make this bar really interesting. This is a number one place for local students of medicine and Stomatology, so do not be surprised if you see nervous people trying to cram up for the test, or happy ones celebrating a passed exam.
5. Kafe Zmaj
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Located near Knez Mihailova Street this cafe is a popular tourist place. Favorited by locals that come here to hang out and chat. You will find a wide selection of different beers and divided floors for smokers/ non-smokers. Given the standard of service and hospitality, the prices are not that high.
6. Bife Loznicka 8
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Located 10 minutes from St. Sava Temple, this café is great for a coffee break, lunch, or late night parties in a pleasant atmosphere. Great domestic rakija and menu crafted to fit the latest trends and demands. From traditional Serbian meals to modern fusion food from all around the world, this café has it all. Amazing choice of beverage and multilingual staff that will make sure you have everything you need. During the weekends, things get crazy around here, so you can go out have a dinner and stay up until dawn enjoying live music here.
7. Tramvaj Pub
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This place can get a bit crowded even with its possibility to seat up to 300 people. Retro interior and rustic dishes with a modern twist will make you come back here each time you travel to Serbia. Pleasant staff will make sure you are served almost instantly and help you place your order. Excellent choice of domestic and imported beer, as well as a homemade snack to go with it. Make sure to place your reservation during the weekend, because this place fills up pretty quick.
8. Rakia Bar Zemun
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On the other side of Belgrade, but well worth your trip, if you like tasting hard liquor this is the café for you. Rakia Bar Zemun offers over 50 different rakija you can taste, but be sure to settle for 4-5 shots, because rakija is really, really strong. Any more shots and you might not live to tell the tale about this great café. It is a small place, but really cozy, and the waitresses will be more than happy to give you more information on types and flavors of rakija.
9. Zemlja Čuda
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This café won the heart of the locals with its fairytale ambient. The attention to details is almost unreal, even the cutlery is decorated in Alice in Wonderland Style. Generous meal and welcoming staff will make your time here well spent. This café will make sure to meet your needs but do not let your imagination go wild, their cookies will not make your shrink or grow.
10. Laboratorija Kafe
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At first glance, this café looks just about the same as all other, but you will be amazed when your drinks come. They are all served in different laboratory dishes. Just think how cool do colorful cocktails look in a tall Erlenmeyer flask! Prices are moderate, bagels are fresh, and the staff is really nice – this unique café is worth visiting when in Belgrade.