Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is filled with unique attractions and restaurants. A short walking distance from Republic Square, Knez Mihailova street is the main shopping district in Belgrade. Spanning less than a mile, the busy thoroughfare boasts a range of retailers, restaurants, cafes, and plenty of people-watching. Named after Mihailo Obrenovic III, Prince of Serbia, the protected landmark area is also home to amazing architecture with lovely mansions and buildings from the late 19th century. During the warmer months, the destination is known for alfresco dining. Along with the well-known international stores, there is an outdoor market where vendors sell Serbian handicrafts and other souvenirs that are perfect for travelers to take home. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
Perched on a hill, close to where the Sava and Danube Rivers meet, in downtown Belgrade, Kalemegdan Park offers visitors to Serbia a serene retreat with its green spaces, walking trails and interesting attractions including its historic fortress. Along with strolling the grounds, there is plenty to see including rare animal species at the Belgrade Zoo to the mysterious Roman Well and the fascinating Military Museum featuring a collection of cannons, tanks, and boats, and the Nebojša Tower Museum, which delves into the history of the city from medieval times to now. Winter also offers ice skating near Sahat clock tower.
Kalemegdan bb 11000, Belgrade, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-12-62-06-85
2.Church of St. Sava
Soaring above the Belgrade skyline, the Church of St. Sava, also known as the Temple of St. Sava, is one of the most striking buildings in all the city. Located on the Vracar plateau on the eastern part of the Svetosavaski Trg square, the grand Serbian Orthodox Church is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Named after St. Sava, the first archbishop of the Serbian Church known as the “Enlightener,” the house of worship is also an architectural gem with its eye-catching white marble, beautiful domes, mosaics, and other distinctive details. Outside, visitors may also admire the church’s beauty while strolling the tranquil park and grounds that surround it. Interesting to note is that the church’s bells can be heard from afar as they ring precisely at noon daily.
Krušedolska 2A, Beograd, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-12-43-25-85
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3.Summer in Ada Ciganlija
Nicknamed “Belgrade’s seaside,” Ada Ciganlija is a happening artificial peninsula surrounded by the Sava River and Sava Lake that attracts locals and out-of-towners for its beaches, adrenaline-rushing activities, restaurants, nightlife, and attractions. The dynamic destination attracts 4 million visitors drawn to its natural surroundings, and things to do, from cycling on the many paths to picnics on the lawn and mini golf. When it comes to food and drink, there are more than 60 restaurants, cafes, and lounges serving everything from coffee to cocktails, international cuisine, and Serbian specialties. Other highlights include bungee jumping, an obstacle course-filled Adventure Park, a bustling Beer Garden, live music concerts, and sports competitions.
Ada Ciganlija 2
11000 Belgrade, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-17-85-72-20
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Considered the heart of Belgrade, Dorcol is the oldest part of the city and is home to historical attractions as well as a trendy quarter with an artsy vibe full of coffee shops and eateries Bordered by the Danube, the area which translates to “crossroads” in the language of the former Ottoman empire captivates with landmark sites such as Kalemegdan fortress and more modern additions including the Museum of Science and Technology, home to 5,000 artifacts from cameras to computers. Typical kafana restaurants line Skadarska Street and colorful street art throughout the Lower Dorcol stimulate the senses and provide plenty of great photo ops.
Dorcol, Belgrade Serbia
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5.Nikola Tesla Museum
Dedicated to the life and significant contributions of famous Serbian-American inventor and electrical and mechanical engineer, Nikola Tesla, the eponymous museum provides a look into his genius with fascinating exhibits and a documentary. Since 1957, the museum has attracted curious minds with its intriguing collection of 160,000 original documents, more than 2000 books, over 1000 plans and drawings, and other interesting artifacts related to mechanical and electrical engineering, along with other personal items such as clothing, medals and more. For those who prefer a knowledgeable guide to show them around, there is a 45-minute tour that begins at every hour.
Krunska 51, Beograd 11000, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-12-43-38-86
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On the banks of the Danube River, Zemun, formerly an independent town that has been around since Roman times which has gone through several hands including the Ottomans and Austrians, before becoming part of Belgrade in 1934, is a charming neighborhood that is a great addition to any itinerary. Today, the area is well-preserved, and the architecture provides a peek of 18th- and 19th-century living. Travelers who want to enjoy panoramic views of the city head to Gardoš Hill and the Millennium Tower, where they can spot Kalemegdan and the famous fortress. Culture lovers often take in the opera and other performing arts at Madleniaum, a modern national theater that opened in1999. No visit to this part of New Belgrade is complete without taking a stroll by the pretty riverside.
Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia
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7.Panoramic Views from Avala
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Named after a fortress of years gone by, Avala is a picturesque mountain surrounded by pine forest 9 miles from the Belgrade city center. Steeped in legend and lore, the area is now a popular place for picnics and to enjoy panoramic views. Along with the natural scenery, there are a few points of interest including the tallest building in the Balkans, Avala Tower, which opened in 2010, and the Monument of the Unknown Hero by sculptor Ivan Meštrovic, which opened in 1938 as a symbol of unity of the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Nearby, there are historic churches and landmarks such as the former birth house of Duke Stepa Stepanovic, where military artifacts from World War I are on display. The company Serbia Car Tour offers excursions to Avala.
Avala, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-14-20-93-55
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Nestled on Svetogorska Street in downtown Belgrade, Mezestoran Dvorište attracts attention because of its creative Mediterranean food and a peaceful, lush garden away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether it’s the Paputsakia, a delicious dish of stuffed eggplant with vegetables and tomato sauce, the Hunkkar Begendi Turkish stew, Risotto with fresh salmon and homemade tea cake, the culinary offerings always tempt the taste buds and provide the perfect escape for people who love food.
Svetogorska 46, Beograd 11000, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-13-24-65-15
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Surrounded by greenery in a park in Dorcol, the old part of the city, Gradska is a cozy and charming restaurant where culinary extraordinaire Slobodan Milijakovic prepares savory Serbian cuisine. The interiors are inviting with a relaxed ambiance, rustic furnishings, and red and white tablecloths. The menu entices diners with hearty, homestyle dishes from mountain lamb and other grilled meats to grilled peppers and plum cake. For those in big groups, the restaurant can accommodate large parties.
Visokog Stevana 43, Beograd, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-12-92-86-00
Set in Dorcol steps from Kalemegdan and the Belgrade Zoo, Oskar restaurant provides a pleasant, family-style atmosphere for memorable meals. Local, national and Mediterranean dishes delight guests, with traditional Serbian staples from Wild Stew to Veal Ribs, and comforting soups such as Riblja Corva, a warm and spicy, Paprika-based fish soup. As for drinks, there is traditional Balkan brandy Rakija, as well as a selection of wines from different parts of the country. Finally, if weather permits, diners should request a table in the lovely garden area.
Brace Baruh 6, Beograd 11000, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-12-18-47-26
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11.Voulez-vous Kafe Restoran
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Overlooking pretty Neimarski Park in the neighborhood of Neimar, Voulez-vouz Kafe Restoran is a modern restaurant that serves a mix of Serbian and international fare in an airy, open atmosphere with a stylish bar area on the first floor, a terrace on the second level, and a garden. Guests will have no problem finding something delicious to try from the Homemade Smoked Sausage with mashed potatoes, truffle, oil and tomatoes to Butak & Batat, a grilled marinated chicken dish served with matovator salad. For those that prefer something light, the menu features sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls as well.
Ðorda Vajferta 52, Beograd 11000, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-12-44-07-77
12.Dva Jelena (The Two Deer)
Established in 1832, Dva Jelena is a dining institution that gives guests a feel of Old Belgrade. There are several rooms and terraces with a different feel and experience from the rustic Taverna to the traditional main dining room, the casual kafinica, hunter’s parlor, among others. Along with the fine menu featuring dishes such as Steak in Forest Sauce and Krsmanovic, a rolled pork fillet with ham and cheese in a spicy pepper sauce, the restaurant offers entertainment daily such as piano music during lunch and unforgettable traditional Tamburasha performers in the evening. Over the years, the establishment has attracted notable guests from world leaders Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Carter to actor Pierce Brosnan and many more.
Skadarska 32, Beograd, Serbia, Phone: +38-11-17-23-48-85
13.Eat, Eat in New Belgrade
As the central business district, it’s not surprising that New Belgrade has so many wonderful places to eat. Set on the left bank of the Sava River, the area has an array of establishments serving everything from traditional Serbian favorites to barbecue, Italian, and so much more. At Chez Nik, diners can get an early start with breakfast at this modern and relaxed eatery. Or if they prefer lunch and dinner, the menu doesn’t disappoint with local specialties such as Cevapi kebabs and Brancini with Dalmatian Stew. Caffe Restoran Umbrella will satisfy those cravings for pizza and pasta.
This contemporary and colorful spot has an extensive menu with delectable offerings including Tagliatelle Boscaiola with pancetta and Turkey Saltimbocca. Over at Suvenir, the seaside restaurant draws its design inspiration from the Greek Isles with white walls and interesting accents, creating the perfect space to enjoy cuisine from both the Balkans and the Mediterranean.
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13 Best Things to Do in Belgrade, Serbia
- Kalemegdan Park, Photo: krutenyuk/stock.adobe.com
- Church of St. Sava, Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com
- Summer in Ada Ciganlija, Photo: Jovan/stock.adobe.com
- Dorcol, Photo: nedomacki/stock.adobe.com
- Nikola Tesla Museum, Photo: bibiphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Zemun, Photo: Nikolai Sorokin/stock.adobe.com
- Panoramic Views from Avala, Photo: Stoyan Haytov/stock.adobe.com
- Mezestoran Dvoriste, Photo: Mezestoran Dvoriste
- Gradska, Photo: Gradska
- Oskar, Photo: Fanfo/stock.adobe.com
- Voulez-vous Kafe Restoran, Photo: Voulez-vous Kafe Restoran
- Dva Jelena (The Two Deer), Photo: Fanfo/stock.adobe.com
- Eat, Eat in New Belgrade, Photo: zlajaphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Shchipkova Elena/stock.adobe.com
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