Best of Belgrade June 2019: Ultimate Belgrade Eating and Drinking Guide

It’s been a while since I’ve done a list of Belgrade’s best spots for eating and drinking. Part of the reason is my laziness, and the other part is that in the past few years, there has been a boom in the offer. While before there were a few new places worth checking out every month, now there is enough to lose track (thankfully insta-fiends Nikola and Andja keep a good track!).

Thankfully diversity is also on the rise (from great Lebanese bakeries, to taco holes in the wall, all the way through to vegan cake shops), and so is the geographic spread from Belgrade’s best Krajina-inspired roasts in Batajnica to my favourite “avo on toast” in Banovo Brdo, so hopefully we will no longer have to endure seeing openings of 5 near-identical donut shops on the same street in Dorćol no more.

This means that the list is  is by no means definitive (despite the headline – but clicks… you know) and will be updated twice a year. There are many great places I am yet to visit (e.g a number of Turkish restaurants that sprang up) – and would be great to hear from you if you think other awesome places deserve a try.

I also omitted many local “institutions” (e.g. pizzas at Bucko, burek at Trpković, grills at Loki, Tri’s beautiful garden, Cveće Zla’s lovely decor and colourful crowd) , on purpose as I think that there are many other, maybe less well known places that have a much better offering, as well as friendlier and more consistent service (always an important factor – except when it comes to Pržionica whose coffee is just too good).

For those visiting Belgrade, I hope you find this useful. Those who live here – sound off your favourites in the comments. I am also a bit more active with food reviews on my instagram profile: @thebelgradist.

To help you navigate better, use the links below and almost all places are hyperlinked to GoogleMaps for easier navigation:

Belgrade Eating and Drinking Guide
Unmissable joints
Stylish Serbian restaurants
“Kafanas” (traditional restaurants)
Kafanas with outdoor gardens
Zemun Kafanas
Traditional Roasteries
International cuisine
Breakfast spots
Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
Pizzerias and trattorias
Burgers
Restaurants around Serbia that are worth a trip
Fast food joints and takeaways – traditional
Fast food joints and takeaways – international
Best Burek
Traditional bakeries
Modern bakeries
Cake shops – traditional
Cake shops – modern
Ice cream / gelato shops
Third-wave coffee joints
Craft brewery taprooms
Brew bars
Kafanas for boozing
Cafes
Rooftop bars
Splavs (river floats) for chilling 
Party splavs

Unmissable places

Čarli – Belgrades best traditional pastries in groovy 70s interior.
Ćevap kod Dekija (grill) – Best central grill place with a chill vibe.
Durmitor – Simply the best traditional food in the city. Reservations necessary.
Iva – New Balkan Cuisine – Updated Serbian cuisine in a gorgeous and unpretentious setting.
Koffein – Great coffee and even better people watching in the heart of the city.
Mama Shelter – Vibey rooftop offering  great views over the old city centre.
Mandarina – Artisan cakes and croissants from the Serbia’s
best pastry chef.
Poslastičarnica – Belgrade’s best natural gelato with a lot of intriguing flavours.
Proleće – Old town’s institution with decent grub and great service.
Zaokret – HQ of the city’s young creative crowd inside a derelict brewery.

Stylish Serbian restaurants

“Kafanas” (traditional restaurants)

Kafanas with outdoor gardens

Zemun Kafanas

Traditional Roasteries

International cuisine

Breakfast spots

Vegetarian/vegan friendly

Pizzerias and trattorias

Burgers

Restaurants around Serbia that are worth a trip

Fast food joints and takeaways – traditional

Fast food joints and takeaways – international

Best burek

Traditional bakeries

Mordern bakeries

Traditional cake shops

Modern cake shops

Ice cream / gelato shops

Third wave coffee joints

Craft brewery tap rooms

Brew bars

Kafanas for boozing

Cafes

Rooftop bars

Splavs (river floats) for chilling 

Party splavs

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5 thoughts on “Best of Belgrade June 2019: Ultimate Belgrade Eating and Drinking Guide

  1. Good effort. Don’t agree with all of it but it’s a solid selection of objectively-good places to suit different types. You just missed ‘savcic’ (near slavija) for cevapi/liver, and a couple of other places that (selfishly) I wouldn’t want to have any more exposure.

  2. What a comprehensive list. Wish I were in Belgrade now to check them out. I have forwarded your list to a friend who hopes to travel to Belgrade soon. Wish I had this when I was there a few years ago because I’m not a big meat eater and while there I found it very hard to find a place that offered food other than huge serves of meat. Well done and thank you.

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