Things to Do in Belgrade

Republic Square

Landmarks

“See you at the horse?”. Republic Square’s equestrian statue is where locals meet for a night out. Atop the stallion is Prince Michael, a 19th-century royal and noted liberal. He’d surely approve of the horseplay that goes on at nearby Rakia Bar – choose from 100 concoctions and sink a shot of fruity brandy. Then, glam it up in disco-chic surroundings at swanky Club Brankow.

Accommodations near Republic Square
  • Trg Republike, 11000 Belgrade
Skadarlija

Popular Areas

Right place, right time…wrong shoes? Locals reckon Skadarska Street sets you up for two things: a classic night out – and a fall! Yet once you find your feet on its cobbly incline, “Skadarlija” oozes charm. Here, bars bubble with life, and brass bands belt out Serbian folk tunes. Pop into Restaurant Tri Šešira and savour their famously succulent mixed-meat grill.

Accommodations near Skadarlija
  • Skadarska Ulica, 11000 Belgrade
Knez Mihailova Street

Popular Areas

This paved pedestrian street is Belgrade’s premier boulevard. It’s dotted with ornate Neo-Renaissance buildings that house trendy boutiques and cafés. Ramble from Terazije Square to Kalemegdan Park to see a curious cast of characters: from fashionistas and street musicians, to students who attend the grand Academy of Sciences and Arts – yes, that’s a college, not a palace!

Accommodations near Knez Mihailova Street
  • Knez Mihajlova ulica, 11000 Belgrade
Kalemegdan Fortress

Landmarks

Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans – they’ve all held fort at Kalemegdan. Today, the old fortress and its grounds are an open space for all Belgradians. Some people come to picnic on its grassy verges. Others like to walk or jog here on sunny afternoons. More than anything though, it’s the pretty view – the hilltop stronghold overlooks the Sava River as it meanders into the Danube.

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Tašmajdan Park

Parks

Beneath this park lies the quarry that gave Belgrade its “White City” moniker. From Roman times through to the Ottoman reign, stone was extracted here and used in iconic landmarks such as Kalemegdan Fortress. Stroll along the park’s paths, and spot the remnants of those white rocks – some include nine-million year-old fossils from the dried-up Pannonian Sea.

Accommodations near Tašmajdan Park
  • Tašmajdan, Palilula, 11000 Belgrade
Nikola Tesla Museum

Museums

Maverick inventor Nikola Tesla once said of his rivals: “The present is theirs; the future is mine”. Little credited in his lifetime, Tesla’s ideas changed the modern world. At this museum, spark your own “Eureka!” moment and discover novel inventions: from the first induction motor to harness AC electricity, to the Tesla Coil that influenced radio wave and X-ray technology.

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Ušće

Popular Areas

This area’s hard to pin down. Firstly, there’s the green expanse of Ušće Park that dominates the neighbourhood. It draws everyone from lycra-clad joggers to binocular-wielding birdwatchers. Then, right next door you have Ušće Shopping Centre. Here, glossy-lipped “it” girls parade from Benetton to Zara in search of the hippest threads. Which Ušće will you choose?

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St Sava Temple

Landmarks

This monumental church sits high on Vračar Plateau and dominates the city skyline. It’s dedicated to Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church – his 300-year-old remains were burned here by a jealous Ottoman ruler during a 16th-century holy war. Circle the building to admire the Neo-Byzantine façade of marble and granite, and marvel at its 4,000-ton central dome.

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Belgrade Arena

Stadiums or Arenas

Stalled for two decades by various conflicts, this arena finally opened in 2004. Since then, it’s seen everything from three-pointer net-fests in the EuroBasket Finals to the campy glamour of the Eurovision Song Contest. Here, catch local hoop icons Red Star slam dunk their way to victory or see tennis ace Novak Djokovic entertain his hometown crowd.

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Ada Ciganlija

Landmarks

“Ada” is a haven for outdoor recreation. Equivalent in size to 800 football pitches, this green peninsula spills over with sports fields, bike paths and BBQ spots. In summer, locals spread their towels out like a patchwork quilt alongside Sava Lake. Pack your bathing suit and a book, and pitch up on its pebbly strand. For a shady escape, there’s a bounty of beachside bars here.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Belgrade

Hotel Moskva

9 Wonderful

Score from 2317 reviews

$87

Average price per night
  • Balkanska 1, Stari Grad, Belgrade
Belgrade Art Hotel

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1039 reviews

$93

Average price per night
  • Knez Mihailova 27, Stari Grad, Belgrade
IN Hotel Beograd

8.9 Excellent

Score from 878 reviews

$76

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  • Blvd Arsenija Carnojevica 56, Novi Beograd, Belgrade
Hotel Nevski

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 1377 reviews

$77

Average price per night
  • Venizelosova 24a, Stari Grad, Belgrade
Hotel Majestic

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1659 reviews

$49

Average price per night
  • Obilićev venac 28, Stari Grad, Belgrade
Life Design Hotel

8.7 Excellent

Score from 2040 reviews

$72

Average price per night
  • Balkanska 18, Stari Grad, Belgrade
Jump INN Hotel Belgrade

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 750 reviews

$59

Average price per night
  • Koce Popovica 2a, Savski Venac, Belgrade
Tulip Inn Putnik Belgrade

8.2 Very good

Score from 565 reviews

$51

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  • Palmira Toljatija 9, Novi Beograd, Belgrade
Hotel Srbija Garni

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1314 reviews

$56

Average price per night
  • Brankova 13-15, Stari Grad, Belgrade
Discover Belgrade

Popular Neighborhoods in Belgrade

Stari Grad

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Rich in history and tradition, Stari Grad is the city’s old town. The ancient Kalemegdan Fortress is your first port of call. Ramble its ramparts and snap shots of the majestic River Danube below. Stop off at Café Svetskih Putnika to sample classic “ćevapi" minced meat. Then, peruse the craft shops off Republic Square for trinkets and jewellery.

Vračar

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Set high on Vračar plateau, this district has many levels. On one hand, historic sites like St Sava Temple and Karađorde Park ooze serenity. Yet, in bohemian Čubura the city’s best “kafana” bars pump out high-tempo dance music long into the night. At places like Mala Maca and Sumnjivog Morala, meaty snacks are served along with the shots. Tuck in!

Novi Beograd

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There’s more to “NB” than grey, functionalist tower blocks. Since the 2000s, the area's boomed as an entertainment emporium. Ušće Shopping Centre packs in punters with its stores, eateries and cinema screens. At Belgrade Arena, the biggest pop stars strut their stuff. Then there’s the riverboat nightclubs like Šlep that “oomph” long into the night.

Zemun

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Zemun was settled in the Neolithic Age. Once a free town, it merged with Belgrade in the 1930s. Wander the tree-lined banks of the Danube to feel the river’s might, and pause for a classic fish lunch at the quaint Restaurant Šaran. Then, climb the cobbled street that leads to Gardoš Tower, and capture panoramas of red rooftops and river bends.

Local Tips for Belgrade

Samo Pivo – Just Beer
Ivan by Ivan

Sporty Ivan is a gamer and travel fan who honed his love of beer while living in Belgium.

Samo Pivo means Just Beer, and as the name suggests, this bar serves beer, beer and beer! Tipples on offer range from local lagers to Belgian brews, with dozens of different brands to try. There’s also a spacious terrace where you can sit back and relax.

  • Balkanska 13, 110000 Belgrade
  • www.samopivo.rs
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-01:00
Savamala
Kamelija by Kamelija

On her first visit, Kamelija was instantly charmed by Belgrade’s laid-back vibe and café culture.

The Savamala district is the place to be – it’s packed with unpretentious clubs and café bars. I particularly like Peron, a huge club with affordable drinks and a great mix of music. This funky area is full of spots to sip coffee during the day or catch concerts and DJ sets at night.

  • Savamala, 110000 Belgrade
Avala
David by David

Keen basketball player and film buff David enjoys fine food accompanied by a good stout or tequila.

If you feel like getting out of the city, why not head to Avala? This mountain is around 16 km south of central Belgrade, and offers fantastic views over the city. It’s also a popular place for picnics – just take some food along and pick a spot!

  • Avala, Beli Potok, Serbia
Tram No. 2 route
Željko by Željko

Željko first came to Belgrade to visit friends, but keeps coming back for the delicious food.

If you want to do some sightseeing in Belgrade, tram line number 2 is a really easy way to see the city. It circles right around the centre, stopping at Kalemegdan Park and running along Knez Mihailova Street, home to the majority of the city’s main sights.

  • Belgrade city centre
  • Open Monday-Sunday 05:00-00:00
IBikeBelgrade
Tanja by Tanja

Living between Holland and Serbia, Tanja hopes Belgrade will become as bike-friendly as Amsterdam.

Belgrade might not be a particularly bike friendly city as yet, but don’t miss IBikeBelgrade’s guided bike tours. You get to learn about the city’s history and landmarks as you pedal around. Hungry for more? Ask about their Nightlife Academy tours which run after sundown.

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Best of Belgrade

Gotta try Pljeskavica, the serbian equivalent to the Hamburger, made of a mix of pork and beef or beef and lamb, if you're lucky. Made of the same meat mixture you have Cevapi, something like meat sticks, also amazingly good. You should also try Rakija, serbian liquor made of fruits, any kind of fruit. The most common are slivovice (plum) and lozova (grape).

Skadarlija , The oldest street in Belgrade filled with restaurants and cafes and the best traditional food with live music serenading you while you eat .

The shocking-buildings that were exploded by USA talks for themselves. Belgrad has a very particular way to show the reality of the world.

Belgrade is a busy city, with people enjoying strolling around and enjoying life - However crowds were not a problem

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Belgrade for food?

food is very good even in touristic areas, especially meat meals

Their hospitality and great spirit!

Mr. Stefan Braun :)

Avoid to sleep :-)

Kalemeydani

Transportation

Belgrade Transportation

Air - Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

A taxi from Belgrade Airport to the city centre should take around 30 minutes. Head to the TAXI INFO booth in the baggage claim area to order and be escorted to the nearest vehicle. Prices depend on the destination, with the city-centre zone 2 charged at RSD 1800. Buses also stop outside the terminal. Direct minibuses cost RSD 300 and take 30–50 minutes to reach the centre, while city buses are cheaper but slower. Be aware that city buses have no space for luggage.

Bus

Buses in Belgrade run throughout the day, with a limited night bus service operating from 00:00–04:00. Buses are part of the city’s integrated transport system, along with trams and trolleybuses. All 3 are covered by the BusPlus card, sold at news kiosks for RSD 320 (1 day), RSD 760 (3 days) or RSD 1140 (5 days). Cards need to be swiped every time you board. Alternatively, buy a one-way ticket on board – a city-centre ticket costs RSD 150, payable in exact change.

Tram

Belgrade’s efficient tram network runs all day, replaced by limited night bus services from 00:00–03:00. Like buses and trolleybuses, trams are part of the city’s integrated transport network. BusPlus cards covering all 3 forms of transport are sold at news kiosks – choose from 1-day (RSD 320), 3-day (RSD 760) or 5-day (RSD 1140). Valiate your pass on the card reader every time you board. One-way tickets are sold on the tram for RSD 150 (exact change only).

Trolleybus

The trolleybus network operates daily, with limited night bus routes running from 00:00–03:00. Like buses and trams, the trolleybus is a part of Belgrade's integrated public transport system. BusPlus cards covering all 3 forms of transport are sold at news kiosks for RSD 320 (1 day), RSD 760 (3 days) or RSD 1140 (5 days). Make sure to swipe your card on the reader every time you board. One-way tickets can also be bought on board for RSD 150 (exact change only).

Car

Driving in central Belgrade is something of a challenge, due to frequent traffic jams and erratic local drivers. Rush hours are generally considered to be 06:00–09:00 and 15:00–18:00, but expect heavy traffic at any time. Private car parks can be found around the city and charge RSD 50–100 per hour. Short stay pay-and-display parking is also available in the street, charged at RSD 45–60 per hour, depending on the zone. You can pay at ticket machine or news kiosks.

Bicycle

Cycling in Belgrade is possible but not particularly easy. Bike lanes are scarce in the city centre and drivers are generally inconsiderate of cyclists. Outside the centre, the districts of Novi Beograd, Zemun and Ada Ciganlija districts have around 50 km of marked cycle paths. Bike rental is available from several private companies around the city, including Bike Info Centar and Markoni Sport.

Taxi

Taxis in Belgrade belong to over 20 different companies, with no standard vehicle type. Avoid unlicensed taxis – all official cabs must display their company name, taxi number and a 'TAXI' sign on the roof. You can hail taxis in the street or call any of the companies to arrange a pick-up. Fares are metered, starting at RSD 140 and increasing by RSD 55–110 per km. Drivers are also required to issue receipts, on request.

Food in Belgrade

Top Restaurants in Belgrade

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Bar Wurst Platz 1
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Monument
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BG Burger Bar
  • 5 Kolarčeva, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–01:00
  • 00381 113344892
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Rossini
  • Dobračina 6, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Saturday 10:00–23:00, Sunday 12:00–18:00
  • 00381 113284340
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Mala Gostionica
  • 16 Dobračina, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Saturday 09:00–01:00, Sunday 11:00–19:00
  • 00381 63300805
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Little Bay
  • 9 Dositejeva, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-01:00
  • 00381 113288995
Upscale Dining
International
Opera
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Red Bread
Upscale Dining
Italian
Caruso
  • 23/8 Terazije, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Friday 09:00–01:00, Saturday 10:00–01:00
  • 00381 113248037
Cheap Eats
Italian
Pasta Chef
  • 16 Kondina, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Friday 10:00–22:00, Saturday 12:00–20:00
  • 00381 113222139
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Tri šešira
  • 29 Skadarska, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–02:00
  • 00381 117247501
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Mexican
Burrito Madre
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Burger House
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International
Tezga Bar Restaurant
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
The Square
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Middle Eastern
Hanan
  • 2 Svetogorska, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Sunday–Monday 12:00–23:00, Tuesday–Thursday 09:00–00:00, Friday–Saturday 09:00–01:00
  • restoranhanan.rs
  • 00381 113345304
Upscale Dining
Japanese
Ebisu
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Užitak
  • 4 Hilandarska, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:00–21:00, Saturday 08:00–21:00, Sunday 09:00–17:00
  • 00381 113233029
Cheap Eats
Italian
Bar Kapric
  • 12 Cara Lazara, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday–Sunday 08:00–00:00
  • 00381 113285422
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Campania Trattoria
  • 10 Kneza Sime Markovića, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Monday 12:00-22:00, Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-23:30, Friday 10:00-00:00, Saturday 11:00-00:00, Sunday 12:00-19:30
  • www.facebook.com
  • 00381 113115531
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Cafe & Factory 6
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Smokvica
Mid-Range Fare
International
Community by Kasina
  • 25 Terazije, Belgrade 11000
  • Open Sunday–Tuesday 08:00–00:00, Wednesday–Thursday 08:00–02:00, Friday 08:00–00:00, Saturday 08:00–02:00
  • www.kasinabar.rs
  • 00381 631111211
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