SKADARLIJA

Skadarska Street, or Skadarlija as Belgradians like to call it, was and still is the bohemian heart of Belgrade. If you want to party in an old-fashioned Serbian way with a lot of rakija, good food and live music performed by string orchestras, than you simply have to visit Skadarlija. It represents the spirit of socializing in bistros and shows vivid nightlife as it used to be.

Although today Skadarlija is more commercialized than many would like it to be, it still represents the long gone spirit of bohemian Belgrade.
This street manages to retain the 'old look' with cobblestones, more or less identical facades and kafanas that have stood in the same place for over 150 years, all in less than 400 meters.
The street got its name from the Albanian town of Skadar, and it became popular at the end of the 19th century after the famous Dardaneli bistro on Republic Square was shut down. Skadarlija was the gathering place of Serbian poets, artists, painters, all of whom liked to drink and discuss politics while enjoying the bistro atmosphere. Skadarlija was the place for everyone, from rich people and artists to apprentices and ministers. Since many of them lived in or around this street, moving to any of nearby kafanas was like going to their own living room for a glass of drink.

There's very little difference between the modern 21st century Skadarlija and Skadarlija 100 years ago. Only the people are different. Moreover, every day, the number of those 'different people' (read visitors) grows since Skadarlija is one of the 'must see' places in Belgrade.
The most visited places are, of course, the old kafanas decorated in Serbian style and serving traditional Serbian cuisine - Dva bela goluba, Tri šešira, Šešir moj, Zlatni bokal, Ima dana and Dva jelena. While strolling down the street you will pass the house of the notable Serbian poet Djura Jakšić. This house is recognizable from his statue and is a small exhibition space with concerts, poetry nights and frequent exhibitions. While passing, check through the window if something is going on, and visit freely if something is going on inside .
The house of Djura Jakšić shares an entry with the small Garni (B&B) hotel. A little further along stands the BIP brewery that used to belong to one of the richest Belgrade families, the Bajloni family. At the very end of the street, you will find Sebilj Fountain, a replica of the fountain that stands at Baščaršija in Sarajevo. Although Skadarlija is not particularly convenient for high heels and tipsy walks, it’s still very appealing to visitors of all ages looking to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of bohemian Belgrade.