10 Things to eat in Belgrade and where

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During your trip to Belgrade let yourself be conquered by the rich Serbian gastronomy, which will undoubtedly amaze your palate. The variety of the Serbian cuisine it mainly depends on its innumerable influences over the centuries: it was born as fusion of Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish and Hungarian cuisine. In fact, over the centuries the Ottoman rule has helped to integrate flavors from oriental cuisine; while, in the centuries of Austro-Hungarian dominion, they have led to contamination in cooking methods, mainly, and in desserts.
So let's see the 10 things you absolutely must eat in Belgrade.



Index

  1. Čorba
  2. Cevapcici
  3. Srpska gibanica
  4. Winding
  5. Pljeskavica
  6. Podvarak
  7. Palačinke
  8. Riblja čorba
  9. Karađorđeva šnicla
  10. Burek
  11. Where to eat in Belgrade: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Čorba

A much loved and widespread Serbian traditional dish is čorba, a type of soup with meat and veal entrails. Usually served at the beginning of the meal, it has the task of preparing the body for the main dish, usually a meat dish. The most common čorbe are beef and veal, but it can also be found based on chicken or lamb. Chicken or beef broth with the addition of homemade pasta or knedle (semolina gnocchi) is also quite common.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00-8,00
  • Main ingredients: veal or beef, butter, sour cream

2 - Ćevapčići

Among the meats cooked on the grill, one of the most popular dishes in the Balkans, and which in Belgrade you will find very easily, is the Ćevapčići, a dish of Turkish origin, which consists of cylindrical meatballs made with beef and lamb, usually cooked on the plate or on the grill.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00-5,00
  • Main ingredients: ground beef and lamb, flavorings and spices

3 - Srpska gibanica

In Serbia they cannot be missing cheese dishes, and among these we advise you to try the gibanica, one salty cake made with puff pastry, stuffed with plenty of cheese, cream and eggs. Try the combination with beer.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00-6,00
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, cheese (feta type), kajmak (dried cream), eggs

4 - Sarma

Another dish of oriental derivation that we recommend you try is the Sarma, a roulade made from cabbage leaves with a filling of minced meat, rice and other spices.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 5,00-6,00
  • Main ingredients: cabbage, minced meat, rice, paprika, spices

5 - Pljeskavica

Pljeskavica is a very popular dish throughout the Balkan Peninsula, very popular in the city. It is a kind of mixed meat burgers (angello, beef, pork and veal) which are grilled with onions. The dough used is the same to prepare ćevapčići, it is usually served with side dishes or in a pita. It is often topped with kaymak (dried cream) or ajvar (pepper sauce).



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00-8,00
  • Main ingredients: Maginata meat of lamb, beef or pork, onion.

6 - Podvarak

Another typical dish of the Serbian tradition much loved during the winter period is podvarak, based on sour cabbage, which is cut into pieces and cooked with onion, to which pieces of bacon are added. The cooking is finished in the oven and the dish is served with roast pork or turkey. In winter it is a mandatory dish during the holidays.

  • Recommended to: side dish for lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: sauerkraut, bacon, onion

7 - Palačinke

As for the desserts, we definitely recommend you try the delicious palacinke, a sweet of Hungarian origin widespread in the Balkan area. It is about a kind of crepes which is served rolled up, filled with chocolate, cream or jam. However, the most popular are the palacinke sa orasima (crepes with walnuts).

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00-3,00
  • Main ingredients: milk, flour, eggs, sugar, chocolate, jam, cream

8 - Riblja čorba

The riblja čorba is a fish soup which cannot be missed at the beginning of the meal. It is in fact an excellent appetizer, made with different varieties of fish to which paprika is added, which enhances the flavor, and other spices.



  • Recommended to: starter
  • Average cost: € 7,00-8,00
  • Main ingredients: freshwater fish (trout, carp, zander, etc.), spices, paprika.

9 - Karađorđeva šnicla

To return to the meat dishes, which are the basis of Serbian cuisine, we recommend trying the karađorđeva šnicla, perfect for those who love hearty foods. It is in fact one stuffed veal or pork steak of cheese, bacon and kajmak, rolled, breaded and fried.

  • Recommended to: according to lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00-8,00
  • Main ingredients: veal or pork, cheese, bacon, kajmak (dried cream)

10 - Burek

One of the favorite dishes for Serbian breakfast is the burek, a delicious dish of Turkish origin that has spread throughout the Balkans. The burek is made from a thin filo pastry that is stuffed with different ingredients inside, based on cheese or minced meat and spices.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, cheese, meat, spices

Where to eat in Belgrade: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The Serbian culinary tradition is really rich and tasty and in the town it is possible to appreciate the tastes of tradition in an always jovial atmosphere, both in simple trattorias with home cooking, the so-called kafane, and in restaurants of all types and price ranges.

Belgrade cuisine is mainly based on plates of meat and famous are, for example, their cevapcici, or meatballs of beef and lamb cooked on the grill or prepared on the plate.
The čorbe, however, are also very popular, soups prepared in infinite variations for every taste, from vegetarian to veal entrails, or knedle, that is semolina gnocchi.

There is no lack of fish on the table, especially the river one, and delicious are also the desserts such as baklava, layers of puff pastry with melted butter, ground walnuts and honey or lemon, or the palačinke, delicious filled crepes.

In short, in Belgrade there is plenty of choice in terms of taste. Here's where you can savor the best the city has to offer!

1 - Bistro Grad Hometown Food

  • Description: a place with a retro atmosphere where you can taste local cuisine, also revisited in an international key
  • specialty: meat, goulash, pljeskavica
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Radost Fina Kuhinjica

  • Description: simple and welcoming place with vegetarian and vegan options
  • specialty: tea and herbal teas to accompany the dishes
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Franš

  • Description: chic and design place, where you can enjoy typical Serbian dishes in a refined setting
  • specialty: Serbian and international dishes accompanied by a fine wine list
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Tri šešira

  • Description: restaurant where you can enjoy exquisite local dishes, at reasonable prices and all accompanied by live Balkan music
  • specialty: traditional Serbian meat dishes
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Casa Nova

  • Description: elegant and refined place, of excellent quality, offering generous portions at reasonable prices, where the dishes are especially those of international and Mediterranean cuisine
  • specialty: smoked salmon and meats
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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