Getting to know a new place involves many things, but among the first experiences are certainly those gastronomic. The experiences are indispensable, because they are personal and complex. To become acquainted with local food products takes some time. Perhaps you wish to try local food, yet your large local supermarket does not offer some superior-quality inspiring products. Yet you crave for something exquisite, homemade and premium. Of course, it might be easier to visit your favorite restaurant, or some of those eateries that you haven’t been to yet, though someone recommended them to you.
Belgrade is full of bakeries. At every, and literally every corner, you can find baked pastry (in addition to sandwiches and cakes), its smells spreading along the pavements. As bakeries can be found absolutely everywhere, you should never be hungry on the street. However, there are some pastry workshops that certainly stand out and deserve their cult status, being an integral part of this city’s spirit.
Čarli Bakery — Čarli is a cult bakery and guardian of the spirit and scent of old Belgrade. It is located in the very heart of the city, right by the Republic Square, and it is famous for its savory and sweet rolls, buns with cracklings and burek pie with meat, cheese, spinach, or without filling. Here you can also find vegan burek!
Ljupče — Bakery Ljupče is run by a Macedonian guy who makes the best burek in the city, and is located in the vicinity of the Botanical Garden. You should arrive here early and wait in one of the two lines: the first is for the burek with meat, cheese, or without filling, while the other is for the rest of their assortment.
Čubura — Another famous place, best-known for its burek. It is one of the favorite places of this kind, partly because of the fact that they work 24/7. The Čubura bakery is an around-the-clock burek concept. There are two types of Belgrade folks: Ljupče burek fans and Čubura burek fans.
Kirćanski — This almost hundred years old bakery is located in the vicinity of the Đeram farmers’ market, in the shade of linden trees, and in order to reach it, you can take a nice walk down the King Alexander’s Boulevard. This bakery is a family affair and you can always find an abundance of fresh pastries there. Kirćanski makes fantastic rolls in different shapes and flavors, without filling, or filled with cheese, or bacon, sprinkled with seeds…
We also need to mention Aca Bakery, known as perhaps the best quality bakery in the city, located in Svetogorska Street, adjacent to the Srpska Kafana restaurant. Aca is oriented toward French-style pastries, while they also make pottage of the day, an odd portion of lasagna and small homemade cookies and desserts. Trpkovič Bakery can be found in a couple of different locations.
When in Belgrade, Serbia you walk into a restaurant that serves traditional food, you enter a time-capsule. Not because of the interior, because it is not always the case (though it often is) that the interior has some retro-ethnic elements to it, but rather because of the food. Here are some tips for good restaurants in Belgrade where you can try traditional Serbian food.
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