There is nothing more thrilling than visiting an absolutely new country. Will my imagination match the reality? What will the locals be like? Will I get some good photos for the blog? All these questions buzz around my head before visiting somewhere new.
But ultimately, in the geekiest of ways, it’s a chance to tick somewhere else off my travel bucket list. So, for the new year weekend I visited Serbia for the first time in my life – Belgrade to be more specific. And I wasn’t disappointed at all. Here is why:
- People are one of the nicest nations I’ve met
- They have extremely delicious and various national food – you know.. Čevapi land 😉
- Architecture is beyond beautiful
- The city has an amazing history
- They throw amazing parties – talking from my own experience – when visiting Belgrade go party in TORO Latin Gastro bar (link here) I loved it – everything from food, drink and interior to the amazing staff.
- It’s cheap
- They have delicious and very drinkable alcoholic drink Rakija – no, kidding – don’t drink that if you have weak stomach! Again… my own experience.
And if you ever decide to visit that vibrant city I’ve collected some useful tips to know before you go:
Currency: Serbian dinar (1€ = 123 dinars)
Language: Serbian, but they all know English very well
How to get there: We took train – takes cca. 9 hours from Ljubljana and it costs 49€ (there are also bus and plane options)
How to get around: Everything is pretty much accessible by foot if you live in the centre. However if you take bus it costs 150dinars on board or if you buy the ticket in one of the kiosks it costs 90 dinars. Low budget tip – pretty much everyone go on the bus without paying anything or without having any ticket and no one says anything.
What to visit:
- Saint Sava Temple
- Knez Mihailova
- Yugoslav ministry of defence
- Stadion of Crvena Zvezda
- Go on at least one of the bridges to see the sunset
- Get lost – this way you’ll discover the most beautiful hidden gems of the city 😉
Toro Latin GastroBar – my absolutely favourite bar in Belgrade!
Delicious food (not tipically Serbian but more Mexican – we’ve eaten churros and nachos), interior is out of the world and staff is really nice, helpful and friendly. We’ve spent amazing New year eve here and I must say we couldn’t have chosen better. You need to visit it when in Belgrade! Thanks to the staff and manager Saša for hosting us. The photos of the bar are below:
More pictures of Belgrade: