We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Bohemian classic,”
Review of Skadarlija

Book In Advance
More Info
USD 69.00*
and up
Belgrade Layover Tour: Private City Sighteeing...
Ranked #14 of 238 things to do in Belgrade
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2018

During our free walking tour we got to see many interesting sites/sights
and hear there story's. Skadalija was Belgrade’s Bohemian quarter and is still full of bars/clubs and amazing architecture. It was home to many kafanas (coffee houses during the Ottoman period that evolved into many and varied drinking establishments). It was an area that allowed very late opening and thus kept the noise down in the rest of the city. The first movie ever seen in Belgrade was played on a projector in one of the local Kafanas.

Visiting the Skadarska Street was one of the highlights. The street itself is winding and cobbled and one of the few remnants of the Ottoman period in Belgrade’s history - once their era came to an end, the Austro-Hungarian approach of straight, planned streets removed the rest of Belgrade’s innate windy-ness.(a remanent of Ottoman design,
the street follows contours rather than a straight cut)
A bohemian classic.

When walking down Skadarska be sure to stop and admire the bronze statue of Djuro Jaksic. Djuro used to eat and drink and run up huge tabs at a kafana - until they cut him off. He would then move his custom to another unlucky venue and continued on his merry way. One day he ate and drank his fill and when it came time to pay, the owner demanded that he do something to work off his debt. Perhaps paint a new sign for the restaurant? Djuro went outside and looked around for inspiration. He saw seven workers from Germany enjoying their lunch nearby and decided to incorporate them into the new sign. The owner was so happy, he said Djuro was able to eat and drink there for free for the rest of his life. The sign even saw the name of the kafana change to ‘The Seven Hungry Germans’. It’s stories like this told by local guides (in this instance, a paid up, card carrying, historian), that make local tours so much fun.

When in the area be sure to visit the Bajloni open greenmarket,
where the locals shop for all there daily needs. This was originally just a green field
at the base of the Bohemian quarter - the market now takes its name from
the Bajloni family brewery which once existed
in the quarter (and now is just a picturesque chimney amongst the bars and restaurants).

1  Thank JnVSydney
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (2,621)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"live music"
in 141 reviews
"cobbled street"
in 43 reviews
"bohemian quarter"
in 62 reviews
"tri sesira"
in 36 reviews
"dva jelena"
in 30 reviews
"traditional music"
in 30 reviews
"high heels"
in 18 reviews
"serbian restaurants"
in 19 reviews
"lots of restaurants"
in 33 reviews
"restaurants offer"
in 13 reviews
"nice street"
in 40 reviews
"night life"
in 13 reviews
"republic square"
in 18 reviews
"city centre"
in 14 reviews
"visit belgrade"
in 14 reviews
in 37 reviews
in 36 reviews

89 - 93 of 2,621 reviews

Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Very nice and nostalgic Street with nice and old cafe and bars at the centre of Belgrade whit walking from republic square

Thank Farzin A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

A bit smaller than we expected , but there are some nice restorans witch serve mostly serbian food. Very nice atmosfere to take a walk to.

Thank Aljosa K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I have been to this place many times in the past but unfortunately it’s in constant decline due to lack of master plan and poor protection of heritage. Lots of mish mash neon lights and modern signs which they are out of place and certainly don’t fit with overall character of this place. It’s becoming over touristic than what used to be. However, please don’t be put off by my comments as I would still go again again. If you haven’t been there then it’s a must visit. Lovely restaurants and bar. Try to go barcode for a nice drink with live Jazz

Thank Villa57
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2018

If you go for a late dinner, it's the most romantic atmosphere. Restaurants on both sides of the stone street and all of them are wonderful. Each place has live music that will come to your table and sing for you. We visit every time we see our family. Be aware there are others "outside of the restaurant" who try to play music and a simply "no" will send them on your way.

Thank Ashley S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Skadarlija also viewed


Been to Skadarlija? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing