Best Brunch Spots in Podgorica, Montenegro

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Photo of Sarah Pavlovic
6 April 2021

Takeaway coffee doesn’t exist in Montenegro. Coffee is something to enjoy slowly, preferably with friends, with your face in the sun. It’s absolutely not something to be gulped from a paper cup on the way to work. The vibrant capital of Montenegro has lots of places to linger over coffee and get brunch with your friends. From cosy to chic, the top brunch spots in Podgorica are made for enjoying the weekend — Montenegrin style.

Hilton Hotel

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Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora, Podgorica
Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora, Podgorica | Courtesy of Hilton Podgorica

The Hilton, in the heart of downtown Podgorica, is the perfect place to get brunch on Saturdays. With a special brunch buffet of delectable cheeses, desserts that are almost too pretty to eat and complimentary bubbles, the Hilton holds brunch every Saturday between 12pm and 4pm.

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The Republic of Good Food

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, European, $$$
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The Republic of Good Food, Podgorica
The Republic of Good Food, Podgorica | Courtesy of The Republic of Good Food

A favourite with locals and regular foreign visitors, The Republic of Good Food specialises in healthy options and traditional favourites with a twist. Pancakes loaded with berries, smoothies in bright hues, tortilla wraps and classic burgers are all on offer. Add in the bright, airy feel and The Republic of Good Food is a wonderful place to lounge over a long brunch with friends.

Forest

Restaurant, European, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$
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A cosy little place with an Italian influence, Forest is a trendy joint in Podgorica. Their cheesecakes in giant glasses are always popular, but the top pick has to be their ‘gastronomic museum’, which is a sampler platter of miniature dishes. The full-length wine wall might tempt you into ordering a glass or two.

Garden

Restaurant, Contemporary, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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Garden is an Italian restaurant that’s a favourite brunch spot with locals. For breakfast try hemendeks (ham and eggs) or bekendeks (bacon and eggs). They also have Italian classics such as risotto, pasta and bruscetti, plus a Montenegrin favourite – savoury stuffed pancakes.

Pekara Sicilia

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Sicilia, Ivana Vujoševića
Sicilia, Ivana Vujoševića | Courtesy of Pekara Sicilia

This Italian restaurant has six locations throughout Podgorica, and does some of the best pizzas in town. They also do breakfast, which makes it a great place for brunch. Choose from Italian classics such as bruschetta or try a traditional Montenegrin breakfast of przenice, fried dough balls with sides of honey and cheese.

Restobar Strudla

Bar, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Pub Grub, European
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Restobar Štrudla, Podgorica
Restobar Štrudla, Podgorica | Courtesy of Restobar Strudla

French toast, English breakfast, toasted sandwiches, soups and salads. Restobar Strudla has delicious Montenegrin and international dishes with plenty of vegetarian options. In the centre of Podgorica’s buzzing bar district; this cosy hideaway is also a popular night spot with live music and DJs.

The Living Room

Restaurant, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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In the CUE Podgorica hotel, in The Capital Plaza, The Living Room is traditionally a place to get a late-night whiskey. But it’s also a great place for brunch. Their mixed platter is highly recommended, as is their eggs benedict. Other good choices include the club sandwich, Montenegrin mille-feuille and strawberry parfait.

Elit Restaurant and Lounge

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, European, Mediterranean
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Also in The Capital Plaza, Elit Restaurant and Lounge is a popular place, day and night. They specialise in cocktails and, as anyone who’s ever watched Sex and the City knows, brunch isn’t brunch without a cosmo. Their pancake stack and vegetarian omelettes are ever popular, but it takes a strong will to walk past their cake stand without indulging.

These recommendations were updated on April 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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