Much like its Eastern European neighbors, Serbia is still warming to the Western notion of a hearty breakfast, let alone venturing out into town to eat any time before midday. Yet several cafés and restaurants are starting to embrace this custom. Here are ten such places that we believe deserve a mention.
On the site of the first ever discount supermarket to be opened in former communist Yugoslavia is a concept store designed by one of Serbia’s leading creative collectives. Supermarket combines a bar, restaurant and fashion boutique and brings together past and present in a raw interior with exhibits hearkening back to the golden years. At weekends guests are treated to an American style breakfast, featuring toasted bagels and eggs served in a number of inventive styles, and their colorful fruit and vegetable juices are a welcome detox after an especially long week. Once finished, you can book yourself in for a facial or body treatment at their mini spa centre to complete a relaxing morning.
Address: Supermarket, Višnjićeva 10, Beograd 11000 +381 11 291094
Ciabatta sandwiches are the breakfast speciality of Garden Food. They come in a variety of mostly meat-based fillings (turkey, tuna, chicken and prosciutto) though a couple of veggie options are also available. The freshly-squeezed juices ensure you contribute to your five a day, while their yoghurt and soy milkshakes are pure pleasure in liquid form. They can deliver straight to your home or office seven days a week.
Address: Garden Food, Kosovska 18, Београд 11000, +381 63 500 144
To come across a place that does an all-day breakfast is an absolute blessing in Belgrade. We recommend you bring a friend for Kafe Kozmetičar‘s three-tiered breakfast for two, which includes a tasty trio of granola, eggs Benedict and American pancakes which works out at less than 5 euros each. Their coffee is imported from high altitude plantations as far away as Nicaragua, Brazil and Ethiopia, and is prepared using a slow-drip method which takes longer than usual but is absolutely worth the wait.
Address: Kafe kozmetičar, 25 Radoslava Grujića, 11104, Beograd (Vračar), Grad Beograd, +38 11 12452565
The restaurant at the Belgrade Art Hotel offers beautiful à la carte dining and caters to all tastes. For the equivalent of 10 euros, diners can help themselves to the BAH breakfast buffet. There’s also a ‘fitness’ breakfast option for those feeling particularly full of energy. Guests can also order à la carte from a wide selection of hot foods. It’s tough to resist their original Belgian waffles, which come with seemingly every topping imaginable and whipped cream on top.
Address: Belgrade Art Hotel, Knez Mihailova 27, 11000 Belgrade +381 11 3312000
No place has a greater respect for Serbia’s culinary traditions when it comes to breakfast than Mala Fabrika Ukusa. Much of the menu will be familiar like french toast, omelettes, various eggs, but few will have come across kačamak, which is a polenta porridge normally served with white cheese crumbled on top. There’s also popara, which combines the basic ingredients to be found in any household, bread (usually slightly stale), milk, butter and sugar, with a little bit of herbal tea. The homeliness of the parquet floor and the brightness of the white wooden interior, with jars and bottles neatly arranged on shelves, provide a fitting environment to enjoy a traditional breakfast.
Address: Mala Fabrika Ukusa, Nebojšina 49a, Beograd 11000 +381 11 2435727
Smokvica Kralja Petra has opened several branches in Belgrade, but the original one is on Kralja Petra Street near Kalemegdan Park. The fig tree in the spacious garden, which is a great place to chill on a summer morning, was what inspired the name of this eco and pet-friendly locale in the heart of the city centre. For breakfast, you can fill up on a “country style” combo of three types of egg garnished with a side salad of spinach, tomatoes and olives, or else go for the ham and cheese quesadillas with a special red salsa.
Address: Smokvica Kralja Petra, Kralja Petra 73, Beograd +381 63 60 84 46
Tucked away behind Republic Square on the corner of Jevremova and Dositejeva Street is the hip café and juice bar Red Bread. Scrolling down their menu is enough to make your mouth water, from their classic Canadian pancakes with maple syrup, to English scones with homemade jam and cinnamon hot cross buns. Not forgetting their freshly baked muffins and cookies, these delicious treats come and go depending on the season, but you’re always in for a nice surprise every time you walk in.