Situated by the bank of the river Sava, Savamala is one of the most ancient neighborhoods of Belgrade. Today it’s famous for traditional hallmarks, historic ruins, and a vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re up for a traditional dinner or a taste of fusion cuisine, Savamala has it covered. We have selected the 10 best restaurants around.
Proudly bearing the name of Savamala for over 100 years, this restaurant is characterized by its brick-walled, homey environment and delicious traditional recipes. It offers a wide range of appetizers, including the typical dried beef of the Uzice region and terrine baked beans, a true comfort food from the area. Restoran Savamala stands out for its selection of soups and grilled meats, particularly its Serbian style burger with kaymak milk cream. Last but not least, the restaurant hosts live music events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, gathering together traditional and contemporary artists.
Address & telephone number: Restoran Savamala, No. 7, Section 2, Savski Square, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 66 84 541
As a favorite destination for many celebrities such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Elizabeth Taylor, this remarkable restaurant is among the best places in Belgrade. Klub Knjizevnika presents a bright, refined interior, decorated with flowers and wooden furniture, and an elegant garden where travelers can enjoy a lantern-lit meal in the evening. There is a promotional daily menu and a great selection of a la carte dishes, including traditional delicacies like the Dalmatian-style pržolica, a succulent beef cutlet prepared with vegetables and outstanding cakes, like creamy krempitas. An excellent staff will help you experience this hallmark of Serbian high culture which, regardless of changes through time, has preserved its authentic character.
Address & telephone number: Klub Knjizevnika, No. 7, Frankuska Street, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 26 277 931
Guests at Vuk will be welcomed by a vibrant, lively atmosphere. If you are looking for a quiet evening, this is not the place to go. The space has an easygoing outlook with bright decorations, and it’s famous for being overcrowded. The best things you can try are traditional roasts and kajmak, the creamy water buffalo cheese. Vuk isn’t for everyone, but an ideal choice for enterprising travelers who fancy engaging with Serbian everyday culture. If you have a taste for adventures and love friendly environments, this is absolutely a must.
Address & telephone number: Restoran Vuk, 12 Vuka Karadzica, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 26 29 761
If you’re a jazz lover and fancy some refined entertainment and excellent food, don’t even think twice. Iguana restaurant mesmerizes visitors with its beautiful perspective on the river Sava and its vibrant atmosphere, young and elegant at once, which has met with enthusiastic acclaim by locals and tourists. It’s perfect for a light dinner with friends while some of the greatest Serbian musicians perform on stage. The menu offers a perfect sample of Belgrade’s modern cuisine and a fantastic selections of European wines, ranking at the top of the jazz bar/restaurant list in the country. Absolutely worth it.
Address & telephone number: Iguana, 2-4 Karadjordjeva, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 328 3749
This curious bistro, named “?” is Belgrade’s oldest kafana, a typical Serbian bistro. Its name was chosen because of a quarrel between the first owner and the bishop of the Cathedral standing opposite to it. Besides the fine quality of the food, a good example of Belgrade’s traditional cuisine, ? is all about historical interest. This small welcoming place, which was added to the Protected Monuments of Culture list in 1981, opened almost two centuries ago in the artistic neighborhood of Kosančićev Venac. The restaurant is absolutely fascinating as it still preserves all the charm of 19th century Belgrade.
Address & telephone number: Kafana Question Mark, 6 Kralja Petra, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 26 35 421
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Gnezdo Organic | © Belgrade CAT/Flikr
A casually designed environment with bright walls and modern lamps, Gnezdo Organic is perfect for those who are looking for a relaxed dinner or a light lunch. This restaurant offers a wide choice of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan products, a rarity in a country famous for its meat dishes. All ingredients are strictly organic and the house is committed to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, combining a dynamic attitude with positive jazz and soul sounds. Also noticeable is their selection of drinks and juices, all from natural ingredients, of course. Whether you fancy some tasty tofu kebabs with millet, almond and cranberries or an organic chicken with grilled apples, this place is worth a go.
Address & telephone number: Gnezdo Organic, 1a Male Stepenice, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 60 74 07 408
A modern space facing the famous Bulevar kralja Aleksandra, Belgrade’s longest metropolitan street, Madera restaurant has always been a meeting point for bohemians, journalists and artists, who were named maderaši due to their love for the ‘exotic’ Madeira wine. The kitchen offers a high-quality mix of traditional and international cuisines, combining a wide selection of sushi, fresh salads, grilled meats and Serbian cheese. It’s the perfect place to discover the excellence of Balkan wines, like the dry white Žilavka or the full-body Movia Veliko Rdeče, which you can savor in the elegant, flowery garden of this fascinating restaurant.
Address & telephone number: Restoran Madera, 43 Bulevar Kralja Alekwandra, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 32 31 332
This small gourmet paradise is one of the four Zavičaj restaurants in Serbia. Its exquisitely ethnic environment, featuring national tassels and chequered tablecloths, is enriched by a background of folk music. The kitchen is proud to offer high standard food, selecting only fresh ingredients, and stands out for its domestic beef, lamb meats, and homemade sausages. This place provides a taste of traditional Serbia at very affordable prices. Although it might look a bit touristy, the warm experience has been praised by a variety of critics and visitors.
Address & telephone number: Ethno Restaurant Zavičaj, 77 Gavrila Principa, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 76 16 220
Red Kidney Bean Curry |© Scott Veg/Flikr
Though not quite a traditional place, Amici pizzeria has been shortlisted among the best restaurants in central Belgrade. Its interesting mix of Serbian and Italian cultures brings together an authentic feeling of domestic comfort. A wood stove in the center of the place might make the environment a bit smoky, but that’s by no means unusual in kafanas. Besides delicious pizzas, the truffle pizza is highly recommended; Amici offers a variety of bruschettas and homemade pastas; plus a fine selection of beers and spirits. After your meal, a glass of excellent rakya is recommended.
Address & telephone number: Amici Trattoria, 8 Nebojšina, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 38 63 999
Though recommended for any time of day or night, Deli 57 is most convenient for nice breakfasts and light lunches. This place offers high standard food with speed and quality: good coffees, delicious pancakes, handmade sandwiches and delicatessen, all served by a friendly and enthusiastic stuff. Particularly noted for its bagels and home-prepared pastas, Deli 57 has met with great appreciation by locals and foreigners, who praise it as a must-try in town.
Address & telephone number: Deli 75, 57 Karadjordjerva, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia +381 11 40 80 419