Valjevo is one of the biggest towns in western Serbia, meaning there is plenty of variety when it comes to the bars and cafes of the city. Most establishments are found in the old town, but there are also a few gems waiting for those willing to venture out of the city centre.
Convivial cafes, raucous nightclubs and historic pubs full of stories and character — Valjevo is almost typically Serbian when it comes to the social side of things. Not content with having one of Serbia’s prettiest streets, the city is filled with beguiling bars and congenial cafes. These are its finest.
Handily named after its address (Tešnjar 23, if you are yet to learn your Serbian numbers), Tešnjar Dvadeset Tri is one of the most popular bars in Valjevo. It isn’t hard to see why, as the place covers everything from peaceful afternoon coffees to raucous nights of dancing and debauchery. The focus is largely on the latter, with some of the best DJs in the area providing an energetic soundtrack for the beautiful people of Valjevo.
Valjevo might not be able to match Belgrade when it comes to all-night partying, but Klub President would not be out of place in the Serbian capital. This is the Balkan nightlife that gets most of the attention, a nightclub that starts late and ends even later. This isn’t a place to visit in your tatty trainers and obscure metal band shirt, so be sure to dress up in your finest garb before hitting the dance floor at Klub President.
Another establishment in Valjevo that ticks a whole host of boxes, Zipa is a classy modern cafe that doubles up as a vibrant club at night. Its outdoor seating is one of the best places in Valjevo to grab a cup of coffee or a sunny afternoon beer, while the interior may well be the most stylish in the city. It also puts on plenty of live music, with everything from acoustic singer-songwriters to noisy punk bands showcased.
The premier spot in Valjevo for beer lovers everywhere, Pivnica Golos is one of the most fascinating bars in the city. The decor is best described as ‘busy’, although that should absolutely be taken in a positive manner. The walls are covered in photos, portraits and historical artefacts, and the beer selection is unmatched throughout Valjevo. If you are after a cold glass of beer in Valjevo, look no further than Pivnica Golos.
Another bar and nightclub found on Valjevo’s magnificent Tešnjar street, Montevideo has little to do with the capital of Uruguay outside of a rebellious spirit and seemingly endless energy. This is an authentic Serbian kafana, so you can expect plenty of beautiful people and no small amount of traditional folk music modernised with keyboards and sex appeal. Booze too, there is plenty of booze. The walls are covered with pictures of the Yugoslav team who played in the 1930 FIFA World Cup, which goes some way towards explaining the name (the first edition of that tournament was held in Uruguay).
Bela Kuća is one of the most refreshing and colourful cafes in Valjevo. The work of local painters covers the walls, showcasing a collection of art that offers an explosion of colour and real sense of local pride. The large windows offer plenty of light through the day, making this one of the best places in Valjevo to sit back with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.
Colourful cocktails, invigorating juices, galvanising coffees and no small amount of beer — Govornica has a little bit of something for everyone. This is more than just a caffe bar however, as plenty of educational and academic events are held here. Discussions, literary events, live music and more take place in this little establishment on Vlade Danilovića, making it one of the most creative hubs in Valjevo.