One of the most famous spots in the city, while “Skadarlija” is not the official name of this street, it's actually Skadarska, the area is known as the bohemian quarter of Belgrade. Some two centuries old, its original appearance has been preserved up to this day, with cobblestones and restored historic buildings. Skadarska was originally a gypsy quarter, and as we all know, the gipsies like to make merry, so the spirit of it lingered. Here you will find some of the best traditional restaurants in the city.
Declared as the best tavern in South Eastern Europe, in Šešir Moj you will encounter the magnificent spirit of Skadarlija, the rhythm of Belgrade. If you are looking for an authentic Serbian tavern, you are in the right place. This is a place you choose to eat and drink among gourmets and bohemians – the atmosphere is relaxing by day and merry come nightfall. Their regulars choose Šešir Moj when they are in the mood to truly indulge their senses, and their staff see a small victory in every content guest.
The newest edition to Zavičaj restaurants, for there are a few around town, six to be exact, is located at the top of Skadarlija Street. It's a rather big restaurant, that can host up to 80 people indoors and 70 outdoors. The interior is a mixture of traditional and modern, but the food is authentic Serbian, with some unique additions, prepared in the Balkan ways, such as 'Boemski ćevap'.
A Belgrade institution since 1864, Tri Šešira (Three Hats) is the restaurant that best encapsulates the Bohemian magic of Skadarlija. ‘Bohemian’ generally means ‘traditional food with local musicians playing around your table’ in a Belgrade sense, so strap in (not literally) and go with the flow. The moving orchestra can be a little pervasive, but the novelty takes some time to wear off.
If its good enough for Tito, its good enough for us. One of the most famous tavens on a street full of them, a laundry list of historical figures have dined at Dva Jelena, and one can only speculate as to the stories these walls could tell. Traditional Serbian cuisine and plenty of history await at this celebrated Skadarlija spot.
Somewhere around the middle of Skadarlija Street you can find Mali Vrabac (or 'little sparrow' in Serbian), a traditional restaurant that offers a unique Bohemian experience. They have a nice selection of dishes, but some of the best can be found under the grilled meat section of the menu, such as homemade sausages and pork fillets. As with most of the places in this street, they host live performances of traditional Serbian music, and sometimes also Serbian dance, which is a rather nice thing to experience if you get the chance.