Skadarlija is the name of the old bohemian street in Belgrade. It’s the street where the artists meet to drink the night away. Today it’s a big tourist attraction too, but it still retains a lot of charm.
Skadarlija is actually only 300 meters away from the Republic Square in Belgrade, which is the very center of the city. Yet is has a charm that you would not expect from a street that is so close to all these majestic buildings. But the street has served as a hangout for the artists connected to the nearby opera and theatre for many years, so you have a little green bohemian street only 2 minutes walk from the bustling main square in Belgrade.
It all started with the gypsies.
Colorful Skadarlija street.
Skadarlija dates back to the 1830’s, where gypsies settled in the tranches that were by then outside the city center. There was a smoking ban in the city center at the time though, because of the risk of fire, so the locals would head outside the city center when they wanted to smoke and drink and because of that Skadarlija street started to blossom as a bar street. The artists from the nearby opera took a linking to the place and it slowly turned in to the bohemian street of Belgrade.
Restaurant in Skadarlija street.
These days the street is a bit of a tourist street too, but it is still very popular with locals from Belgrade and it’s still very nice to go there for lunch or dinner, or just for a beer. Many of the restaurants have very colourful and arty decor and Skadarlija is a breath of fresh air in a big busy city and the proof that you can still have parts of the city center that feels like a little village.
Statue of serbian artist Djura Jaksic, who used to live in the street.
Hipster cafe’s in Skadarlija street.