Where to eat
When you are visiting Belgrade you most certainly won't remain hungry. There are many restaurants where you can eat any kitchen that cross your mind: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Mexican and of course traditional Serbian and Balkan food.
Meals that you must try are gibanica; burek; cevapcici; stuffed pepper (punjena paprika) or stuffed cabbage (sarma) or stuffed wine leafs (vinova sarma) all with meat and rice, served with yogurt; pečenje (roast pork or lamb)...
Most Serbian restaurants offer roštilj, a large plate of various unseasoned grilled meats, from pork and chicken steaks, pljeskavica, chevapchici, variety of grilled chicken wrapped in bacon or stuffed with cheese.
Pljeskavica (pronounced approximately: PYES-ka-vitsa) is the Serbian version of a hamburger which is regularly served in restaurants and can be purchased from fast food on almost every step.
Ćevapi or ćevapčići are a traditional food eaten throughout the Balkans. It consists of different types of minced meat (pork and beef) mixed together, shaped like small sausages, and then put on the grill. It is usually eaten with diced onion, and is very tasty. Also as pljeskavica is regularly served in restaurants and can be purchased from fast food on almost every step.
Do not forget to taste the Karađorđeva Šnicla. It is meat that is filled with kajmak and bacon, and then also grilled. It is another traditional Serbian dish that honors the leader of the first Serbian uprising against the Ottomans.
Traditional food in Serbia include kajmak, something between cream cheese and butter, very tasty and a bit caloric, and ajvar, a savory spread made out of roasted red peppers.
Bakeries – called pekara – are ubiquitous in the city center, and you will find a wide assortment of breads, sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, and pizza. Some are open 24 hours per day. A snack or light meal of pastry and drinkable yogurt will give you an added healthy boost when walking around in the city center.
Turkish delicacies such as baklava, tulumba, and other Greek/Turkish treats are also commonly found.
Burek, sometimes decribed as the Balkan equivalent of McDonalds due to its being sold everywhere, is considered a national dish. It is made with a range of fillings including meat, cheese, spinach, apple or cherry. Due to the high fat content it is not for dieters. it is often eaten in the morning and can be sold out by the evening.
Pure vegetarian restaurants are rare, but many places will provide you with non-meat food. Numerous fast-food stands (burgers, barbecue, pizza, hot dog, pancakes...) and bakeries (oriental and european paistry, pitas...) are usually very good and will satisfy your needs at a reasonable price. Pizza, sandwiches, and pancakes (crepes) are also commonly found. Salads are primarily tomato, cucumber, and onion, or cabbage. Local produce is fresh and organic.
Coffee culture is particularly developed in Serbia. Walking about the central areas of the city you will find sprawling terraces and cafés, serving all types of coffee and sweets, particularly Viennese type cakes and local specialities. Be sure to try Serbian "Turkish" coffee and chestnut purée with whipped cream.
Service charges are always included in restaurant bills. Rounding up the bill or adding a tip is customary when service and food were impeccable and ensures you get the best service next time you come around.