David Farley
8 minute read
15 Dec 2019
8:01 am

36 hours in Belgrade

David Farley

In the Balkans, you can’t throw a plum without hitting someone who makes their own rakia, a fruit brandy that is stomach-meltingly potent.

The National Museum contains three floors of magnificent works, including Roman-era artifacts from around Serbia. While tourists are flooding European cities like Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik, the Serbian capital is quietly molding itself into a very fun and accommodating Balkan metropolis. Chefs are getting creative with Serbian cuisine and the cocktail bar scene has taken off, much to the delight of sophisticated locals. (Marko Risovic/The New York Times) --

While tourists are flooding European cities like Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik, the Serbian capital Belgrade is quietly moulding itself into a very fun and accommodating Balkan metropolis. Chefs are getting creative with Serbian cuisine and the cocktail bar scene has taken off, much to the delight of sophisticated locals. The National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art have just reopened after unexpectedly long renovations. Now the residents of the former capital of Yugoslavia are just waiting for the world to make a beeline to this affordable, friendly city with so much to offer. Friday 1) 3 p.m. National Revival...