"Belgrade is one of those cities that you can never stop exploring; there are lots of secret corners and areas not very well-known to general public or not too obvious for visitors. Most tourists come here for nightlife and affordable hedonism, but there’s much more to see. Belgrade has a number of parks and small forests and it seems to me it’s a part of the city everyone takes for granted and somehow doesn’t value and explore enough.
I’d recommend a visit to the Botanical Garden Jevremovac, a little green heaven in the city centre, in the midst of two of the noisiest streets. But when you’re there, you feel completely isolated from the urban environment."
Source: The Guardian
"Wandering through the area it’s easy to see how the empty buildings – among them derelict art nouveau mansions from the days when this was a high-end neighbourhood and workshops built after the second world war – are being transformed. Even in the past few months, KC Grad has gained new neighbours, including the Ben Akiba comedy club – which relocated to Savamala after a stint in the city centre – as well as the Berliner beer hall. Stretching along the riverbank is Beton Hala, or Concrete Hall (a name that makes sense once you see the row of white warehouse blocks it describes), now occupied with upmarket contemporary restaurants, such as Iguana and Comunale, as well as providing an open waterside promenade during Belgrade’s hot summer months. I also swing by Nova Iskra, an ambitious design and co-working hub with drop-in workspaces for visiting professionals. The area is beginning to resemble the kind of creative quarter you would expect to find in most modern cities.
Despite this, the gritty, unassuming character of the neighbourhood remains. Anyone with an interest in the way a city can morph over time will be absorbed by the visible layers of social history found here; there’s tension and activity you won’t find in other parts of Belgrade. As you reach the street of Braće Krsmanović, in the heart of Savamala, you’re greeted by the empty shell of a building against the backdrop of Branko’s bridge, spanning the wide Sava river. Street art adds splashes of colour to grey concrete walls; rusty puddles congregate around the tram lines. On a murky January morning the area is far from beguiling."
Source: The Guardian
"Belgrade enjoys a reputation as an all-year party city, with a vibrant and diverse party scene spanning everything from jazz to Gypsy folk and techno, which has its roots in the 1990s where underground club culture provided a refuge from Milosevic's regime. Local favourites include Underground Club and Drugstore, while Insomnia Cafe is great for a nightcap."
Submitted by our guest contributor Natasha from angloland www.angloland.rs in cooperation with Tours from Belgrade.