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Where to Eat in Belgrade- Dorćol Restaurants
One of the most frequent questions we get from our guests is -What are the best places to eat in Belgrade?
As there is no “one answer fits all” to this question, that’s why we’ve decided to compile a few lists of Belgrade restaurants. The idea is that anyone can find something to suit their needs.
This week we’ll be tackling:
Restaurants in Dorćol
But let me give you a bit of info about this area of the Old Town (Belgrade Municipality).
Dorćol is the oldest part of Belgrade (one of the smallest as well)
It carries an enormous historical value and has a special place in the hearts of Belgradians
Its name is derived from the Turkish word “dörtyol”, which means “a place where 4 roads cross”. These 4 roads are a reference to 4 great trade roads leading to Istambul, Vidin, Vienna and Dubrovnik.
Dorćol was known as an important trade centre back in the day. Its closeness to the river and the above-mentioned roads allowed it to become just that.
Dorćol, today, can boast to have the oldest house in Belgrade on its grounds (Cara Dušana 10)
First “skyscrapers” (more like 2-3 floor houses) grew here, during the reign of the Austro-Hungarians in Belgrade. Although, when the Turks won Belgrade back they either demolished them or left them to deteriorate.
The Turks preferred the Balkan style houses (one floor and a big backyard), one of the typical houses in this style is The Museum of Vuk and Dositej (Gospodar-Jevremova 21)
Dorćol has always been a multinational area of Belgrade.
Dorćol holds the remnants of the old Jewish quarter (manly destroyed during the II World War)
Keep your eyes open for some amazing Murals as you explore these historically rich streets
If this wasn’t enough to convince you to take a stroll down the streets of Dorćol to uncover all its secrets, then the rich offer of restaurants might do the trick.
We’ve handpicked the top 10 Dorćol Restaurants just for you, so you wouldn’t have to waste any time on that. That time is much better spent exploring and taking in all the history and beauty of this area of Belgrade. So let’s get started!
Do the words “Buon Aappetito” or “Bon Appétit” ring any bells? Whatever the answer, you’ll definitely get to know more about the Italian and French cuisines at this place. Although you won’t only be enjoying the food here. One of the things that sets this place apart is the attention to detail. Everything from the delicate and charming interior, soft Italian and French tunes in the background all the way to kind and knowledgable service…everything is outstanding.
2. Red Bread
A charming, family-owned restaurant with an array of healthy food options available. As the name suggests you’ll also get to try some “red bread”, or if you will, bread made out of sun-dried tomatoes. If you ever feel the need for a healthy breakfast or lunch, this is the place to go. They offer ample portions, a great vegetarian menu, and, one rare commodity, a 100% cigarette smoke-free eating.
3. New Reset
Just a walk down the street from Casa Nova, you’ll get to this hidden gem. The restaurant may not seem as inviting from the outside, but we promise you it’s worth the risk. New Reset is set in a house from 1923. (restored) Dorćol with the most secluded yet romantic garden in the City Centre. You get a feeling like you’re away from everything, in your own, private paradise with an amazing chef to tend to your every wish.
4. Konoba Akustik
This is one of those places where time seems to have stopped. Lovely rustic interior with live music and AMAZING Serbian food. They value love and friendship…all over a brilliant plate of food.
Here’s what they have to say:
“For all of you who don’t want only a simple night out, but want to feel the rhythm and the hot exotic drift passing through your veins and soul which will soothe you and cheer you up…Just for you, restaurant Konoba Akustik is a real haven where you can enjoy the unique Serbian music.”
Probably one of the best known Japanese restaurants in Belgrade, and for good reason. This is where simplicity meets comfort. They picked out the tastiest Japanese food (that’s not just sushi) and brought those tastes to Belgrade. Give them a shot and enjoy authentic Japanese food and just relax….ahh.
6. Restaurant-Trattoria Pepe
La Bella Italia…that’s the first thing that comes to mind with this restaurant. Set in one of the narrow Dorćol streets (Gospodar Jovanova 33) it breathes style and comfort. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a perfect romantic dinner…or maybe even brunch for those lazy mornings.
Here’s their message to you:
“In every thought out detail, from the pastel-coloured interior through the heartfelt atmosphere, to the kitchen, you can feel the spirit of Italy and the Italian gastronomic flavours.
At your disposal, we offer fresh soups and pottages, focaccias, meal-salads, a big selection of pasta and meat-dishes….all that together with the scents of high-quality olive oil and spicy herbs. Homemade pasta is handmade daily and served fresh only.”
Set in one of the most popular streets in Dorćol, Strahinjića Bana (also known as The Silicone Valley of Belgrade), this classy spot will take you on a journey of exquisite Italian tastes, carefully selected wine and give you a chance to enjoy a green oasis of peace in the very heart of Belgrade.
If you enjoy a refreshing glass of sparkly wine and cocktails in a private, secluded setting, together with some of the best tastes of the Mediterranean, this is the place for you.
Smokvica actually belongs to a chain of restaurants, but they all have the same mission - to serve the best food and drink, nothing less than that.
Smokvica Jovanova is set in a historical masterpiece of a building. The architect in charge of this project is the first woman architect in Serbia, her name was Jelisaveta Načić. If that wasn’t enough to intrigue you to come for a visit, maybe this will.
“In addition to the unusual gastronomic specialities that each Smokvica offers you not only sensual pleasure but also a unique experience of taste, Smokvica in Jovanova also has a pizza wood stove (oak and beech), made from Naples flour with a little yeast and no sugar. If you feel that you are not ready to leave, be carefree, Smokvica in Jovanova has 6 double rooms.”
9. Restaurant Gradska
To put it simply, this is where Belgrade’s soul meets authentic Serbian food. A unique, and unavoidable place on your Belgrade journey. A place where measured intimacy and a breath of history are swirling in the air.
“In such an atmosphere our knight of culinary art, Mr Slobodan Miljakovic making miracles with his young team which creates a real small masterpiece of national cuisine. With great enthusiasm, into which they have woven their skills, they prepare our traditional dishes and thus keep them from oblivion.”
10. Just a Maestro (JAM)
Foodies, gastro-enthusiasts and any other soul hungry for some real artisanal specialities, this is the place for you. With their gorgeous, modern ambience and a very chill atmosphere, here you’ll forget all about your mother ever telling you not to play with your food. But keep in mind, these guys are master-players in this food game.
“Handpicked fresh produce from the best local suppliers in Serbia and Europe, coupled with a masterful approach in creating unique, perfectly composed dishes is the cornerstone of our philosophy. We believe that we offer a simple, yet sophisticated culinary experience, playing with flavours, colours and aromas to achieve a fine balance in every dish. “
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Thank you for staying till the end, see you next time.