Once the most cosmopolitan of all cities in Eastern Europe, this haughty-looking capital – where Ottoman-style architecture mingles with a Soviet-style cityscape – lost its way during the 1990s Balkan wars. NATO bombing caused substantial damage to the city, but Belgrade is on its way up again armed with a gritty, black humour.
It is easy to slip up when ordering a drink in Belgrade. In Serbian ‘sok’ is juice, ‘pivo’ beer and ‘voda’ is water.
Its cafés are packed all day, even on workdays, and no one does nightlife like young Belgradians. There are several bar and club districts, but check out the once-abandoned Savamala neighbourhood near the train station, which is now a hub for DJ performances, live music events, film screenings, and other exhibitions. Knock back some shots of the local drink Rakia and let the club-hopping begin.