Thanks to the organisation of the Belgrade Night Market you can now experience the city’s pijacas (pijaca is the Serbian for market – from the Italian piazza) in a whole new way.
Most people who visit Serbia comment on how delicious and tasty the fresh produce is. Belgrade is a veritable feast for us foodies. New foods and choices are plentiful but nothing compares to visiting a local pijaca. Belgrade’s open-air markets are a great place to visit when you want to catch a glimpse of real, everyday life in the city and are probably the only places where you will see people from virtually all echelons of society rubbing shoulders.
Take a walk through colourful stands, chat with the vendors and you will be offered fruits, cheese or prosciutto to try for free. You can also hear some valuable life lessons and local opinions about politics, sport, love, etc. Belgrade’s markets offer fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, meat and deli meats, cheeses, fish, natural honey, teas and herbs, stone ground flour, wild mushrooms, culinary herbs, collard greens, artisan wares, pets and – if you’re in a romantic mood – you might even meet the love of your life.
This year seven Belgrade Night Markets are planned and will take place in some of Belgrade’s bigger markets: Block 44, Skadarlija, Zemun, Bajloni, Kalenić, Banovo Brdo and, in December, a big holiday event at Bajloni Market.
Healthy and Green
The first Belgrade Night Market, held under the slogan “Healthy and Green”, will take place at the Skadarlija market on Friday 19 May, from 6pm to midnight. The Belgrade Night Market is organised by JKP “City Market” and “Redesign” d.o.o. who invite exhibitors involved in the green economy (renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and sustainable organic farming) to join hundreds of other entrepreneurs and creative people who traditionally exhibit at the Belgrade Night Market. This event aims to highlight the importance of protecting the environment and healthy lifestyles and the market is definitely the right place for it.
Top Belgrade producers, designers and artists will again adorn the market stalls and restaurateurs will present their best dishes, natural juices, premium beers and various types of rakija and wine. You will also see one of Serbia’s most famous chefs, Miloš Jovanović, and his young team, perform their culinary magic.
The Belgrade Night Market held in Block 44 in March this year, was an event that turned the ordinary into the creative and a place of the good time and fun for a large number of visitors under the open sky. This event aims to improve the tourist offer of the capital, and it is organized with the support of the Belgrade City Assembly and the Tourist Organisation of Belgrade.
Belgrade Night Market
Skadarlija Market (known as Bajloni by just about everyone – almost no one uses its official name)
Friday 19 May, from 6pm to midnight