Shopping in Belgrade
Different people find different things amazing about shopping in Belgrade
Some enjoy the main shopping streets
Kneza Mihaila and Terazije with a mix
of well known brands and an occasional flash of domestic production or the large
American-like shopping malls
- City Passage (Obili─çev venac 18-20),
- Delta City (corner of Jurija Gagarina and Doktora Agostina Neta streets in New Belgrade),
- U┼í─çe (on the New Belgrade side of the Brankov bridge) or
- Zira (corner of Cviji─çeva and Ruzveltova streets).
In all of these places you will find branded items at prices similar or a bit lower
than in the more developed countries as well as a similar shopper friendly atmosphere.
The big set back is that the sales are not so frequent and prices never such a bargain
as they might be in some bigger economies.
On the other hand, many Westerners find the most amazing
experience in Belgrade
to be a visit to one of many green markets
(pijaca) where one may find fresh fruits, vegetables,
dairy and meat products directly from producers.
Although they are not necessarily (or are not aware of the fact that they are!)
grown to all ecological standards most of the fruits and veggies
markets still smell and taste like the real thing.
Add the gallery of faces and characters, noisy communication,
bargaining and some rakija or beer drinking from the corner shop
and you get the idea of an experience that should not be missed.
The green market that you are most likely to bump into is the
centrally located Zeleni venac, laying next to an important city
transport bus terminal. It has recently been renovated loosing
some of its smelly charm but the products and their sellers have
not changed a lot. Other popular and colorful green markets in
central areas of the city are Bajlonijeva pijaca at the bottom
of Skadarlija quarter, Kaleni─ç in Vra─Źar and Zemunska pijaca,
the green market in downtown Zemun.
Another worthy experience is strolling down the Bulevar kralja Aleksandra,
the longest street in Belgrade
starting from the parliament building.
(Bulevar) as it is popularly known is a strange mix of modern shops,
the disappearing craftsmen, places that sell all the tidbits you can imagine,
and all of that mixed up with a little bit of street selling in the upper end of the street.
Most shops in Belgrade
open at 9am and stay open until 9 or 10pm Monday through Friday,
with shorter hours on Saturday (mostly until 3 or 5pm), while on Sundays they are closed.
The large shopping malls are open 10am-10pm throughout the week.
Green markets open on all days at 7am till early in the afternoon,
but coming after 1pm you might find most of the stalls already empty.
Your credit card will be accepted in all major shops,
but the smaller ones as well as market vendors work only with cash.
Therefore you should always have a reasonable amount of dinars with you.
Get your money from one of many ATMs (bankomat) or exchange your currency
for dinars in an exchange office (menja─Źnica) none of which charge any commission.
Do not change larger amounts of money in the banks since the exchange rate there is not so good.