A brief history of Belgrade taverns – then and now


As before, the cafes are still today an important meeting place. Fans of cafes still go to cafes with a recognizable authentic character, and today there are many bars that are called cafes and a slightly different ambience – like clubs, which are reserved for fun in a modern environment.

The tradition of going out in cafe Belgrade follow through the centuries. They used to be the places where the most important agreements were made, the places where they are creates cultural history. The cafes were like stages where exciting events take place.

Although, over time, the notion of “tavern life” has changed – cafes are still an important segment of social life. Find out more about how new trends have affected you below beom spirit of old Belgrade.

History of taverns – when does tavern life in Belgrade begin?

Belgrade is the first city in Europe to open a cafe. Stories of Fr. the first Belgrade taverns they date back to the eighteenth century, when travel writers and writers wrote about them. The first Belgrade cafe was opened in the sixteenth century – in 1522, in Dorcol and was used to enjoy drinking coffee.

The name “tavern” began to be used only in the eighteenth century, after the Turks came to Belgrade again. The taverns were described as places without chairs and benches – carpets covered with carpets were already provided for sitting. They had a very low ceiling – so that visitors could hardly stand up while standing.

The largest number of cafes and inns was opened at the end of the nineteenth century – for every fifty inhabitants, there was one cafe in the city. Famous cafes have become a symbol of this city.

The cafes were a place where people of all walks of life met – accepting everyone with an equal welcome. Its visitors witnessed all the important and unimportant discussions – that is, the cafes were the place where it took place and developed. social and cultural life of Belgrade.

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Every cafe had certain miles of guests who visited them regularly, and as there was a really great choice – everyone found their place: artists, writers, travelers, journalists, politicians and cultural elite.

The first telephone in Belgrade rang in the tavern, the first light bulb shone, the first book fair was held and many others were held. important events for this city and its culture and society.

Taverns in Belgrade today – has the tavern life changed?

Today, the former significance is spoken of as the “good old days”, a authentic Belgrade beomia is today known in only a few restaurants with a long tradition that have survived despite the passage of time.

Their role, for the youth of modern Belgrade, is mostly taken over by modern cafes and restaurants, while under the name “cafe” many modern clubs and rafts interior decorated with checkered tablecloths.

Such objects connect old-town spirit and new trends, so as such they are extremely popular – both among Belgraders, and attractive to many foreign tourists.

However, although cafes are no longer called “other houses”, the choice of catering facilities for the same social purpose in Belgrade is still large, while the bars are constantly full of various guests who enjoy good company, music, wine and drinks.

Thanks to its traditional culture of hospitality, Belgrade is known around the world today as “A capital that never sleeps” and in which tavern life is what they claim to nourish and renew soul and body.

Skadarlija – preserved trace of old Belgrade

In a sea of ​​new trends and stunning architecture of steel, concrete and glass – a winding street in the heart of Belgrade survives as guardian of the old-town spirit. Skadarlija is only 600 meters long, but it contains numerous cafes with a long tradition – which has stood in the same place for more than 150 years.

Today, they are cult places that are a real magnet for tourists, but the locals do not resist them either. The catering facilities offer excellent food of national cuisine, atmosphere with live tamburitza music and tasting of homemade brandy.

The street was remodeled in 1965, when the old cobblestones were restored – just as it used to be, and the street was decorated with lanterns and candelabra. Cobblestone and dim lights enchant visitors, no matter how many times they pass this bohemian quarter.

On the street you will inevitably meet charming rose sellers, singing traveling musicians, sorcerers who will read your destiny from the palm of your hand and many others who make this street vivid and original landmark of Belgrade.

From the establishment of the first cafe until today, the lifestyle in Belgrade has certainly changed. However, the cafes have retained a significant place in the social life of the locals since their popularity, despite modernization.

Belgrade cafes have been around for centuries center of social life – whether parties and cultural and artistic ceremonies were organized in them or political speeches were held and court decisions were signed.

While a few cafes remember numerous historical events, modern catering facilities strive to provide an atmosphere in a somewhat more modern ambience – recording new stories and inspiring the birth of new ideas with music and entertainment until the morning.

Source: Portal o ekonomiji by www.economy.rs.

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