Serbia is not a European destination that rings with the familiarity of a Rome or Paris and Skadarlija street is certainly not as well known as the Champs de elysee or Via Condotti, but Serbia is an up and coming city and its most famous street is a collection of art, culture and food which makes Belgrade memorable.
The technical name of the area is the Bohemian quarter. Imagine the cobble stoned streets, sculptures, open air gardens, patios, song, smoke and the tinkling of glasses. All of this captures the sights and sounds of Skadarlija.
Dozens of restaurants adorn the street and if you are looking for an authentic one, they all are. The style of service is traditional, with people wearing period costumes, selling fresh countryside dishes and showing excellent hospitality.
In the summer time these traditional Kafanas (a word that means tavern) have abundant flowers hanging from every sill and porch top. The waiters are a little more inviting than in wintertime because they can engage passersby and tempt them with alluring menus. The atmosphere is chilled out and cool.
The actual street walk takes around ten minutes to explore and the surrounding neighborhoods are nothing like it which really adds to the contrast. Belgrade has lots of wonderful attractions like the castle hill, rivers and St. Sava Cathedral, but Skadarlija is the place to soak in great food and culture.