Skadarlija - The Old Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade
Published: October 16, 2010 | Source: Belgradenet.com | Share / Bookmark
The old bohemian quarter of Belgrade dates back to late 19th and early 20th century. It was back then when its kafane (taverns and restaurants) were a meeting place for many of the greatest figures of the cultural scene of the period. It is often compared with the Montmartre in Paris, both for its appearance and the cheerful, vigorous artists' atmosphere.
This neighbourhood was made popular and attractive because it was in the immediate vicinity of the National Theatre and former operetta, as well as musical halls housed in today's Balkan Cinema. By tearing down the café Dardaneli in 1901, which was on the site of today’s National Museum, artists, writers, poets and ordinary visitors moved to the small cafe-restaurants of Skadarlija, bringing along the bohemian lifestyle and spirit.
Skadarlija and the surrounding streets were home to 14 cafe-restaurants at the end of 19th century, a fact advertised in the Guide through Belgrade in 1909, when the population of the Serbian capital was just 90,000. Because of evening entertainment, loud music and occasional fights, the residents of the surrounding streets often criticised it to the police.
Skadarlija recently offered its hospitality to world famous people who enjoyed the summer scent of the linden tree in bloom, freshly watered cobblestones, selected dishes of Serbian cuisine and the greatest specialty of Serbia: the atmosphere. The significant cafe-restaurants of modern Skadarlija, such as Tri šešira, Dva jelena, Dva bela goluba, Velika Skadarlija, Zlatni bokal, Ima dana and Šešir moj, are worthy successors of the former Skadarlija.