Serbia
May 2021
2 months

Belgrade

Unquestionably the Balkans most dynamic city.

[Local Time}
{Temperature}
°C ·
[Description}

Serbia's largest city and former capital of Yugoslavia.

The city lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and is famed for its rich history and vibrant nightlife. Post-Yugoslavia, Belgrade has emerged as a captivating regional hub in the heart of the Balkans.

Verdict:
Highly recommended

Without a doubt, one of my favorite cities in the Balkans, along with Tirana. Would highly recommend it as a destination for work or for a city break.

🌎
Verdict:
Highly recommended

Without a doubt, one of my favorite cities in the Balkans, along with Tirana. Would highly recommend it as a destination for work or for a city break.

Verdict:
Highly recommended

Without a doubt, one of my favorite cities in the Balkans, along with Tirana. Would highly recommend it as a destination for work or for a city break.

👎
Verdict:
Highly recommended

Without a doubt, one of my favorite cities in the Balkans, along with Tirana. Would highly recommend it as a destination for work or for a city break.

🛫
Serbian Dinar (RSD)
1.3 Million
💰 Great value
🏝️ Great for a holiday
🧳 Would like to return
🥇 Top rated

Summary

I visited Belgrade as part of a tour of the Balkans in the first half 2021 with Belgrade being the undisputed highlight of the trip.

Accommodation
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

A reasonable range of apartments is available across Airbnb, but the influx of people to the city as a result of the war in Ukraine may have reduced the supply somewhat.

info
New legislation
Recent changes introduced by the Turkish government has made short-term rentals for under 100 days more restricted. Keep an eye on Reddit threads for up-to-date assessments of how the new legislation is impacting short-term rentals in practice.
Places to work
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

A solid selection of dedicated coworking offices throughout the city, as well as numerous coffee shops suitable to work from.

Value
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

Belgrade remains great value compared to most other major European cities yet is more on the expensive side compared to other neighbours in the Balkans.

info
The yen is currently at a 34-year low
While this is undoubtedly a negative for the Japanese, it makes for an exceptionally good time to visit Japan from abroad. Although this trend is unlikely to reverse significantly in the short term, it's still worth checking before visiting.
Read more
View the cost of living
open_in_new
Working hours
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

Serbia operates on Central European Time (CET), aligning with the rest of Western Europe

No items found.

Where to stay

To minimise the amount you'd need to take public transport, I'd recommend being close to one of the two areas mentioned below.

Would avoid
Recommended
Stari Grad
Containing some of the most historic parts of the city and best dining options, the centre is a lively destination you can't go wrong with.
Would avoid
Recommended
Dorcol
Only ten minutes walk from the centre but the area has a more relaxed, local feel. Plenty of good food and drink options in the neighbourhood.
Would avoid
Recommended
New Belgrade
There's nothing inherently bad at all about New Belgrade but the west side of the river is predominantly just rows of communist era tower blocks. If only in the town for a short period, you're better off on the other side of the river.

Where to work

ICT Hub Kralja Milana
Top Choice
☕️ Good Coffee
📍 Top Location
🥗 On Site Cafe
🧍Community Focused
⭐️ Quality Fit Out
🌳 Outdoor Space

One of my favourite destinations of the past couple of years to work from. High ceilinged open plan seating, plenty of natural light and generous desk spaces. There are plenty of phone boots for private calls and areas with beanbags and sofas to relax from. Monitors are available to rent also. The surrounding area of Devojački park provides plenty of greenery and a calm area to unwind during the day.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, the office is easily reachable via public transport and there are a number of great food and coffee options easily reachable on foot.

Remote work visa

No remote work visa
Remote work visa available
Remote work visa coming soon
If staying for a prolonged period, you may want to consider a dedicated visa for this destination.
This country is actively working on a visa support for remote workers.
Check your government website for details of how to obtain a tourist visa.

While Serbia's digital nomad visa is still in development, the country welcomes remote workers. Those earning $3,500 or more per month can apply for an extended stay visa.

View full details
To the best of my knowledge this information was correct as of 27th April 2024. If you notice something has changed drop me a message and I'll update it!

Citizen Remote is a great source of up to date knowledge for everything to do with remote work visas.

Safety

Off-work

Ada Ciganlija Lake

Often referred to as "Belgrade's Sea," Ada Ciganlija Lake is a large green recreational hub in the heart of the city. Feautirng sandy beaches, lush parklands, and a wealth of water sports activities. Ideal for escaping the heat in the city during the summer months with bars and restaurants along it's easterly bank.

Learn more
Spend a morning at Zemun Market

Lively market with a wide range of fresh local produce on offer during the weekend, around an hours walk along the Danube from Brankov Most.

Visit Belgrade Fortress

This large site features the remnants of an ancient walled city, the Belgrade Zoo, museums, and other archaeological sites. Fantastic panoramic views are offered of the confluence of the two rivers.

Ada Ciganlija Lake

Often referred to as "Belgrade's Sea," Ada Ciganlija Lake is a large green recreational hub in the heart of the city. Feautirng sandy beaches, lush parklands, and a wealth of water sports activities. Ideal for escaping the heat in the city during the summer months with bars and restaurants along it's easterly bank.

Spend a morning at Zemun Market

Lively market with a wide range of fresh local produce on offer during the weekend, around an hours walk along the Danube from Brankov Most.

Visit Belgrade Fortress

This large site features the remnants of an ancient walled city, the Belgrade Zoo, museums, and other archaeological sites. Fantastic panoramic views are offered of the confluence of the two rivers.

Duration & season

I arrived in early May and experienced some of the best spring time weather I can recall. All around the city I found the most distinct aroma of Cherry Blossom with the heat of full summer arriving by the end of the month.

I could fully recommend a month in Belgrade with more than enough to do both in the city and outside it to comfortably fill several weekends.

Food & drink

Loop around the Sava river
·
Cycle
Following the river Sava to the south west of the city, the cycle path takes you to some small villages with plenty of sheep along the way.
Belgrade -> Pancevo
·
Cycle
The Eurovelo route to Pancevo is poorly marked in places but makes for a good mornings cycle out of the city.
Belgrade Marathon
·
Run
Would strongly advise against the full marathon route here, where the duration of the second half is spent in a seemingly never ending lap of the new portion of the city.

People

Belgrade felt like it had the most international demographic of any of the Balkan cities which I visited, with a noticeably number of North Americans. The city acts as something of a regional hub, with the coworking spaces populated with neighbours from Bosnia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

I found the Serbian people to be nothing but warm and welcoming, often showing incredible forms of generosity. One evening an elderly gentleman insisted on paying for my dinner, on the only condition that I shared a glass of Rakia with him afterwards, an offer I all too gladly accepted.

Most of the younger generation speaks English fluently, while it's less prevalent among the older population.

Exercise

Loop around the Sava river
Following the river Sava to the south west of the city, the cycle path takes you to some small villages with plenty of sheep along the way.
keyboard_arrow_down
Belgrade -> Pancevo
The Eurovelo route to Pancevo is poorly marked in places but makes for a good mornings cycle out of the city.
keyboard_arrow_down
Belgrade Marathon
Would strongly advise against the full marathon route here, where the duration of the second half is spent in a seemingly never ending lap of the new portion of the city.
keyboard_arrow_down
Loop around the Sava river
Following the river Sava to the south west of the city, the cycle path takes you to some small villages with plenty of sheep along the way.
Belgrade -> Pancevo
The Eurovelo route to Pancevo is poorly marked in places but makes for a good mornings cycle out of the city.
Belgrade Marathon
Would strongly advise against the full marathon route here, where the duration of the second half is spent in a seemingly never ending lap of the new portion of the city.

Verdict

Positives
  • A large bustling city making it a great place to work from.Compared to other neighbouring Balkan destinations, Belgrade felt like a busy working destination.
  • Great local cuisine.Some of the best local food I had in the region, with international options also available.
  • A great place to explore on foot.Some places are just interesting places to walk around, Belgrade is certainly one of them.
  • The spring time Cherry Blossom.One of the most distinct and vivd memories still to this day from the trip.
  • Friendly and warm people.I don't believe I'd met a Serbian in my life up until this trip and they showed remarkable warmth and generosity.
  • Outside of the Schengen Zone.If for whatever reason you have reached your limit of time available within the Schengen group of countries, Serbia is an alternative.  
Negatives
  • Outside of the EU.This has it's strengths and benefits, but there are large import taxes on certain items making some items particularly prohibitive. If for whatever reason you need high end electronics, you are best off purchasing elsewhere and then reentering.
Tips
  • Be careful if intending to enter Serbia from Kosovo.To avoid any complications in arrival and departure dates, you are best advised to enter and leave Serbia through their border control.
  • If looking for nightlife, head to the Splavs.These barge boats line the Sava river, with clubs open until the morning.
  • You will be offered Rakia! An incredibly popular, strong alcoholic spirit. Families often produce their own with much pride.
  • The UŠĆE Shopping Center is great. If you need to pick up any items, I would suggest heading here.
Planning a trip?
I loved everything about this trip to Japan. I've put together some thoughts on my entire stay in the country, which may come in handy if you are planning a visit soon.
No items found.
If there's any data missing that you would like to see in these articles please leave some feedback and I'll aim to add it in.