Typical serbian foods
Most Serbian restaurants offer roštilj, a large plate of various unseasoned grilled meats, or any possible variety of grilled chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese. It is possible to order fresh salads, plates of grilled vegetables, crepes, or omelettes if you are not carnivorous. Serbian cuisine is famous for its heavy use of varied vegetables, fresh or cooked.
Bakeries – called pekara – are ubiquitous in the city center, and you will find a wide assortment of breads, sweet and savoury pastries, sandwiches, and pizza. Some are open 24 hours per day. A snack or light meal of pastry and drinkable yoghurt similar to kefir but milder will give you an added healthy boost when walking about the city center.
Turkish delicacies such as baklava, tulumba, and other Greek/Turkish treats are also commonly found.
Foods that vegetarians and meat eaters alike should try include kajmak something between cream cheese and butter and ajvar, a savory spread made out of roasted red peppers. It is also worth visiting a pijaca green market to buy some fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items.
Pljeskavica pronounced approximately: PYES-ka-vitsa is the Serbian version of a hamburger which can be purchased from fast food restaurants.
The most famous dish in Serbia is ćevapčići pronounced: chay-VAH-pee, chay-VAP-chitchee. Also called Ćevapi, they are a traditional food eaten throughout the Balkans. It consists of different types of minced meat pork and beef mixed together, shaped like small sausages, and then put on the grill. It is usually eaten with diced onion, and is very tasty. Depending on size, a portion of ćevapčići in a somun pita bread, possibly with onion, ajvar or kajmak, is between €1.5 and €4.
Do not forget to taste the Karađorđeva Šnicla. It is meat that is filled with kajmak and bacon, and then also grilled. It is another traditional Serbian dish that honors the leader of the first Serbian uprising against the Ottomans.
Try other traditional Serbian dishes, such as pečenje roast pork or lamb, veal soup, fish soup...
Burek pronounced BOO-rek, sometimes decribed as the Balkan equivalent of McDonalds due to its being sold everywhere, is considered a national dish. It is made with a range of fillings including meat, cheese, spinach, apple or cherry. Due to the high fat content it is not for dieters. it is often eaten in the morning and can be sold out by the evening.
Serbian food is a typical Balkan mix of Central European and Near Eastern dishes. Serbs are very proud of their food, which is heavy on grilled meats and sausages, local cheeses and bread. Serbia is predominantly a meat-loving nation. In all major cities, there are many international restaurants, such as Italian and Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Lebanese, and Israeli. In Belgrade you can even find sushi or kosher food.
There are international fast-food franchises such as McDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut. On the whole, prices are cheap compared to Western Europe with main dishes ranging from €5–20 per person.
Pure vegetarian restaurants are rare, but many places will provide you with non-meat food just ask for 'posno'-colloquial term for non-animal and non-diary foods - but it could have seafood or seafood ingredients. Numerous fast-food stands burgers, barbecue, pizza, hot dog, pancakes... and bakeries oriental and european paistry, pitas... are usually very good and will satisfy your needs at a reasonable price. Pizza, sandwiches, and pancakes crepes are also commonly found. Salads are primarily tomato, cucumber, and onion, or cabbage. Local produce is fresh and organic.
Coffee culture is particularly developed in Serbia. Walking about the central areas of the city you will find sprawling terraces and cafés, serving all types of coffee and sweets, particularly Viennese type cakes and local specialities. Be sure to try Serbian "Turkish" coffee and chestnut purée with whipped cream.