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Best restaurant in Belgrade

Posted by Ralph on 16 April 2011 | 5 Comments

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Opening a McDonalds in Belgrade costs about 1.5 million euro. That's a lot of burgers! Also read the impression of an American visiting the McDonalds in Belgrade.

Once I broke into houses, changed the locks and lived there; once I was a squatter. Squatting used to be a legal way for people to obtain a place to live in Holland. Squatters are mostly left-wing (ex-) students and responsible consumers. The most effective way to get kicked out from that group is be spotted eating at the embassy of capitalism and obesity : McDonald's.

Now that I moved to Belgrade and left everybody behind who can spot and judge me I'm pretty free to do pretty much everything I want. And so it happened that on a bike tour through New Belgrade I found myself ending up in McDonald's. Weather was fine, I just had a 2-hour bike-ride and I was hungry and thirsty.


I could have gone a bit further to find a nice restaurant. Or risk my life eating something in China Town. Or go across the street to get a pizza or pleskavica. But as I'm always open for new adventures, I went for the McDonald's-experience.


As I went to the counter, I noticed the extremely clean kitchen. And the McDonald's girl that helped me wearing a stainless shirt and a freshly washed and ironed McDonald's jeans...

What a difference from the greasy once-white T-shirt strained around the always huge, hanging breast of some big babushka. No cigarette hanging from any of the cook's mouth or women wearing flesh-coloured tights and slippers. And although I looked really hard for one, I couldn't find any cockroaches!


When I checked the menu I didn't see any greasy pizza-slices or 250 gram pleskavica topped with 3 different kinds of sauce (or salad, as sauce is called in Serbia). No, instead I got a decent, rather small hamburger and a normal portion of French Fries. And guess what: The burger was delicious, the fries enough and the price fair.

More often I eat out out than cook at home, simply because going to a restaurant is cheaper then going to the Maxi supermarket (and because I can only cook two things: spinach-curry and spinach-pasta). And so far the cleanest restaurant with the most healthy food in Belgrade I've been to is McDonald's!


People say that when you get older you loose your social leftist ideals and trade it in for rightish egoism. As for me, from now on I will take my social leftist ideals to the girl with the how-can-I-help-you-sir smile at McDonald's once a month and forget about all of that for 30 minutes. Because I'm loving it!


NB: Some Food for thought: I always wondered why Belgrade adopted 'Belgrade, because I love it!' as the marketing strategy of the city. Maybe because the city-government wants visitors to think that Belgrade is just as friendly, cheap, healthy and clean as Mcdonald's?



Final note: For some really healthy food in Belgrade, or some good fresh juices, get your bike and go to the vegetarian Himalayan restaurant Everest or choose one of the many fresh juices at Elixer. Or get a complete overview and reviews of the best, cheapest, hidden, smallest and biggest restaurants in Belgrade.

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  • Recently Homa Restaurant has opened in Belgrade. You can eat unusual food like "Grilled goat from mountain Rudnik on aromatic crostines and salad" , Grilled pork fillet in carne asada marinade, melted cheese, fried corn... My suggestion to visit this place

    Posted by Dexter, 07/03/2012 12:40am (3 years ago)

  • HAHAHA You Made me laugh! As you know i am also from holland and probably hanging with some of the same people ( Krakers) you hung with.. only in Amsterdam.. I can understand that to some Belgraders your post is a bit hard to get, but i must admid .. before i lived here i wouldn't dream of entering "mac".. but, once i moved here it almost became like nostalgia to eat a big mac.. If only there was a place with Haring and Vlaamse fritten! i must say you should not do it more often than once a month.. because it is junk after all.. and even though i can eat "loki" every week .. the mac get's kind of yuck after a while.. ;-) eet smakkelijk!

    Posted by Caspar, 21/06/2011 4:58pm (4 years ago)

  • Hi Lazic,

    Believe me, I love the Serbian cuisine! I love pleskavica, I love sarma, I love it all! I will probably need a life-time to visit all restaurants in Belgrade, but I do eat out a lot. And all restaurants I go to have great food, low prices and a good atmosphere. And they are clean ;)

    So, I'm sorry if you were a bit offended by my article. I hope you don't really believe I prefer McDonalds over Serbian restaurants.



    Posted by Ralph, 12/06/2011 5:02pm (4 years ago)

  • What a neat way to disregard Belgrade in a few totally inappropriate sentences.

    Did you, Ralph, visit all of the restaurants in Belgrade, so you can judge? Belgrade is a city that is influenced by Europe, believe it or not, and there are really a lot of restaurants where you can, and at an affordable price too, have your European meal. Saying that Serbian food is too greasy for you or not tasty at all, you have right. But to generalize like this stating restaurant hygiene is a major disrespect and is very insulting!

    I also feel sad for you calling yourself a leftist, but that's less important.

    Posted by Lazić, 10/06/2011 11:07am (4 years ago)

  • Kudos! What a neat way of thiinnkg about it.

    Posted by Demarlo, 07/06/2011 8:23pm (4 years ago)

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