And so I moved to Belgrade! It has already been two months. I’ll probably publish a post about Belgrade every now and then. This one is about greenmarkets.
There’s something about markets. It’s very often the heart of the city, the place where you see real people. If you go to check the main monuments or the center you’ll see tourists and urban people drinking coffee and enjoying their weekend. But if you go to the open market, there you have it…. there you can meet real people, who make their living by growing vegetables, growing and drying fruits, farmers selling milk and cheese prepared at home.
The Serbian word for market is ‘pijaca’, so let’s go and visit some pijacas!
Greenmarket in Block 44
This market is located in New Belgrade. I mostly shop here because it’s the closest open market to my apartment and I can buy organic food here.
Organic food market opens it’s doors every weekend and here you can buy organic fruits and vegetables. There is also an organic food shop here (BioŠpajz) where you can buy different vegetarian and vegan groceries.
Skadarlija Greenmarket (Bajlonijeva Pijaca)
Skadarlija market was build between First and Second World War and was named by the famous Czech trader and brewery owner Ignjat Bajloni. In 1946. it’s name was changed to Skadarlija but it is often called by it’s old name even today.
This market is very important for inhabitants of the old city of Belgrade but not only for them, because it is estimated that around 100.000 people shop at this market every day. It is located downtown, in Dorćol and you can find practically everything in or around this market. It’s working hours are from 06h to 19h, every day.
Serbian word for “greens” is “zelje”. I learned what is zelje just afew weeks ago. Before I always taught that Pita zeljanica (Green pie) is made with cabbage 🙂 Shame on me!
Violinist playing Leonard Cohen at Skadarlija market:
I love the colors of the market in all seasons!
You can find additional info about all belgrade markets on this link.