Bars and cafes are more than just places to go out, they are part of Serbian lifestyle. Strangers are usually surprised when they see so many people in cafes even during working hours. This could be a reflection of Serbian collective orientation as opposed to western individual approach to life. Oriental influence left us coffee fascination as it is preferred choice of locals socializing, but Italian espresso is slowly but surely suppressing good old, traditional Turkish coffee that can still be enjoyed in most cafes.
Serbia, especially Belgrade and Novi Sad have lately built reputation of clubbing destinations. Reasonable prices and guaranteed fun are attracting more and more city break and party lovers in Serbia. Belgrade’s two rivers host numerous floating clubs that offer almost restriction free fun. New acquaintances are guaranteed as young people in Serbia are friendly and good English speakers. They usually generate positive impressions with strangers and their determination to come back .
Kafana is local term used for restaurants but it also refers to cafes. It usually means going out for dinner accompanied by live music. Kafana is also Serbian cultural stronghold since early XIX century. Back, when there were no theatres’, galleries’, cinemas’… buildings, restaurants hosted all cultural events. Serbian painters, writers, actors… were in love with “Kafana”, and their presence can still be felt in very few traditional restaurants that survived until today.