The interesting mix of architectural styles is apparent when nearing the popular shopping street of Knez Mihailova (Knez Mihailova Ulica). In which, there are also some nice looking buildings which totally stand out from the usual bland boxy ones. First of all is the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia with nice looking dome and accompanying sculptures.
Then there’s the famous uniquely designed Hotel Moskva or simple Hotel Moscow.
And the famous Nikola Pasic Square.
In addition, this unknown building which looks rather different from the rest.
The walk along Knez Mihailova
Knez Mihailova Street or Prince Mihailo Street is regarded as a landmark with great cultural importance in Belgrade. The lively street is probably one good place to feel the city’s pulse. Maybe also just people watch or laze at one of the many cafés.
Furthermore, the shopping scene is rather vibrant. Local brands in additional of the international ones. Well-knowns like Gant, Tommy Hilfiger, United Colors of Benetton, Adidas, Gap, Replay, Zara, Mango, Miss Sixty, Bally etc. Seems like quite a lot of choices to choose from right? And the coffee culture seems deeply rooted with tons of cafes to choose from. Hence, the thriving atmosphere makes me wonder why Belgrade is not on most people’s travel destination list yet.
Maybe its dubious reputation as a result of what happened in the past remains a stumbling block for would-be tourists. Hence, the city is still very much under the radar. Almost like how I always get the same funny look while mentioning my visit to Belgrade. And even the friendly locals were equally puzzled about my visit. It’s probably uncommon to see an Asian walking around with a DSLR, that’s maybe the reason why I got weird stares.
And you know it’s not a touristy place when there isn’t any other Asians around while I wander. There are also no haggling street-sellers here.
“Why you come here? There’s nothing in Belgrade to see. And where’s Sing-gar-por?” The question from the diehard FK Partizan bookshop owner.
He is probably very pleased after I bought a notebook of his favourite football team. And maybe that’s why he went on happily about the Football Club’s history while taking swipe at FK Red Star. But I have no idea about the mentioned players since I don’t follow Belgrade football.
Belgrade’s way of mobile advertisement along Knez Mihailova.
I spotted an art exhibition while strolling along the street. There are some very nice pieces of artwork and almost all are war-related.
And how can I not have a cup of coffee here in Knez Mihailova? So I settled down in a cafe for a cup of warm beverage to perk up while I people watch. I probably drank more coffee in the last few days than the past few years combined LOL.