Discovering the jewels of Serbia: Novi Sad

Let me introduce you a little bundle of colours and joy: Novi Sad ♥

I spent last weekend in this amazing Serbian city and it was such a pleasure to discover what it had to offer. Truth be told, I didn’t know much about it before getting there. Heck, I knew almost nothing! I even thought it was just a tiny town while it turned out it’s the 2nd largest city in Serbia with around 250,000 inhabitants! Plus, it has an incredibly rich history, dotted with unfortunate and sad happenings, that molded it and its inhabitants into what we see today. Did you know it’s also in the race to become a European Capital of Culture in 2021?! And if you ask me.. the chances are high!

Luckily, the weather was fabulous for most of the time: sunny, although a bit cold, yet perfect to enjoy a coffee at one of the plentiful street terraces – that if you could find a seat! From Friday morning to Sunday morning Novi Sad was bustling with life on the streets, people taking a walk or just relaxing on a bench, handmade merchants, children running around and giggling, colorful balloons,  (roller) skaters. At lunch, the restaurants were all full! We barely found a seat outside in the cold at a lovely location (thankfully, the waiter moved us inside as soon as there was a free table).

This is what I loved most about Novi Sad: the hustle and bustle at the core of the city contrasting with the silence around the Fortress area. I loved seeing people spend the good weather outside with their friends and family, having fun, enjoying life simply. Add to the list the cleanliness of the streets, the well-kept buildings and the amazing Serbian food and you’ve got the recipe for spending a nice weekend getaway in a city that offers you anything you need to have a good time.

What to see: the old city center (duh!) and the Petrovaradin Fortress. You might also want to chill out on the beach by the Danube (around 15-20 minutes walk away from the center). If you’re a music aficionado, add to the list the Exit Festival in July (and it’s Sea Dance edition).

Where to eat: we had lunch at Masa and breakfast at Corso (twice!). Also, we had burgers at the Red Cow pub. I recommend any of these wholeheartedly! We had great experiences in all three and the food was, as I mentioned before already, amazing (plus, really big portions for very affordable prices).

Coffee spots: Corso, Absolut and various others whose names I don’t remember anymore :))

Out for a drink: I loved Red Cow pub! We had a great evening here on Friday, but on Saturday night it was just too full to find a seat. Also, I feel the need to add that most of the pubs I spotted have quite funny animal related names 🙂

Where to stay: airbnb*! We booked the loveliest tiny apartment, perfect for a weekend with everything you could need. And 5 minutes away from the center! Perfect, I tell you!

Now onto the photos! Enjoy ♥

*If you sign up on airbnb following the affiliate link I provided, you get 20$ for your first book with them.
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30 thoughts on “Discovering the jewels of Serbia: Novi Sad

  1. Annemarie

    I have not been to Serbia yet but really want to. Having not heard of Novi Sad before, I really enjoyed your article and the pictures. I especially liked the links to places to check out and eat out at. Thank you!

  2. mark wyld

    I love your photo’s they are amazing. We are headed to Belgrade in the winter. I wonder whether it would be worth the trip in the winter to novi sad

    1. Deea Post author

      Thank you very much! I haven’t visited in winter so I can’t tell how’s the atmosphere on the streets, but the city is nonetheless beautiful and you still can enjoy the delicious food in a cozy restaurant 🙂 If you have the time, make sure you pay it a visit! Belgrade is beautiful too, but I find Novi Sad a bit more “coquette” 🙂

  3. Tonya

    I loved the photos of everyone out enjoying the day. It looks like there was a postcard stand in one of your pictures? If so, I think it’s so cool people still send and write postcards.

    1. Deea Post author

      Thank you! The stand was with magnets and other souvenirs (small paintings and images), but I do agree with you, it’s awesome to know that the postcards aren’t dead. I love receiving and sending postcards 🙂

  4. Adonis Villanueva

    Awesome photos here! Very Sad that I never got to visit Novi Sad! Thanks for the inspiration, I’m definitely using this post as reference when I make my way there, which is soon 🙂

  5. Hung Thai

    Beautiful pictures – the architecture and historical significance of this place make me miss traveling and walking around Europe. This reminds me of Croatia as well.

    1. Deea Post author

      Yes, there are plenty of architectural similarities in this part of Europe. I can really understand why you miss traveling around here, hehe 😀 Thank you!

  6. Jaina Mistry

    Beautiful photos – I’d never really thought of going to Serbia, but your writing and photos here has given me some food for thought. Looks like a wonderful place to spend a few days.

    1. Deea Post author

      I missed the Film Festival but now that you said it, I’ll check to see if I can catch it another time 🙂 There’s also a large music festival in summer, too (Exit Festival)! 🙂

  7. Malibu Mama Loves

    I have always been interested in Serbia, but have never visited! This post has inspired me to move it up the list of places to go – it looks so beautiful. Colorful and filled with history! Thank you for sharing, your pictures are beautiful. Keep up the amazing work! Malibu Mama Loves Xx

  8. Shobha

    Love the photos! I’ve never been to Serbia and have never seen photos of Novi Sad. It reminds me of the grand old European architecture you get in Vienna, Budapest etc.

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