Discovering the jewels of Serbia: Novi Sad
March 31, 2016
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).
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 ♥
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