When I started writing texts for this website, I realized how many cafés in Belgrade I actually know and like. So why is it, I asked myself, that whenever I run into a friend, or whenever we leave a theatre or cinema, or whenever there’s a need to sit down and talk about something, why is it that we always go to Centrala?
Because it is relaxed, lively and noisy, and it feels like home. Why else?
One thing is for sure: whenever you decide to drop by, you might have to wait for a place. Ever since it was opened, almost three years ago, it is constantly full. People walk by, see a friend and stay for a drink, a laugh or an exchange of information. The fact that such a small place can be entered through three doors from two streets best emphasizes its openness.
Created and co-owned by a painter, Centrala oozes artistic spirit and attracts people from the art world. The old-looking yellowish walls serve as exhibition displays as well, and if you look twice you can also see sculptures scattered around. And if you don’t, you won’t, as everything is subtle and minimalistic, free from artsy-fartsy pretense that similar places too often suffer from.
Quite the opposite, actually: Centrala is one of those meeting points where the question of whether you’re dressed up or dressed down never pops up – what’s important is the smile on the faces of people happy to see you happy to see them.
Centrala | Bars, Coffee & tea | Campari RSD 300
Simina 6 | +381652107974
09:00 – 01:00 daily