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, and we want to sit down and talk about something, why is it almost always Centrala we end up choosing?
Because it is relaxed, lively and noisy, and it feels like home.
One thing is for sure: whenever you decide to drop by, you might have to wait for a seat. Ever since it opened, it has been 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.