The first thing I do when I visit a new country is visit their green markets. I’ve come to learn that it tells you much more about the place you’re in than any of the monuments and important landmarks could ever because you get to see a diverse range of people and what they eat.
Bajloni Market is a place with so many angles to it. This space has been designated as a green market since 1926 so we are inching closer and closer to its 100th birthday. Even though it was officially named Skadarlija Market in 1946, everyone still calls it Bajloni – named after a Czech Jewish businessman who had a brewery nearby. Names that geographical places get from the people that live around them usually stick much longer than the ones the officials give.
This market has so much going for it; at the main entrance, you will find ‘official’ flower shops as well as older ladies selling flowers at the entrance to the market; on the right side one of the best theatres in the city Bitef teatar, and a tiny flea market part, while in the back you will find fish sellers – busy wherever you look. On the market itself, you will find fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, and cheeses, as well as a part where they sell everything from screws and bolts to toilet paper, socks, and t-shirts.
This is also one of the locations where the Belgrade Night Market takes place every few months!