Burek is the king of breakfast in Serbia. It is a filo pie made of thin, oily dough and usually filled with meat, cheese, spinach etc. Even though Belgrade is packed with bakeries serving burek, there are still some tucked-away gems, like a bakery oven by Ljupče Mihajlovski, or Ljupče the Macedonian as we call him in the neighborhood.
No matter what time during the day you pass, there is always a queue. Actually, there are two queues, one for burek and one for everything else. Besides burek, you will find simple and basic pastries at Ljupče’s bakery, such as rolls or poppy seed pie.
The interior is super-simple and it looks like a larger kiosk. Ljupče will cut the burek for you, place it on a paper sheet and serve it on a plate. There are no tables or chairs and you will eat your burek while standing. Do not forget to get a yogurt.
There’s only one flaw – it’s closed on Sundays, so if you’re planning using the high-calorie burek experience as a secret weapon against a hangover, carefully arrange exploring Belgrade’s nightlife. Also, Ljupče is on vacation during the entire month of August, so the bakery is closed.
Ljupče’s burek is a must-try, even if your body is not ready.