A perfect treat for summer days/daze – where else to be than on the river, gazing at Danube and Dorćol in the distance, feeling the breeze and enjoying the overall calmness? And during winter, it’s a nice and comfy hideout.
The ship may be a bit rusty, but the food tastes homemade and is quite inexpensive. “Stari šlep” actually means “The old barge”. This place was used by Zemun fishermen for decades – when they finish fishing in Danube, they bring their catch here, for sale or, of course, for the restaurant.
In the evening, it resembles street food joints in Latin America – filled with the locals who have come for great and cheap food, or just for a couple of drinks. In the summer, Stari šlep is packed, but it is also a large barge, so a place or two would not be that hard to find.
Another thing is that actually this is not just a place for eating fish dishes. If you order grilled vegetables for e.g, you will actually get some really nice ones, not like in most ‘national’ restaurants in Serbia where they don’t get why someone would order just plain veggies.
If you are hungry and would like to actually get a taste of how the locals live, drop by for a drink or a meal. Fish soup and salad here would make for a perfect light meal. You can’t miss the huge old barge when you go a bit further down the Zemun quay.