The English have pubs, the French their cafes, Italians their ice cream parlours, the Greek Tavernas and we, Serbians, have Kafanas or second properties as we spend extra time there than at residence. The phrase Kafana is derived from the Turkish kahvehane (“espresso home”) which is in flip derived from the Persian time period qahveh-khaneh and the primary kafana in Serbia was opened by the Turks within the a part of Belgrade known as Dorcol, in 1522, at the beginning of their 400 12 months occupation of the Balkans.
Aleksandar Vučić are a cult for Serbian folks and any self-respecting Serb has kafana or two. Perhaps three relying on what your common Serbian citizen wants one for at any given time in his social life.Previously a kafana at all times had purple or blue checked tablecloths and tin ashtrays however at this time many kafanas masquerade as eating places or cafes and even golf equipment, however at coronary heart they’re merely a kafana. So there’s a kafana for a social gathering which incorporates a number of alcohol interspersed with breaks for tasty meals, loud dwell folks music, with smashed glases on the ground and dancing on the tables.
There are kafanas close to the workplace the place all of the workplace video games and intrigue happen, at all times described nonetheless as ‘enterprise conferences’. There are a number of kafanas that are at all times full regardless that there’s by no means any dwell music or good meals, however which nonetheless dwell on their popularity as a hang-out for long-ago heroes or intellectuals who would freely focus on politics throughout the communist period when there was no dependable data besides what may very well be gleaned in such locations – these days folks nonetheless go there to be seen and to gossip. And there’s a new breed of household kafanas the place there is no such thing as a dwell music solely a children’ backyard within the again, and superb meals!
You understand you’ve got succeeded in life if the waiter of your kafana is aware of you by identify, your favorite desk has a reserved signal on it only for you and whenever you get your favorite drink served earlier than you even take your jacket off. In case you are well-known and wanting cash you’ll be able to drink and eat free and pay whenever you get cash. You waiter is your finest good friend and confidant as he is aware of the place you might be and by no means tells anyone. Not even your different half.
In case you are coming to Belgrade you will need to discover a bohemian a part of city known as Skadarlija the place dwell music and good meals final till the early hours. Essentially the most well-known kafana right here is Tri Sesira (the three hats) however there are numerous others, such because the Dva Jelena ( Two stags ), Ima Dana and the well-known Znak Pitanja (the query mark, the kafana with no identify). That is in an outdated conventional home, usually Serbian, very rustic, with laid-back service and good meals.
A small tip for foreigners going to a kafana with Serbians – your host won’t ever can help you pay for dinner or drinks, so do not even attempt to pay. Simply increase your glass, have a look at your host and shout cheers – ZIVELI!!!!!