Ah, Belgrade and Serbian women. Party all night and mingle with Balkan beauties until the sun rises, right…?
Regular readers of travel blogs and trip reports have surely come across various articles hailing Belgrade as the “Number 1 party city in Europe”, “Ultimate Nightlife Experience”—among many other made-up awards and buzzwords.
Now, this is neither totally true nor totally false. A city is ultimately the sum of all its building blocks: people, culture, geography and lifestyle. You can’t just isolate one of those aspects and base a city’s whole identity around it – that’ll lead you to an inability to truly understand and enjoy the place, along with crushed expectations. Yup, just like a lot of people feel after a trip to Paris and realize the “dream destination” they were so fired up to experience doesn’t exist.
(Unless you’re under 10 and make it to Disneyland, that is).
However, explaining a place like Belgrade requires context. Unlike the mainstream travel writers who yell ‘Partaay!’ or the geekson forums telling you ‘Hot Serbian women everywhere bro’, this article will give context, insider tips and proper information regarding the city of Belgrade and of course—Serbian women.
If women were a wild animal (wait, they aren’t?), it’s safe to say Serbian girls would be almost on top of the food chain.
The simplest way to describe Balkan (and Serbian) girls in a very generalistic way would be hot and fiery. Think of what Spanish and Italian women would be like if they worked out more often and had avoided too many western-style cheeseburgers. Sexy, mysterious and intoxicating – but only for those men who deserve it.
Physically, the average Serbian girl is a step up from the women you’ll find in western countries. Let’s analyze them step by step:
At first glance, you’ll notice most Serbian girls are brunettes (both light and darker brown hair are typical). There are some blondes here and there, but they’re hardly the norm – this is a big difference from Slavic countries with Russian girls and Ukrainian women. I’d estimate natural blondes only make about 10-15% of the female Serbian population.
Redheads were unfortunately nowhere to be seen.
Most Serbian women have brown and hazel eyes, though there are quite a few deep-green eyed beauties and a decent number of blue eye pairs. Again, very different from countries like Lithuania or Poland where blue eyes are the norm.
Skin tones are darker than what you’ve come to expect of average Eastern European women – the amount of sun they get combined with some the ottoman genes means Serbian girls tend to get a golden tan quite easily in the summer months.
Something interesting I noticed was that tanned girls acted quite confident and had an explosive kind of sexiness – while pale girls fell more on the “delicate beauty” side and acted more shy, in submissively feminine way. Could be a coincidence, of course.
In short, the first impression one gets when facing a Serbian girl is: “Damn, a WOMAN”. That alone is probably a welcome change from what most of us are used to.
Serbian women are naturally rather cute, but they don’t reach the level of Ukrainian and Russian women when it comes to facial beauty.
Still, most bangeable women have pretty faces and have a trump card over Slavic girls: their faces are extremely expressive and Serbian girls can actually use their facial expressions to communicate.
That’s something many men (myself included) find uniquely attractive, as it’s a really welcome departure from both the fake grins and pouting faces so commonly seen in western millennial girls, and also from the (hardly natural and rather robotic) control Slavic women keep over their beautiful faces and expressions.
That being said, I have something to say to Serbian women: you are way more attractive when you keep a low, natural-looking amount of makeup on. Please stop covering your faces with superficial beauty products (especially when you can’t buy the quality products), and finding inspiration for your eyebrows in shemale pornstars.
I’ll be short and sweet here: Serbian women generally have very fit bodies and take pretty good care of themselves by eating right and exercising.
They are not short at all but they’re also not too tall and clunky like other women (cough Holland cough). However, they are used to dealing with really tall guys—Serbian men are damn towers.
Here comes a tricky one. I’m opting to write this down as a list so I can make sure I don’t overlook anything:
If you understand that seducing these women will not be an easy feat, but you’re ready to go in for the kill anyway…congratulations, you’re a real man.
But, where to start? There are different ways to meet Serbian women and each of them comes with a set of advantages and drawbacks.
Nightlife in Belgrade is not the best in the world (as some travel outlets would have you believe), but it is definitely pretty damn good considering the size of the city.
I believe the hype for Belgrade as a party city comes from the fact that it’s the one thing that defines the city’s entertainment offerings: there simply isn’t much else to do at night (big lack of concerts, theater plays and other high level cultural offerings such as a night at the opera).
At night in this city, you can either party or sleep.
Now, when it comes to nighttime venues, a visitor has two main options: Serbian Venues and International Venues.
Serbian venues are not the place where you want to be, simply put. It’s all about locals meeting locals and the logistics are insanely stupid. For starters, you are required to reserve a spot (no, not a table…just any spot – they won’t charge you anything though).
Once you make it to the club, prepare to feel like an octopus in a garage – since you’ll be seen as one. The first time I hit a purely Serb venue I was with an American friend, and the security staff pretty much asked us ‘Why would you ever want to come here?’.
Then we understood what he meant.
Inside a Serbian Venue?
Hot girls, loud music and no oxygen.
The hot girls are the ones who don’t speak English (as opposed to girls I met in other clubs, the women here all seemed to be hairdressers, waitresses or gym instructors). They will stay in the same spot wearing ridiculously high heels and short dresses – and they’ll choose any local average guy over you, no matter how high value you are. You’re simply not part of their culture and in their eyes, there’s no way to change that.
Music in these venues will be insufferable: either TurboFolk (High speed EDM in Serbian) or traditional Serbian Pop. Nothing you’ll want to dance to.
On top of that, many of those clubs don’t even have a bar. Instead, you’re assigned a waitress and you’ll order drinks through her (and look like a moron if you don’t tip decently of course, you’re a foreigner).
Every once in a while, Serb venues host more ‘general’ nights for foreigners to feel included, but I won’t be the one to recommend those nights either. Funny thing is, those almost always happen at the end of the month – which is when local Serb guys have run out of cash (if you go burn your $400 monthly salary ordering bottle service on the first weekend of the month that’s what happens – more on guys and money later).
Serb Style Venues to avoid:
International venues are where you’ll meet local women who enjoy the company of foreigners – along with a less homogeneous crowd in general.
If I had to recommend one Splav (summer club on the river) and one only, that’d be Shlep. The crowd is laid back and ratios are good (to be fair, ratios in any Belgrade club are pretty good because men who don’t have money don’t get the option to ‘tag along’ and get free drinks from guys like women do).
Shlep usually plays a mix of 80s & 90s music, international Rock and latino stuff. Therefore, the women you’ll find here range from rock chicks wearing converse to cute girls in summer dresses and sandals – but you won’t find the silicon filled balkan explosive girl prototype.
Povetarac is a very similar splav, even more geared towards foreigners. A lot of pub crawls in the city end here so it’s probably the best place to get a one night stand (I picked up a Macedonian girl who was leaving a couple days later here).
Freestyler is a good mix of Serbian locals and foreigners dancing to EDM, but I’d again recommend avoiding it during the first weekend of the month when poor guys are burning their salary and 75% of the patrons are locals.
I found another really good spot where I went with Serbian friends and chicks – but I can’t remember the name. It’s located towards the end of the Splav strip and has a tropical setting to it – will send an update if I remember it.
Important note for any club you choose: If you want to get numbers and dates—you’ve got to dance. Pure and simple.
Be social, enjoy your time and dance your ass off – that’s the fail proof recipe to get Serbian womeninterested in you when you’re at a club.
Women will be open to approaches and respond well (even the ones with boyfriends or the ones who aren’t interested). Since their men are very alpha but lack any sense of romanticism and seduction, Serbian womenwill be intrigued by your balls to walk up and talk to them.
The main areas to daygame in will be Knez Mihailova Street (with some hot PR girls to vibe with and build your state), Republic Square (careful with girls waiting for their boyfriends there) and Kalemegdan fortress.
As a side note, young girls will respond way better than their older counterparts.
Tinder in Belgrade is quite a weak option so I can’t bring myself to recommend it. If you decide to give it a go, make sure you build a cocky profile that showcases sports, family/friends and money. In any case, you’re probably better off with more specialised dating sites (link), especially if you’re staying for more than a week.
Social circle is king when it comes to Serbian women. In fact, most of my best dates came from having a friend in common.
This is why it’s in your best interest to ditch some preconceived ideas – as being friendzoned in Belgrade just opens up new possibilities later on.
My advice is to build social circles from the instant you set foot in the city. Personally I always make the effort of meeting other men at gyms or doing street workouts in the park – or young guys working waiting summer jobs who can introduce you to large crowds of 18-25 year old Serbian women.
Landlocked within the Balkan region, Serbia is the most important country of what used to be the Yugoslavian Republic. Belgrade sits right in the middle of the country , and without getting deep into geography or history, here’s a few things any traveler ought to know.
Now, I’m not going to lie here: Belgrade isn’t Vienna or Verona. Aesthetically speaking, the city doesn’t offer much. This is not a surprise, considering the USA (The Clintons) lead the bombing of the entire city in the 90s. The city itself makes sure to remind you of that – by keeping a couple of destroyed buildings in the centre, just like the airstrikes left them.
Combine that with the lack of economic growth and it would be a miracle to see the city become gorgeous within less than a decade.
If you were a typical Lonely Planet backpacker or a middle age couple looking into romantic destinations, you’d be hard-pressed to justify visiting this place.
I could then tell you about the beauty of Kalemegdan (a medieval fortress right in the middle of the city, consisting of a huge park, cafés, restaurants, a dinosaur museum and even a pretty good nightclub).
Perhaps I could show you videos of how young people flocking to a nearby lake called Ada Ciganlija to swim and play beach volley with hot girls in nothing but bikinis – and it would still be a hard sale.
Fortunately, regular readers of this site are anything but that – and they will no doubt check those places out if they decide to explore Belgrade.
What Belgrade does offer is what ultimately moves the more off-the-grid kind of travelers: tons of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, nightclubs, relaxing places and sports events. The city is extremely affordable for a westerner (see below) and despite the economic struggle, Serbian women can’t live without being out and about enjoying what Belgrade has to offer.
Shameless plug incoming: I can’t stop recommending what ultimately became my main HQ in the city: InformBiro.
Part coffee shop, part outdoors cocktail garden – the place has fast free WiFi, hosts a wide range of social events and employs cute PR chicks who don’t try to sell you stuff: they simply like to meet cool foreigners and are happy to make you company or even become your wingwomen.
As for where to stay, the city centre isn’t huge, so your safe bets will be Savamala, Skadarlija and Vračar (northern part of it, mainly). I would suggest avoiding New Belgrade (Novi Beograd), which is a newly built, pretty nice residential area on the opposite side of the Sava river. It may be great for locals and the quality of flats will be way better – but it does not allow a real traveler to experience the city properly.
Stay as close to Republic Square (Trg Republike) as possible and you’ll be fine.
Depending on where in the west you come from, you will find Belgrade cheap, really cheap or dirt cheap.
A quick meal for one can be had for a measly $3-5 if you’re not picky, while more high profile options are available in the 10-15$ range. Unless you fall for a tourist trap or make it a mission to find a Michelin starred restaurant (good luck, bro) I see little reason to EVER spend more than 2000-2500 dinars (17-22 US dollars) on any single meal.
Supermarket prices will be between 20% and 30% cheaper than those in your home country, and drinks at a classy club won’t be more than 5-6 bucks apiece (couple dollars for a beer).
SIM cards and internet data, a necessary tool for any seasoned traveler, are almost insultingly cheap in Serbia: you can have a SIM and 1gb of data for about $4. Topping it up with another gig will set you back a couple dollars – so no reason to ever worry about using all your data or connecting it to your laptop as a WiFi Hotspot.
I recommend sticking to VIP Mobile (https://www.vipmobile.rs/en) and getting their Visitor SIM package. Avoid buying your SIM in street kiosks and head to the official shops instead – where workers will be friendly and professional and will help you (in good English!) set the whole thing up.
Public transportation is very limited so I pretty much avoided it – but locals usually just jump in and out the city buses without paying for a ticket (something which will shock many visitors).
As in many of other less developed countries, taxisin Belgrade can be hit or miss. I personally only had one bad experience when I boarded an unofficial taxi, but I called the driver on his bullshit and after a couple of back and forth insults we reached a reasonable agreement.
Keep your eyes open for real taxis (they have a special license plate) and you’ll never pay more than 600-700 dinars (5$) to get to the Splav area (a Splav is a floating nightclub in the river, about a 5-10 min drive from the city centre).
Tip: Even if you’re an obvious foreigner, use Serbian to ask the driver how much the trip will cost you, it’s the surefire way to get the cheapest fares:
Koliko Kosta se [Destination]? Should be enough broken Serbian to get the driver wondering how up to date you are with local taxi fares. Do your best to make it seem like you’ve gone on the same ride many times.
Ever since I got back from my 5 week experience in Belgrade, lots of people have asked me whether they should visit or not. Depending on the type of person who asks, my answer is always either ‘Hell yeah’ or ‘Hell no’ – there is no in between.
Because of how Serbian society works, Belgrade is a city that works much better for social butterflies than introverts. Even if you’re more of an extrovert, cracking the local way of connecting with each other will require you to pick up on social cues and to deal with everyone you encounter in an authentic and honest way.
One of the biggest issues I’ve seen in guys coming from English-speaking countries is the following: they simply can’t connect with the southern European way of living and communicating and end up coming across as autistic dudes.
I don’t mean this as an insult either. Simply put: countries with a southern, Mediterranean culture (think Spain, Italy, Greece etc.) differ from Anglo countries in the way people socially relate to each other.
From personal experience living in countries like the UK and the US I learned most social interactions there have a heavily transactional feel to it.
Imagine a club in most western countries. A guy who starts an interaction with other men there is usually either trying to impose himself as looking cool, or simply trying to leech value from them (objective: accessing the women in their group or acquiring information about the environment).
This is simply not the style in cities like Belgrade, and people (men and women alike) can smell it from miles away. You will not get far in Serbian social circles if you’re not authentic and honestly enjoy connecting with people. Demeaning other men, acting all hard and macho or treating others as if you were superior to them (yes, this includes bartenders) is not the way to go.
Fail to pick up on social cues and establish genuine connections and you’ll be left wondering if social circles require black magic to crack.
If I had to sum it up in a single sentence it’d be: to make the most of Belgrade and its people you have to be human. A real human, and not an act.
Other than that (critically important) caveat, I’d tell you to book your flight to Belgrade if:
If you’re ready to hit the Balkans and stop in spicy Belgrade, here’s a couple insider tips you won’t find anywhere else:
That wraps up this article on Serbian women—hope you enjoyed it. If you’ve got questions about Belgrade, Serbia, or Serbian women, drop them in the comments below. Good luck.
PS: If you want to get an idea of the friendliness and look of Serbian women, this dating site is a must.