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Shopping in Belgrade

Belgrade is a bustling commercial centre with great fashion options, international brands and a burgeoning design scene. It can't match up to the swagger of Paris or London, but there's plenty to keep dedicated shoppers busy.

Key areas

The main shopping area is based around pedestrianised Kneza Mihaila, where visitors can find Western European high street chains. Those after quality clothing and other items should visit the Belgrade Design District in Čumić, which brings together almost every local designer and independent outfit of note in one place.

Markets

Markets, craft stalls and one-off boutiques can be found all over the city. For local delicacies and fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, Kalenić Market on Maksima Gorkog in the south of the city close to St Sava's Temple, is well worth a browse.

Shopping centres

If you lust after 24-hour shopping, there's the huge Tempo in New Belgrade near the Novi Sad motorway exit.

Opening hours

Shops are generally open between 0800 and 2000, although those on Kneza Mihaila often stay open later.

Souvenirs

Belgrade Window, at Kneza Mihaila 6, has a good selection of souvenirs with a local theme, while the Ethnographic Museum, on Studentski Trg, offers a good range of locally produced arts and crafts. The tourist information centre at Knez Mihailova 5 also has plenty of Belgrade-themed souvenirs.

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Kasina

Conveniently located in the city centre across the road from the Balkan Hotel, this is a good-value option with decent rooms and its own pavement café. Built in 1856, this sizable property has plenty of history about it, and a rather decent restaurant to boot.

Le Petit Piaf

Located in the eastern part of the old city close to the bars and restaurants of the Skadarlija quarter, Le Petit Piaf is a small modern boutique hotel with plenty of character and elegant, spacious rooms.

Hotel Zira

Not far from the centre, Zira Hotel is one of the sleekest, most futuristic of properties in Belgrade. The rooms, hallways and dining area are ultra-modern, with contemporary art, plenty of space and science-fiction style design. Breakfast is of superb quality and dinner on the terrace is becoming a favourite with the city's affluent. There are 127 rooms, a fitness centre and sauna.

Union

Located in the heart of the city, the Union offers more than 100 clean and comfortable rooms in a pleasant, smart environment. If you want to splash out a little more, there are also a few luxury suites. The hotel also has a restaurant, a piano bar and even a casino.

Royal

With an excellent location close to Kneza Mihala and Kalemegdan Park, this long-established budget hotel offers good-value, no-frills rooms close to the action. Receiving visitors since 1886, the welcome is still as friendly today, while the admirable onsite restaurant is quietly affordable.

Belgrade City Hotel

Within easy reach of the shopping district, historic centre and commercial zone, Belgrade City Hotel is a handsome 4-star property right next to the main railway station. There are more than 80 slick rooms, with warm, unpretentious décor, a great breakfast buffet and friendly staff.