Word of Mouth: Belgrade

Exploring the Serbian capital from refined roof terraces to reimagined industrial spaces

Over the past few years, the Serbian capital Belgrade has emerged as one of the most exciting destinations in Europe. Owing to its cheap prices, 24-hour party culture and plenty of dilapidated but beautiful architecture, Belgrade is often described as “the new Berlin” by those who fear that gentrification has stripped the old Berlin of the permissive hedonism for which it was so famous in …

Square Nine Hotel, Belgrade

An abandoned eyesore turns into the chicest of accommodations in Serbia

In a city known for repurposing abandoned buildings and transforming them from crumbling caterpillars into bright shining butterflies of contemporary style, it is unsurprising that what is now regarded as the chicest hotel in Belgrade was—until recently—a dilapidated office block. Serbia’s capital is currently in the midst of a fervent cultural revival and Square Nine hotel can easily be seen as the artfully renovated urban …

Word of Mouth: Belgrade

Industrial spaces and unused barges are transformed into floating bars, fashion boutiques and more in the Serbian capital

Warehouses, barges, malls and mansions, you name it—if it’s derelict and abandoned, Belgrade’s next generation is reclaiming it and breathing new life into the Serbian capital. What better symbol of a city on the brink of rebirth than the evidence of so many run-down and unused spaces being hauled back from the precipice of disrepair by the creativity and enthusiasm of local residents. Determined to …