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Coffee, Desserts, and other Sweets We Ate in Belgrade, Serbia

Onto the coffee and desserts we tried in Belgrade, Serbia! During the five weeks we spent there we primarily got our desserts from the grocery store and bakeries, and our coffee from three-in-one packets, but we also tried out a couple cafes and a creperie.

I’m going to cover them in a similar manner to my Desserts in Budapest post which has been a relatively popular post for our site. Serbia definitely has fewer tourists, but probably partly because of that, there is less written about it on the web. 

Desserts We Ate in Belgrade, Serbia

I’ll begin with the coffees and desserts we tried out:

Hari’s Creperie

Strawberry chocolate crepe
hari's creperiecreperie

Because they seemed fairly popular there and I hadn’t had a ton of them in my life, I decided that if I had to try only one dessert in Belgrade (in a restaurant), it would be a crepe. We first made them ourselves (about that later) but I also wanted to try one out.

It seemed the best-rated/most popular places were Hari’s Creperie and Glumac. It was getting near the end of our stay before we decided to give it a go and ultimately chose Hari’s because it was closer to us and open late (until midnight everyday). I think we made our way there around 11pm one night (I talked about schedule we were keeping in our roundup for that time) to finally indulge.

At that point it was tempting to get a waffle because they all looked so appealing and we both enjoy a good waffle, but I had already decided- crepe. Hari’s offers both sweet and savory crepes (like omelettes, basically) but we were obviously there for dessert. We decided to share one, both because of the size, and the price.

They were cash only and one item plus a small tip would take what we had left at the time (not much- we needed to go to an ATM) so it was really our only option. I read that tipping is not necessary in Serbia, but in this case we did because we felt the service was good (and it feels not to unless we’re somewhere you’re not supposed to tip). They were quick to seat us and bring our food. They also gave us water which had not been the case everywhere.

Our crepe included chocolate, strawberries, and a cream/yoghurt. Very good. And very filling. By the end, we were glad we shared. So service, food, etc. all good. I will say that their television programming was rather unprofessional, though. I may send them a message advising them to change it.

Info:

  • Located: Kraljice Marije 8, Beograd 11000, Serbia ( > kilometer from the Church of Saint Mark)
  • Website:  Facebook page. They also have a regular site but it’s only relevant in terms of looking at their (Greek) origins and some of what they offer. The menu and prices were a little different in Serbia.
  • Cost: The crepe we ordered cost 420 Serbian Dinar which currently equates to $3.58. There were a couple slightly cheaper options and also, obviously, more expensive items. The simpler the item, the cheaper, and the more ingredients (such as multiple fruits, candies, or whatever in your crepe or on your waffle), the more it will cost.

Coffee Dream

Coffee Dream Outside
Coffee Dream SeatingCoffee Shake
Kyle at tableKyle with coffee dream

We also wanted some coffee experiences. Vietnam really got us into trying the local coffee and with Belgrade’s heavy cafe culture (I think we saw more cafes here than anywhere else), it was almost hard not to!

At Coffee Dream, you can choose to dine in or take-away your ordered items. We did not realize this so when we went up to the counter to order, they assumed we were getting take-away. We should have begun by sitting down at a table. Flavor options for the various types of coffees include cinnamon, choco-cookie, caramel, and even pumpkin! You can see the menu here. We think (see below) we ordered a caramel freezeri which was basically like an coffee shake. It was just what we wanted. Despite accidentally ordering the coffee to go, we first sat down and enjoyed it for a few minutes before taking off to stroll around and finish it off (we shared).

Info:
Located: Coffee Dream is actually a chain with several locations throughout Belgrade and even throughout Serbia. Each location is a little different.
Cost: We paid 245 ($2.24), yet online it says 275 for what we think we ordered so it’s possible we got something else. Prices may also vary slightly by day or location but in general, most are similar and you can approximate prices on the menu.
Website: http://www.coffeedream.rs/ 

Cafe & Factory

Caramel coffeeGood coffeecafeandfactoryKyle with coffeee

Cafe & Factory (or one of its locations, apparently) was just down the street and around the corner from our Airbnb. We’d often pass it and enjoy the nice aroma drifting out. One day, we decided we’d skip our 3-in-1 packets and head over there to start our day. It was then that we found out that “cafe and factory” means cafe AND factory. They make fresh coffee there and inside we saw people stand in line to get it freshly ground.

We thought about getting some of their ground coffee (maybe we should have) but we didn’t have a coffee machine at our Airbnb there or at our next place and still had a couple months before we’d be heading back to the US so we just ordered some coffee to enjoy in the cafe. I think we got the Latte Macchiato Caramelo and Cafe Mocha Bianca. It was something along those lines. It was as good as it looks!

Info:
Located: There are six locations http://cafe-factory.net/ja/index.php/locations
Cost: The total cost for both of our coffees was $3.90 (430 Serbian Dinar)
Website: http://cafe-factory.net/ja/index.php

Ice Cream

me with coffee gelatoCoffe ice cream
ic flavors

On one of our first days in Belgrade, after Kyle got his first Pljeskavica (burger), I found myself hungry as well. The first thing we came to that suited my tastes was ice cream. I chose the coffee flavor and we headed over to the Church of Saint Mark and strolled around the park with our food.

Info:

  • Located: It was somewhere between Park Manjez and the Church of Saint Mark. It looks like it might have been around Bacio Gelato but I’m not convinced that’s where I got it.
  • Cost: $0.64 (70 Serbian Dinar)
  • Website: not sure

There are plenty of other ice cream/gelato places that looked really delicious too, though! Just wander around and you’ll see.

Gelato

Bakeries

We made nine bakery visits. Some visits involved the purchase of a single pastry and on others, we chose multiple items. I’m going to go over costs in advance for this section as I am not including every single item we purchased. We spent a total of $8.75 at bakeries. Try that in France or Switzerland! The macaron cost 100 Serbian dinar ($0.91), one of the donut visits cost 120 Serbian dinar ($1.10), and my other visits I simply listed in my finances as “bakery” or “pastry” but those visits respectively cost $0.63 (2), $0.64, $0.89, $1, $1.43, and $1.52.

Pekara Trpkovic

Belgrade bakery popularPopular placeSweet item

This is allegedly THE place to get burek in Belgrade (or so I have read). Every time we passed it there was a line out the door. Now, we did not get burek here because we did not feel like it when we visited but we did try some food. Kyle got something which was more of a savory snack and I chose the item you see above which basically tasted like fried dough soaked in honey.

Located: We went to this location: Nemanjina 32, Beograd, Serbia, but it looks like there is another at Dimitrija Tucovića 60, Beograd, Serbia
Website: http://pekaratrpkovic.rs/

Hleb & Kifle

Donuts in a box
Macaroondonuts from bakery

This is a higher-end bakery in Serbia. We saw them throughout and tried items from a couple of them. It was actually only my second time having a macaron (the first time was in Sri Lanka) that I can remember. All scrumptious!
Located: There are many locations throughout Serbia. You can find them on the website.
Website: http://www.hlebikifle.rs/

German lady near school

pastry from german woman

Our first attempt at visiting Park forest Zvezdara was not entirely successful but we did have a nice day exploring. On our way back to our place we were hungry and decided to make a stop at the bakery. Kyle knew he’d be able to find something (a burger) along the way but I needed something to help me along until we were home. The place was run by a friendly German woman. We spent a little time talking to her before we went on our way.

  • Location: There is no listing online and we can’t find it recognized anywhere, but here is the location on Googlemaps (unmarked).
  • Website: No website

Other Bakeries

Pastry

There were obviously other bakeries we visited as well but I don’t remember them. Like the previous one, many have no online presence- even on google maps which makes it difficult to find them. I might remember better if they had allowed photographs but the couple times I tried to take a picture they “no photos”. Interesting to me because other people taking photos and posting them on their blog or social media is basically free advertising but maybe they want privacy or the ability to more freely change items/prices, etc. Who knows. Anyway, the pastry you see above was one of my favorites from another bakery we visited a couple times. It was filled with chocolate.

Onto the desserts we tried at home:

Here are the treats we got from the grocery store.

Ice Cream Cakes

Chocolate ice cream cake
White Ice Cream Cake BelgradeBerry Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Cake BoxChocolate

When we were in the store and saw the prices on these things (like $2), we thought, it can’t possibly taste good too. THEY WERE. As you can see, we basically tried every flavor we found.

Other Ice Cream at Home

ice cream bar

We were more focused on the ice cream cakes in terms of ice cream but we also tried a couple ice cream bars. This one was called Kapri.

Homemade Crepes

Crepe with berriesBerry crepeHomemade Crepe

At the store we were able to buy prepackaged crepes- similar to the way tortillas are normally packaged. We found them in a refrigerated area near produce, under the gnocchi and other pre-packaged pasta. Kyle warmed/cooked them in a pan, sometimes cooked a berry mixture, and then we added beli sir (local cheese) and/or yoghurt, etc. It was one of my FAVORITE things I ate abroad period. If only I could have it now!

Candy Bars, Chocolate Boxes, and other Grocery Store Treats

Alpine milk chocolatecoconut candy
Coconut barChocolate box
Milka Bar

There was this area in our grocery store that would have made you think Valentine’s Day was coming up, but it was just always like that!! The candy was fairly affordable too so we treated ourselves and brought back some for our families. We tried several kinds and found everything to be really good. Because we tried to give some type of candy to everyone (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.), basically half my backpack was filled with candy on our final flight home.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal yoghurtRaspberries on oatmeal

Oatmeal?! Well, when you add brown sugar, fruit, and possibly yoghurt and/or Nutella (yes, we found Nutella there) well, it starts to taste a little like dessert!

Honorable mention: Airplane yoghurt! (Plane ride from Athens to Belgrade) 

Plane foodHoneyyoghurt

This may not count as a dessert and it’s also Greek, but it was sweet! I’m mentioning it because it was such a luscious combination of cream and honey and there’s nowhere else to put it. Greek yoghurt was also popular in Serbia though I couldn’t find this exact package at the store (I looked).

I’ll finish off with the way we’d normally start our day, with coffee.

Coffee

There you go. If you had another great dessert in Belgrade feel free to comment!

~B~

Sweets and Bakeries in Hanoi

I just covered the bakery in Cat Ba, so I decided it was time to write about the sweets and bakeries in Hanoi as well. One of the few things I had read about Vietnam before going there (a travel decision made less than a week in advance) was the abundance of bakeries. Thus I was somewhat disappointed when we arrived in Saigon and they seemed to be few and far between. What I found was: if you are looking for the bakeries, go north.

Phuong Anh Bakery

Phuong Anh

Just down the street and around the corner from our first place in Hanoi was a bakery called Phuong Anh Bakery. Just as in Cat Ba, the proximity made this place a frequent of our’s for sweets.

Cute

They had a selection of cute and tasty desserts, mostly different types of cakes and cream puffs. I especially like the smaller cakes like the green tea cake (to which Kyle was not as privy) and the similar chocolate ones. Sometimes we would enjoy our baked goods alongside tea or coffee as we worked.

Tea cake and tea

Kyle especially liked the sweet pastry rolls (a regular bread roll that is sweet and a little flaky) and the larger cake pieces which had filling in them.

Cake and roll
Nearby cakes

We both enjoyed the little cream puffs.

Cream puffs

Depending on the day/time, this bakery was manned by different members of a family- usually the father or older son, though other family members were sometimes present.

The pricing worked a little differently here. We would choose our items and then they would get their calculator out, think about things and add up some numbers and show us the result. There was probably some sort of pricing system but they didn’t tell/show us and I’m not sure if it was entirely consistent. We were already used to this type of pricing from some places in Malaysia and other parts of Vietnam. Luckily, the bakery was quite affordable. We could usually get a few pieces of cake for just over a dollar.

Find it:

This particular bakery does not appear online and is not on Googlemaps either. This is actually one of the things I liked about Vietnam- there is still plenty to discover that’s not on the internet already. If you’re looking for it, it’s on Ngo 124 Au Co.

Banh Ngot

Banh Ngot

What we deemed the closest true bakery to our second place, we went to Banh Ngot a couple times. They had a different and more varied selection than Phuong Anh including options with fruit and cream.

Options
At the bakery

One of my favorite items from there which was a concoction which I can only describe as a blob of chocolate and cream. Though many items were on the smaller end, they started at 3,000VND, only $0.13! Obviously many items were more, but most weren’t over 15,000VND ($0.67.) You could get a well-decorated entire cake for around $5.

Chocolate blob and cakeFruit dessertCake
Peach Cream

We came across another bakery one time while walking around at night which was fairly comparable to this one in terms of selection, price, and taste but I don’t recall the name.

Chocolate cakes

Find it:

Tiệm Bánh Ngọt Bùi Công Trung, 20 Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Highlands Coffee

Highlands Coffee box

Sometime during our first time in Hanoi we were heading back to our Airbnb and I suggested we stop at the bakery. Kyle said we could do it later. Well, later came and the bakery closed.

Most likely not wanting to avoid ramifications of an addict not getting their fix, Kyle sweetly decided he would go on a night run to find me some chocolate. He returned with a brownie and a coffee bar, both of which were delicious.

Highlands coffee desserts

There are many locations for Highlands Coffee throughout Vietnam and I believe they now have locations Philippines as well. The chain which was created by a Vietnamese American in Hanoi about 20 years ago (the first time an “Overseas Vietnamese” was able to create a private company there) also serves coffee (obviously) and food.

The cost for food and coffee is a little closer to western prices, so we otherwise avoided this place. Based on the quality of my desserts, I assume their coffee and food is pretty good, though.

Kem Ho Tay (ice cream)

Kem Ho

We were making our way back to our first Airbnb after a long day out and came across the perfect snack- ice cream! You can go inside and sit and get a nice ice cream dish. But we opted for the stand outside so we could eat our ice cream on our walk back.

Kem ho tayKem ho

We ordered one cone each. I believe it was 10,000VND each, so a little less than a dollar for both. Once we tasted our ice cream Kyle was quite happy as the flavor was coconut. It was pretty good.

Another piece I found about this place online claims that you can choose what flavor you would like in your cone with the flavors being strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. This was not our experience as we were not asked which flavor we preferred and we were then given coconut which is none of those but if you would like more information on Kem Ho Tay, I would still check out Travel Fish’s account of the place.

Find it:

1 Thanh Niên, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Popeyes

Popeyes? Really? Yes, really. The closest bakery (Banh Ngot) to our second place in Hanoi was just a little farther than the first one. At this point we were in the mood for a different kind of dessert.

Ice Cream!

I am not sure I had ever eaten Popeyes before Vietnam but I have to say, I rather like it now. We would sometimes walk over for late-night biscuits and fries, but almost always, for ice cream, of course! Sometimes plain soft-serve, sometimes chocolate covered, sometimes both, each. It was such a lovely walk over too! We passed the lake with the bridge all lit up (I never could get a proper photo) and the fountain flowing, etc. Very pretty. The square felt quite modern and classier than you would imagine for an area with fast food.

Fries and biscuits

2 soft serves and a large fry would run us VND47,000, about $2. A plain soft serve cost VND8000 and a chocolate covered cone cost VND10,000.

How to spot an American:

Ice Cream!

Where do you find your dessert while traveling?

Chocolate

~B~