These days, Christmas markets with wooden stalls selling the usual fare of hot drinks, gifts, cards, clothes and souvenirs can be found across the region. If you looking to do holiday shopping in Belgrade, the city does not disappoint, particularly if you seek local, handmade, organic and original products for presents.
Although the custom in Serbia is to present gifts on New Year’s Eve, the streets are already filled with little stands designed to catch the eyes of passers-by eager to engage in some quality shopping.
For handmade presents, the first address to check out is the city’s main pedestrian zone, Knez Mihailova str. For the sixth year in a row, the City of Belgrade is organizing an “Open heart market” there, which is already on and lasts until February 1st.
Apart from the miscellaneous artistic and entertaining events on offer, the initiative gives visitors an opportunity to spend some money on local products. The offer is wide. You can find local food and drinks, colourful sweets, handmade cosmetics, jewelry and traditional Serbian clothes, as well as other souvenirs.
If you prefer Christmas shopping in more peaceful atmosphere, and feel attracted to hand-made clothes, jewelry, books, house décor and local cosmetics, try Cumicevo Sokace, the design district, where you can find original presents for friends, family and children.
Clothes-designer shops, a bookshop with original souvenirs and a shop with handmade cosmetics and soaps are all there.
Looking for a vinyl? In Njegoseva 53 str you can find one at Triumvirate CD, a shop where they sell records that recall the good old times, which might be a top present for a musical Yugo-nostalgic.
Recently, Serbian art lovers and artists have started selling their treasures via Facebook. You can search and find Mesec I Zec for jewelry, Thetka fashion for original bags, handmade and hand-painted T- shirts, Snowys Art Handmade for beautiful home decorations, a high-quality coffee supplier Java Coffee Serbia, and Skrabac, for beautiful children socks and clothes [they have also adult versions for those who never grow up].
For those who are always late, or who celebrate Christmas on the Orthodox calendar, Mixer House is preparing a Mixer Design Market on December 25th, with a start at noon. The organizers promise great fun, good food and lots of things to see and buy. Some of the designers present who will be selling their works are: Inana i Ma Ja, IRIS dizajn, Jane Doe Vintage Shop, Jane Doe’s Craftroom, Kaleidoskop Ceca, Kerefeke, Kubik, Lavirint art, LOM design, Lookie nakit/ Belgrade graffiti, Maki Made It, MAMAMAYA, Masne Tied Up.
(Balkan Insight, 27.12.2016)
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