A literal reflection in the window of this bar whose name is "Kafana SFRJ", which stands for the Social Federal Republic of Yugoslavia," which has split into several countries from Yugoslavia's former republics.(A kafana is like a restaurant, usually with home-cooked food, nothing fancy.)
It's also a figurative reflection of times past. You can see a bust of former President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito. A feeling of Yugonostalgia is alive and well here, since reforms have only led the country into an economic crisis, and the days of gentler living are nearly gone. (Remember, Yugoslavia was always an unaligned country not a Soviet Bloc one.)
Funny how often a disappointment turns out to be something good. The other night I was to meet friends at what I thought would be an offbeat bar/restaurant, but simply said, it turned out to be a dump.... And so we moved down the street to Mikser House, unique creative space fusing a designers’ shop, restaurant/bar, and a space for exhibitions, talks, workshops, parties,
festivals and other creative activities. Since it opened in 2012, it
has become a hotspot of creative and cultural activities and has helped revive the area of Belgrade known as Savamala.
We stumbled upon a dance club, who apparently rent the space every Tuesday night. Classic dancing, tango, waltz, etc. We enjoyed ourselves more than we had in a long time, just watching everyone.
I'm an American woman who's lived and worked in Serbia for over 35 years. I've come to love the people with all their idiosyncrasies, and created this blog to help break some of the negative press about Serbs. I take requests for photos!