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We gradually leave the snow behind and I prepare for a night of partying in the capital’s notoriously frenetic clubs.

I start off at the World Travellers Club (, a vintage kitsch basement lounge hangout. I then hit The Tube (, a small and modern club in the basement of the Serbian Red Cross building.

Then it’s on to Magacin (Karadordeva 2-4, tel. 00 381 6256 6061), one of Belgrade’s super-clubs, which attracts international DJs to its sanctuary beneath the Kalemegdan Fortress on the River Sava’s banks.

The courageous thing to do would be to see the night through, but I’m knackered and crash out in the small hours – far too early by Belgradian standards.

I guess the clubbing and skiing combo defeated me this time, but I promise to be back again soon for round two.


Eat, drink, sleep


Budget: Dolly Bell seems like a simple fast food joint at the bottom of the slopes, but it sparks up in the evenings with live music.

They serve a combo of international dishes and traditional Serbian food. Dishes start from £4.

Midrange: There’s a warm welcome at Putnik Hotel’s Restaurant and the food is cheap and cheerful.

Take advantage of the all-you-can-eat offers, such as Pasta Festival on Friday nights, which costs just £7pp.

LuxuryCasa Montagna Buongiorno is a modern mountain hut at the base of the slopes, where bare wood meets white tablecloths for an up-to-date take on traditional dishes.

Cosy up next to the fireplace after dinner with a drink. Mains from £12.  


Budget: Fireside Bar, in Putnik Hotel, is the perfect place to sit nursing a glass of wine by a roaring fire after a chilly day on the slopes.

Drinks are around £3 each, and there’s a 20 per cent discount on wine on Fridays if you eat at the pasta buffet.  

Midrange: The EXIT Café is a casual but jolly club-like affair with regular theme nights (retro, cocktails) and pumping music. Drinks from £2.50. (Suncani Vrhovi, Konak Maglic, tel. 00 381 63 8077948)

Luxury: James Bond wouldn’t look out of place sipping a martini in the Havana Bar, a hip, plush hangout that would be cool anywhere in the world.

Wine and cigars are the order of the day here, so get stuck in. Drinks from £4.


BudgetKonaci Apartments are cute little boltholes which are very good value, considering how close they are to all the action of the main square.  Apartments from £28 per night. 

Midrange: Hotel Angella a three-star hotel with smart, simple rooms, most of which come with views of the sparkling nearby lake.

The sprawling terrace is a great place to hang out when the sun is shining.

Rooms start from £62 per night.

Luxury: A several million pound refurbishment has turned the Grand Hotel into Kopaonik’s plsuhest hotel.

It’s a pale wood and leather haven for the hip, complete with bowling alley and huge swimming pool.

Rooms from £99pppn.


Getting there

JAT Airlines flies direct from London Heathrow to Belgrade from about £150.



Photos: Dragan Bosnic; Getty; Thinkstock


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