Bajloni Pijaca is the oldest public market in Belgrade, and is the shopping bull’s eye for the city’s residents when it comes time to purchase fresh produce,  hauled in from Serbia’s countryside and the rest of the Balkans.  Located just a few blocks from the city’s waterfront along the Danube River, a stroll through Bajloni Pijaca gives visitors a slice of Serbian life.

The market boasts over 125,000 square meters of retail space, and on a good day anywhere from 400 to 500 tons of produce pass through its stalls.

As is the case with any market, the best time of day to visit the market is early in the morning, when the vendors are setting up shop.  But if you cannot get up early--or are not visiting mighty Belgrade anytime soon--this video by Ana Husman gives you a fantastic tour, as well as a description to the end result of a day at the market.

Special thanks to Jelena Lucic and our friends at Ecoist for passing this on. The background music is by Mistake Mistake, a dynamic band based in Belgrade.

And to Serbians, Merry Christmas Eve!  Tomorrow, January 8, is Christmas on the Serbian Orthodox’s Church calendar.

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