Kralja Petra Street is indeed a symbol of Belgrade’s 19th century. Walking, taking pictures and thinking about ideas for writing about the street are really moments to enjoy. It is named after King Petar I Karadjordjevic, Serbian king from 1903 until his death in 1921, one of the most important and also most beloved monarchs in the Serbian history, who ruled in very tough but proud times of Balkan Wars and World War I.
The street begins its tale in the Kosancicev venac neighborhood, a place which we already wrote about. The whole length of the street is paved in cobble, however car drivers don’t mind it as they drive as fast as on any other street. The first part of the street includes the building of Patriarchy and the Faculty of Applied Arts. Also, very close to the street, to the left (actually on the corner of Kralja Petra and Knez Sime Markovica), is located the Cathedral Church that you’ve seen it in many of our pictures. At the same corner, but to the right, the Residence of Princess Ljubica welcomes its guests.
Kralja Petra Street can boast by having several institutions which were opened first in Serbia. For example, the first kafana, called “?” (Question Mark), the first bookbinding store, post office, and the first pharmacy of the 19th century Serbia are located here. Also, a very old elementary school (named Kralja Petra too), and an old, nice building (in which the National Bank of Serbia is located), embellish the look of the first part of the street. Cafes Muha and Lorca are a places to visit and have a cup of tea or coffee.
Then we come to Knez Mihajlova. The main pedestrian street is not the goal of this text, so we’ll just keep walking down Kralja Petra (maybe stop at Snezana or Tribeca restaurants to the right), cross Uzun Mirkova Street and officially enter the Dorcol area, specifically the Upper Dorcol, one of the nicest neighborhoods of Belgrade.
It would be difficult to name all of the things, especially restaurants and caffes, worth seeing in the remaining part of Kralja Petra. We’ll just mention the restaurant of the Royal hotel (very usually referred to “Toplice”, which is the old name of the place), then the popular Smokvica, and the amazing Crna ovca (Black Sheep) ice-cream. After Smokvica, the street has about 50 meters of its length left, with several very nice and old buildings on the way.
This would, in shortly, be our impressions of Kralja Petra Street. What do you reckon? Do you also like this reminder of traditional Belgrade?