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Zemun Market is an important center for commerce, community, and entertainment in Belgrade. The foldable, mobile stalls on the Great Square provide locals and those from remote suburbs with a wide range of fresh foods sourced only from the region. Those living close by can walk or bike to the market along its cobblestoned streets, while others come by regional trains and taxis. At the market, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the arts and culture through the many outdoor film festivals, music and art performances, church gatherings, and school plays that take place on the site. Surrounding restaurants and outdoor cafes spill onto the square throughout the day and night, making it a popular gathering place for grocers, local residents, and artists of all ages and backgrounds. The restored Zemun market has become a catalyst for the revival of the region, and it is quickly becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Sprawled across Belgrade’s historic Great and Masaryk Squares, Zemun Market is both a multifunctional trading center and a stage for public performance. Following its reconstruction in 2012, the market has become the first mobile market in the region, serving local residents as well as many other Belgradians living farther away. The market site--consisting of vegetable, grain, and fish markets, was originally formed in the 18th century when Zemun was declared Belgrade’s main trade center for goods moving east to west. With about 500 stalls, Zemun market is one of the three busiest markets in Belgrade. Its proximity to the Danube River also makes it a local favorite for fresh seafood. In search of the best produce, many visitors head to Zemun Market as early as six am to be ready when the stalls open.
Image credits, from left: Patrick M via Flickr, Wikimedia Commons, Patrick M via Flickr
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