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Restaurant review: Kafana Meze in Nis

Nis is one of those cities with hundreds of restaurants which are, however, completely undiscoverable exactly when you need them.
On our first day there, we took a walk around town and in the early afternoon, we decided it was time to eat. Question was: where? We didn’t want to grab a bite in one of the gazillion snack shops and fast food places you can see on the streets. What we were hoping to find was a typical local restaurant where we can sit and enjoy our meal taking our time. It did not seem easy and just when we were about to give up we decided to ask the locals. Today I wish I had hugged the two boys who directed us to Kafana Meze.

Serbia is famous for its delicious meat delicacies and I am afraid it is not very suitable for vegetarians. I am, fortunately or unfortunately, totally incapable of giving up meat and I was drooling over the idea of a juicy pljeskavitsa and glass of cold beer. And oh boy, is Meze the best place for this!

Kafana Meze is well hidden in one of the side streets and if it did make sense I’d think they were hiding it on purpose. Although the entrance is well designed, it does not prepare you at all for what you’ll find inside. The restaurant is decorated in traditional Serbian style which is so similar to Bulgarian that we felt right at home. The soft music playing in the background is also typical folklore tunes. I loved how well the volume of the music was set – you can hear it without it interrupting your conversation.

But enough on that – let’s talk about the food!

Kafana Meze serves the most delicious meat meals I have tried in a while!

Here’s what we ordered for 4 people:

4 Lav draft beers

Very soft and really delicious local beer which is without a doubt my favorite one now (along with the Slovenian Union beer of course!)

1 Pljeskavitsa large (velika as Serbians would say)

A 300gr. large, burger-like shape local delicacy. It was juicy, mildly spice (barely noticeable really) and so full of taste!

1 portion Ostipci

Local delicacy in the form of small meatballs. They were as well mildly spicy with melted yellow cheese on top, juicy, tasty and finger-licking-good!

2 portion of ćevapčići

Think of them as stick-like meatballs. In Bulgaria we call them “kebapche” and we usually make them slightly larger than the Serbian ones. Again – incredibly delicious with slightly less spices than the above two dishes.

1 portion of oven baked potatoes

We called them “The king of potato dishes”. Incredibly well baked with a smoot, delicious red pepper sauce, and sprinkled with finely chopped parsley; the potatoes melting in our mouths in seconds, leaving an after taste of a home cooked meal, prepared by a loving granny.

Homemade bread

Warm, soft buns of deliciousness!

The Sisters in Kafana Meze in Nis, Serbia

And now that I am already starving just remembering the amazing food we had there, I’ll leave you here with some pictures and I’m off to grab a bite.
If you go to Kafana Meze and are passing by Sofia on your way back (or forth), please, bring me a little something from there.

P.S. The service in Kafana Meze is absolutely top notch! I don’t remember the last time I wanted to leave a really big tip – the boys (because all of them were boys on different ages) were friendly, smiley and mindful. Hat off to their serving skills!

Kafana Meze’s Facebook Page

Special thanks to Val & Kar for their amazing offer (check it here) and the fantastic car they provided us with for this trip!


By Nina Alexander

Nina is the big sister. She's a marketing professional by day, traveler by heart, tech geek, bookworm, beer lover and an amateur photographer. Her motto is Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

3 replies on “Restaurant review: Kafana Meze in Nis”

Еми пробвахме го, със сигурност е най-добрият ресторант (кафана) в Ниш. В събота вечер има приятна жива музика и ако потисне човек факта, че навсякъде в Сърбия се пуши може да си изкара много добре. Има и други две-три по-туристически заведения, но хората от Ниш си ходят в Meze 🙂

Много се радваме, че и вие сте му се насладили! На нас лично много ни хареса градината им последния път, когато бяхме там. Сядането в нея елиминира проблемът с пушенето 😉

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