As an old urban ambiance, Skadarlija represents a combination of interlinked material and spiritual values that grew from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the present day. First houses were built in that part of Belgrade in 1717 - 1739, as part of the exterior defensive belt of Belgrade. They influenced the direction of shape of Skadarska Street.

From the beginning of the nineteenth century in this part of the outskirts of Belgrade, a settlement developed gradually and spontaneously. In the 1860s small cafes and taverns were opened in Skadarska Street and artists began to gather there, creating a specific atmosphere and a unique spirit of the place. The preserved ambiance of the winding, tree lined street in cobble stones and old houses with well-known taverns of the still burning “bohemian centre” are a particularly precious feature of Belgrade.