(photo: Nataša Didenko, 2019)

In the early 1930s, Skopje was called "Little Paris". This naming can still be heard today from the older generations, who enthusiastically talk about their youth, longing for Western fashion and culture, first loves and the like. The square contributed the most to the image of the city of Skopje as "small Paris". Different music was played on the square in Skopje, which gave the city a special charm and atmosphere. The "Metropol" tavern was among those taverns that were located in the square and where music was played. It was opened in 1935 and the owner was Vasa Avramovikj, a well-known tavern owner. In addition to music, the tavern offered good food, drinks and good service. The tavern hosted many foreign artists, including the "Trio Orlov" with a repertoire of the "Musical Hall" and a cabaret with a lavish wardrobe and acrobatic ballet performances accompanied by the orchestra of Paja Todorovikj-Sarajlija, who with his “sevdalinki” (a traditional genre of folk music) created a pleasant atmosphere. The "Metropol" tavern gathered people from all social strata, professions, generations, various artists, businessmen, politicians, diplomats, everyday travellers, foreign tourists and others. As one of the most famous bohemian gatherings in the 1930s, among other things, it also organized New Year parties. During the receptions, Skopje bohemians, charmers, singers, gentlemen and lovers, remembered by the old Skopje people, performed in the bar. These are Toni Lazarov, Borče Giev-Uto, Blagoja Atanasov-Brada, Borče Garvanliev-Poni, Sveto Zdravev, Sime Gugulovski, Dimitar Lalčevski-Lalče, Borče Georgiev-Crna, Mane and others.

On 18 February 2016, the Council of the City of Skopje made a Decision to determine the appearance of the facade of the business building (old "Metropol"). In addition to the construction of the baroque facade, the building of the former tavern "Metropol" has been upgraded. Today, other restaurants are on the site of the former “Metropol” tavern.

Nataša Didenko

Културна урбана меморија ‒ мапирање на местата на сеќавање (КУМ)

Проект на Институтот за национална историја ‒ Скопје

Финансирано од Министерството за култура на Република Северна Македонија