Kalenić market or Kalenićeva pijaca was founded in 1926. That year, the central city market, the Great Market, was finally closed and city founded several new markets throughout the city, further from the downtown: Zeleni Venac, Kalenić, Bajloni and Jovanova market. It was built on the lot known as Kalenića gumno (Kalenić threshing floor), hence the name of the market. Originally it covered only 500 m2 (5,400 sq ft), but it grew in time.
It is one of the most vibrant, popular open-air markets in Belgrade, and sees hundreds of shoppers each day. Stalls are roughly grouped according to their wares, and primarily feature locally-produced seasonal fruits, vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and a range of homemade baked goods, pickles, jams and fruit preserves. Concentrated in the centre and along one far wall are self-contained shops selling all types of meats (fresh and smoked) and fish; tucked in among these is a healthfood store well-stocked with everything from soymilk to organic tofu and dried seaweed. Imported condiments, sauces and chocolate drink mixes can also be found.
Kalenić features much more than just food: a vast range of fresh-cut flowers and potted plants are concentrated near a secondary entrance; new sleepwear, socks and underwear are sold at stalls which also carry second-hand shoes, sweaters and furs; antique housewares are dotted throughout the market, as are religious candles and Orthodox icons; batteries, laundry soap, lightbulbs, replacement vacuum bags, inexpensive pots and pans line another of its interior walls. It also features the gauntlet of pet stalls selling puppies, rabbits, small birds fish and turtles out front. High-quality Serbian fast food shops ring its outer wall.