If you are looking for a truly authentic experience, and want to learn about the local life and way of living in Sarajevo, then our Sarajevo food & craft tour is ideal for you. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the oldest streets in the city of Sarajevo, with our local guide showing you old workshops along the way. You will have the opportunity to try and taste the finest savoury and sweet traditional specialities of Bosnian cuisine.
The tour kicks off at a hidden gem in the historic centre of the city, where you will have the opportunity to try the freshest bakery goods-here you will see exactly why this bakery is a local institution in Sarajevo. You will pass through many secret and small streets in the Old Town of Sarajevo, where a lot of amazing legends and beautiful stories have their origin.
Also, this is a unique opportunity for you to connect in one tour everything that you may hear and see when visiting Old Town from the cultural and traditional aspects but also try great Bosnian food.
The tour kicks off at a hidden gem in the historic centre of the city, where you will have the opportunity to try the freshest bakery goods – here you will see exactly why this bakery is a local institution in Sarajevo. Following this, we will go along the magical street which had the status of a “carsija”, meaning bazaar, during the Gazi Husrev Bey in 1521, when over 60 shops had been built there. There you will visit the store of the family who owns a slipper shop, where this artful handmade craft has been passed down through the family from generation to generation for nearly 200 years.
This long time tradition probably will end with this generation, while the owner’s son has decided to change professions and become a pilot. So, you should definitely not miss this chance now. One more interesting fact is that Robert De Niro, during his visit to this shop, has bought a pair of these unique shoes for himself.
We will continue our tour in the spirit of tradition – you will have the opportunity to hear more about how Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the few European countries that has its own Bosnian carpet – as a special form of applied, folk and traditional art. The tour will continue in the street named after the famous writer – Safet Beg Bašagić, who wrote some of his major works and is considered to be one of the founders of the Bosnian literature.
Today, on that street, there is a CULT bakery, where various bakery products have been made for almost 90 years. You will have the opportunity to try SOMUN which is a traditional bakery product that is of special importance to all believers of the Islamic faith during the holy month of Ramadan.
After visiting the bakery, we will continue to the local pastry shop where many Sarajevo generations grew up. Here, you will have the opportunity to try Boza which is a non-alcoholic and refreshing drink made from corn (corn flour), yeast, sugar and water. This delicious drink is also a trademark of this patisserie.
The first mentions of the potter’s trade-in Sarajevo date back to 1489, and today the street is in the same place as it was in the 16th century, when it was built, in which the masters of this craft have been creating copper art for centuries.
If you are looking for authentic souvenirs – this part of the tour will be a fantastic place for you.
Street an indispensable part of Bosnian cuisine is the traditional pie or stuffed pastry. And our visit continues right towards the place where, in addition to tasting various pies, you will have the opportunity to try Burek, which for locals is far from ordinary food, as they say, burek is a ritual, a lifestyle. What’s so handy about this dish? You can eat it at any time of the day, including breakfast.
You will also have the opportunity to meet the last brush craftsman in Sarajevo – during our visit you will see how brushes are handmade today, and according to this craftsman – handmade brushes can be used for up to half a century.
During this tour, you will also visit one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Here you will get a taste for and learn about traditional Bosnian meals such as sogan dolma, sarma and others, that are served in traditional metal dishware.
Once we regain our energy, we will go ahead and visit a gold shop – in which Sarajevan goldsmiths have been carrying out projects with the National Museum, which is important for our cultural heritage.
Here you will find replicas of jewellery worn by Bosnian queens and kings. Today, their jewellery is worn by Angelina Jolie.
We will, at the end the tour with the most delicious handmade baklava – the queen of all baklava and of course served with the true delight – Bosnian coffee.
After the tour, you will surely be richer with your experience of Sarajevo through the eyes of native citizens.
This was a very good tour. My tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I was the only person in the tour. I felt I was visiting Sarajevo with a relative. It was a good way to see other places in the old town and taste some very good food. I also saw some crafts shops which were interesting.
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and crafts tour with Arna. She is a very sweet, kind, and knowledgeable guide. Arna took us to the best spots to try various local foods, as well as recommendations to try at a later time. The next day, we went to some of those recommendations! We loved the local markets we went to! I would highly recommend anyone to try this tour, but make sure you arrive hungry! Thanks again, Arna for a wonderful day!
So much food! Pace yourself… So happy we choose this tour! While many tours focus on the war and troubles of Sarajevo, this tour focused on the people, their resilience, and efforts to retain their culture thru food, music and crafts. You can’t escape the realities of what happened here but you can get a glimpse of the pride, joy and optimism of the local families still upholding the traditions that define their culture. Oh, our guide Arna was fantastic!
I had an amazing experience! It was my first time in Sarajevo. I was very interested to learn about the Bosnian cuisine. We tried so many different foods and visited local craftsmen shops. While trying all those foods I learned a lot about the history and the culture. Thanks a lot to my passionate guide! Because of her I had a perfect start for my trip to Sarajevo 🙂 I will be back for sure
My husband and I recently did a private tour with Emina and it was excellent!! She was so knowledgeable about the city, easy going in accommodating our preferences, and thoughtful in answering our questions. She also offered great recommendations on how we could enjoy the Sarajevo film festival. The tour with Emina was a highlight of our trip!