What to eat in Sarajevo is a guide whose main purpose is to help you decide where and what you can eat while in Sarajevo. Enjoy your tasty meal.
What to eat in Sarajevo is a guide whose main purpose is to help you decide where and what you can eat while in Sarajevo. When you travel, the most important thing is to know where to stay, where and what to eat. Sure, it might be easy in some other countries where you can find a variety of food.
Everyone loves burgers and fries, but here in Sarajevo, you absolutely HAVE to try Bosnian traditional and national food. We gathered some of the most popular and definitely the tastiest local restaurants where you can get your bellies filled with extraordinary food.
We are starting off with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national dish – ćevapi. Ćevapi is a grilled dish made out of minced meat. You can find this type of food in other countries as well since the Ottomans brought it to the Balkans around 1500. But only in Bosnia, they are considered to be a national dish. Now, since it’s a national dish, obviously many restaurants will serve it but here is the best one in the entire city of Sarajevo and that is – NUNE.
Nune restaurant is a ćevabdžinica, which means that they mainly serve ćevapi alongside some other BBQ dishes. This place has a long tradition and it’s existed since 1967. It’s near the old town and many locals love to visit this place. Some even come from the other side of the city just to eat here. If you want to try the best ćevapi ever this is your place to go. By the time you are able to visit this restaurant in person, feel free to check out their menu right away on their website nune.ba.
Ćevapi are quite popular but there is a dish that deserves even more praise. Very traditional dish and very hard to make but when it’s made properly, “even the dead mouth would eat it” (old Bosnian saying, meaning that something is very delicious ). I am talking about pie (but not a pie you are probably imagining at the moment). Pies are traditional dishes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most famous pie is meat pie – BUREK. The restaurant where you can eat pies is called buregdžinica – which means they serve pie and nothing else.
Besides meat pie – Burek, you can also find other types of pie such as potato pie, cheese pie, spinach pie, pumpkin pie, etc. Buregdžinica Bosna is definitely the most famous place that sells pies. This place is always packed with people dying to eat their pies. They have quite a long tradition and many locals choose to go to this restaurant with freshly baked pies. It’s a vegan-friendly place, and it’s always great to visit it with your friends and family.
In case you are vegan or vegetarian, we recommend you to read our blog about vegan and vegeterian eating places in Sarajevo.
Since I explained what is ćevabdžinica and what is buregdžinica, all it’s left is to explain what aščinica is. Aščinica is a place where you can eat traditional Bosnian cuisine, with a wide variety of dishes. Stuffed bell peppers, sogan dolma, and sarma are just some of the delicacies that you can find in the most popular aščinica in Sarajevo which is ASDŽ.
Besides the main courses, they have traditional desserts such as kadaif and baklava, as well as kompot which is made of freshly plucked fruit. What’s interesting about this place is that they will serve you food in sahan – traditional plates and pots made out of metal. I highly recommend this place.
We are locals, and we really love our traditional food and that is one of our biggest pride. If you are interested in learning every little local tale about our food tradition, join us on our Sarajevo Free Walking Tour and learn.
After talking about main dishes and amazing cuisine, it’s time to talk about sweets. The best possible place to taste and buy traditional Bosnian dessert is Baklava dućan. This place offers traditional, authentic, and 100% handmade local desserts.
Their recipes were being passed through generations for 200 years. Their most famous dessert is so-called “Džandar baklava” or King of all baklavas, baklava of all baklavas….You will make a huge mistake if you don’t visit this place and try a piece of these sweets.
Last but not least, this place is a small cafe. It’s hidden from the eyes of tourists and it’s basically a hidden gem. What’s so special in this small cafe is that they have salep. It’s a hot beverage ideal for cold winter days. This particular drink was brought to this area by the Ottomans.
Salep is made out of dried tubers of the orchid genus Orchis. This cafe was opened in 2011., but the family-owned this place since 1948. when some of the first modern cafes in Sarajevo were opened. I highly recommend you to visit this small, but very interesting place and try salep.
You are interested in gluten-free products but you are not sure where you can find them while you are in Sarajevo? Hold thigh because, in the remaining part of our article, we will explain to you where in Sarajevo you can find a gluten-free restaurant.
Again, this amazing restaurant is on the list. The reason is gluten-free products on their menu.
Besides their usual offer which mainly consists of barbecue meat, they are really considerate to the people with gluten issues. Hence, they created a separate menu only for them! Yes, you heard it right! In Ćebabdžinica Nune you can eat the tastiest gluten-free barbecue meat ever.
Prior to ordering, bear in mind that you will have to be patient as the waiting for gluten-free food is longer than usual.
They have to clean the barbecue in order to prepare gluten-free food. Other than that, everything remains the same, and you will have the best gluten-free experience guaranteed.
Food in Ćevabdžinica Nune restaurant is as well suitable for anyone having any kind of allergies.
No Gluten Factory is the first and only specialized bakery in BiH with 100% safe raw and finished gluten-free products. Tested and certified by a certified laboratory for analysis and testing of System Qualita S.
Here you can try out the delicious pies, mantles, and tapioca rolls. As far as sweets are concerned, American pies are the best, as are many other desserts.
⏱ MON-THU 09:00AM – 06:30PM
⏱ FRI 09:30AM – 06:30PM
⏱ SAT 10:00AM – 04:00PM
The vegan fast-food restaurant offers a variety of wraps, burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups.
They have options for gluten-free tortillas and burgers, however, it should be emphasized that we are not sure if their products are suitable for people with celiac disease, but people with allergies and intolerance can certainly enjoy their amazing and delicious food.
Falafel Restaurant provides a unique menu consisting of vegetarian dishes with a taste that will fulfil your desires. Our dishes are based on vegetables, rich in natural vitamins and proteins.
Falafel is a world-famous speciality that is remembered for its perfect taste and beautifies the taste of the food it is served with. Falafel can be served as a main course and as an appetizer that really perfects your dish.
Druga kuća – Lora was created out of the desire to offer our friends, fellow citizens and guests of Sarajevo much more than a restaurant.
Surely, this is one of the best restaurants in Sarajevo and you should for sure visit it.
When it comes to gluten-free products, they offer various types of pasta, pizza and desserts.
Note that you have to emphasize that you want gluten-free food prior to ordering.
The Katun restaurant, in addition to the beautiful ethno interior at the bottom of the most beautiful Olympic peak in BiH, Bjelašnica, is adorned with a wide gastronomic offer of top quality adapted to everyone.
When it comes to gluten-free products, pizza is the most common gluten-free food that this restaurant offers, and, it is delicious and one of the best pizzas you’ll try.
So, in case you end up on our Olympic beauty Bjelašnica, and by chance, you are gluten intolerant, Katun restaurant is the place for you.
By far the best artisan gelato in Sarajevo. If you want to experience the tastiest flavours, you should go there.
The best thing about Marshall’s Gelato is that it is suitable for everyone. All of the products are gluten-free which means if you are gluten intolerant, you can, without any stress enjoy their tasty ice cream.
⏱ MON-WED 08:00AM – 11:00PM
⏱ THU-SAT 08:00AM – 11:30PM
⏱ SUN 08:00AM – 11:00PM
The contemporary bakery offers a wide range of products loved by many. All of their products are fresh and neatly packed. If you want to experience a modern bakery experience and to try delicious treats, you should definitely visit Mrvica bakery.
In terms of gluten-free products, heartwarmingly we are recommending trying out the gluten-free Rudolfs cake.
Ever wanted to try the National cuisine of Bosnia and Herzegovina? If your answer is yes, Bosnian Cuisine Hadzibajric is just the place you were seeking for!
Sogandolma, sarma, mashed meat, mashed potatoes, rice, okra. These are traditional Bosnian dishes that you can try if you are interested in our local dishes.
It is also suitable for people allergic and intolerant to gluten.
⏱ MON-FRI 07:00AM – 06:00PM
⏱ SAT 07:00AM – 04:00PM
⏱ SUN 07:00AM – 12:00PM
With our What to eat in Sarajevo guide, hopefully, you have found enough information for your yummy stay in Sarajevo. Our traditional food is really delicious and we would recommend everyone to try it. From our perspective, everyone who tried wanted to eat it again. As locals in Sarajevo, we really presented you with the top 5 choices and places where locals go to eat our fantastic cuisine.
So, every time you come to Sarajevo, make sure to read our “What to eat in Sarajevo guide” and save time spent on Google searching for good eating options. Also, you can always book our free city tour following this link and we will show you the locations first hand.
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