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.
#1 Ćevabdžinica NUNE
We are starting off with Bosnia and Herzegovina national dish – ćevapi. Ćevapi is 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 with some other BBQ dishes. This place has a long tradition and it’s existing 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.
Address: Ferhadija 12, Sarajevo 71 000
Work hours: MON-SAT 8 AM -9 PM
#2 Buregdžinica BOSNA
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. 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, spanach 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.
Address: Bravadžiluk 11, Sarajevo 71 000
Work hours: MON-SUN 8 AM – 11 PM
#3 Aščinica ASDŽ
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 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.
Address: Ćurčiluk mali 3, Sarajevo 71 000
Work hours: 8 AM – 9 PM
#4 BAKLAVA DUĆAN
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 piece of these sweets.
Address: Čizmedžiluk 20, Sarajevo 71 000
Work hours: MON-SAT 10 AM-19PM; SUN 10AM-16PM
#5 MIRIS DUNJA
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 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.
Address: Čizmedžiluk 9, Sarajevo 71 000
Work hours: MON-SUN 8AM-23PM
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