When in Sarajevo, eat & drink as Bosnians do

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If you are a street food lover (who is not?), for sure you will adore coming to Sarajevo, as it delivers Balkan street food at its finest. In the Bosnian capital, there is something grilling, baking, frying at literally every corner, so you will be completely spoiled for choice. I suggest you surrender at the beginning and let your palates decide.

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Staying in Sarajevo without trying the unofficial Bosnian national dish Ćevapi, would be equal to being in Rome without eating pasta. These grilled minced meat rolls served inside a fresh flatbread Somun with onions, are undoubtedly the kings of Bosnian fast food. As a final touch, ask that your ćevapi are topped with Kajmak (sort of sour cream). Actually, every restaurant and even every city in Bosnia & Herzegovina has its own secret recipe, so no wonder that the taste of ćevapi is different everywhere. When in Sarajevo, the best places to try this delight are ćevapdžinica Željo or Petica.

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Another must-try speciality in Sarajevo is Pita or Bosnian pie. It is a crispy and delicate filo pastry stuffed with cheese, meat, spinach or potatoes. If you have no time to enjoy them all, please don’t leave Sarajevo without trying Burek, a pride of Sarajevo (version of Bosnian pie with minced meet). To be a true Bosnian pie, it must be baked in a sač (large metal pan) and hung up in a coal-burning oven. If you want to do it really as locals would do, go to burekdžinica ASDŽ and order your pie with a plain yogurt drink aside. This an absolute must when in Sarajevo.

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©iStock/roibu

Sarajevo has a strong coffee culture. Anywhere you go, the sidewalk cafes are packed with locals enjoying their coffee and taking it slowly, no matter the time of the day. Instead of usual choices (espresso or cappuccino), opt for Bosnian coffee and you will not regret it. Maybe you don’t expect it, but it will be a completely new experience of coffee - thick, rich and strong (but not sour). The way it is served will be another surprise. So, if you can’t wait to discover it, I would suggest café Kaffa, café Tito or Ottoman caravanserai Morića Han in the middle of the bazaar, where your coffee will be accompanied by traditional sweets.

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Ljiljana Krejic

Ljiljana Krejic

I am Ljiljana, from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Being a journalist, I can't escape from that perspective when travelling. My mission is to make you explore the last Europe’s undiscovered gem.

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