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Buregdzinica Bosna (1 hr)
Pita is a traditional Bosnian pie. It is a soft pastry that’s delicious in its simplicity. This delicacy is made of simple dough wrapped around a cottage cheese mixture. There are also pitas filled with potato, spinach and meat.
Of course you have to try this local speciality and the best place in town is Buregdzinica Bosna located at Bravadziluk Halaci 11 in Bascarsija, the Old town.
Order pita of your choice or take a mixture of meat, potato, cheese and spinach to try them all. A portion only costs a few Bam. And, as the locals do, order a glass of yoghurt with it. The restaurant is open everyday from 7 am to 11 pm.
Cevabdzinica Zeljo (1 hr)
Cevapcici is a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of kebab, and is considered a national dish in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are usually served in a portion of 5, 10 or 15 pieces in a flatbread with chopped onions.
If you are looking for the best Cevapcici in Sarajevo, go to Cevabdzinica Zeljo, located at Kundurdziluk 19 in Bascarsija, the Old Town.
A portion of 15 pieces costs approximately 10 Bam. Have a glass of Kefir, a yoghurt drink with your meal. The restaurant is open everyday from 8 am to 10 pm. During lunch or dinnertime the place can be very busy, so sometimes you’ll have to wait for a table or share a table with other people. And if the place is really packed, you could always try your luck at restaurant Zeljo 2 in the same street.
Gazi Husrevbegov Bezistan market (1 hr)
A great indoor market is Gazi Husrevbegov Bezistan, which is a perfect place to buy your souvenirs.
The market is located in a 109-metres long Ottoman-style building in the Old Town next to the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, with an entrance at Saraci and another one next to Hotel Europe and Taslihan.
The opening hours are every day from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.
BBI Centar (1-3 hrs)
BBI Centar is a modern shopping mall in the centre of Sarajevo. It is even one of the largest shopping malls in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This mall was completely demolished during the Yugoslav war in the nineties but it is beautifully renovated.
This is the place to do your high-end shopping. A perfect place to escape from the heat during summer and in winter a warm haven. The shops are open from 8 am to 10 pm and on Sunday from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm.
Strosmajerova Street (1-2 hrs)
Saraci is the main shopping street in Sarajevo. And where do you go when you’re done with shopping and ready for a drink? Go to Strosmajerova Street in front of Katedrala Srca Isusova, the Cathedral of Jesus' sacred heart.
In this street you will find many bars, restaurants and clubs with a lot of terraces in the middle of the street. Perfect for a hot summer day and during winter enjoy these places inside.
Dveri restaurant (2-3 hrs)
Our favourite local restaurant in Sarajavo is Dveri. They serve real Bosnian food and gorgeous local wines in the friendliest setting. They advertise themselves as: ‘one of those places where you come as a guest, leave as an acquaintance and come back as a friend’. And we totally agree.
The restaurant is located in the heart of Old Town at Prote Bakovica 12. This is very nearby Sebilj, the central square in Bascarsija.
The place is popular and has just a few tables so a reservation is advisable. Call them at 00 387 33 537 020 or send them an e-mail. Or you can check make a reservation at their website.
Lamb Roast along the road (1-2 hours)
In Bosnia you can eat gorgeous meat dishes everywhere. In our Activities & Sights section we mention a trip to Mostar and Jablanica. If you are going there, please go for the best lamb roast you can get.
While driving from Jablanica to Mostar, you will pass by several restaurants along the road that serve the most amazing lamb roast. You will recognize the places by a whole spit roasted lamb outside the restaurants. Just order a portion of lamb with some potatoes and a salad and you’ll taste the pure and honest Bosnian cuisine.
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