Meat lovers step this way please. You won’t struggle to be fed in Sarajevo and the chances are you might just come home feeling like you’ll never find food to match it.
Although not famous for its cuisine particularly, the Bosnian capital is simply awash with some of the most tasty and fresh dishes full of dozens of different flavours. Lamb is a big favourite out there and one of the signature dishes is jagnjetina (lamb) cooked over an open fire to leave it chargrilled to perfection. They love their stews in Sarajevo too and one of the best is a chicken-based one called begova corba. Then there’s something sweet to go with your amazing coffee. The sweet pastry called Baklava is so famous now you’ll have probably heard of it before. You can indulge in a slice of this sticky treat in most places around the city. The coffee in the city is simply amazing but it’s not treated in the same way as it is in the rest of the world. You won’t know where the best coffee is, you’ll just get served it somewhere you least expect. Here are some of the best restaurants in Sarajevo.
You might not think this place is open to the public but it is. Found on Prote Bakovi? 12, Baš?aršija, you’ll be squeezed in to the few tables and chairs, ducking out the way of the ingredients hanging from the ceiling, and practically being able to reach out and touch your food as it’s being cooked right in front of you. For some of the finest and least pretentious food in Sarajevo then look no further than Dveri.
In complete contrast to the above, you have the super-cool and modern Mash on Branilaca Sarajeva bb, Baš?aršija. It’s more of a coffee house, snack-bar for lunch than a serious, dressed up dinner out. But the food is still just as good. If you’re one of the hungry vegetarians in Sarajevo too, then this place would be great for you. The veggie fajitas are great.
3. Kod Kibeta
If you want your breath taken away while you eat then this is the place for you. Located on Vrbanjuša 164, in the hills surrounding the city, you’ll feel like you’re in a film while you eat. The food is the very best of Bosnian tradition (amazing lamb again) and, while you eat, the mood will be made even more traditional as a local folk band serenade you at your candle-lit table.
4. Restaurant Jež
If it’s more romance you’re after then head to Zelenih Beretki 14, Baš?aršija. The dark, atmospheric lighting and the strange antiques dotted all around make this feel like a glimpse into a former life and will certainly impress any loved one.
Photo of Dveri Restaurant in Sarajevo, Bosnia, by Damien Smith