Compared to other European countries, visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a costly experience no matter where you hail from. Famous for natural beauties, ski resorts, historic landmarks and fort ruins, this little country, where the West meets the East, offers a variety of both local and international cuisines that will satisfy your tummies and leave you with a good feeling.
My best friend and I have been exploring small shops and restaurants as a hobby. We are both keen food lovers, and we love to occasionally top our culinary experiences with local drinks, so if you would like to both save money and satisfy your hunger, I recommend the next five restaurants!
Food Market, SCC Shopping Centre
Located on the third floor of the Sarajevo City Centre shopping mall, in the heart of the city, ‘Food Market’ offers a variety of international cuisine, as seen through the culinary lens of both foreign and local chefs. With an assortment of food ranging from Indian, Mexican and Chinese, to Bosnian and Italian, ‘Food Market’ tries to satisfy even the most demanding customer’s taste buds.
My friends and I visit ‘Food Market’ at least once a month and have been doing so nearly ever since it’s opening. We have seen the restaurant undergo plenty of changes, from interior design alterations to menu improvement. My personal favourite dishes are ‘Food Market pizza’, which comes with a number of toppings including cheese, local smoked meat and sausages. bell peppers, onions, tomato sauce and rocket salad, ‘Chicken nugget and Parmesan Salad’ which comes with a dish full of fresh, tossed vegetables, and any of the offered pastas (I will tentatively recommend the salmon pasta).
The drinks menu offers just about anything, but be aware that they do not serve any alcohol!
The prices range from 5 BAM (2.5. eur) to around 15 BAM (7.5 eur) per dish. My recommended dishes cost as follows: the pizza is 5.5 eur (11 BAM), the salad is 4.5 eur (9 BAM), and the pastas are typically between 4.5-5.5. eur (9-11 BAM).
If you are in the mood for local, Bosnian food, then I recommend you head out to the Old Town, enjoy some of the handicrafts shops and then find your way to the famous ‘Željo’ Ćevabdžinica.
This small restaurant is famous in and out of Sarajevo and people from other cities and neighbour countries flock to the restaurant to try Sarajevo’s famous grilled finger food called ‘ćevapi’. ‘Željo’ has, to the best of my knowledge, two restaurants in the Old Town and they were often crowded so you may have to wait a while to get your seat, but trust me, the wait will be well worth it.
For around 2.5 eur for small ‘ćevapi’ plate (5 pieces) and 3-4 eur for the large plate (10 pieces), you can satisfy your meat cravings and top them with some tasty local beer! You can try other, local dishes for around the same price as well!
Located in a remote street behind the Central Bank of Bosnia in the city centre, ‘Woki’ is a small but cute restaurant that mainly serves chicken, beef and fish-based dishes, though they do offer a few vegetarian options.
My recommendation would be either the ‘Woki chicken’ or any of the lasagnas for they are all finger-licking good and the price range is 4-5 eur. In general, Woki’s prices do not go over 7 eur per dish and the quantity of food matches the quality so the money will be well spent.