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What to eat in Sarajevo?

Updated: May 5, 2023

Bosnian food is a fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European flavors, reflecting the unique history and cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fresh, regionally sourced ingredients, such as meats, vegetables, and dairy goods, are frequently used in local cuisine. Bosnian cuisine also includes a variety of dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and sour cream, as well as a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables. Apart from the traditional dishes, Bosnia and Herzegovina is well known for its strong coffee culture, with Turkish-style coffee being a popular beverage. If you want to discover what you should not miss, when you visit Sarajevo, then keep reading!

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What to eat in Sarajevo?

Salty food


It is a popular dish in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as other Balkan countries such as Serbia and Croatia. The dish consists of small grilled beef or lamb sausages, which are typically made with a combination of ground beef, lamb, and pork, seasoned with salt, pepper, and sometimes garlic or onion. Cevapi is a very popular street food, which is often served at fast-food stands or outdoor markets. It is also a common dish in restaurants and is typically served with a side of chopped onions, hot peppers, and a salad made of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.


In Sarajevo and throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, burek is a well-liked meal. Phyllo dough is used to create layers of this savory pastry, which are then filled with a variety of items like meat, cheese, spinach, or potatoes. Burek can be consumed as a morning food, a snack, or a full meal.

Burek is typically served in Sarajevo in small portions that are sliced into triangles or squares and frequently come with a yogurt sauce. It is a specialty of Buregdinica Bosna, a well-known restaurant in Sarajevo. The restaurant offers several varieties of burek, including ones with pork, cheese, spinach, and potatoes for vegetarians.


In Sarajevo, klepe is often served in a flavorful broth made with meat, vegetables, and spices, such as bay leaves, onions, and peppercorns. The broth is sometimes thickened with sour cream, giving it a creamy texture and a tangy flavor. The klepe are served in bowls, with the broth poured over them and a dollop of sour cream on top.

On the other hand, the ingredients for klepe include flour, water, and occasionally eggs. The dough is flattened out thinly and cut into tiny circles. Each circle is then filled with filling, which stays within by pulling the dough together. The klepe is then thoroughly cooked by being boiled in salted water. This dish is a must-try when you visit the capital.

Bosanski Lonac

This is one of the traditional dishes, which you will definitely appreciate if you are one of the people, who enjoy eating meat. This Bosnian stew is typically made with a variety of meats, such as beef, lamb, and chicken, as well as vegetables such as onions, carrots, potatoes, and peppers. The name "Bosanski Lonac" means "Bosnian pot," as the stew is traditionally cooked in a large, heavy pot over an open fire. Bosanski Lonac is often served as a main course with a side of bread, and it is also a popular dish for special occasions such as weddings and family gatherings. It is a hearty and filling stew that is perfect for cold winter days, and it is also a great way to use up leftover meats and vegetables.

Sweet food


We cannot miss mentioning tufahije in our list of things you should not miss. This dessert is one of the favorite desserts among local people. This beloved traditional Bosnian dessert is commonly found in Sarajevo. Many cafes and restaurants in Sarajevo feature tufahije on their menus, and it is also a popular dessert to make at home for special occasions such as weddings and holidays. It is a rich and flavorful dessert that showcases the region's love for sweet treats and seasonal fruits.



Now we are going to surprise you with a very interesting drink, which is a popular beverage in Bosnia. Boza is made from fermented grains, usually corn or wheat, and sweetened with sugar or honey. It is a thick, creamy drink with a slightly sour taste and a low alcohol content. It is often served cold and is a popular drink during the winter months.

We have reached the end of this article about what to eat in Sarajevo. We hope you enjoy the variety of dishes that we have shared with you! In the meantime, you can read other articles on our website. Remember to follow us @thewalkingparrot to be continuously updated on the new releases. We will be back soon with a new article!

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