At the heart of the western Balkans, Sarajevo features dining that is the ultimate cultural experience where one can taste Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Balkan flavors. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 places to try.
Located on a hillside overlooking the city, the Kibe Mahala offers one of the most stunning views of Sarajevo. The view is not the restaurant’s only attraction however; it also serves delicious Bosnian dishes, including the house specialty: spit-roast lamb. To accompany these traditional dishes Kibe Mahala also offers an assortment of wines from throughout the region. Adding to the ambience of the restaurant, two guitarists play traditional Bosnian music and even take requests. As the restaurant is very popular it is best to make reservations in advance. It is also advisable to take a taxi to the restaurant, as it is quite far uphill.
Kibe Mahala, Vrbanjuša 164, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH, +387 33 441 936
The team at Mala Kuhinja offers one of the most exceptional dining experiences in Sarajevo. Inspired by Asian cuisine, the chef prepares dishes that fuse Asian and Balkan culinary traditions to produce a combination of flavors you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world. There is no menu here. Instead, the waiter chats with customers and suggests dishes that are tailored to your culinary tastes. Diners are seated at tables overlooking the open kitchen, meaning that you can also watch your meal being prepared.
Mala Kuhinja, Tina Ujevića 13, 7100 Sarajevo, BiH, +387 61 144 741
Built in 1864, the Sarajevo brewery first began producing beer under Ottoman rule. Later, beer became a favored beverage for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and short-lived Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. During the siege of Sarajevo the brewery provided the only source of clean water to residents. The establishment has stood the test of time; the brewery continues to produce the most popular beer in Sarajevo and has won more awards for its quality than any other beer in the world. In 2004 the brewery opened its restaurant Pivnica HS, so that visitors could sample the different beers made at the Sarajevo Brewery, while enjoying a selection of hearty Bosnian dishes.
Sarajevo Brewery, Franjevacka 15, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH, +387 33 239 740