Sarajevo has a rich tradition of café culture thanks to its Ottoman heritage. Traditional Bosnian coffee is thick and strong, and is usually served with Turkish delight in classic eastern copperware. Bosnia’s capital city has plenty of places to take a rest and indulge in this Balkan speciality. Here’s our list of the top ten cafés and coffeehouses in Sarajevo.
For a café experience unique to Bosnia, take a trip to Caffe Tito, a café packed full of memorabilia from Communist Yugoslavia. The café is named after Yugoslavia’s former leader himself, Josip Tito, and features busts, photos, newspaper clippings and more relating to him and the Communist era. The café doesn’t offer food, but provides traditional coffees as well as alcoholic or soft drinks. A fun café for something quirky and a bit different.
Zmaja od Bosne 5, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 61 208 881
As well as the Ottomans, Bosnia was also under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Consequently, there are many cafés serving Austrian favourites, and that have a sophisticated Central European décor. Wiener Café is one of these, offering teas, coffees, and an enticing array of traditional Austrian pastries and other patisserie items. The interior features a mezzanine with an intricate wrought-iron staircase, and a light an open ground floor level seating area. A lovely spot for a peaceful and sophisticated coffee break or afternoon tea.
Veliki Curciluk 3, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Caffe 35 is located at the top of Sarajevo’s Avaz Twist Tower, the city’s tallest building and and also one of the most modern. The café is on the 35th floor, as the name suggests, so offers outstanding views of the surrounding city. The café itself offers the usual coffee shop menu, but the real pull of this spot is the views.
Tešanjska 24A, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 33 281 452
In the heart of the Old Town, and set within an old Ottoman dwelling, is Kuća Sevdaha, a café that also acts as an art gallery. Visitors enter through a lovely stone archway, and walk through to a pretty courtyard area, perfect for a coffee on a warm summer’s afternoon. The word ‘sevdah’ relates to traditional Bosnian heritage, including music, costume and even emotions, the building in which this café is set was originally used as a place for expressing Bosnian culture. The café’s menu is therefore typically Bosnian, with rich coffee, eastern desserts and other sweet treats.
Halači 5, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 33 239 943
Žuta Tabija Café
Located at the top of one of the many hills surrounding Sarajevo is Žuta Tabija, right next to the historical fort known as the Yellow Bastion. All the seating is outside, so the café is closed during the colder months or when the weather is particularly bad but the views from the tables when the weather is fine are amazing. The café is especially popular during Ramadan, when those fasting break their fast at the sound of the fort’s cannon. Menu options include Bosnian coffee and a variety of soft drinks, which can be enjoyed while watching the sun rise or set over the city. The café is either a short but steep walk up the hill, or a cheap taxi ride away from the Old Town.
Jekovac, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
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