No trip to Sarajevo’s most historic quarter can be complete without a taste of one of the country’s most authentic dishes, ćevapi. Zeljo is a local favorite offering this famous dish, and serves huge portions at excellent value for money; it is considered by many to serve the best ćevapi in the area. For a simple but tasty and filling meal, ćevapi from Zeljo is a must.
Address: Kundurdžiluk 19, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 33 447 000
If traditional design is what you’re looking for, look no further than Birtija. With its cushioned sofas, rustic wooden tables and antique bar, this spot is ideal for those looking for a cozy and authentic atmosphere. It is most popular in the evenings as it has a great selection of traditional beers, and is also on a slight hill so offers views of the sun setting over the city. It’s a small place, which combined the with chilled-out jazz music in the background gives it an intimate atmosphere.
In arguably one of the best locations in the Old Town, on the bustling ‘Pigeon Square’, is Hodžić. This spot is a basic but serves delicious ćevapi, and is an ideal location for watching the world go by. In addition to the ćevapi, there are also a number of other delicious grilled meats and traditional dishes to enjoy.
Address: Baščaršija 22, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 33 573 300
Another of the area’s most popular ćevapi spots is Petica Cevabžinica, which also offers a range of grilled meats if diners have had enough of ćevapi. The interior is slightly more upmarket than other ćevapi restaurants, so it has a different vibe – more of a leisurely place to eat rather than a rough-and-ready fast food spot. There are also plenty of tables outside where diners can take in the Old Town environment of cobbled streets, terracotta roofs and minarets on the skyline.
Address: Oprkanj 2, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 33 537 555