The Best Restaurants In Banja Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina

Bethany Currie

Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia, after the capital Sarajevo, and is the district capital of the primarily Serb-controlled area of the country. It is a modern and vibrant city, and has been rebuilt to a high standard since the civil war. There are lots of things to see while in the area, so here’s our list of places to eat and take a break while exploring.

1. Kazamat

Restaurant, European

Banja Luka Fortress
Ⓒ R3li3nt/Flickr
On the banks of the river Vrbas is Kazamat, a classy restaurant set in a beautiful cobbled-stone building. The restaurant is actually within the old fortress walls, and has maintained original features such as stone arched ceilings and traditional hanging lamps. There is also a lovely patio dining area, ideal for sunny days. The menu is mainly traditional Bosnian, with dishes such as grilled meats or traditional pastries.

2. Mala Stanica

Restaurant, European, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Banja Luka
Ⓒ Jovo Milanović/Flickr
A popular joint with Banja Luka’s wealthy and fashionable class is Mala Stanica, a slightly more expensive than average restaurant with tasty food. There is a range of international dishes that are all prepared to a high standard, and the service is friendly and efficient. There are a number of tables inside, but the outdoor garden tables are much more preferable when the weather is good. Although the food menu may be little pricey, the wine selection is of a high quality and is affordable.

3. Alas

Restaurant, European, Iraqi, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Banja Luka
Ⓒ Nats Grant Logan/Flickr
Housed within a traditional old-fashioned building is Alas, a primarily fish restaurant that serves non-fish dishes as well. The interior is clean and modern but many original features have been maintained, such as the wooden beams and stone archways. The restaurant is a little further away from the main central dining area of the city, so is more local and less touristy. It also offers a lovely wine list. Alas also has a few rooms and functions as a B&B.

5. Integra

Bar, Restaurant, European, Contemporary

Central Banja Luka
Ⓒ R3li3nt/Flickr
On the fourteenth floor of one of Banja Luka’s modern buildings is Integra, a stylish restaurant with unsurprisingly outstanding views of the city and beyond. The food is fresh and exquisitely presented, while the interior is chic and luxurious. The prices are also surprisingly affordable given the ambience of the restaurant; it is located near to the local parliament buildings so attracts an elite crowd, but the friendly staff make the restaurant feel inclusive.

6. Restoran Aj’Zdravo

Restoran Aj’Zdravo

Restoran Aj’Zdravo offers an enticing alternative to the usual grilled meat that is so common in Bosnian restaurants. This spot is great for fresh, homemade fare such as smoothies, vegetarian dishes and generous salads. It is conveniently located near to Banja Luka’s central square, and is a sign of the city’s growing reputation as a cosmopolitan and European hub of culture.
Address: Vidovdanska 6, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Banja Luka | Ⓒ Rade Nagraisalovic/WikiCommonsBanja Luka | Ⓒ Rade Nagraisalovic/WikiCommons

7. Restaurant President

Restaurant, European

River in Banja Luka
Ⓒ R3li3nt/Flickr
This restaurant is located at the heart of the city within one of Banja Luka’s most popular hotels. The interior is sophisticated and modern, with crisp white tablecloths and neat table settings. The restaurant offers a lovely selection of wine, and an enticing food menu including traditional dishes prepared to a high standard. A great option for a special occasion, or those looking for an exclusive ambience.

8. Philippe Dine and Wine

Restaurant, Italian, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Philippe is a popular and buzzing local place serving fresh ingredients and homemade dishes. The design of the restaurant is welcoming and modern, with many of the meat dishes served on wooden boards. Although it does serve classic grilled meats, the menu has an range of less common dishes, which makes for a pleasant change. It is a popular spot with locals, mainly the younger crowds, which gives the place a lively atmosphere.
landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Culture Trip Spring Sale

Save up to $1,100 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

X
Edit article