Sarajevo’s best budget restaurants & cafes

Sarajevo’s best budget restaurants & cafes

Sarajevo is my favourite city in Europe and the great range of cheap restaurants offering delicious Bosnian cuisine is probably one of the reasons why. After several visits some favourites have emerged that keep me coming back for more.

1. Inat Kuca

Inat Kuca is translated as house of spite and is by far my favourite restaurant in Sarajevo. Not only is the food great, but it also has an interesting history. At the end of the 20th century the Austrio-Hungarian empire wanted to built the City Hall next to the river, but got into trouble with the owners of the existing property. One homeowner refused to move and requested his house to be rebuilt stone by stone in its original form opposite the river. Since then it has become a symbol for Bosnian stubborness, defiance and perseverance. Now it is a restaurant with some of the best  traditional Bosnian food in Sarajevo. You should try the starter with a variety of Bosnian meats and as main course the mućkalica or dolma.

Location: Inat kuca is opposite the City Hall close to the Bascarsija

Bosnian restaurants
Bosnian restaurants

2. Zara iz duvara

Zara iz duvara is another favourite restaurant in Sarajevo for traditional Bosnian cuisine, but they give their own twist to the food by using different local herbs from the mountains. The menu is therefore original and creative. Nettle is their specialty, because it is very healthy and their house specialities we tried were all delicious. I can really recommend the nettle juice, the homemade bread with nettle and the ravioli with nettle pesto.

Location: Zara iz duvara lies just around the corner from the Sarajevo market.

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3. Dveri

Dveri is a nice restaurant in the bascarsija serving some of the best meat dishes in Sarajevo. The interior is nicely decorated and people are very friendly. I loved their sopska salad, because it was fresh and full of taste.

Location: Dveri lies in the bascarsija

Bosnian restaurants 
Bosnian restaurants

4. Ascinica hadzibajric

The cheapest way to eat in Sarajevo is to visit an ascinica, which means a place to eat. They don’t offer high cuisine, but locals come here for traditional, hearty and filling meals. Ascinica Hadzibajric is one of the oldest in Sarajevo and right in the middle of the Bascarsija. There is no menu, but you can choose from the pots and pans on display.

Location: Ascinica Hadzibajric lies In the bascarsija

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Bosnian restaurants

5. Cevabdzinica Zeljo

Cevapcici is probably the most popular snack in sarajevo, because it makes a perfect cheap lunch or dinner. Apparently cevabdzinica Zeljo offers the best cevapcici in Sarajevo.

Location: Zeljo has two restaurants in the bascarsija

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6. Park Princeva

Park princeva is not the cheapest option and does not have the best food in Sarajevo, but does offer the best view over the city. If you consider the location and the excellent service, the prices are still reasonable. The palacinke with walnuts and honey were a great desert.

Location: Park Princeva lies up the hills at Iza Hidra 7. Because it is a bit difficult to find it is best to take a taxi.

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Bosnian restaurants

7. Dzirlo’s cajdzinica

The best place to have tea is at Dzirlo’s cajdzinica with its extensive menu of herbal teas. The owner that looks like a wizard from Harry potter can advise you on the best mixture of herbs for you. It’s a great place to relax from walking through the bascarsija

Location: Dzirlo’s cajdzinica is near the bascarsija on the road up to the yellow fortress

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8. Rahatlook

Rahatlook is another favourite teahouse in the bascarsija, because of its huge mugs of herbal tea and homemade cookies.

Location: Rahatlook is in the bascarsija

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9. Café Tito

For everything Tito head to café Tito near the history museum. The cafe is almost a museum in itself and will let you travel back in time. Some will say the good old times. For now it is the place to have a good cup of coffee or tea.

Location: Café Tito is next to the history museum.

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10. Slasticarna Palma

Last, but not least is slasticarna Palma. It’s a bit far from the centre, but it has an extensive menu of mouth watering pastries that come along with huge mugs of Lipton tea.

Location: Porodice Ribar 5

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