Today we’d like to take you along five local spots to discover in Sarajevo, spotted by a team of locals from Spotted by Locals. As they are all vastly different we think anyone can find something that they will enjoy on this list!
Markale Open Market – Colourful and tasteful
Is there a better way to feel like a local then to visit a Greenmarket? No, indeed there isn’t! Markale Open Market offers a colourful array of fruits, vegetables and local specialities for you to discover. This place is definitely worth a visit, especially during summer, when all the fresh berries are begging you to be eaten. Even if you are not planning to cook on your trip, it’s a must-see for anyone who wants to experience the rich agriculture and the amazing local products Sarajevo has to offer. Wander through the stalls and take in all the amazing colours, smells and sound around you.
Kino Bosna’s – Better than the movies
If you fancy a drink in an authentic place, Kino Bosna is the place to be. Once an old Cinema. Kino Bosna holds decades and decades of history and traditions. Ms Sega brought it back to life years after it was abandoned during the war. She made it into the lively bar that it is today. The best days to visit are Mondays and Thursdays when a local music Trio plays while mingling around the tables. The abundance of beer and Rakia combined with a diverse mix of people of all ages is what makes this place so unique and a must-visit.
The Yellow Bastion – The ultimate view
If you are looking for a good viewpoint of the city, The Yellow Bastion is the place to go. It’s part of the old wall which protected the city, built in the 18th century. It’s up in the hills and you can walk up or take a bus or cab. No matter how you get there you will always get rewarded with the most breath-taking view once you reach the top. Take a blanket, a good book or something nice to eat and spend some time taking in the beautiful view, alone or together.
The Musical Stairway – Music to your ears
In the middle of the city centre, you will come across the Musical stairway. This monument is dedicated to the music scene of B&H. Sarajevo used to be the musical centre of Yugoslavia and this stairway is a homage to that period. You can sit on one of the benches and listen to music from selected artists while you read their short biography. It’s a great spot to sit and relax but also expand your knowledge about the local culture.
Milkman House – Local cuisine with a healthy twist
If you fancy a good quality meal after a day of exploring the town, Milkman House is the place to go. They have so many options to choose from it may be quite hard to decide. They offer traditional meals, modern meals, snacks, sandwiches, salads, cakes and sweet and so much more all with a healthy twist. You can grab a quick bite, sit down to enjoy your meal or even order take-out. The large healthy menu is not the only thing that makes this place unique, it also prohibits smoking inside and does not serve alcohol. The owner stands behind the idea that small changes like these can make a better everyday life for all. And he’s kind of right, isn’t he?
Spotted by Locals Sarajevo is a blog and app by Sarajevo locals who write about their favourite spots in the city.