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Sarajevo: The Grill Capital of the Balkans/ VIDEO

Sarajevo - The Grill Capital of the Balkans
FOTO: Sarajevo - The Grill Capital of the Balkans

In early April, the Balkanvibe Team attended the Sarajevo BBQ City Tour hosted by Balkantina. We meandered through the streets of Sarajevo, learning about its history but also experiencing its delicious cuisine, straight from the grill…

 

The tour began at Šeher Ćehaja’s Bridge with the story of Sarajevo’s Vijećnica (City Hall) and the famous Inat kuća. After learning their short and sweet stories, we embarked on part one of the tour’s gastro component: the Bosnian somun.

Hearing the stories of Sarajevo's Old Town with the Vijecnica in the background.

Hearing the stories of Sarajevo’s Old Town with the Vijecnica in the background.

The traditional Bosnian restaurant - Inat Kuća (“House of Spite”).

The traditional Bosnian restaurant – Inat Kuća (“House of Spite”).

The somun is a type of flat bread that is eaten daily in Sarajevo, and especially for barbecue-type foods. While there are many who make the somun, no one makes it quite those at the bakery, Pekara Alifakovac.

The famous somun from Pekara Alifakovac.

The famous somun from Pekara Alifakovac.

After our starter, we walked to our next destination: Ćevabdžinica Kastel, where we tried Banjalučki ćevapčići- a version of ćevapi based on the recipe from the Banja Luka region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ćevapčići are a traditional Bosnian barbecue dish made from minced meat with different types of herbs and spices. These are served with somun, chopped onions, and a spicy paprika for the brave.

Banjalučki ćevapi at Ćevabdžinica Kastel.

Banjalučki ćevapi at Ćevabdžinica Kastel.

After we tried “banjalučki ćevap,” we had to walk a bit to prepare ourselves for the next dish. However, we took a roundabout way passing infamous landmarks as our hosts told us the stories of different cultural institutions, streets, neighborhoods, and buildings, and recounted the city’s merging of eras and cultures. While most of us hail from Sarajevo, we learned details we had never before known, making this an interesting tour for even a local!

Learning all about the town's various neighborhoods, including the Jewish quarter.

Learning all about the town’s various neighborhoods, including the Jewish quarter.

We then reached our third gastro stop: Ćevabdžinica Nune, which serves typical Sarajevan barbecue: ćevapčići and suđukice (sausages with soft skin). All of it is presented alongside a dish of chopped onions and mustard. It is a pity that this picture doesn’t include their smell- You would love it.

Time for some Sarajevo - style ćevapi and suđukice.

Time for some Sarajevo – style ćevapi and suđukice.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Is your mouth watering yet?

Feasting like royalty!

Feasting like royalty!

But, our barbecue tour didn’t stop there. We continued down the city’s main pedestrian street, taking in the sights, sounds and history that make Sarajevo as special as it is- including a Sarajevo Rose in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Legend has it that any traveler who drinks from the fountain next to Bey's Mosque will return to Sarajevo!

Legend has it that any traveler who drinks from the fountain next to Bey’s Mosque will return to Sarajevo!

Sarajevo Roses.

Sarajevo Roses.
We made one last food stop to another traditional locale, Aščinica Dženita. It was time to put our brave and adventurous faces on, and to try the mouthwatering barbecue dishes of… liver, kidneys, and sweetbread! While it may not sound delicious, you will never know what you are missing out on until you try it. Plus, it’s very nutrient-rich and healthy, so your body will thank you!

Kidney, Liver, and Sweetbreads galore!

Kidney, Liver, and Sweetbreads galore!

Experiencing the unique cuisine of the Balkan region.

Experiencing the unique cuisine of the Balkan region.
This tour lasted approximately 4-4.5 hours, and it ended at the Pivnica HS, only steps away from the Sarajevo Brewery. As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we again devoured delicious sausages and refreshing beers.

My recommendation for this tour is to come hungry, as you will leave the tour feeling delightfully full!

A group shot before we embark on another delicious meal!
A group shot before we embark on another delicious meal!
Photo by Imrana Kapetanović

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