Top ChoiceMuseum in Sarajevo

War Childhood Museum

This affecting museum had its genesis in a 2013 book edited by Jasminko Halilović, in which he asked a simple question of survivors of the Sarajevo siege: 'What was a war childhood for you?' Of the hundreds of...

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Galerija 11/07/95

This gallery uses stirring photography, video footage and audio testimonies of survivors and family members to create a powerful memorial to the 8372 victims of the Srebrenica massacre, one of the most infamous...

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Art Kuća Sevdaha

Sit in the intimate fountain courtyard of an Ottoman-era building sipping Bosnian coffee, juniper or rose sherbet, or herb-tea infusions while nibbling local sweets. The experience is accompanied by the lilting...

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Zlatna Ribica

Sedate and outwardly grand, the tiny and eccentric 'Golden Fish' adds understated humour to a cosy treasure trove of antiques and kitsch, reflected in big art nouveau mirrors. Drink menus are hidden in old books...

Top ChoiceInternational in Sarajevo

Superfood

Tucked away among a set of much-graffitied apartment blocks, this hip cafe/restaurant wouldn't be out of place on the back streets of Auckland or Melbourne. It's a great place for brunch or a lunchtime sandwich,...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Sarajevo

Avlija

Locals and a few in-the-know expats cosy up at painted wooden benches in this colourful, buzzing covered yard, dangling with trailing pot plants, strings of peppers and the odd birdcage. Local specialities are...

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Cakum Pakum

A collection of antique suitcases, fringed lamps, gingham curtains and bright tartan tablecloths set the scene at this hip, wee restaurant with only half a dozen small tables. The food is simple but delicious –...

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Željo

Locals are willing to brave the tourist throngs at Željo as it's quite possibly the best place for ćevapi (spicy beef or pork cylindrical meatballs) in Sarajevo. There are two branches diagonally across from each...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Sarajevo

Sarajevo City Hall

Sarajevo City Hall

A storybook neo-Moorish striped facade makes the triangular Vijećnica (1896) Sarajevo's most beautiful Austro-Hungarian–era building. Seriously damaged during the 1990s siege, it finally reopened in 2014 after...

Top ChoiceCable Car in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Cable Car

Reopened in 2018 after being destroyed during the war, Sarajevo's cable car once again shuttles people on a nine-minute ride, climbing 500m to a viewpoint 1164m up on Mt Trebević. From here it's a short walk to...

Area in Sarajevo

Baščaršija

Centred on what foreigners nickname Pigeon Square, with its ornate gazebo-like Sebilj drinking fountain (built in 1891), Baščaršija is the very heart of old Sarajevo. The name is derived from the Turkish for...

Balkan in Sarajevo

Sač

Our pick for Sarajevo's best burek (meat-filled pastry) and sirnica (burek with cottage cheese), Sač bakes everything ispod sača, meaning under a domed metal lid covered in charcoals. The result is delicious and...

Museum in Sarajevo

National Museum of BiH

Bosnia's biggest and best-endowed museum of ancient and natural history is housed in an impressive, purpose-built quadrangle of neoclassical 1913 buildings. It's best known for housing the priceless Sarajevo...

Museum in Sarajevo

Tunnel of Hope

Tunnel of Hope

During the 1992–95 siege, when Sarajevo was surrounded by Bosnian Serb forces, the only link to the outside world was an 800m-long, 1m-wide, 1.6m-high tunnel between two houses on opposite sides of the airport...

Museum in Sarajevo

History Museum of BiH

Somewhat misleadingly named, this small yet engrossing museum occupies a striking, still partly war-damaged 1960s socialist-modernist building originally dubbed the Museum of the Revolution. It regularly hosts...

Museum in Sarajevo

Gazi Husrev-beg Museum

The 1537 Kuršumlija Madrasa building is distinctive for its pointed chimneys and the lead roof from which it takes its name. Although built as a religious school, it now hosts a small exhibition about the...

Museum in Sarajevo

Despić House

You'd never guess from its Austrian-looking exterior, but this is one of the oldest surviving residential buildings in central Sarajevo. Inside, it's a house within a house, the oldest parts of which date from...

Church in Sarajevo

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Fronted with twin-spired clock towers and rose windows above the stone portal, this neo-Gothic 1889 Catholic cathedral has a colourful interior and fine stained-glass windows above a finely carved high altar. A...

Church in Sarajevo

Old Orthodox Church

While the final form of this outwardly austere stone church dedicated to the archangels Michael and Gabriel dates to 1730, it was founded considerably earlier – possibly as long ago as the 5th century. Inside,...

Museum in Sarajevo

Brusa Bezistan

Built in 1551 as a silk-trading bazaar, this elegant two-storey building is topped with six green-metal domes and encircled by shops. It's now a branch of the Museum of Sarajevo, providing an overview of the city...