Bistro Sami Sarajevo

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Bistro Sami – For adventurers only

I am quite convinced that one of the most wonderful experiences that Sarajevo has to offer is food. All those advertised traditional and international restaurants, bakeries, fast-food restaurants may easily create dilemmas, especially when you’re short on time. Let me help you stop wondering, although for this you need to be a hardcore adventurer willing to get stuffed with the matchless, pure domestic traditional Bosnian food.

You won’t find this place on any touristic brochure because they are not even trying to get there. Their customers are locals of various status and milieus with one thing in common – their appreciation of “merak” (the rough translation would be “joy”). Perhaps you’ve heard about the term (or will hear at some point) but didn’t quite catch the meaning. That’s because “merak” is not to be described in words but in feelings.

This place is everything but fancy, bling-bling, “up to world standards” kind of thing, so don’t go there if you’re not ready for an adventure. And prepare your online dictionary, you’ll need it!

The y have the typical bistro atmosphere serving excellent Bosnian doughnuts with a side of domestic cheese and/or clotted cream (or smoked meat for meat-lovers), sarma with mashed potatoes, homemade soups, and other mostly meat-based dishes. True, they’re not tourist-oriented but they will welcome you as if you were family and will talk about you long after you leave showing off to their regulars saying how they’ve had some Americans over even though you come from, say, Poland.

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Details about this spot



Zagrebačka, Sarajevo

Telephone number


Opening Times

08:00 - 23:00 daily


Doughnuts: BAM 7
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)