Bosnian shoes and slippers
In the Baščaršija Quarter there are many handcraft shops, selling also shoes of good quality, oriental type of slippers, mostly for women.
They are beautifully decorated and nice to wear on streets or at homes. Price is resonable. You can buy it also as a very nice gift for you dearests.
Today BBI: Yesterday Sarajka
Before the war on this place was a werehouse called Sarajka, important and expensive then and today. There are a lot of various shops, mostly clothes to buy in this building.
Monday - Saturday: shopping from 09.00a.m. - 10.00p.m., gastro from 08.00 a.m.- 11.00p.m., supermarket from 08.00a.m. - 10.00p.m.
Sunday: shopping from 12.00a.m. - 8.00p.m., gastro from 08.00a.m. - 10.00p.m., supermarket from 08.00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
What to buy: Here you can find many different shops like : sport wear & equipment, men's and women's clothes and kids clothes, underwear, toys, shoes, watches, jewellery, bags ,accesories, technics ,cosmetics, Konzum supermarket, restaurants, café, playroom for children, services, telecom operators, banks, parking,... but it is more expensive than in other places.
Kefir by Milkos: Drink of Centenarians
What to buy: Kefir is a dairy beverage and originates from the Caucasus and Tibet , and because of its benevolent action of the human health known as the " drink of centenarians ."
It is produced by fermentation of milk with the addition of Lactobacillus acidophilus, acetic acid bacteria and yeast ( Saccharomyces). Kefir grains are in principle symbiosis of bacteria and fungi, the size of rice to the size of a walnut added to fresh or UHT milk (cow, sheep or goat). Yeast breaks down dairy sugar (lactose ) and makes kefir unique product of milk which has naturally created alcohol. Alcohol content varies from fermentation length ( from 0.2 to max . 2 % ). Kefir has a slightly laxative properties.
At fermentation at low temperatures is achieved greater compartment of carbon dioxide (more bubbles) and alcohol ("good" alcohol ethanol), and less lactic acid in the finished product. Such a kefir practically has no sugar (lactose) that turned into alcohol and is suitable for people who have an allergic reaction to lactose. At higher temperatures kefir contains more lactic acid and less alcohol.
What to pay: Sarajevo's kefir is the first kefir on the territory of ex-YU and still the best. No other diary has achieved better taste of this drink. They pack it in the bottles of 0.5 l and 1l (costs 2,10KM)
The 1984 winter Olympics still appear to be a great source of pride for the residents of Sarajevo, we still saw the Olympic rings several places and while shopping along the streets in _____, we found plenty of items with Vucko, the wolf that was the mascot of the Olympics. Since almost all of the souvenirs appeared to be new, I would have to assume that they are still being manufactured as a real souvenir would be almost 30 years old. But I still thought it was a cool souvenir to bring home so I bought a stuffed Vucko and a Vucko coffee cup for almost nothing. We did see one item that appeared to be original in an antique shop but he was just a little too expensive.
Slastičarna Sarajbosna: Great baklava and other sweets to bring home
Sarajbosna is one of the many fine slastičarne in Sarajevo. I don't know whether their baklava is "the best", but it's certainly excellent. What's more, the people there know how to wrap it tightly so that your box of baklava has a good chance of surviving a plane trip.
What to buy: Baklava of course! There are at least three different varieties you may want to try.
What to pay: About 20 BAM for 1 kg of Baklava.
around Bascarsija: Shopping for local souvenirs
Anything associated with Sarajevo can be bought at Bascarsija. Copper products, Bosnian carpets, gold and silver ware, ethnic clothes, Vucko t-shirts and mugs, bags, books, coffee, sweets, sheep skin, shoes, belts, toys, scarfs, cloth shops and endless list of small souvenirs. Few antique shops to browse if it appeals. Great and busy labirynth is that Bascarsija - taking the same place for centuries, always there for trade - sellers and shoppers mingle with eachother till night. Has patina. Some barganing is possible, you'll feel when it's allright to do so. Not too excessive, though.
When it 'extends' into pedestrian main road,into Austro-hungarian built Ferhadija, there are another type of shops - higher end, multinational and/or boutique. Kind of sterile feeling. Prices tagged and fixed here, speaking of the other principles brought to Bosnian cosmos.
What to buy: For kids: bring them friendly Vucko t-shirt design. For dads and mums in cold climates: woolen socks. For yourself if you can take: intricately designed Bosnian carpets. For smoker: copper ashtray. For coffee lover: copper dzezva and cups. For people with special taste: kajmak, the soft white cheese and halvas. For meat lovers: dried meats. For beer lovers: Sarajevsko pivo. For music lover: CD with Bosnian sevdah singer (or many them).
And one can always load a bag of (good) books here.
What to pay: Vucko t-shirt was 10 KM when I bought one (for three year old).
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Souvenirs with the mascot of the XIV Olympic Winter Games, which were held in Sarajevo in 1984 can be found in almost all souvenir shops.
The mascot was Vucko, a cute little wolf who later became probably the most famous Olympic mascot.
Even I couldn't resist and finally bought a little cup with Vucko and the orange logo of the games. It cost 5 KM (about 2,5 Euro).
- Budget Travel
market, special shops: Okra or bamija
When in Sarajevo - meet their 'bamija' or okra, or lady fingers if you prefer to call it like that. This is one of the best vegetables that grow here and used in Bosnian dishes.
What to buy: Bamija or okra is expensive. I don't remember if they differ much from other lady fingers, still - they're grown locally and perhaps they deserve their price. In april we came accross dried okras, necklaced on a string; if you prefer raw ones you will have to wait until summer. They come in different sizes, most interesting ones in the size of a nail, maybe 1 cm longest in that range.
What to pay: 60 KM per kilo, usually.
- Food and Dining
Bascarsija's bazaars: A pleasant way of shopping
I love bazaars and markets and i could walk around and watch for days. In the center in Bascarsija, there is a net of narrow streets with small shops, restaurants, where is possible to buy almost everything. Simply oriental bazaar. But i was quite surprise, because the sellers don't ask you to come and see, don't show anything to you and don't make you to buy anything. Such a quiet oriental bazaar.
- Arts and Culture
BBI is the usual shopping center with fashion stores... but there is a nice park in front of it, where people relax, actually it is very old, i guess the oldest, cemetery in Sarajevo.
What to buy: clothes, jewelery,...
- Women's Travel
Copper Alley- Bascarsija: Copper Products
Hand crafted copper products
We couldn’t resist buying some hand crafted copper skewers…they are great and don’t burn on the barbecue!! You should bargain, it’s expected!! In fact there are many fabulous copper products in Bascarsija…the coffee sets are wonderful too!!
- Women's Travel
shopping mall: Bezistan
Traditional Mall. This is a domed market place that was built in 1551 by the grand vizier Rustem-pasha, who dealt with silk manufacturing. It has six large domes (cupalas) and is still used as a market place.
shopping on Bascarsija
Bascarsija is the main shopping area for tourists where you will find souveniers, boutiques etc.
Also you can go to market and for less money find interesting things, there are several markets.
There are also big Shopping-centers all over Sarajevo so you can find everything, from cheap things to exclusive brands like Armani, Joop etc.
local shops: all tourists visit Bascarsija
Relax, take it easy and BARGAIN!:D
What to buy: Whatever you like.... carpets are awesome and at Morica Han location at Bascarsija of excellent quality... silver.... you'll see - there's lotsa interesting stuff for a country on European continent... Like a souk, small one, in Tunisia for example...yet Bosnian due to the Turkish origin.
What to pay: hahaha
- Historical Travel
Buybook / Café KARABIT: English Books
If you are searching for good English speaking books try this very nice shop which is a cafe as well as a bookshop. In my opinion it's a bit more cafe than a bookshop, it actually should be the other way around.
Anyway, I was happy with what I found here (I had been looking for a good bookshop during the whole trip already!).
What to buy: Books on Arts. Books on Sarajevo. Travel Guides. Stories. Poems. Pictures. And the "Sarajevo Survival Guide" I wrote about in my "Local Customs" tip.
What to pay: It depends on the book you buy but I was happy to pay 23KM and that the Credit Card machine worked suddenly so that I could pay for it ;)
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