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).
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Old Town Bargains
What to buy: If you are a shopping addict like me (I actually bring an empty bad to take home all of my souvenirs in.) I went crazy in the old town and wanted to bring home everything in sight. Most importantly, I wanted a coffee set. I wanted one the last time I was there, but didn’t have the money or the space to bring it back in. What I would caution, however, is that if you do want to buy something in the old town you should definitely shop around. I found five different prices for the copper coffee set I wanted and had I gone with the first offer I would have paid nearly $50 for one. I ended up paying about $25. Don’t be afraid to try to talk them down either. I have learned that when buying something off the street you should always bargain and never accept the first offer.
What to pay: You can expect to spend anything from $2 or $3 for a small copper teapot or spoon to over $200 for a Turkish rug.
Old Town shops: Bascarsija (Old Town) Sarajevo, 1986
Bascarsija was the place to go if you enjoyed browsing and bartering for local wares. This is a picture of a zlata (gold) shop in Bascarsija, with the Sahat-Kula (Clock Tower) behind it. The Sahat-Kula dates back to the 1600s.
What to pay: No bargains to be had for gold in Sarajevo. A gram of gold in Sarajevo cost the same as it did in the United States. Needless to say, we did not load up on gold in Sarajevo.
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Bascarsija: National crafts
There are small craft shops all over Bascarsija, I could not possibly write tips about all of them. Thus I have placed 5 pictures here and 8 in a TL.
In addition to the crafts shops you find clothes and food stores, too.
What to buy: Silver. gold and other metal works, filigran, intarzia, knitted and wowen products.
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A moderm supermarket where you can find all you may need. Take the tram from the old town or take an hour of educational walk from the same along Milijacka. Prices are cheaper than western Europe and credit cards are accepted. Also it would be an opportunity to see the Bosnian metropolites. Sales people shockingly don't speak English enough but you can make your way through. If you are in Sarajevo more than couple of days you may find many of your favorit brands here. Its a newly-built red-colored large building.
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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 ;)
Bezistan shopping center
If you have been to Istanbul`s bazaar complex, you`ll recognise the spacious Ottoman architecture of this beautifully restored covered market that was built by Gazi Husrev-beg in 1555. There are a lot of arts and crafts as well as gold and silver stores to be found here.
Interesting to know, Gazi Husrev-Beg (1480-1541) was a Bosniak beg in the Ottoman Empire during the first half of the 16th century. He was an effective military strategist, and the greatest donor and builder of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He was born in Serres, Greece, to a Bosniak father and a Turkish mother, who was the daughter of the Sultan. Thus, Gazi Husrev-Beg was Sultan Beyazid II's grandson. A brilliant strategist and politician, in 1521 he became the governor of the Ottoman province of Bosnia.
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Misc.: Turkish souvenirs in the old town 3
This copper-work also traces the link of Turkish influence. Some shops here are doing business for generations and though the shops are full, there is'n enough sale I guess. So, buy some souvenirs if you wanna help them carrying on this business and preserving this old tradition of business in the old town.
Turkish souvenirs in the old town 1
Strolling through the old town gives you a taste of colorful oriental products. These carpets which are supposedly imported from Turkey / Iran gives a special feel in this ally. Unless you really wanna spend money or have a direct flight back home, this is not your cup of tea. But taking phots and walking around is free!
Bezistan or covered market is an Ottoman arrangement and sometimes built underneath a mosque. This also serves as a source of income for the mosque other than voluntary donation. Almost all the mosques built centuries ago have this kind of arrangement.
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)
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.
Ferhadija shopping and nightlife street
This is a long street connecting M Tita avenue and bASCARSIJA. You can find a lot of internationa brands here such as ms selfridge, Benneton, gerry weber etc.
From TIMES on Line:
Ferhadija, the city?s pedestrianised main street, has a huge number of pavement caf?s, where chic young Sarajevans drink coffee and eat ice-cream in the afternoon sun and old men gather around a giant communal chess set in the leafy shade of a public square. The city?s nightlife, centred here, is acquiring a Europe-wide reputation.
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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.
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Kalajdzisalihovic M. Ahmed: Stylish Oriental Shoes
These oriental leather shoes are hand made and embroidered. I was surprised how soft and wearable they are - cushioning layer inside! Made by craftsmen of Kalajdzisalihovic M. Ahmed, proud of their tradition dating back to 1822.
What to buy: As I was paying, the manager got worried over the expression on my husband’s face, so he tried to comfort him by saying that he just delivered one large order of these and similar shoes for designer brand Roberto Cavalli.
What to pay: Price 55 EUR, other models from 25 EUR, also available in textile.
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