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Gradska trzinca or city market hall - Markale
On the main pedestrian street (Ferhadija) in Sarajevo, soon after you left Bascarsija towards Eternal Flame direction you can do some very decent shopping (not decent. in fact excellent) in the historic building of the city Market Hall, aslo recognized as Markale. It has been designed by architect August Butcha in 1895, where the main facade follows the ancient architecure and side facades resemble mainly neo-renaissance style.
It is best place to buy dairy products and meats (if customs allow you to take some with you I believe you will make serious meat lover very happy with sheep or beef present straight from Bosnian mountains).
We bought here large quantities of smoked cheese which comes in shape of small loaf of bread and it's really good one. Then you must try travnicki sir, which is name for the white, half-hard sheep cheese (excellent with salads but it is not so fatty like feta cheese if you need rough comparison). You have numbers of home made kajmaks here to buy, salted or sweet or with nothing added, fresh yoghurts and marmelades. Excellent food is yellow paprika filled with kajmak which you can eat straight like that or bake it for some time if you preffer. I like it both way.
You can buy here as well other products – pickled vegetables and mixed pickled salads (another thing which is great here in Balkans), roasted pumkin seeds and home made syrup juice. I already mentioned meats.
I don't know if bargain is common at this place, but it is not too expensive (although you can normally get things cheaper at local villages/farmers or suburb markets) and we didn't try either; anyways, they have the prices said on the products – more or less. You can as well try food before you buy, which is good since you can compare and choose the one you liked most.
One may as well notice memorial plaque on the northern facade. It reminds of Sarajevo massacre, also known as Markale massacre from last war.
Gradska Trznica Markale
The Gradska Trznica Markale, or the Municipal Marketplace, is a delightful yellow Austro-Hungarian era building that continues to operate as a market. It is here that you will see people selling meats, fish, cheeses and eggs, as the other markets may or may not have the facilities to refrigerate products. A word of caution – unlike in other indoor European markets, the people here like to call out to shoppers and offer their wares, so don’t be too startled if someone tries to offer you a whole chicken while you take pictures. The building itself is in neo-Renaissance style, designed by Butsch, and was completed in 1896. The characteristic part of the market is its three-arch entrance way, which is supposedly an ancient design for the building. The interior is, unfortunately, not quite as attractive as the exterior, but it is a fun experience and I always enjoy going through markets and the like when I visit a new city. As an added bonus there are very clean washrooms located under the main staircase.
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GRADSKA TRZNICA (Meat and Diary Market hall)
This is Greek or Neo Classical style building from Austro-Hungaro period.
Next to the Catholic City Cathedral .
The city market place (Gradska Trznica) is a neoclassical building constructed by the architect August Butscha in 1895. It is a beautiful building.
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