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Stephanie K
Stephanie K
14/09/2022
The best! Vedad, our tour guide, was lovely, and we learned so much from him – about traditional Bosnian foods and history. We then had a special session with the owner of Balkantina about local products, wine, liquors and more.I highly recommend this tour for anyone new to Sarajevo – it was a great in-depth introduction to the city and its culture.
Mty-3773
Mty-3773
04/08/2022
A great way to get close to Sarajevo This is a lovely way to get closer to Sarajevo and its people. I really enjoyed strolling around the city’s less touristy places, taking in the culture through traditional food. A perfect activity!
halacdenis
halacdenis
28/07/2022
Intimate Food Tour My girlfriend and I were trying to find my old high school when we stumbled upon Balkantina. What caught my eye was were the four letters B E E R. We went inside to do what we thought would be window shopping and left booking a tour with Lana. The next day when we arrived, Lana was waiting for us and we began our walk. We were given a tour that gave us a sense of what it means to buy and eat food in Sarajevo — we went to an outdoor food market housed in an old Austria-Hungarian building, ate fresh made pita, and then finished it off at an restaurant where all the food was pre made, but tasted like a home cooked meal. Lana was a delight, as she gave us deep backgrounds of the foods, and what it means to live in Sarajevo today.
Do yourself a favor and book a tour!

Amanda and Denis
bex
bex
12/07/2022
If you have time for only one tour, do this one! I’ve done many food tours across Europe, and this was one of my favorites. Sarajevo is an unexpectedly wonderful city with a rich and complex history. My guide Lana was knowledgeable about both food and Sarajevo/Bosnia history, and spoke wonderful English. She was able to clearly articulate thoughtful answers to all of my questions, food related and otherwise. The food was also great…be sure to go hungry. I highly recommend!
Ana
Ana
26/06/2022
Fun and delicious way to learn about Sarajevo! I had a fantastic time on this tour! We walked to several different markets, restaurants and historical points in Sarajevo to learn more about the food culture and history. Our guide was very knowledgeable and welcoming; it felt like hanging out with a friend for the afternoon! We got to sample different types of Bosnian pie, stuffed vegetables and other delicious items. The portions were meal-sized so come hungry and you will leave full of food and knowledge!
Angela R
Angela R
09/06/2022
Great food tour! Lana was an excellent guide who gave us a good blend of food knowledge and history. The food was very flavoursome (and substantial) and it allowed us to get an accurate insight into what and how the locals eat. I would highly recommend this tour.
Karen S
Karen S
24/11/2019
Sarajevo Food Scene from a Local Perspective This is just the food tour we were looking for! We’ve done the old town walking tour. We’ve tried the touristy burek and cevapi places, and we wanted to know a bit more about how the majority of the locals eat. We got that along with a little more local history and walking into parts of the city not covered by old town tours.
What I want to do is come back and have a hands-on session making burek so that I have a lasting souvenir to take back to the USA. Tell me when!
Lotta S
Lotta S
13/11/2019
Suverän promenad Guiden Emma var suverän. Vi fick några riktigt bra timmar i Sarajevo under hennes ledning.bland mat och historia.
Valedim
Valedim
28/09/2019
You don’t want to miss it! This is a gastro tour operator and delicatessen shop, promoting local products from little producers of BiH. You don’t want to miss it. We booked a very interesting 3 hours food and city tour and our lovely guide Emina, so professional and passionate, told us lots of stories about the city, its history and of course the food, essential element in every culture.
We finished in the shop where we could taste some amazing local products that you can buy (make great presents and souvenirs). All the guys working there are passionate and will tell everything they know about their products.
Absolutely recommended!
shannonrhoward
shannonrhoward
27/09/2019
Very local and personal touch This is exactly the kind of tour I wanted. Food is culture and history! Especially in Sarajevo, you can learn so much from experiencing local food that locals actually eat. Emma was a fantastic guide, with a passion for her city and lots of knowledge about the food and it’s historical significance. The pace was good and the places we went were NOT touristy or fancy, but very delicious and hearty. We got to see local markets where Bosnians shop and try what was for sale. We had comfort food that Bosnians eat as a family and staples that they eat every day. The tour wrapped up with delicious cheese and products from the Balkantina shop. And now, a nap😊
  • In the Bascarsija, the labyrinthine old quarter at the heart of Sarajevo, I strolled through various lanes of the 16th-century, Ottoman-era bazaar that had once been demarcated for different artisans: Coppersmiths would tak-tak-tak away at pots on Kazandziluk; blacksmiths forged iron tools on Kovaci; tanners hawked leather goods on Saraci; and shoemakers converged on Cizmedziluk.

  • Generations of Bosnians have grown up drinking family-made moonshine called rakija. In recent years, this fruit- or herb-flavored, grappalike elixir has become the hipster spirit of choice.

  • While there are signs of the city's recent past -- shrapnel-scarred walls and cemeteries on surrounding hillsides -- Sarajevo is a city that embraces life.

  • Its idyllic mountain setting and diverse heritage makes Sarajevo one of Europe’s most intriguing cities. Yet it is its indomitable spirit that makes it truly special.