Sarajevo’s old town is a place where it seems like time has stood still. The cobbled roads, the cute wooden shops and the fact that you can get anything made out of copper make this area the historic place that it is. But on the other side of all that, Sarajevo is an excellent place to go out at night. Meeting locals or having coffee by moon light included.
What do you mean going to a club? I know that the city is known for its endless nightlife but what if you don’t enjoy that? I don’t consider trying to yell louder than the music fun anymore (God, I’m old!) and if I have to go to a club, you gotta get me drunk first! (I mean drunk drunk.) So if you were expecting a guide to Sarajevo’s finest pubs and clubs, I’m sorry – it won’t happen today. However, if you’re willing to have an evening that’s much more relaxed, keep on reading.
Sarajevo’s nightlife is – in my humble opinion – at its best when you can sit outside with a cool drink and a guy fixing your water pipe while you are people watching. And smoking a shisha is like a national sport in Sarajavo. The whole old town is packed with cute little cafés, serving many, many flavors. When you search well, you’ll have your favorite spot for the week in no time.
Even if you don’t enjoy smoking there are tons of ways to have fun. Many shops are open until late and shops and cafés are mixed on every street. While enjoying your drink you can watch salesmen do their job, people shopping or having conversation. The whole local (and touristic) life of Sarajevo walks by and all you have to do is watch. Get a local to teach you how to properly drink Bosnian coffee and you’re set!
And locals you will find! I remember arriving from the nightly bus service from Montenegro – a 12 hour ride through Bosnian, jungle-like roads (it was dark), leaving us both totally wrecked. At 5 am there was only one coffee place open on the Baščaršija and as we sat down we we’re welcomed by two lovely, elderly men treating us to Bosnian coffee. As I thanked them, one stood up, spread his arms wide and yelled out ‘Bosnia!’ (imagine just two teeth glistening in his open mouth). It was a warm welcome and as time went by, many of those followed.
When you spend time in this part of Sarajevo long enough you’ll end up with a series of both interesting and endearing encounters and part of achieving that was by wandering through the busy streets of Old Town. Whether it was eating delicious Burek or drinking with some locals, Old Town’s ‘nightlife’ gave me that relaxed feeling of being on an endless vacation to far, far away.
What are your tips regarding Sarajevo’s nightlife? Tell me down below!