Banja Luka

A guide to Food in Banja Luka

more than a year ago

Probably the most popular dish throughout the country is Cevapi. They are small grilled rolls of minced beef, lamb or mixed meat served inside a pita bread called somun. Chopped onions are served on the side, and cheese is optional.  A Cevapdzinica is an upscale fast food restaurant, which serves all varieties of cevapi.

In second place, Burek is another popular semi fast food meal. Burek is a common term to refer to a pie with a minced meat filling always eaten with a yogurt.  Other variations include a pie with cheese called a sirnica (a bit sour), with spinach called a zeljanica and with potato called a krompirusa (a bit salty).  These pies are usually sold in pekara or bakery or in a burekdzinica.

Breakfasts in Banja Luka are similar to Western variations.  Usually on offer are scrambled eggs and bread with a spread like jam, butter, and honey. Drink a strong, traditional coffee with a dash of sugar.  A soft white cheese called kajmak comes straight from the farms in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s countryside and tastes wonderful on a slice of bread.  Also prsut, an air-dried ham similar to Italian prosciutto is another breakfast treat.


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