We don’t care whether or not buying souvenirs is going out of fashion — we’re still going to do it. What better way to remember your time in a new city than by taking a little slice of it home with you, be it through merchandise, alcohol or a curious combination of both? Banja Luka is a destination to be remembered after all.
Nothing screams ‘Balkans’ more than a bottle of rakija, and the hard liqueur is almost a byword for ‘fuel’ in the local vernacular. Everyone and their grandmother seems to make the stuff, but you can’t get any better than a couple of local companies distilling in the most traditional of ways. Gazdina is rakija class personified, while Laktaši’s AgroDestil has won awards all over the lands for its creations.
We’re not entirely sure where we stand on the great tattoo revolution of the 21st century, but you don’t need to have your finger on the pulse of today’s youth to see just how fashionable bodywork has become. Rembrandt is the best in town.
Okay, back to the alcohol. Banja Luka has a number of budding craft brewers slowly making their presence felt, from the citywide Gorštak to more taproom options like Illyricum and Master Craft. Plenty of options, plenty of quality.
Something in the Cyrillic Alphabet
It might sound silly to those from the East, but the Cyrillic alphabet remains a real curiosity for visitors from the West. The block letters are a beautiful thing when put together, and any piece of merchandise covered in Ш, Ћ and Ж will surely attract attention back home.
Cosmetics & Fashion
Not all souvenirs need to be of the tatt variety of course, and Banja Luka is a great place to do a little bit of actual shopping at decidedly more affordable prices. Didaco and Sergio are top sots for cosmetics and perfume alike, while Malbašić takes care of the designer watch side of things.
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