Bosnia, with its beautiful, favourable climate, has a fantastic selection of natural produce, in particular fruit and vegetables. The city’s three main markets in Ciglane, the city centre and Grbavica are well worth a visit, if for no other reason than to see the massive seasonal displays of cherries, apricots, nectarines, artichokes, avocados, raspberries, walnuts, celeriac, new potatoes and almost anything else you can think of. Many are just grown in kitchen gardens, all are non-GM, and a lot have never seen pesticides. The meat is excellent.
However, this wide variety of raw ingredients does not always translate into good food being served in restaurants. Much of Bosnian cuisine is traditional, salty, meaty and fatty food. Tradition and societal expectation often stand in the way of culinary innovation, and too often the best one can say about Bosnian food is that it is OK. Most people eat at home, and restaurants are reserved for very special occasions: below is a selection of those places that do better than most.