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What to do in Baščaršija in one day: The ultimate guide

Welcome to Sarajevo, the vibrant capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo provides visitors with a wide range of fascinating attractions as a thriving center of culture, history, and varied experiences. Baščarišja – Old town, the city’s historical and cultural hub, is located in the middle of it all. In this ultimate guide, we’ll take you through a day-long journey exploring Baščaršija and discovering the best experiences it has to offer.

Morning: Embrace History and Culture

Start your day early by exploring Baščaršija’s rich history. Begin at the iconic Sebilj Fountain, a symbol of Sarajevo. Take a leisurely walk through the narrow, cobblestone streets, adorned with traditional Ottoman-style buildings and bustling shops.

Visit the Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque, Old Orthodox church, and other religious objects. Then explore the City Hall (Vijećnica); discover its magnificent architecture, which seamlessly blends Moorish and Austro-Hungarian styles. Step inside to explore its impressive interior and exhibitions that showcase the city’s history and cultural heritage. Or you can take a walking tour with knowledgeable guides. Also, no visit to Sarajevo is complete without trying its famous ćevapi. Head to a traditional restaurant “ćevabdžinica” for an authentic local experience.

sarajevo city hall
Sarajevo City Hall

Afternoon: Shopping and Even More Cultural Immersion

After a delightful lunch, continue your journey through Baščaršija, focusing on its vibrant marketplaces and cultural spots. Browse the Baščaršija Bazaar: stroll through the Baščaršija Bazaar, a bustling market filled with shops selling traditional handicrafts, copperware, textiles, and souvenirs. Engage with local artisans, witness their craftsmanship firsthand, and pick up unique treasures to remember your visit. Seeing traditional Coopersmith Street – Kazandžiluk is a must. There you can buy some traditional craft products.

Try Bosnian Coffee at a Traditional Café and engage in lively conversations with locals, learn about the city’s culture, and witness the age-old ritual of coffee preparation. After that, explore Sarajevo’s Jewish Quarter, just a short walk from Baščaršija.

Sebilj fountain
Sebilj Baščaršija

Evening: Culinary Delights and Nightlife

As the sun sets over Baščaršija, the atmosphere transforms, offering a vibrant nightlife near Baščaršija and a chance to indulge in Sarajevo’s culinary delights

Treat yourself to a traditional Bosnian dinner at one of the many restaurants in Baščaršija. Sample dishes like Bosanski Lonac (Bosnian pot), Klepe (Bosnian dumplings), or Bey’s Soup.

Baščaršija comes alive at night, with numerous bars and cafes offering a lively ambiance. Enjoy live music performances, local bands, or DJ sets, and dance the night away in one of the many vibrant venues.


Baščaršija is a charming location that perfectly captures Sarajevo’s vibrant culture and rich history. Prepare yourself to become a part of Sarajevo’s culture and make lifelong memories. If you want to explore Sarajevo check out our tours where rich history, vibrant culture, and hidden gems unfold at every turn, creating an unforgettable exploration experience.

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