With another European summer fast approaching, Mostar will soon be packed with people from all over the world. It’s become so popular, the town is opening its info centres earlier than before. I have a feeling this year will even be busier than the last. After spending three months last summer in Mostar working in a hostel as their city guide, I bring you my favourite places to eat, drink and have a good night out in Mostar.
favourite places to eat
Come to Irma’s and you will automatically feel right at home. She will invite you in as if you are family, and will accommodate your every need. Without a doubt the best cevapi (small meat sausages served in flat bread) and Pljescavice (mince meat patties) in town! HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you love meat! Oh and the salads are amazing.
A very traditional restaurant with a mix of home style foods such as dolme (capsicum stuffed with mince meat and rice), sogan dolme (cooked onion stuffed with mince meat and rice and japrak (mince meat and rice rolled in kale leaves), soups, cevapi, and many others. I recommend trying “Mostarski Sahan”. Its a mix of dolme, sogan dolme, japrak, potatoes and lamb meat served with sour cream.
They advertise themselves as the best view in town to eat at, and it is just that. This restaurant has a terrace you can sit down on, and it looks directly to the Old Bridge.
I have been here a few times for breakfast and lunch, highly recommend ordering peksimet ( sort of like a deep fried donut pastry served with cheese and tomato..
Like a local
I love Burek (mince meat in pastry), and zeljanica (spinach and cheese in pastry), but I never did have it in a restaurant. Why? Because the streets are full of pekaras (bakeries) that sell them for like 1 Mark each. I had burek almost every morning from breakfast, followed by the nescafe iced coffees I got everyone addicted to.
Favourite places to drink coffee or cold drinks
Bjeli Bar Terasa
Located right in the centre of the Old town, overlooking to the Old Brige. Entry is from Marshala Tita street, the top level serves food and the bottom is drinks/cakes only. The top was recently refurbished into a light blue & off white colour scheme where as the bottom level has a Turkish feel to it.
I spent alot of time here with family, friends and alone, writing when I got free time. You can see bridge jumpers, see people walking by, drink the most amazing Ice Tea and lay around on the soft sofas.
Cafe Karma & Cafe Luft
Sitting side by side next to each other right by the Nerevta River. Watch the brave men jump from the bridge, have a coffee, ice tea or cocktail and enjoy the serenity of the water.
Like a local
The street called Braće Fejića (or Fejiceva as the locals call it) is the street that will eventually lead to the old town. This is near where I stayed last summer, where I did my grocery shopping and where the locals hang out. Lined with cafes after cafes, if you want to experience coffee as a local take a pick at the many there are on offer here like Polaris, Caffe Slastiocarna ABC and Caffeteria “Metropolitan”
Favourite places to have a great time
Oscar Summer Garden
Ljetna Basta means summer garden. A place where you can sit (or lay), enjoy a coffee dinner and a cold drink, and hookah (nargile/shisha). This was where my fellow blogger and hostel co-worker Krizia and I spent almost every night.
Three levels decked out with white bean bag cushions, a hammock, great mix of Bosnian, English and Turkish music, it’s easy to see why Oscar is always full of people.
Ljetna Basta (summer garden)
Another summer garden we sometimes took guests was this place. Located in the Old Town’s Rade Bitange side street, this smaller venue is for a more intimate and quiet night.
Source: Ljetna Basta Facebook Page
Ali Baba Discoteka
This literally is in a cave. Amazing right! During the day and on weekday nights its very chilled, but on weekends its packed. You will notice the Old Town isnt filled with clubs. They are more relaxed and sit down kinda place which is much better in my opinion as you can enjoy a night out AND be able to chat with friends.
Like a local
Locals hung around everywhere when it came to going out. But one place I rarely saw tourists go was a little bar called Sky Lounge Roof Bar, located in Brace Fejica Street, near Musala Square. You have to take the elevator up, but you get a view of the town.
Also check out my Top 10 things to do in Mostar
Hope this helps all you travellers heading to Mostar this summer. Has anyone been to Mostar? Where were you favourite spots?
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