David takes all over us to discover what to do in Banja Luka, the second biggest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this episode we will show you exactly what to see and where to eat in case you make it into the central region of this fascinating nation.
David opens up with a succinct history of the city by the banks of the Vrbas River near the Kastel, where he explains all of the various cultures that have resided Banja Luka through the centuries. The first stop on David’s Banja Luka excursion is Gospodska Street, the city’s principal pedestrian boulevard lined with neo-Rennaissance and art nouveau buildings. Together Gospodska Street there are shops, banks, sidewalk cafes and restaurants.
Next is That the Church of Christ the Savior, a Serbian Orthodox church in downtown Banja Luka.
What stands today is a reconstruction of the first church ruined during WWII and built in 1929. This one was developed in 2004 and includes a gorgeous bell/ clock tower along with domes that are typical of eastern churches. If you come to Banja Luka don’t miss visiting the Central Market, a covered market where vendors sell everything from veggies and clothes, to specialty cheeses and family items. Everything is organic and so fresh! The Central Market is free to get into and open every day. The best time to come is in the morning.
If you’ve been traveling in Bosnia for a little while, you may have attempted? Evap?i?i (conspicuous che-vap-chee-chee). These grilled minced meatballs that are oblong-shaped will be the undisputed kings of foods that are fast that are Bosnian. It is possible to locate them through the Balkans; an effect left behind by the Ottomans. Back in Banja Luka? Evap?i?i are made they’re patties rather than shaped. A great spot to try them will be Kod Muje restaurant. In the outside, Kod Muje resembles a wooden cabin. Sit out in the shaded terrace under one of the umbrellas such as David did to delight in the fresh air with your meal. This can be a incredibly satisfying and cheap meal.
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The following restaurant David visits is the only restaurant in the Kastel fortress, Kazamat Restaurant. It’s a gorgeous setting along the Vrbas River, which is exactly the reason why reserving a table out is highly recommended! For the last 30 years they have specialized in Serbian food like fresh fries and fried meats. The interior of Kazamat Restaurant is decorated, although somewhat dim. One of David’s best restaurant selections for Bosnia!
According to everybody we talked together, Mala Stanica is your best restaurant in Banja Luka, so David knew he needed to try it! Why is Mala Stanica unique is its location within the century railway station. This historically and architecturally significant building is a cultural icon of Banja Luka. Mala Stanica specializes in gourmet fusion cuisine, and they believe in cooking their own foods to maximize the tastes. David enjoyed a memorable tasting menu of the house specialties with sampling by the broad wine list (100+ wines!) Until you’ve consumed their hottest dessert, the chocolate soufflé, you can’t leave. TO-DIE-FOR!
If you’ve traveled into Bosnia and Herzegovina, inform us about us about you best picks of what to do in Banja Luka!