Discover Authentic Bosnian Culture at Čajdžinica Džirlo Tea House, Sarajevo

As you meander through the labyrinthine streets of Sarajevo, you chance upon Čajdžinica Džirlo—a clandestine haven that whispers tales of olden times. This isn't your typical tea house; it's a treasure trove skilfully tucked away, patiently awaiting the footfalls of the intrepid. Cross the threshold and find yourself enveloped in an atmosphere that is at once homely and otherworldly; rustic murals beckon you closer, and antique pots and jars vie for your attention, each with a silent story to tell. Here, vibrant carpets dressed in a kaleidoscope of colours brighten every corner, hinting at the many feet they have welcomed into this snug sanctuary.

With every breath, you draw in the heady aroma of spices that might have sailed here on ancient trade winds—each scent a piquant prelude to the flavours yet to dance on your palate. As you settle into this enchanting enclave, the air seems to hum with the unseen activity of a bazaar, the fragrances mingling to create an unforgettable olfactory experience.

Here, at Čajdžinica Džirlo, you are not merely a visitor, but a part of the weave that creates the vibrant fabric of Sarajevo's storied history. Whether you're a connoisseur of the leaf or a seeker of sequestered spots, you'll find that this tea house—with its lovingly curated brews and bygone charm—is a mystery you'll delight in unravelling sip by beguiling sip.

Discover Authentic Bosnian Culture at Čajdžinica Džirlo Tea House, Sarajevo

Located on a slope of a busy street, Čajdžinica Džirlo offers curious guests a variety of specially concocted infusions. Guests will be greeted by the pair of owners with the warmest smiles, and those who are unsure about their choices can seek assistance which will be readily offered.

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Čajdžinica Džirlo Tea House, Sarajevo

A friend of mine was impressed with the reviews of the tea house on TripAdvisor, and suggested that we should give it a visit. From the way he has described it, I was expecting to see a modern, Starbucks-like café located on the main street.

It turned out to be nowhere close to how I've imagined it to be, and it was also tricky to find as the entire city is crammed with narrow, unorganized streets with tricky intersections here and there. However, the little hunt was worthwhile, as we were treated with warm hospitality and great drinks upon arrival:

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Bosanska Kahva served in a džezva, along with candies, sugar cubes, and sweet tea
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A glass of warm, delicious Salep, which was perfect for the rainy day

To read more about the drink Salep, click here.

Čajdžinica Džirlo is definitely a place with the most soul in Sarajevo, making it a great start for those who want to get to know the city and the locals better. Books and magazines are readily available for travellers who plan on doing nothing but sipping on good tea and lazing through the day. Salep is a must-try here, even if you have tasted the ones made in Turkey.

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A house cat at Čajdžinica Džirlo

Contact Information

Street Kovaci Cilcma 6, Sarajevo 71102, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Opening hours: 8:30am to 11:00pm daily

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