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---
title: Sarajevo: Getting out of the Smoke
published: 2017-04-23
---

After looking forward to going to Sarajevo so much, it does not disappoint! 
Except maybe for the pervasive smoking everywhere, indoors, and even in 
restaurants. It is very hard to find a place where you can relax, sit and have 
a coffee or enjoy dinner without also breathing in smoke. I am not used to that 
anymore after being out of the smoke for so many years now!

Of course, it does not matter so much when the weather is nice and you can be 
outside all the time, but when it snows a lot and is freezing outside, as it 
did the last couple of days, being warm and able to breath is nice to have.

If you digital-nomad your way around having a place to work without voiding 
your laptop's warranty may be worth something as well :)

This is just the initial list, maybe we'll find more. I'll update the post 
accordingly!

### Working 

#### EspressoLab 

So far, we found two places where you can work. One is a coffee place, called 
[EspressoLab](http://www.espressolab.ba/). It looks nice inside, smoke free, 
the coffee (cheap filter coffee!) is great, and so is the brownie. A bit
sweet perhaps, but yummie! There is also an area downstairs with more seating
as the table may be full already! There are some plugs, but I don't know 
exactly how many.

![EspressoLab](../img/sarajevo_espresso_lab.jpg)

#### Networks

For a cheap co-working space, you can try [Networks](http://networks.ba/v2/). 
We just showed up as the website was down at that time. It seems they don't 
really accept the occasional coworker just for one day, but in the end it was 
possible for 9 KM per day. As a really nice gesture when leaving they told us 
that the first day was free, so we ended up paying nothing, except for the 
coffees which was 0.50 KM a cup, not the best, but at least warm :-)

### Eating

Of course, in the Balkans you need to eat 
[Burek](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%B6rek#Bosnian_burek). There are a 
couple of nice places, without smoking in the old town. There's Bosna and 
Forino.

![Bosna and Forino](../img/sarajevo_burek.jpg)

As for the other dish you can't miss, there is of course 
[Ćevapi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%86evapi). You can find the good 
stuff at Željo and Željo 2. The picture here is of Željo 2, where you can't 
smoke inside. Not sure about the other Željo though... 

![Željo 2](../img/sarajevo_željo_2.jpg)

If you want something else, a bit more variation you can try 
[Klopa](https://www.facebook.com/kloparestoran/). The food was good, but the 
portions a bit small, maybe I ordered the wrong thing, or got used to the big 
portions you get everywhere else :-)

![Klopa](../img/sarajevo_klopa.jpg)

### Coffee

Getting just a coffee, with a donut, you can go to Tasty Donuts. Nothing 
special though.

![Tasty Donuts](../img/sarajevo_tasty_donuts.jpg)