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Some of the country's traditional offerings include wood carvings, copperware, brass dzezvas (Turkish coffeepots), Turkish coffee, ceramics, woolens, wines, art, tapestries, embroidery, leather boxes, gold filigree jewellery, handmade carpets, shoes, slippers, socks and other locally made items. Bosnia has historically had a thriving folk-art industry. Religious items are also available, especially in Medjugorje.

Most towns and cities will have markets and fares where any number of artisans, sellers, and dealers will offer any kind of stock. Different foods are readily available, both fresh and cooked, as well as clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. At the markets you are able to negotiate with the seller, although that may take some practice. Like in most such venues prices may be inflated for foreigners based on a quick 'means test' made by the seller. Often those who look like they can afford more will be asked to pay more. Large shopping centres and stores do exist in most cities and towns.

Shopping hours general vary, 8 am-8 pm, depending on store location and type. Larger shopping complexes typically open early and close later than small, local shops.


In Sarajevo, the thriving craft tradition is best seen by heading to the Bascarsija bazaar. In addition to these shops, the city features international clothing chains including Benetton, Mango, Esprit, Dorothy Perkins and others. These are all located on Ferhadija, the wide, paved pedestrian street that feeds into Marsala Tita.

Sarajevo is fine for buying clothes and shoes of good quality and relatively cheap. The main shopping streets of Sarajevo are also great for black market products including the latest DVDs, video games and music CDs. Most tourists who visit Sarajevo no doubt leave with a few DVDs to take back home.

The Mercator supermarkets in Sarajevo and Tuzla are part of a chain from Slovenia where you can buy fresh groceries and other goods. For the best fresh fruit and vegetables, head to the open-air Green Market in Markale.





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