Situated in the heart of Sarajevo, Gallery Boris Smoje is part café, part art gallery. Owner Goran Esapović’s father was a famous Bosnian actor who years ago wanted a gallery for local artist. The art gallery alone didn't make much money so Goran has evolved Gallery Boris Smoje into the unpretentious and laidback café it is today.
‘You can’t live in this city without coffee. It is the way of life.’ - Goran Esapović
Exhibitions of local and international artists and photographers are regularly on display bringing in a variety of local artist, coffee-lovers and tourist. Live music can be found here most Saturday nights.
'I’m an artist and poet who also happens to work here on occasion.’ – Mernes Zatiirović
Words and images by Fred Shively and Paul Kelly, the Balkan Caffeinators.
What is Balkan Caffeination?
Our mission is to explore why coffee and cafés are central to the Balkan way of life.