After Ermin dropped us at our hotel and we settled in, we wandered into Old Town Mostar, looking for lunch. At the edge of Old Town a series of so-so restaurants serve “authentic Bosnian” food. Because we were so new to this country and culture we had no idea or reference so we went into one and had a very ordinary snack lunch.
A bit disappointed, we walked on. As we entered the cobble-stoned section of Old Town, lined with shops and souvenir stalls, we saw a sign to the Koski Mehmet Pasha Mosque, built 1618, and decided to go and have a look. More shops and stalls, bazaar-style, line a courtyard with a cleansing area in the center. Beyond that is the mosque, which we didn’t actually go into, but it has a pretty little tea garden and we decided this was a perfect place for a tea and Bosnian coffee. The sign advertises that this is the best view of the Old Bridge and we have to admit that it would be hard to get a better view—the low wall of the garden is on the river’s edge and our table looked out directly to the Old Bridge. We sat at low benches around a low table on the gravel under big trees, and it was perfect.
A sweet young waitress took our order and we were delighted: the coffee, served in small hammered copper Bosnian coffee pots and cups (that look just the same as Turkish cups to us), came on pretty copper trays and we each got a type of Turkish Delight sweet too. The tea came in rounded glass cups on a flower-like saucer. We sipped and savored the tea (Nath and Sonya) and coffee (Rod and Viv) and reveled in the view, which all made up for the mediocre lunch experience!