If you’ve arrived on the Dalmatian Coast from elsewhere in Eastern Europe – where meals are often heavy and stodgy – the food will come as something of a surprise.

Dubrovnik’s cuisine has a noticeable Italian influence: risotto and pizza are local favourites, while olive oil and garlic feature heavily.  Thanks to its location, the seafood is also unbeatable. As soon as you see the crystal-clear water along the coast it’s easy to see why.

There are plenty of restaurants in Dubrovnik and pretty much all of them have their menus in English as well as English-speaking waiters. Be warned though, many restaurants will place a basket of bread on the table without asking and then whack it on the bill at the end of your meal.



There’s no shortage of places to have a drink in Dubrovnik, but one not to miss is Buža II. It’s a bar hewn out of the cliffs (the name means ‘hole’), with the city wall rising above and amazing views over the sea below.

The original Buža is further east and almost as spectacular – the perfect spot for sunbathing on the rocks, cocktail in hand.

There are also several good bars on the square at the back of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. Remarkably for a town that attracts plenty of moneyed tourists, the prices are pretty reasonable.

If you like beer than get used to saying ‘pivo’. Try Croatian beers like Zlatorog or Ozujsko which aren’t too bitter and are usually served on tap. People in Croatia love their café culture too so you’ll feel right at home if coffee is your thing.



Fill up your water bottle at some of the drinking fountains around the old town but the tap water is safe to drink in Dubrovnik.