how to not watse money!!
this tip is for any touristic place in the world, but in Dub. it makes a lot of difference comparing to other places in croatia..
in case you are a poor backpacker like me :)
do yourself a favor and never buy drinks (especially water) in the restaurents or kiosks
on the street (I dont mean when you sit and eat), but in the supermarkets or in the small gorcery stores!! (for example: small bottle of water cost 7 kuna in a coffee shop or restaurent when in the supermarket a big bottle cost about 3-4)
One of the unique and best tastes of Croatia is Bajadera. That is the local quality chocolate, it is one of my favourite chocolates, unfortunately I can only get it in Croatia and so in my last visit I bought lots of it to take back home with me.
funky fish: girly shop
bits and pieces from hairband, flip flops, handbags, pens, neckleses etc
young girls would go crazy in here
we got presents for our nieces here :-)
What to pay: not much ;-)
you can get thing from 5 kunas and up to 500 kunas
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As usual when travelling and shopping I try to taste and buy the local spirit of the place and in Croatia it is of course Sljivovica and in this case the famouse Badel Sljivovica. Easy place to buy it is at the airport just before you board your flight home.
What to buy: Sljivovica
We all know about Sljivovica, but this product was a bit new to me, it is the local Raki drink and they call it here Komovica. This is very old traditional drink for the Balkan region. This particular made of grapes.
You can buy in supermarket, food stores and of course at the airport. This one is of the Badel distillery brand which is one of the biggest in Croatia and if you want to be sure of a bit better quality product you can select this Badel Komovica.
What to buy: Komovica
Dubravka: Gift & souvenir shop
Obviously for such popular tourist destination there are hundreds of tourist shops where you can buy souvenirs, handcrafts, guide books in many languages and so on.
This shop is Dubravka which is just next to the same name popular restaurant in the Brsalje Square opposite of the tourist information.
What to buy: I don't buy such stuff.
For whom ever that arrived here with their mountain gear or pyjama’s there are plenty of quality and high fashion stores in the old town, I just hope you brought with you the unlimited credit card to pay for such stuff.
Dubrovački kantun: Souvenirs and crafts
The offer is pretty unique among cheep chinese souvenirs products that are offered in many souvenirs shopes in the Old town..
What to buy: Shop offers local products ( rose liqour, carob brandy...), crafts( handmade and hand painted ceramics with motives of Dubrovnik nature as olives, lavander, figgs..), unique souvenirs ( replicas of croatian historical crosses...), natural cosmetic products ( salt baths, soaps...), croatian truffels, extra virgin olive oil, local bitter orange jam, nice T-shirts, lavander dolls, nice small paintings of Old town etc.
What to pay: Prices are popular and acceptable to majority of tourists.
Malls and Grocery Store: Smoking
We visited a mall and grocery stores and people and workers were all smoking in the stores/mall. This was such a strange experience because in Minnesota smoking is not even allowed in bars/restaurants - let alone stores!
Plava Sabljarka - Bibomaterijal: Aqua equipment
If you need equpment to go snorkling, or fishing this is the place to go. Prices are high end, but the equipment is top notch.
What to buy: This shop has a good selection of high quality snorkling equipment.
What to pay: Snorkel and mask 300-400 kn
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PEMO: Shop where locals do
While walking and exploring Dubrovnik, I walked outside the Old town and found a supermarket which advertised "When in Dubrovnik shop where locals do". I found the cost of eating in the old town restaurants very expensive, and by the time I was exploring the old town I was ready for some lunch. Near to a rocky beach was this supermarket which sold local and international food items. I bought a Burek, a "pie" made of filo pastry, a cherry pastry & a bottle of flavoured water. This was my lunch for around £3 which I had while sitting on the beach and enjoying the warm sunshine.
What to buy: Local and international food and drink. I bought a slice of burek pie, pastries and soft drinks.
What to pay: I spent about £3 for my lunch
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Market on the Gundulic Square: Fresh vegetables!
The picturesque morning market held every day on the Gundulic square is worth visit even if you not planning to buy anything. It's a best place in town for buying fresh vegetables and fruit.
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