When in a restaurant of old town you are asked: would you like to pay cash or credit card? Just know the subtitle: if you pay with credit card you will be charged at least 3% more.
Fun Alternatives: pay cash, ATM machines commissions are cheaper.
Well, well, well, yes, believe it or not, this places is named: Gil’s. This is not my own place even if the name looks like this ;-) This restaurant and bar is located between the walls of the old town and actually did not seems very inviting and service was a bit on the snobs side, so I don’t really know, maybe they look for those kind of customers which I am not, I just know I will not go for a drink here.
Fun Alternatives: In this city, there are thousands of other bars and restaurants which are much nicer and friendlier places to be in; you can check my restaurants and nightlife tips.
The new cable car - not worth the time and money
At the main gate, you get a lot of advertising on the new cable car to the nearby hill. We took it and it turned out to be a bad idea: the view is a kind of dull, and we could spend our time and 73 Kuna in a much better way. The reasons for the poor choice are: 1. the cables of the cablecar are always in view, 2. there areen't many places that you can go around, and 3. (the main one) is that Dubrovnik is a town to be felt from inside, not from far away.
Fun Alternatives: Much better alternatives are walks on the city wall (about teh same price) and walks within the city (for free)
- Hiking and Walking
Many of the restaurants have slipped cover charges into their menus this year, These can range from 10 to 30 kunas per head, regardless of party size and are a total rip off. I has quite an intense argument with a waiter about such a charge and he said it was to cover the cost of the bread we were given (not ordered) and bizarrely the cost of tablecloths and cutlery!!
Unique Suggestions: The arguments aren't really worth the hassle - what we started to do was to deduct these nasty little charges from the tip.
- Food and Dining
The Information Center-NOT
This place they call Tourist Central is really a place to sell stuff to tourists. They provide little to no help. It is located at the Pile GAte entrance. This is one location indicated as the town info center, but on the other hand there a a number of places that promote themselves as tour info to get you into the store to sell something. Another indicated location for information is at Svetog Dominika.
That is located in the middle section of the old town, and is a side little street, and hard to notice the info center
- Arts and Culture
The hotel rates in Dubrovnik
Accommodations in Dubrovnik can be hard to find in the peak season. Beware that hotel rates increase much in the summer time and other peak periods. The hotels knows how to make the most of this situation, and the exploitation of unknown tourists is palpable. Pay the price or leave...! 2-300 USD a night was the average rate for a doubleroom when I came to Dubrovnik in Juli 2008. Check out private lodging as an alternative.
The prices in Croatia has increased lately, and Dubrovnik is also the most expensive city in the country.
- Castles and Palaces
Avoid the main alleyways when looking for food -
The prices differ a whole lot when looking for food in Dubrovnik, so avoid the main alleyways that are the busiest or have the most traffic - there are a million great pasta-and-pizzerias and other kinds of restaurants to be found throughout the city and stari grad, so take the time to move at least five or six blocks in any direction away from the central space, and prices will be much cheaper, and the food just as good.
Unique Suggestions: If you are truly starving and have no patience for going out of your way for food, the prices are not totally unreasonable, although expensive by Croatian standards and nearly as costly as it would be in the US. So, try to at least go a block or two off the main avenue, if not entirely out of the way.
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Dubrovnik by night
It's great to be in the old town during the evening and there are dozens of restaurants in the small narrow streets. Be prepared to be accosted by "restaurant touts" who can be exceedingly persuasive. We did not have a specific recommendation so were easy prey but having said that we were led, by a charming young Irish man, to a street high up one of the side roads off Stradun, we were a little hustled, our meal was OK and the atmosphere was sizzling but it was twice the price we were paying for better meals in restaurants on the Lapad Peninsular.
Unique Suggestions: Try to get a personal, or at least a current Guide Book, recommendation. Make sure you know where the restaurant is and go there!
Parking in Dubrovnik
Parking is Dubrovinik is next to impossible in the summer. I spent over 2 hours looking for a parking space and then gave up. tTe only thing on offer at the time was a garage at 10 Euros an hour !
Unique Suggestions: Try to park on the outskirts. If tourists start waking instead of paying outrageous prices then the prices might come down.
Fun Alternatives: Waking from the outskirts of Dubrovnik. This might be a bit of a hassle, but you can enjoy nice views enroute
Main strip caffes, restaurants and shops
If your looking for restaurants to eat your meals, caffe bars to have some coffee drinks, sodas etc. or buy a souvenier...........stay away from the main strips. Venture in the side streets you'll get more for your money!
Fun Alternatives: Food: there are places in the side streeets that have sandwiches, pizza and even nice sit down places that the food is much better and cheaper ex. Taj Mahal, Mia Kulpa, Mrvica, Peskarija, Dundo Maroje.
Caffe Bars:The places on the strips have the bad coffee drinks and priced outragous. Go down the side streets to Caffe Bar Rio.
Shops: The best place for souveniers is the little newspaper/magazine shops. The prices are half the price.
Labirint - far from the best in DBV
LABIRINT is highly recommended in some travel guides.
The setting is beautiful with a good view of the walls where the actual restaurant is.
There is also a dance floor downstairs. In that particular night, the music was not really interesting.
- service was worse than in "budget" or more traditional restaurants in DBV
- advice about wines was disappointing
- food: dishes were to be garnished with side risotti which never came
- after all this, the bill was (1 starter, 2 main dishes, middle-price wine) equivalente to 90 British pounds. Even in London, known for its expensive restaurants, you eat much better for this amount.
Unique Suggestions: We don´t know if it is possible not to order food in the terrace, but if it is, enjoy the view and have a drink.
Although we believe that, instead of seeing the walls and the people from the terrace, it´s much better to be strolling around... Dubrovnik has so much to offer...
Fun Alternatives: So, instead of places like this, GO TO:
- Spaghetteria Toni: locals go. Cheap, tasty pasta.
- Domino: great service, good-humoured, experienced staff. Try seafood platter with tomato salad (tomato is always great in Croatia).
And, while in Croatia, if you go ZAGREB or anywhere closer to Slavonia, YOU MUST TRY KULEN, a Slavonian specialty which we loved so much we bought at the Dolac Market in Zagreb.
- Food and Dining
The shops here are full of the usual tourist junk. T-shirts, hats, etc... Don't expect to find any deals or real Croatian products. In the evening the Strada will be full of hawkers for the restaurants.
Unique Suggestions: Buy icecream from shops in the alleys, they are cheaper.
Fun Alternatives: For handmade croatian products hop the bus down to the other side of the city and check out the shops at the mall.
- Budget Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
This is not a tourist trap
Cavtat is cute little town situated approx. 20km south of Dubrovnik. Comparing with overcrowded Dubrovnik, It is a kind of relaxing and easy going place. There are number of good hotel resorts and in particularly private accomodations which are highly recommended. Besides the cafe bars, in the shadow of greenery, you can enjoy in a very good seafood which is offered in the local restaurants.
This is not a tourist trap
CAVTAT near Dubrovnik
To those who are traveling with their children I suggest to search for accomodation in the town of Cavtat, just about 20 km.'s south of Dubrovnik. It is msall but very cute town where traffic is limitated. Also, you can get it by local boat line which starts at the old port of Dubrovnik.
Unique Suggestions: This tip was made in 2002, under the old version of VT.
All bills should be paid in Croatian kunas. Most credit cards, such as American Express, Diners Club, EC/MC, and Visa are widely accepted. Foreign currencies may be exchanged in banks, post offices, hotels and licensed exchange bureaus. Automated teller machine dispense Croatian kunas.
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