Maybe it's just me, but Croatians and Slovenians seem to have the best shoes. I think most of them are Italian, but no matter what I go over there with I always end up feeling dowdy and emabrassed by my sneakers, beat up black boots, and cobblestone worn sandals. So far, I have found that the outdoor market has a great variety of shoes. Sure, some of them are black market and poor quality, but if you hunt around you're also likely to find some good buys as well. ALWAYS bargain, however. I'm still wearing shoes that I bought two years ago for $7. I get compliments on them whereever I go.
What to pay: From $5-$25 is the best range I can give you. I wouldn't go any higher than that in the market.
The Pazar or Green Market is a bustling place. Here you can buy fresh produce like fruits and veggies for self-caterers or there in another section you will find lots of stalls with various products like souvenirs, clothes etc. Even if you don't want to buy anything in particular it's worth having a wander around if you've got the time.
I don't exactly know what the market is called, so let's just stick with "market," okay? Cool. So, just outside the eastern walls of the Palace, you'll find this bustling market full of everything from flowers, fruits and cheeses, to cheap kids' toys that will certainly fall apart within a week, "unofficial" Hajduk (the local soccer team) jerseys, and umbrellas that may or may not actually keep you dry.
**update** VTer diocletianvs informs me that the word market in Croatian is trznica, but in Split it's better known as pazar. Thanks, Niksa!
There's a market down the east side of the old city walls that will satisfy your desire for tourist crap. The latest humourous mobile phone covers and the cheapest sun glasses vie with the mighty Hadjuk Split beach towel for your attention.
What to buy: It's gotta be the beach towel , Hadjuk's reputation for hooligans means no-ones gonna kick sand in your face ( unless they're the bad blue boys of Dinamo Zagreb ).
However if your not going to buy one it's a really bad idea to point out how rubbish it is.
There is big open air market place at the eastern side of the Diocletian Palace offering everything you need and what you dont need at all. Cheap but low quality cloths and shoes from China, a bit expensive and a bit more quality cloths and shoes from Turky, ugly souveniers who knows from where, fake cheese from Livno or island of Pag etc.
But there are good products on the market too, in particularly vegetables, fruits and flowers, all produced at the local farms from the surroundings of Split. The only problem is in prices which are totally out of controll especially in the peak of the season.
What to buy: I would suggest to buy vegetables and fruits, even if paying something more expensive then in the supermarkets it worth money.
What to pay: Do not buy early in the mornings, when the prices are too high, wait and buy after noon because its more concinient regarding prices. Don't forget to burgain!
If you need some cheap clothes ( like we did as we forgot bathing suits ) this is the place to come. Bargaining is OK to a point. They really know their bottom line though. We got bathing suits for about $20.00 each. They held together for the hole trip too even though we wouldn't win a fashion award.You can get postcards and Tshirts etc. here too.
This is a wonderful place to go for fresh local fruit and vegetables. There are also good things like olive oil, cheese, bread and smoked meats. We had a little apartment so we came here to stock up on the cheap!
Split has a very decent sized shopping market outside of the western walls of Diocletian's Palace. One very beautiful part of the market is the flower stalls. Here, you can find every type of flower available in Croatia, and there are lovely ladies ready to sell them to you.
What to buy: Maybe a bouquet of flowers for whom you are a guest of??
What to pay: Only a few dollars for a nice bouquet.
As I mentioned in the 1st shopping post, Split has a great market, and not only for flowers. There is a huge area for fruits and veggies, probably somewhere in the range of a few hundred sellers, and there are also a few butchers, a cafes, patisseries, and of course, numerous stands selling clothes, hats, posters, and jerseys of the national futbol team of Croatia.
What to buy: Nothing better than getting a jersey, hat, or poster of the Croatian National Soccer team, they are quite good IMHO. I like Suker the best, number 6.
What to pay: A jersey will run you about 10 dollars I believe.
None in particular-since there are probably 100-1250 different booths that are selling clothing. Others sell trinkets, and souvenirs for those tourists. Local people make it their tradition to come to the old town and shop for dry goods and food items