In Croatia you often see people selling locally made products by the side of the street from small stalls.
This is often farming products like cheese and honey, but locally made alcohol is common too.
I personally love buying from the ladies by the side of the road and i also think it´s a good way to support the local economy.
What to buy: Cheese, honey and grappa can often be bought by the side of the road.
What to pay: Prices there are very flexible and you can mostly haggle the price down if you like that.
Did you know that Croatia is the motherland of ties?
Yes! Ties were invented here, in Croatia!
So you better buy a Croatian tie for yourself or as a present to a friend. There is a special Croata shop in Split selling Croatian ties, there are even ladies' ties there!
What to buy: Ties
What to pay: about $50
Don't forget to taste delicious Croatian wines in a restaurant and then to buy it (if you like wine).
You can buy them in each grocery, supermarket, wine store and even at petrol stations.
The culture of winemaking has been known on Croatian soil since Roman invasion. In the medieval times winemaking has become an important, and in some parts of the country, the only source of income for the people of Croatia.
Croatian-English dictionary on wine labels:
Bijelo vino = White wine
Pjenusavo vino = Sparkling wine
Crno vino(not in use today) = Red wine
Crveno vino = Red wine
Cuveno vino = Selected wine
Desertno vino = Dessert wine
Geografsko porijeklo = Geographical origin
Kvalitetno vino = Quality wine
Polusuho = Medium-dry
Prirodno = Natural
Proizvedeno u ... = Produced at ...
Punjeno u ... = Bottled at ...
Ruzica vino(not in use today) = Rose wine
Slatko = Sweet
Stolno vino = Table wine
Suho = Dry
Visoko kvalitetno = High quality
What to buy: Personally I liked Istrian MERLOT and KASTELET.
Some of the best ones are KASTELET (especially 1996 and 1997), Plavac and Babic. All of these are from Dalmatia and are especially good with fish and meat dishes, best served at room temp.
What to pay: Buy where the locals do (supermarkets and bigger stores) - avoid quite expensive a little grocery stores close to your hotel and petrol stations.
Lavender bags are very popular in Croaita. I saw lots of lavender bags in different cities even small towns. Croatians made little bags or tiny cushions made of laces for lavender seeds. It smells good. Actually I bought plenty of lavender bags as gift to family & friends. Alsý i should say that bags are very attractive for photographers by their colours.
There is an open air market at downtown of Pula. You can buy vegetable, fruit, flowers, cheese, olve and honey. Among these honey is very tasty. Pula honey is completely natural and no atificials in it. In Croatian honey is "med".
What to buy: honey
At the end of the pedestrian street there are a lot of good women's clothes shops and there is the shopping center.
In the old town there are small shop for souvenirs and good jewelry.
Under the Diocleciano's palace there are a big gallery with local art (draws and engravings), jewerly and souvenirs. It's opend till ten o'clock at night.
What to buy: Choral jewerly is cheaper than the rest of Europe and really good.
Local artist are really good and there are several art galleries with good prices.
What to pay: It's not expensive.
If you like street markets, you can find a few in Croatia, like this one in Zagreb, in a square named Dolac, in the city centre. There were mainly fruits and veggies but also flowers, some local craft and food vendors.
We saw in Split many shoe-stores, with very acceptable prices (that is what my girlfriend told me ;-)) If we didn't backpacked she definitely would buy some (read multiple!)
What to buy: Shoes!
What to pay: Very acceptable prices
If you want to buy cheap or have a larg offer of choice, the KONZUM is a larg department store which can be find near any larger city.
What to buy: Food, clothes, … you name it!
They sell "pipi" which is very funny as this is how urine is called in dutch :-) ... NO! I didn't buy it to see how it tasted like :-)
What to pay: not to expencive
Don't we all love fresh markets? The colour, the smells, the buzz. Local people going about the regular daily routine. Being offered a taste of this, a sniff of that, a sliver of cheese, a oily black olive, a sweet ripe cherry.
As you would expect, there are some great markets to check out in Croatia. The fruit and vegetables all look - and taste - so fresh - tree-ripened fruit bursting with flavour, crisp salads and crunchy vegetables. Flowers straight from the garden. Bright-eyed fish and seafood still squirming. Big rounds of home made cheese and eggs practically still warm from the nest. Home-made fresh fruit syrups and relishes.
If you're self-catering in an apartment these are the perfect places to stock up for dinner. Otherwise content yourself with the ingredients for a picnic lunch, a fruity snack or simply fil the eye with it all.
What to buy:
For anyone who like to take a taste of where they've been home with them, Croatia has some great goodies to offer. You'll find some lovely speciality food and wine shops in the main centres such as Split and Dubrovnik but the local supermarkets are good hunting grounds too.
The ubiquitous Ajvar relish can become an addiction - particularly if you can find one that is home-made rather than mass-produced. Made from roasted red peppers and aubergine with garlic and oil, and maybe some chilli, this is the flavour of Croatia in a jar.
Paprenjak is another Croatian speciality - a biscuit flavoured with honey, walnuts and pepper, the recipe is reputed to be hundreds of years old - or perhaps you'd prefer seizis - nut coated biscuits with a strawberry jam filling.
Olive oil from Brac, air-dried ham (prsut) - if your home bases' quarantine regulations allow it, beautiful almond nougat, sour cherry syrup (maraschino cherries originated here in Dalmatia), dried fig jam - they're all delicious.
Sells all food / drinks, limted meat display.We were getting in provisions for 6 people/2 weeks, before leaving Kastela Marina. to sail to Dubrovnik.
2 trolleyfuls, 150 EUR. When we tried to leave the grounds with the trolleys, were stopped by security, who wouldn't believe we intended to return them. After a couple of minutes of negociations, management provided a van + driver .... for free! Will try this at every supermarket in the neighbourhoud of a marina in future
Bajadera is a great chocolate I got to know already before visiting Croatia while meeting VT member diocletianvs in Cologne. Now, being in Croatia I could have as much as I wanted and of course, I bought few extra to have back at home with the delicious coffee.
Well this is not a shop in that sence :) This is about markets on the street. You find them all over Croatia and they sell it all ,food like fruit .meat,fish and you name it. All kind of clothes, Jewlery ,books ,antiques, souvenirs and lots more !!
It is just fantastic to wonder around those places either just looking at the life going on in there or shop and you can both get something to eat and drink while doing so. I could not get enough of it and spent many hours just walking all over the place, specially in Split but it was the biggest one I came to.
What to buy: In the markets i would like to buy a lot of things mostly in the food section, I loved the strawberries :)
It is cheap to shop and you can try to talk about the price and geta good bargain out of it.
What to pay: No limit !
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