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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.
Updated Aug 10, 2006
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
Written Aug 7, 2006
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.
Updated Dec 13, 2005
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 !
Updated Jun 28, 2005
Address: You find market in all cities I like to think
Sad but true - less and less small farmers manage to survive from their farms if they don't switch to mass production with pesticides and fertilizers. That's why I have special admiration for those who still endure and offer their products like the man on this picture.
There are tons and tons of huge cheap watermelons available, but they don't taste so good, so I was very happy to find this farmer and have a chat with him while I was buying sweet aromatic watermelon.
Written Sep 26, 2004
Dolac is Zagreb's main city market. It is held on a terrace overlooking the main square, Trg bana Jelacica and you'll also have a view of the cathedral from here. You can find all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables on the terrace along with many other vendors sell all kinds of meat, breads and cheeses. Niksa (VTer, diocletianvs) and I tried some fresh bread with a local variety of young and sour cheese that might not be in existence if the EU infringes on the traditional way of producing it. I didn't care for the sour taste of the cheese, but this is certainly a great place to shop for dinner.
Updated Jul 30, 2004
Check out my individual city pages for specific information and locations, but all of the cities I visited had good local markets selling everything from local craft, cheap toys, good quality produce and fresh cut flowers.
Updated Jul 30, 2004
The word "ribarnica" just means fish market, so if you see this sign, you're close to some really fresh fish, which is ideal if you have cooking facilities while in Croatia (which might just be an open fire on the beach!!). Even in Zagreb, the fish was brought in fresh daily from the coast and was very fresh.
Updated Jul 30, 2004
The town is full of little capitalists like these two? These and other kids collect shells from the shores around Hvar Town and try to sell them on the quaysides competing with the other sellers who have stalls there. No wonder I didn?t see many shells down by the water, the kids take all the nice ones.
What to buy: Elsewhere you can find fresh lavener and also the bottled oil.Olive oil too.
What to pay: A few Kuna,or Euros or something nice from your pocket or bag (kids love shiney things with bright colours,so try bartering)
Written Mar 31, 2004
What to buy: What you should bring back from Croatia if you drive home ?
Sweet onions. These onions are so sweet you can eat them raw, sliced for example in tomato salads or cooked in a gratin with cheese. We find them in France only in the most southern regions and not much, so each time possible (Croatia, Greece, Spain), we bring back 15 kg of sweet onions for ourselves and for gifts. There outer skin is pinkish, the flesh white. Caution, they don't keep very well, even in a cool and aerated place but if you keep an eye on them, that will do for let's say 2 month.
Ajvar. We usually bring back a box of 24 jars of medium size Ajvar. If you don't care for the weight, the jars are better protected in a full box and it will carry easily. At home, it will keep at least 2 years. The smaller jars are perfect gifts : if your friends enjoy, you can give them some more ; if they don't, a small jar is quickly empty and they will not loaded by unwanted gifts !
Prsut (ham). At the end of your travel, on your way home, why not to bring back a whole Istrian ham ? Once wrapped in absorbing kitchen paper, in some towels and in a plastic bag, there is no problem to drive home, even if that lasts two days. You should try !
Alcoholic beverages. You have to keep an eye on what is allowed by the custom.
Dingac. For yourself, it is better to drink it in Croatia, but if you want to share with friends a testing of Dingac vs Californian Zinfandel (you should do that).
Istra bitter. Good buy
Rajki. Why not ?
If you fly home, or if you travel by train or bus, you will have to travel lighter. Ham is excluded as well as onions ! However, I recommend bringing back a few of the smaller jars of Ajvar.
Updated Mar 21, 2004
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