We were forced to wait in the harbour, under a bright sun.
That's why we were pushed to the shades of the stalls lining the port, and offering a small variety of local products.
Some perfumed bags were especially attractive to Fernanda, and business was inevitable... and cheap, thanks God.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Both the sales booths by the harbor, or maybe a shop in the back streets you will find all kinds of jewelry. I would say that jewelry is the easiest to buy on Hvar. They come in all price ranges.
From the usual jewelry, to handmade. Some of them look like art. Although not exactly going to buy something, it's an experience just to go into jewelry stores!
What to buy: Blue stone jewelry!
What to pay: from 40 - 500 kuna!
We found a total of 5 different clothing stores on Hvar, it seems that the target demes was 40 or maybe a little under 35. It seems like they focus on the younger generation. Additionally, these clothing they are selling quite expensive when you think about it.
Would not say that Hvar is a place for those who are going out on a shopping trip!
The town of Hvar has many galleries in which exhibitions are held, everything that shows the importance of Hvar as a cultural and historical town. Strolling the charming narrow streets of Hvar town oldest part Groda we came across several small galleries/art shops that were a real treat for the eye. The one that we liked the best was the art gallery Šoša.
The first thing that drew our attention were colourful ceramic boats that we saw in the shop window. At the door the owner Sonja Šoša greeted us friendly and invited to come inside. The gallery is rather spacious, it has white walls and floor made of stone. Natural wood and stone also predominate in the decoration.
What to buy: I especially liked those colourful ceramic boats and ceramic miniatures of typical houses of Hvar town. And then there were a nice collection of necklaces made with natural (or sometimes colourful) string and small colourful ceramic pieces of different shapes. Among many different, there was one that immediately drew my attention. After trying a few others as well, it was still the one that I liked the best.
On display in the gallery you also find paintings made by Sonja's husband and several hand made wooden chairs with organic shapes.
What to pay: It's not the cheapest place. Note that Hvar town is one of the most expensive towns/cities in Croatia. But for the unique design and quality I payed 260 Kn for the necklace without any hesitation.
Address: Groda - Old town
Directions: Hvar town
Phone: +385 21 742 120
- Arts and Culture
The island of Hvar is known for a variety of delicious local produce and wine. You'll be in paradise if you are one of those searching for culinary delight. Local markets are always an interesting place to shop. But in Hvar you have to be careful (especially in tourist places) because not all the products they offer are from the island. You better buy in the house, directly from producers. A good idea is to drive in the interior and visit some of those little villages where farmers mostly produce for themselves. There are also several organic smallholdings offering products which are always the freshest and of top quality. Believe me, you just can't resist buying some of those delicious local produce. Fortunately, I was by car so I could load it to the fullest ;)
What to buy: - wine - Mali Plavac (red), Bogdanuša (white) and Prošek (dessert)
- fruit and herb liquors (lavender, sage...)
- olive oil
- capers and olives
- goat's cheese (I especially liked it in olive oil with herbs)
- almonds and dried figs
- dried wild oregano
- lavender (flowers are used as a spicy or tea and oil is very useful in aromatherapy)
- honey (my all time favourite is lavender though sage is good as well)
- citrus and fig marmalade
- anchovies and salted sardines in olive oil
What to pay: less touristy is the place, better are the quality and price
Directions: markets, wine cellars, local people's homes
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
I did not imagine I would go shopping for clothes while on holidays, but exactly that happened. One day we walked along the Hvar town harbour promenade when in front of one of the shops I suddenly caught sight of a piece of clothing that I really liked. I was actually looking for something like that for quite some time. But we were just about to leave for Stari Grad so I did not want others would wait for me. And besides, the seller told they expected new things in a few days so I thought I better return some other day.
Blue Gallery is a shop with a pleasant atmosphere. The walls are painted in warm white colour with a few wooden and stone details, and marine decoration in natural colours. Some shelves are built in the walls. I especially liked the way they display the clothes, in the frames made of old wood. The seller Lucija is very friendly (as are most of the people from Dalmatia), we had a nice conversation, mostly about travels and life in Hvar. And I'm glad I listened to her when she suggested to buy this particular skirt and not the other one. I'm wondering... do all women have such difficulties with the decision when shopping? Or am I the only one? ;)
What to buy: They sell women and children clothing (mostly shirts but also a few skirts) and funky bags. The design is quite simple but what makes them different is the combination of materials, colours, patterns and the little details.
What to pay: I payed 160 Kn for my lovely flowery skirt which I found very affordable.
Address: Riva; Hvar town
- Arts and Culture
A nice souvineers to buy here is lavendar products . They make a massage oil out of lavendar and olive oil ( don't try it on you salad though as I did thinking it was for eating!!) Lavender is well known for its wound healing, cleansing and toning properties !
- Budget Travel
- Women's Travel
There are several stands around the main square of Hvar town where you can find lavender (lavanda in Croatian).
What to buy: The Island is famous for its lavanda. Put it to your wardrobe to make it bug-free and have a nice smell ;)
What to pay: One small package costs 10 kunas (2007).
The sensitivity and thoughtfulness given to the items sold here puts this store a cut above the others pushing tourist slock. Elegant scarves, great drawings and watercolors, selective Croatian folk music cds are a few of the good items offered.
Directions: located near Macondo, just off St. Stephen square
This shop was such a wonderful surprise. I noticed lovely display of olive oils, cheeses and other delicacies in front of it, and of course couldn't resist. They offer variety of superb homemade sausages, prosciutto, cheeses, olives, capers ...
Father and son, lovely atmosphere, they offer you samples of everything you lay your hungry eyes on. For those of you coming in on huge lavish yachts, I noticed one crew member of such yacht ordering delicacies with a long list in his hands, to be delivered directly to pier, so that's possible, too.
What to buy: I bought sliced proschiutto and kulen - gently spicy and very tasty sausage which originates from continental region Slavonia.
Words Of Wisdom: once you are here, buy plenty, it won't turn bad because you'll eat it too soon for sure.
Address: Hvar, Croatia
Directions: On the market – bazaar, near bus station
Phone: + 385 (0)21 74 23 79
- Food and Dining
- Sailing and Boating
Tanja Curin makes fabulous pieces of jewelry that are sometimes real works of art, wearable sculptures.
You do need an attitude to be able to wear some of them, so don't choose a piece to match your dress, but your spirit. Then go and buy appropriate dress.
What to pay: From 30 to 500 Euros
Directions: Hvar town narrow street behind Arsenal
Phone: 385 91 506 7140
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Tina is barba Ive's great granddaughter. She runs a very successful business of selling seashells. Each is evaluated by her high standards, and marked with price tag. Items are neatly displayed on the deck of one old fishing boat.
If you even consider bargaining, be aware that she will outsmart you or bewitch you with her lovely eyes, so just enjoy it and then surrender. And she speaks all the languages she encounters, so don't play dumm tricks.
What to pay: 20 - 50 Kunas
small price for such experience!
Address: Dubovica bay - Hvar island
- Family Travel
Street vendors offer variety of souvenirs and tacky stuff. If you enjoyed scents and flavors of Hvar, buy home something that will bring back sweet memories.
What to buy: Lavender oil is known to be good for sleeping and against moths, rosemary is invigorating and cleansing. Wild oregano will make you pizza sooo much better, honey from sage and rosemary might help fight cough.
- Family Travel
colorful hand made jewelery souvenirs and other local craft.
What to buy: small souvenir dalmatian boats for gifts
- Arts and Culture