Split Shopping and Districts

(Split, Central Dalmatia, Croatia)

The best shopping in Split is right in the Old Town, or just behind it, further up the hill. There are shopping centres, store houses, standard shops and trendy boutiques in all areas, and although prices are somewhat higher than standard Croat climes, the choice is more than good.

Most shops are located in and around the Old Town or near the bus station, while the Riva promenade is the bustling stretch facing the harbour and where the trendiest shopping and dining is at. Popular local souvenirs in Split include ties, cravats, crystal, and Croatian wine. Shoes are in abundance in Split, and if you are shopping for shoes, you will be pleased to hear that this city has the best selection in the whole of Croatia.

When to Shop and Where

There is a small market situated between the palace and harbour that comes with a wide variety of crafts and souvenirs. Although it is not the cheapest place for shopping in Split, it is convenient and has good local art and crafts. The Green Market is another popular choice, being a traditional set-up and more clothing, fruit and vegetables.

Some of the best value items to look out for in Split are china, crystal, ceramics and wicker goods. Calle Marmontova is known for its smaller shops with Croatian crafts, the best of which reside at the northern end. This pedestrianised street has some smart retail outlets at the southern end as well, including the likes of Benetton and Tommy Hilfiger.

There is also a large mall in Split, the Joker, which opened in 2007 and is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre, being known for its successful combination of shopping and eating. At the Diocletian's Palace, the walls are brimming with interesting stores and boutiques, as are the Diocletian's Cellars, where crafted Croatian jewellery is a must.

Shopping hours in Split generally go from 08:00 to 20:00 in the week, with earlier closing times on Saturday. The Joker Centre and larger shops also open up on a Sunday in Split, and certainly in the touristy areas, such as near the harbour and within the Old Town.