Dubrovnik Shopping and Districts

(Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia)

The Adriatic gem of Dubrovnik offers a somewhat unique shopping experience to its visitors, but due to its popularity as a tourist destination, prices tend to be on the high side across the board. As with the restaurants, most of the shops of interest are found in the Old Town, along the tiny streets.

The Lapad area of the peninsula has a western-style shopping mall, the Lapad Shopping Centre, with all the usual international stores and boutiques. At the other end of the scale, Dubrovnik has a good selection of street markets which are good for souvenirs and crafts, fresh foods, and local wines and spirits. Above the harbour are a selection of textile stalls that are well worth visiting.

When to Shop and Where

Even although prices are not the cheapest, tourists in Dubrovnik have a great choice of crafts and other souvenirs to choose from. Croatia has a long tradition of local handicrafts and the quality of goods here is usually high. Favourite purchases include jewellery, textiles, embroidery on linen and art works by local artists.

The best place to head for shopping is the Old Town's main street, the Stradun, and the warren of lanes packed with little stores radiating out from there. As well as crafts, clothes and accessories can be found in this part of Dubrovnik, with local retailers regularly travelling to Italy to stock up on the latest fashions. For something very different, several local designers have boutiques in the area where visitors can pick up pricey, unique and 'to die for' dresses and accessories.

Local markets in Dubrovnik are great fun and provide a good opportunity for people-watching, as well as shopping. Gunduliceva Square features a morning market with a varied choice of crafts and souvenirs, while for fresh fruit and vegetables, olives and olive oil, delicious local honey, wines and spirits, the morning market at Gruz is the place to go.

Dried fruit, a Dubrovnik speciality, comes beautifully packaged and the local fruit preserves are delicious. Shops here open on weekdays from 09:00 to 20:00, and 09:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays, but in the high season, almost all keep longer hours.