Proudly proclaimed as “The Pearl of the Adriatic Sea” by Lord Byron, the 19th-century poet, Dubrovnik truly is the Mediterranean’s most enchanting destination. Gently jutting seaward from a mountainous coast, it stands at a remarkable stretch of coastline with several idyllic little islands a short ferry ride away. Perhaps among the best preserved and most beautiful examples of the baroque core, this European city is home to a great many palaces, churches, and old stone houses. Given its breathtaking landscape and quaint atmosphere, Dubrovnik is one of the top international tourist destinations of Dalmatia, with luxury villas and Airbnb vacation rentals being fully booked during peak seasons. Step into this quaint city and you’ll take back so much, not just memories, but also some memorabilia. Here are some things the city’s famous for. Check out what to buy in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
You take home a piece of Croatia’s cultural heritage when you buy licitars for souvenirs. Licitars are colourfully decorated honey pastries made in various shapes, and the most common popular form is the heart. Since the middle ages, licitar hearts are expressions of love and affection to the most important people in one’s life.
Although each pastry is merely a mix of ingredients like flour, sugar, water, baking powder, and edible colors, licitar is not meant to be consumed. Its main purpose is to keep the fond memories a person had in Croatia. Under ideal conditions, a licitar can last for 15 years. You may visit Licitar design studio, a store aptly named after the famous pastry, to buy the authentic Croatia cookie.
Licitar, a design studio
Address: Gvozdanska 13 d, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 3pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
2. Croatian lace
Lace-making in Croatia is a recognized intangible cultural heritage notable for its unique patterns and designs. Today, distinct traditions of lacemaking persist in the towns of Pag, Lepoglava, and Hvar. Each has unique styles and patterns but the end products are always delicate, tiny works of art laces created by the hard-working hands of patient and skillful women. These serve as a source of additional income for these rural workers.
Originally used as decorations at religious and ceremonial places, the traditional lace has been integrated into clothes and shoes and found its way to every home. This traditional lace is one of the best souvenirs from Dubrovnik, Croatia, that you could get. Check out the online stores that offer these beautiful products.
Website: Croatian Lace
3. A bottle of lavender oil
Looking for a practical, authentic, and ideal souvenir? Pick up a bottle of ethereal lavender oil and you’ll not regret it. It is a classic antidote to cure headaches, flu, high blood pressure, burns, insect bites, and even some skin diseases. You’ll find it at any local shop or stall, and believe us when we say that stock up on this because when you run out, you’ll be looking for more and you’ll be left with no option but to make a trip to Croatia again! Head to the open-air Gundulićeva Poljana Market and you’ll find plenty of little shops selling lavender oil.
Gundulićeva Poljana Market
Address: 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Website: Gundulićeva Poljana Market
Opening hours: 7am - 6pm (daily)
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4. Olive oil
Think an appetising plate of spaghetti with meatballs at home – wouldn’t that be perfect? Well, then don’t forget to buy a bottle of authentic olive oil from Dubrovnik. What if we tell you that it’s not just meant for cooking? It also makes for an amazing cosmetic product. Italian women have been using it for shiny hair and glowing skin since ages. It’s also a great, healthy gifting option. The most expensive and purest one is the extra virgin olive oil. Rosulja, Buža, Leccino, and Cipressino are a few other varieties that are worth trying. Although, it’ll be useful to check for customs’ regulations in your home country regarding bringing in food products. It’ll truly be a disaster having to throw it in the dustbin, so it’s best to stay on the safe side. Head to the Medusa Gift and Art Shop and pick some up for yourself.
Medusa Gift and Art Shop
Address: Prijeko 18, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Website: Medusa Gift and Art Shop
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
5. Konavle earrings
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Want to pick up a souvenir for jewellery lovers back home? Buy a pair of Konavle earrings for them. Traditional Croatian jewellery, it was originally worn by folk performers, but soon found their way to shops and markets due to their popularity. The dainty and delicate pieces are made in gold and silver, and come in several sizes and embellished with semi-precious stones. They are handmade with care and you’ll find them at any local jewellery store in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Treasures is one out of many such shops you can head to. They have two outlets in the city, below are the details to one of them.
Address: Celestina Medovica 2, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Website: Dubrovnik Treasures
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm
6. Coral handmade jewellery
Another option for things to buy in Dubrovnik, Croatia, are the beautiful, genuine, and handmade Adriatic corals. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, or anklets, you can buy whatever you prefer. Load your pockets with tons of money as you’re likely to buy more than you expected, given the exquisite collection in every store. You can find your way to any jewellery store in Dubrovnik and salespersons will proudly take you through the history of coral harvesting done in the region and the making process. Clara Stones is one such store and workshop that previous travellers have recommended. Guess what? Not just women’s jewellery, they sell cufflinks, buttons, and pet charms as well!
Address: Nalješkovićeva 3, Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
Website: Clara Stones
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 9:30am - 7pm
7. Croatian wine
Take a bit of Croatia back in a bottle as Croatian wines are known to be among the best across Europe. Pošip, Malvasia, Maraština, and Plavac Mali are some of their best offerings. You can even go in for the native variant, GRK, if dry wine is your thing. Croatian wines make for a fantastic food accompaniment, so it’s an investment worth making. You can even book yourself on a much-coveted wine tasting tour of one of the wineries in the city’s neighbourhood. Visit the Dubrovnik Festiwine, a regional wine festival, if you happen to find yourself in the city in April. Check their website for exact dates and you can plan your trip accordingly. You can taste and buy some excellent local wines there. Else, Gligora Wine & Cheese Shop has a great collection too.
Gligora Wine & Cheese Shop
Address: Obala Stjepana Radića 13, 20000, Dubrovik, Croatia
Website: Gligora Wine & Cheese Shop
Opening hours: Mon: 7am - 1pm; Tue - Sat: 7am - 2pm (closed on Sun)
8. Rakija liqueurs
Do you like experimenting with your cocktails? Don’t forget to pick up the many liqueurs available across Croatia. Although Rakija is often made with grapes, many of its variants by the same name are available in other flavours too like orange, plum, blueberry, cherry, lemon, etc. You are very likely to find cocktails made from this at any Croatian celebration. Pair it with a cold-cuts salad and it’ll be a gastronomical delight. Travarica, loquat liqueur, rose liqueur, Loza, Višnjevača, and Orahovica are some of the most famous flavours. They’re also touted to be great at curing ailments like flu, common cold, etc. You can pick up a bottle at any local liquor shop.
Address: Ul. Miljenka Bratoša 30, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Website: Rakija liqueurs
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm
Price: 20 USD
9. Traditional Croatian cravat (tie)
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Do you think it’s a mere coincidence that “Croatia” and “Cravat” are very similar sounding? Not really. An original necktie, cravats were part of the Croatian soldiers’ uniform during the Prussian War in the 17th century. It is considered an important part of Croatian heritage and has now been adopted as a fashion accessory in the mainstream fashion industry. Keep an eye out for any local shops in Dubrovnik and you’ll find the ties in a great many colours, patterns, designs, etc. Pick one up for your loved ones back home and they’ll not be disappointed.
Address: Ul. Pred Dvorom 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm
Price: 30 USD
Calling all shoe enthusiasts’ attention! Here’s a 100% Croatian, vegan, and original souvenir that you can flaunt guilt-free! Manufactured originally by Borovo, Croatia’s oldest shoe manufacturer, it has come to be a hot favourite of fashion biggies like Anna Wintour. The “Boromine” (everyday wear variant) and “Borosane” (couture fashion variant) are their supremely comfortable, high-quality authentic leather products. Find your way to the Borovo store and pick yourself a funky yet comfy pair that matches your personality. You can even have a pair custom made! Check out their website and store.
Address: 2, OBALA STJEPANA RADICA 9, 20000 DUBROVNIK
Opening hours: Mon: 8am - 8pm; Tue - Sat: 8am - 1pm (closed on Sun)
11. Tint-o-Rama products
Here’s an exquisite collection of vintage illustrations captured in colourful strokes, perfect for art lovers. These are primarily sardine cans painted with vivid scenes of various themes. There’s also fridge magnets, postcards, bags, paintings and a million other options you can choose from. Add to that, they’re totally affordable too! You can buy yourself a souvenir that screams of artistic expression and encapsulates art in its complete purity.
Price: 5 USD
12. Croatian cookbook
If you’re looking for what to buy in Croatia, a cookbook makes for a great gift and what’s better than having a Croatian cookbook from Dubrovnik itself! Mediterranean cuisine is fantastic and if you know someone who appreciates fine flavours, a cookbook will be a perfect souvenir for them. What’s Cooking in Dubrovnik authored by Ana-Marija Bujić is a great guide taking you through the history of each Croatian dish along with its recipe.
What’s Cooking in Dubrovnik
Website: What’s Cooking in Dubrovnik
Price: 42 USD
Small but loaded
Despite being a compact city, there’s so much to explore and experience in Dubrovnik. The city’s old-world charm also reflects itself in everything that’s sold there, so don’t forget to leave aside some space in your suitcase, there’s quite a bit you can take back from here.
Frequently asked questions about what to buy in Dubrovnik, Croatia
1. Which are the cheapest things to buy in Dubrovnik?
Your shopping spree in Dubrovnik doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. Here are the items you can buy for a bargain: i) licitar, ii) lavender oil, iii) handmade coral jewellery, and iv) Croatian wine.
2. Which are the best things to purchase in Dubrovnik?
When hunting for the best, shopping in Dubrovnik can delight you with these amazing items: i) licitar, ii) Croatian lace, iii) Konavle earrings, and iv) Rakija liqueurs. Be sure to include these on your shopping list!
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