Dubrovnik is best for...
Fresh seafood: Try octupus, black risotto, fried squid and fried fish that comes barbecued and drizzled with lemon and olive oil
Local wines: Sample the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Plavat which is produced in the Konavle vineyards
Rustic meals: Head to a taverna or a gostiona for a true Croatian dining experience
Language: The language spoken in Dubrovnik is Croatian
Currency: The currency used in Dubrovnik is the Kuna
Local time: Dubrovnik is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dubrovnik's main airport is Dubrovnik Airport
Sat next to the jewel-like Adriatic, it’s little surprise that in Dubrovnik, food from the sea takes centre stage. From octopus burgers to fresh oysters, delicious seafood is served up everywhere from street-side stalls to top-notch restaurants. Black risotto, made with fresh squid ink, is a local speciality. What you might not be expecting is the strong Italian influence on the local cuisine. That’s because once Dubrovnik was under the rule of the Venetians, just across the water. As a result, you can find pizza to rival the best in Rome. Thanks to fertile soil and warm, sunny summers, the local wines are pretty impressive too. Local Dalmatian puddings are sweet and filling and the custardy Rozata is probably the most popular. A bit like a crème brulee, you’ll find it served up in the best restaurants in Dubrovnik.
Whether you’re looking for a buzzing night out or a quiet drink for two, you’ll find the best bars in Dubrovnik. Locals and visitors can’t get enough of the stunning sea views at Buza Bar. With tables and chairs perched on the cliffs themselves, it’s the ideal spot to watch cliff-diving. Just follow the signs for ‘cold drinks’ from Rudjera Boškovića Square.
Banje Beach restaurant and lounge also enjoys an enviable location on the water’s edge and has a chilled, clubbing vibe. There’s even a private pier for visiting yachts to moor against. If it’s the local grapes you want to try, head to D’Vino wine bar, which serves a wide range of the top locally-produced wine by the glass.
Inside the walls of the Old Town, you can spend evenings enjoying meals al fresco in pretty courtyards. From fast food to a la carte, many of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik make the most of the fresh, local seafood. If you want to enjoy octopus burgers, head to the small, family-run Barba restaurant. Forget about TripAdvisor. Here you can check out the reviews written by customers on wooden forks and stuck onto the wall.
Try Bota Sushi and Oyster bar, close to the Cathedral. At this classy restaurant, you’ll find oysters raised on the owner’s own farm on the Peljesac Peninsula. If seafood is not your thing, don’t worry. At the Taj Mahal restaurant the emphasis is on meat. But don’t fall into the trap of assuming this is an Indian restaurant. The cuisine here is Bosnian with heavy influences from Turkey.
You don’t have to sit down in a restaurant to enjoy local Dubrovnik food. The Gundulic Square market in the Old Town is a great place to pick up regional snacks or stock up on candied almonds and dried figs. You’ll find plenty of places serving delicious pizza if you’re looking for a quick bite.
The Italian influence on Dubrovnik’s ice-cream can be enjoyed at Dolce Vita in the Old Town. This popular gelaterie offers a wide choice of flavours and you can also indulge in fresh crepes to help keep you going during a busy afternoon seeing the sights too.