Eating on a budget in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik’s a tourist hotspot, which means that prices are higher than in other parts of Croatia. You can definitely eat on a budget though.

One way to save money is by making your own breakfast and lunch. Visit the Gunduliceva Square market, which is open from 7am to 1pm every day except Sunday. You can buy lovely fresh local produce here, or try one of the Konzum supermarkets. You’ll also find a few takeaways or street food stalls around the old town if you want to grab a quick snack. Try Škola for tasty pršut (ham and cheese sandwiches).

If you’re eating out then it’s a good idea to make lunch your main meal of the day as prices are lower. Look out for set menu deals too. There’s also some good value restaurants around the city. Lokanda-Peskarija is set beneath the city walls and serves quality seafood without a high price tag. Get there early if you want a prime spot on the terrace for views across the old harbour. The menu’s fairly limited but focuses on classics like fried calamari and octopus salad.

Kamenice sits on the edge of a market square and is another good option for a low cost seafood meal. You can get traditional home-style dishes with a choice of mains, like squid ink risotto or mussels with garlic and white wine, and one daily dessert.

Italian food’s also a good option if you’re on a budget. Ul. za Rokom’s Mea Culpa Pizzeria serves large portions of thin crust pizzas baked in a brick oven. Or you can take in lovely views out across the bay from Konoba-Pizzeria Blidinje’s terrace along the coast in Lapad, and have a delicious pizza, barbecued meats or seafood.