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Eat Like a Local in Croatia

By HarryFriday 01st July 2016

Grilled fish is commonplace on Croatia’s coast. Grilled fish is commonplace on Croatia’s coast.


When thinking of delicious Mediterranean food, Croatia might not be the first place that comes to mind. Countries such as Spain and Italy are famous for their cuisine, but we’re here to let you in on the delicious secret that is Croatian food. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at some of the country’s finest fare and a few of the best places to tuck in, in Dubrovnik.



Croatian snacks come in many shapes and sizes, so when your tummy rumbles, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Pršut is a type of dry-cured ham which can be found all over Croatia and is served as paper-thin, melt-in-the-mouth slices. Best enjoyed with crusty bread and a glass of local wine, pršut is a must-try for anyone visiting Croatia. If cured ham isn’t your bag, pick up a zeljanica spinach and cheese pastry from a pekara (bakery).


Bean and sausage stew is a hearty meal. Bean and sausage stew is a hearty meal.
Pork and veal are the most prevalent meats in Croatia, and they’re usually served grilled with a range of sides. While grilled meat is more common, delicious sauce-based dishes can be found on many menus, depending on which region you’re in. In the south east, you’ll encounter čobanac, a hearty stew made with several kinds of meat, vegetables, wine and plenty of paprika. There’s also fažol, a haricot bean, sausage stew and pasta.


Croatia has a very long coastline and several islands, so seafood makes perfect sense. Although seafood is available throughout the country, it will be at its freshest at the coastal towns and cities, such as Dubrovnik. Try salata od jastoga (lobster salad), seasoned with lemon juice, black pepper, garlic, mustard, olive oil and parsley, or buy fish by the kilo to be grilled while you wait. Brodet, a mixed fish stew served with polenta, is also one to try.


Swiss chard is a popular side dish. Swiss chard is a popular side dish.
Meat and seafood may be featured heavily on menus, but you won’t be short of things to eat if you’re vegetarian. Swiss chard is a Croatian staple and you’ll find it in many dishes, including blitva s krumpirom (Swiss chard, potatoes and garlic). Sataraš, a tomato, paprika and onion stew is delicious with bread, while different types of pasta, including traditional Croatian fuži, are available at every restaurant.


We don’t know about you, but at Royal Caribbean we love dessert. Luckily for us (and you!) Croatia has some delicious ones to choose from. Rožata is Croatia’s version of the ever-popular crème caramel. Made with custard and caramel sauce, the addition of rozulin – a traditional Croatian rose liqueur – sets it apart. Another favourite is međimurska gibanica, a puff pastry layer cake filled with apples, quark cheese, poppy seeds and nuts.
Indulge in a slice of međimurska gibanica. Indulge in a slice of međimurska gibanica.

Where to eat in Dubrovnik?

Proto – While many of Dubrovnik’s restaurants serve seafood, Proto is one of the oldest and best. Located in the centre of the beautiful Old Town, the food here is full of flavour and definitely not to be missed.
Orsan – What makes Orsan so special is its location, on the banks of the harbour in Lapad. Sitting under the shade of the pine trees, you can enjoy tasty food, local wines and, in the evening, live music.
Kopun – Kopun is all about breathing new life into traditional dishes from Dubrovnik. Dishes are often made from age-old recipes, like the 16th century capon recipe, which includes honey, sour orange, other fruits and wine.

Eat like a local in Croatia…


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