Tired of all that sightseeing? Here are some options for eating and drinking in Split!
A great and popular choice for a traditional Dalmatian konoba in the heard of the city (i.e. the Diocletian’s Palace area); the rustic and slightly retro interior gives off a very cosy feel. Wallet-friendly too – try one of the large, deliciously fresh salads for a light lunch, or go for something more traditional such as seafood (seafood spaghetti, for example) or fish. Take in the interesting furnishings and decoration!
Figa Food Bar
A great place to kick back and relax with a cold beer or a cocktail, the exterior of this place has cute little tables and seats with colorrful cushions that are positioned up several sets of steps in one of Split’s narrow Diocletian’s Palace ‘streets’. If you need something a little more substantial and less liquid, there’s also good Dalmatian fare for snacking on.
Modern Croatian food – think classic dishes (brodet; Hvar gregada – a fish stew; pasta options) with a slight twist, all beautifully presented. Friendly service too, and a
“Since 1980” shouts the menu! This place is apparently very popular with the locals and we were certainly the only non-Splicani there when we visited. With three full pages of pizza options on the menu, you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes. You may also find pizza combinations you might not have thought of before…such as beans! (It was delicious, trust me.) Pizzas are priced around €13 and are large and tasty. There’s a small but comfortable outdoor terrace area for sitting.
Paradox Wine & Cheese Bar
Poljana Tina Ujevica 2
Relatively new, this one’s already gotten rave reviews. A smart establishment – reflected in the fact that it’s slightly pricier than other bars – it’s the place to come to try out some Croatian wine and…guess what, cheese! Ask your server for recommendations based on what you feel like. Pleasant interior space, outdoor seating is also available.
Pinku Fish & Wine
Obrov ulica 4
Absolutely the place to come if you’re after some fish (for the serve nothing else) – a cosy, little place with beautifully presented dishes. A tasting menu is also available if you want to sample a number of the excellent options Pinku has to offer.
Put Firula 14
A gorgeous setting by the sea (as well as a trendy interior) means the highly-rated Dvor a popular choice in summer. Traditional Dalmatian dishes – meat and fish – are the order of the day here, served with a modern twist.
Cafes in Split
Kraj Sv. Ivana 11
You can’t really get a ‘seat’ with a better atmosphere and surroundings in Split than at the Cafe Luxor. For, in fact, you get to perch (on a cushion!) on steps in the Peristyle – right by the Cathedral. Food is available, but it’s more enjoyable to just have a cold drink or coffee and watch the world (i.e. tourists!) go by.
Caffe Bar Paradiso
Kamila Toncica 4
In a courtyard featuring a number of cafe bars, try this one for a leisurely snack, afternoon coffee or a few drinks. Comfortable seating and quick service.
Other Eating & Drinking in Split ideas
A cafe on the Riva
The Riva often feels like one giant cafe, given the almost endless stretch of outdoor seating in front of all the establishments. Make like the locals and sit with a coffee, gabbing with your friends. (Or posing moodily.)
One of the beach bars
If you had down to ‘legendary’ Bacvice Beach, keep walking on the seaside path to the next few beaches (Ovcice and Firule). Here, you’ll come across a number of cafes and restaurants – for example, Ovcice Restaurant. Try anyone for a cooling drink; a limunada – technically lemonade, but more like a citron presse – certainly hits the spot. Certainly a very relaxing drink whilst overlooking the lapping waves and the sailboats out to sea.