Shopping in Dubrovnik

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The old markets and tiny shops nestled on the streets of the old city of Dubrovnik are great for tourists who enjoy browsing and shopping for inexpensive and genuine traditional goods, minus the frills. Dubrovik offers shoppers an opportunity to explore local goods in true ‘old world’ style through the rustic road side stalls of the town. The Dubrovik shopping guide directs tourists to the best places to shop at in this mystical Croatian city.

Traditional Products

Dubrovnik is particularly famous for its olive oil, fruit preserves, dry fruits, hand- embroidered fabric, rugs, and wine, all of which are sold in attractive packages to lure tourists. For classic embroidery designs, visit Dubrovacka Kuca, located in the Dominican Monastery region, and for a fine selection of wines, head to Vinoteka Dubrovnik- housed near the city’s clock tower. Traditional wine is also available at Vinotekas in the Stradun neighborhood.

Gunduliceva Poljana

Gulduliceva Poljana is an old daily market that stocks fresh vegetables, fruits and handmade agro derivatives like honey and lemonade. At times, when visitors are lucky, they can even source unique souvenirs, handmade lace, wooden handicrafts and traditional jewelery from the by-lanes of this market.

Lapad and the Old Town Region

For patrons seeking designer merchandise from international high-fashion brands, head to the Lapad Shopping Centre, located in Lapad. The Old Town Centre is also a great place to stock up on the latest trends in fashion. There are several talented local designers in the vicinity, who offer unique designs with genuine fabrics and clean cuts. Some local boutique owners also make trips to Italy to source the latest pieces of designer wear. Though expensive, the items here are worth every penny that is spent on them. There are some nice street shops in and around the Stradun area of the old town region selling a variety of local items.

Ronchi Hat Factory

The Ronchi Hat Factory is nothing short of a shopping institution amongst locals and tourists in the region. This Ronchi family-owned factory and retail store has been in existence since 1858, and stocks several varieties of simple and flamboyant hats that are guaranteed to get the heads turning in your direction.

Algoritam

Algoritam, located at Placa 8 Old Town, is a great place to pick up rare and out of print English-language books, including all genres from classics to hard to find guidebooks for little known places in Europe. A nice stopover for the literary-inclined bunch.

Moje Tezoro

This is like a treasure chest of goodies because visitors never know what they’ll discover at this tiny storehouse that houses lovely pieces of antiques, artifacts and several knick knacks. There are coral embellished gold ornaments, Byzantine iconic symbols, Matisse lithographs and wooden statues that date back to centuries. Moje Tezoro is located at 12 Izmedu Polaca.

En-lu

Regular travellers swear by this shop on Ulitsa od Puca Street. En-lu is a great place to pick up the city’s celebrated food souvenirs. They stock up everything from aubergine garlic, roasted peppers and honey-walnut biscuits to dried ham, almond nougat and tangy cherry syrup.

Dubrovnik is not as conventional as other European shopping destinations, however is has a lot of quirky, ethnic and hand-made products for tourists who are willing to explore its native charm.

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February 23, 2010 change by sameera kumar

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