Must try food in Dubrovnik
Food in Dubrovnik is delicious and unique.
Dubrovnik is not only a region of many sites; it’s also a region of many flavors. The “Pearl of the Adriatic” sits at the Southern tip of Croatia on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and the Adriatic coastline. This strategic location is directly reflected in the fusion of flavors in the local cuisine. Each local dish gives us a greater understanding of Dubrovnik’s history and cultural unique influences.
1. Dirty macaroni
This traditional Dubrovnik dish is made with macaroni pasta, red meat(beef) sauce, and local herbs. This dish is traditionally served on Saint Blaise Day and it has its own Dubrovnik twist and flavor.
2. Black risotto
There are various types of delicious risotto in Dubrovnik, but black risotto is a unique dish that you must try once in Dubrovnik. The risotto is made with rice, squid, butter, and sometimes some Parmesan cheese. But the risotto is made “black” from squid ink. Unlike some other fish like salmon that is usually imported, the squid served in black risotto is usually fresh out of the Adriatic.
3. Young Cheese
You’ll find a variety of cheeses in Dubrovnik, but you may wonder what is “young cheese” that is seen on the menu around here. This actually doesn’t have a direct translation to English, but it is a soft cow cheese that is often soaked in oil. This is a very popular dish in Dubrovnik among locals, especially in the Konavle region. It is best to pair with local Prsut, also known as prosciutto, or some of the locally made sausages.
4.Lamb under the bell (Peka)
Speaking of Konavle, another local favorite that is popular in this region is “lamb under the bell”. This dish is cooked the old-fashion way in the outdoor kitchens called “konobas”. Lamb and peeled potatoes are put in a coal oven and left to cook for around three hours. The slow-cooking process makes the meat extremely tender and the potatoes perfectly crispy. This dish is a popular meal to have on special occasions in Dubrovnik. Many houses in the area have this outdoor kitchen and will make this at home. If you order this in a restaurant, make sure to order in advance as it usually takes extra time.
5. Bakalar na bijelo
There’s nothing better than eating this regional specialty on a chilly winter day in Dubrovnik. Bakalar na bijelo is essentially mashed potatoes mixed with a dried fish called “bijelo”. This dish is usually served around Christmas, especially on Badnjak (Christmas Eve). You can usually find this in some of the pubs in the Old Town, but only in the winter months.
6. Tuna pate
Along with the aforementioned “young cheese”, tuna pate is a popular appetizer and side dish in Dubrovnik. It’s a creamy mixture of sliced onion, olive oil, lemon juice, and tuna that is put on bread and crackers. You’ll usually find this dish year-round, but this is also very popular to make around Christmas.
7. Dubrovacka zelena menestra
If you’re a meat-lover looking for a hearty, traditional meal you’ll love Dubrovacka Zelena menestra. This dish is made from pork ribs and cabbages, boiled over a period of 2-3 hours. It comes out to be somewhat of a stew that is sure to cure your appetite. While this dish is more popular in the winter, you can find it at some of the more authentic restaurants that are located outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town that specialize in meats and local dishes.
8. Musule na buzaru
If you’re mussels or oyster fan, you must try this food in Dubrovnik. Even if you’re not a fan of the latter, do give the mussels a try. Musule na Buzara is a simple, yet popular dish in Dubrovnik that combines boiled mussels with breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. Most of the mussels in Dubrovnik are locally sourced from the neighboring Peljesac region, which is world-famous for its mussels and oysters. You have some of the best quality mussels in Dubrovnik, and this dish is one of the best ways to indulge.
9. Stone cake
This dish is perfect if you love sweets AND pasta. Ston cake is a regional specialty that combines noodles with chocolate and a bit of cinnamon. It’s usually served as a dessert for dinner or sometimes with tea or coffee in the afternoon. It’s worth trying at least once, and you can usually find it at local pastries or some restaurants in the Old Town.
Last but certainly not least is one of my favorite desserts of all time. Rozata is a sort of pudding cake made with gelatin and citrus flavoring. It is one of the most authentic desserts in Dubrovnik, and for this reason, you’ll find it on most of the menus around town. It’s perfect as a light dessert or late-night treat. You surely won’t find anything like it outside Dubrovnik. If you’re looking to get an authentic taste of Dubrovnik, don’t miss these top 10 must-try food in Dubrovnik. Join us for the Old Town Food Tour and experience a 4-course meal with a small and intimate group of travelers. Over the course of 3-4 hours, our local guides will take you on a walking tour of Old Town’s sights and hidden secrets. Along the way, you will make stops at various restaurants to try many of the regional specialties mentioned above. Even if you eat too much, you’ll have plenty of time to walk it off.
Must try food in Dubrovnik
Without a doubt, Dubrovnik is a very romantic destination and perfect for a quick get-away for couples, families, friends, or solo travelers. Even a little planning before you go will ensure you uncover the best places and thoroughly enjoy your visit. From tourist spots to off-the-beaten-path ones, here are the best things to do in Dubrovnik. This itinerary helps you plan your trip.
“Walk the City Walls”
The definitive ‘must’ on any visit to Dubrovnik, the medieval city walls are best explored with a full-circuit, 2 km walk along the battlements. Affording ever-changing views out to sea and over the Old Town, they offer excellent photo opportunities. We suggest walking the walls earlier in the morning or late afternoon.
“Visit Lokrum Island”
Beautiful scenery, great nature, unbelievable sights. Travelers are treated to an island that feels truly unspoiled and natural – a rare gem in the modern world! The island has numerous sights to see – a monastery (with Game of Thrones replica Iron Throne and info about filming), and a fort at the top of the island (with stunning views of Dubrovnik Old Town). There is plenty of space to sunbathe on flat rocks, with easy access to the sea. The island is covered in trees and even has a botanical garden with eucalyptus and olive trees. There are several cafes and restaurants for refreshments/food and drinks! The peaceful green paradise is home to peacocks and tame rabbits that roam freely without a care in the world. The arrival and departure to and from the island are organized from the Dubrovnik Old Port. A ferry runs every half an hour.
“Sail with Karaka”
Sail into the 16th century and revive the history with a replica of a traditional ˝KARAKA˝ ship. You may choose different experiences, from Sunset Cruise to Game of Thrones.
“Take a Cable Car ride”
The 778-meter journey gives you breathtaking views over the Old City. The upper station has two panoramic terraces equipped with a snack bar, panoramic restaurant, souvenir shop, and more. The lower station is located above Old Town.
“Explore Peljesac Wine Region and Ston “
Enjoy the Peljesac’s magnificent scenery, sip authentic wines, and Oyster Farm in Mali Ston. Vineyards of the Peljesac are considered by many to produce the finest wines in Croatia. The best-known red wine is Dingac, produced around the slopes of villages Postup and Dingac.
“Game of Thrones filming locations“
Any true Game of Thrones fan will know that the beautiful city of Dubrovnik in Croatia was the filming location for the King’s Landing in the popular TV series. Many famous scenes such as Walk of Shame, Black Water Bay are located in or near Old Town.
“Enjoy cocktails at Dodo Bar”
Dodo is a small bar built just above the beach offering superb views of the Adriatic, Lovrjenac Fort, and the City Walls. On the edge of the ocean with nostalgic music and sunsets that wake up your spirit and fast-flowing drinks and easy service to put it gently back to sleep.
“Enjoy sunset at Cave Bar”
Hotel More is located on the peninsula of Lapad, a short bus ride from the Old Town. It is a peaceful escape from Old Town. Enjoy the sunset on a day bed near the water or grab a drink inside the cave bar.
“Visit Franciscan Monastery”
Visit one of the oldest working pharmacies in Europe. One thing to bring home is Natural Rose face cream made to a secret medieval recipe at the pharmacy, set inside the 14th-century Franciscan Monastery. Their best-seller, Brachia virgin, comes in a stylish olive-shaped white ceramic flask.