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Shopping in Dubrovnik

The Old Town is the place for shopping in Dubrovnik, though most of it is firmly geared towards the bountiful tourist trade with prices to match. A number of small shops hug the Stradun, but the warren of streets that break north and south from this main street offer more variety and, often, cheaper prices.

Key areas

Tourist-centred shops line the Stradun, the main street that joins the two main entrances to the Old Town. Among the best is Dubrovačka Kuća (Svetog Dominika 2) – which sells everything from souvenirs and paintings to fine Croatian wine.


The daily market on Gunduličeva Poljana in the Old Town sells tourist items such as lavender oil, candied orange peel (arancini), and table linens. It also has stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Shopping centres

Shopping centres are located outside the Old Town in the city. DOC, located in Lapad, has lots of international brand clothes and shoe shops. Alternatively, a smaller shopping centre in the business district of Gruž, Mercante, offers around 20 stores.

Opening hours

Shops in Dubrovnik are generally open 0900-1900/2000, though opening times tend to be erratic and are limited in the winter months. Most shops open seven days a week.


There are a variety of souvenirs you can buy in Dubrovnik, including cravat ties, jewellery, lavender, handmade bags and clothes. Food lovers should also consider taking home local specialities such as olives, capers, candied orange and lemon peels (known as Arancini), truffle oils, brandies and herb or fruit liquors (Rakija).

Croatian wines also make excellent souvenirs. Famous red wines include Plavac Mali (bold and flavourful), and Dubrovnik Malvasija which is also called the nectar of the gods.

Pošip, Malvazija Istarska and Grk are popular white wines.

Tax information

The standard VAT rate in Croatia is 25%. 

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Hotel Stari Grad

With only eight rooms, this smartly decorated boutique hotel in the Old Town offers a more intimate experience than the huge Lapad resorts. The tastefully furnished rooms don’t have views to speak of, but the fifth-floor terrace has a superb rooftop restaurant and is a great place for breakfast.

Old Town Hostel

A wallet-friendly option offering a selection of dorms and private rooms, the Old Town Hostel has a great Old Town location. It offers extras such as free Wi-Fi and free breakfast and its owner Mike is a well-liked character.

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik

Overlooking Miramare Bay, this peaceful hotel has been carved into a cliff, giving all of its 93 rooms stunning sea views. Warm wood and local stone are used in the contemporary rooms, adorned with works by Croatian artists. The soothing spa has an indoor pool, and the beachside restaurant is irresistible.

Karmen Apartments

In one of the best locations in Dubrovnik right in the Old Town on the harbour, these four excellent-value apartments, overlook the medieval walls. All of the brightly decorated apartments have kitchens, and one has a small balcony.

The Pucić Palace

This luxurious boutique hotel is housed in an 17th-century Baroque house. In summer, staying in one of the hotel’s individually styled rooms gives you free access to a beach club just outside the town's gate. Other facilities include the Café Royal restaurant, fine dining at Defne and a wine bar.

Hotel Excelsior

This 198-room hotel in São Paulo, with its mammoth convention centre, flatters beyond its 4-star billing. The rooms behind Excelsior's art-deco frontage are plain and businesslike, yet excellent value. Wi-Fi is free, rooms come with LCD TVs and there is a bar and fitness centre onsite. The location is also close by downtown Praça da República with nearby cultural icons such as Teatro Municipal and Edificio Copan. Staff speak English and can help book tickets and tours. Breakfast included.