Shopping in Split
The prevalence of imported goods means that Split is not renowned as a shopping destination - that said, the centre is home to a lively market, souvenir stalls and little chic shops.
Diocletian’s Palace and the area around it are Split’s shopping heart. Podrum (the underground chambers between the Riva and Peristil), which is lined with stalls selling paintings and craftwork, is a good bet for souvenirs. Enoteka Terra, Prilaz brace Kaliterna 6, is ideal for quality Croatian wines and spirits. Aromatica, Dobrić 12, stocks herb-scented soaps, body creams and massage oils. Several small, exclusive boutiques and shoe shops are located within the palaces walls, while the big European high street fashion names are represented along Marmontova.
To bag a bargain or simply appreciate the colour of local life in Split, head to Pazar, the charming open-air market, or Peskarija, the covered fish market, both just on the fringes of Diocletian’s Palace. Both markets open Monday to Saturday 0800-1400 and Sunday 0800-1100.
There are two shopping centres: City Center One, Vukovarska 207 and Joker, Put Brodarice 6, split over four levels and located about 15-20 minutes' walking distance from the city centre.
Shops in Split are generally open Monday to Friday 0900-1300 and 1700-2000, Saturday 0900-1300, and sometimes on Sundays.
Croatian wines, spirits, food, arts and crafts are among the most popular souvenirs.
To enjoy tax-free shopping in Split, look out for shops displaying the ‘Tax Free’ shopping label. Make sure to fill in the paperwork in the shop and then make your claim on departure from Croatia. The minimum value of a valid purchase is 501HRK. See www.globalrefund.com for more details.