Dubrovnik is an immaculate and unbelievably beautiful city. It is one of those locations where the reality will beat any Instagram pictures. The city became immensely popular after it was depicted as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. GOT fans flock to Dubrovnik and tourism started to reach its peak which resulted in an influx of cafes and pubs in the city. Don’t worry, we have narrowed down some of the best joints to visit in the city for you:
Every meal is a celebration at Café Festival. Sitting in the very heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town – right in the centre of Stradun, it is considered one of the best places to have breakfast in the warm morning sun while watching the people go by. It’s got a proper bar counter, a long interior brightened by vintage coffee ads and outdoor seating. Have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (no one’s judging you!) and order some of the best cakes in town at Café Festival.
Buza means hole-in-the-wall and the entrance to this bar is literally a hole in the wall (the city wall). And when you walk through the doorway, you’ll find yourself on the edge of a cliff staring directly at the Adriatic Sea, and one of the best views of Lokrum Island. Buza Bar was once a secret hideaway of the locals but over the years, word has spread and today it is one of Dubrovnik’s most popular sunset hangout spots. Interestingly you can’t actually see the sun set from here as the bar is located on the South side of Old Town and the sunset is blocked by a portion of the city wall. It is a must stop for adventure junkies because of its cliffs are perfect for cliff diving. You will see people diving off from the cliff locally known as “The lion”. Grab a beer and a snack, and sit back to watch local daredevil cliff divers jump into the water.
Pupica is a cute café with a cosy kitchen environment. Situated in the Old City, Pupica is the sort of patisserrie that feels as if you have entered a home in any European city or village. The delicious cakes are prepared by traditional recipes of grandmas and aunts. Every cake tells a story about aromas, flavors and colors of the country. . Pupica’s reliably well rounded coffee is what brings in the locals day in day out while an excellent selection of muffins, carrot cake and chocolate brownies are enough to entice a regular stream of visitors in need of a sweet nibble.
Cave Bar More
Read the name and take a guess where this place might be located. More means ‘sea’ in Croatian, which describes this waterside bar perfectly. It is located in an actual cave that was discovered while a boutique hotel was being built above it, and provides the perfect setting after a day of sightseeing in Dubrovnik. A tunnel takes you to the bar and once you’re here, the vibe of the place is amazing. The sound of the sea from outside is soothing to the ears. You can order something and go for a swim. The bar has a few Game of Thrones-inspired cocktails on the menu, such as Mother of Dragons (I hope it includes breathing the fire). If you get hungry, you can check out the lunch menu that includes snacks, like a prosciutto, cheese and an olives platter. The place is perfect to enjoy the sunset with a sense of peacefulness and coolness, especially in the height of Dubrovnik’s summer.
When in Croatia, you must try Croatian wines and when in Dubronvik, you must do it in D’Vino. Tucked away on Palmotićeva Street off the main Stradun, D’Vino offers cozy interiors with just a couple of tables inside, and even fewer at the outdoor terrace. Try a glass of something new from the impressive selection of local producers and if you can’t narrow down your selection then you can rely on the staff which is extremely knowledgeable and will guide you through. Pair your reds and whites with heaping platters of cheese and meat. The bar also offers all-day tastings, so you can come in as early as breakfast time for a crash course in identifying and appreciating local varietals, as well as day tours to local vineyards, so you can meet some up-and-coming Croatian winemakers.
There are times when you just want a beer. And for times like these, Glam café comes at your rescue. There can be no better place to mix your drinks as Glam Café is conveniently situated on the same street as D’vino. The place offers a huge selection of Croatian craft beer, from microbreweries to international ones. Beer is the star here but the menu has a lot of things to offers. You’ll get great coffees, smoothies and healthy snacks here. If you are looking for an all day place to relax and mingle in Dubrovnik you should be visiting Glam Cafe.
Beach Bar Dodo
Beach Bar Dodo is the perfect respite from the crowds and noise of Dubrovnik. Overlooking the sea, cliffs and the sky this great beach bar is situated in Sulic beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the Old Town. It offers beautiful views, nice cold drinks and great but relaxed service. The beach is just 30 meters down the stairs so you can go for a swim between sips of your drink of choice! The bar is popular among the locals as well and you will see them happily swimming and kayaking here. Aside from the picturesque views of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, you can enjoy a cocktail from the comfort of one of the rope swings at the bar. The bar also often hosts live music performances.
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