Dubrovnik is full of cosy cafes and restaurants offering local coffee and delicious Croatian delicacies. Take a break from all the sight-seeing while you’re there to enjoy some time off in one of these lovely places.
The Sesame Tavern
Just 150 meters from the western entrance of the Old City lies a charming tavern perfectly suited for a morning coffee. This 200-year-old family-run café is actually also a restaurant, for which reason it’s possible to enjoy both lunch and dinner with a view of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding orange trees. It’s usually quite packed, so remember to book a table for dinner in advance. Apart from great, Croatian coffee (all black with a dash of milk) they serve specialities such as homemade ravioli with mint and Ricotta cheese, goats cheese soufflé with prosciutto and risotto with sea truffles.
Good to know: Sesame also offer a B&B in case you need a place to stay. There are only 4 basic room, so try to book in advance.
For more information go to www.sesame.hr
Seafood and sea view doesn’t get much better than here! Orsan is located 10-15 minutes from the crowded city centre in a calm area (Lapad), where both locals and foodies flock to. The restaurant dates back to 1952 and ever since that time the kitchen has taken pride in serving fresh and well-prepared fish and seafood. Enjoy a romantic dinner with a view of the ships, boats and yachts and experience what the good life is about!
Good to know: Orsan has a fine selection of wines from the region. They will recommend what goes well with your food.
For more information go to www.restaurant-orsan-dubrovnik.com
Kopun is all about the traditional scents and flavors of Croatian cuisine and it really shows the diversity of it as well. It’s no secret that Croatia has always been a melting pot of different nationalities and influences such as Italian, Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish – at Kopun you get to taste some of the old Croatian recipes handed down through centuries. I had the best truffle pasta I have ever tasted here!
The restaurant is located in a peaceful corner of the city, just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the Old Town. They are open for both lunch and dinner.
Good to know: try to sit outside on the roofed terrace if you can.
For more information go to www.restaurantkopun.com
A tiny café located on a narrow side street in the centre of the Old Town. I went here for coffee on a rainy afternoon and it was still very charming! Soul Caffe offers good coffee, drinks and snacks (croissants etc.), and both tourists and locals find their way to this historical building hidden from the crowded streets.
Good to know: Soul Caffe also offers a wide selection of brandy and liqueurs.
For more information visit their Facebook page.
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