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One of the most enjoyable outings during any short stay in Dubrovnik is to get going early and visit the Gunduliceva Poljana market, just behind Rector’s Palace. It is here that you can immerse yourself in the true culture of this fascinating city. Everyday you will find locals buying and selling a wide variety of food and drink. It is a tradition to barter with the vendors to buy some authentic products to take home with you.
The main shopping area has to be the Stradun which is renowned throughout the world. It is pedestrianised and is the widest street in the Old Town and connects the main entrance of Pile Gate to the Old Harbour. Whether you are a serious shopper or simply want to take a relaxed wander, this is the perfect area to enjoy yourselves, with small boutiques alongside well known international brands. Don’t forget though to explore the smaller side streets which have some tiny hidden treasures tucked away and you can get yourself some real bargains.
Read more on this destination in the AA Key Guide to Croatia.
Top shops in Dubrovnik
Boutique Croatia, Pred Dvorom 2 - Croatia claims that the tie originated here in the 17th century, so this stockist with silk ties in presentation boxes is proud of its heritage.
DOC, Kralja Tomislava 7 - This is the largest shopping centre in the city where you will find a range of shops including gifts, jewellery and fashion.
Dubravka, Brsalje Square - There are of course many shops that offer gifts and souvenir’s to take home with you but this high quality store that is next to a restaurant of the same name, provides a wide selection of products and have staff to help make your choice easy.
En-Lu, Ulitsa od Puca Street - This is a great shop if you are looking for the local delicacies to taste or take home with you. They stock all the specialities of the region and many foods that are locally grown or produced.
Maria, Sv. Dominika bb - This is a true designer boutique that stocks well known labels such as Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy.
Merkante, Vukovarska 24 - This popular shopping mall is home to a number of clothes, shoes and gift stores. This is also where you will find the offices for the British Consulate in Dubrovnik.
Michal Negrin, Pred Dvorom 1 - This Israeli designer is well known for his Victorian-inspired dresses that compliment the city of Dubrovnik with floaty romantic creations.
Jewellery Gallery Djardin, Miha Pracata 8 - Unusual jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets and rings, can be found at this charming shop in a courtyard garden in the old town.
Ronchi Hat Factory, Lučarica 2 - Open since 1858 this family owned Hat shop is the place to find unusual headwear as well as the more popular items.
Vinoteka Dubrovnik, Gorica Sv. Vlaha 77 - With over 250 different wines, this is the store, with its own wine cellar, you need to visit to purchase a special bottle to take home with you. There are also a number of Brandy’s and other liqueurs on offer.