Judita Gourmet & Wine shop
Forget about tacky fridge magnets or china figurines, the established, long-running Judita sells top-drawer souvenirs with a hand-picked range of impressive local wines, olive oils and preserves. These are perfectly well received coming home pressies, but its foodie-focus also makes it a great stop to fill up your picnic basket before you dawdle on down to the beach.
Ul. Marka Marulića 1, 21000, Split, Croatia, +385 21 355 147
GetGetGet is a showcase of Croatia’s most promising tastemakers. Selling a range of funky knick-knacks, furniture, clothing accessories and original works of art, this concept store features the who’s who’s of contemporary Croatian design. The best part? For a trendy boutique, it’s all very reasonably priced.
21000, Dominisova ul. 16, 21000, Split, Croatia, +385 21 341 015
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Punk is dead, long live chocolate! Well, that’s the driving philosophy behind this obscenely popular chocolatier, spearheaded by local Punk virtuoso Marinko Biškić, who hung up his DMs to embark on a career of edifying chocolate creations. Biškić’s bars are pieces of confectionery wizardry, with at least 70% cocoa solids, incorporating a baffling range of local Dalmatian ingredients like carob and lavender. Their chocolate postcards are best-sellers, but their sugary showpiece is a fully playable 45′ chocolate vinyl.
Dioklecijanova ul. 6, 21000, Split, Croatia, +385 91 210 8889
Art Studio Naranča
This extraordinarily chic gallery is Split’s most cutting-edge outlet for design and graphic art. Whether you’re looking for a trendy t-shirt, books about design, or an achingly cool piece of art to hang on your wall, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here. The gallery’s conceptual interior design is modelled on a boat, incorporating Split’s maritime aesthetic. The ground floor is dedicated to an art shop; the first floor a gallery with regularly updated exhibitions and the top floor reserved for events – including the ten-year strong Splitgraphic, an international Graphic Biennale founded by owner Pavo Majić.
21000, Split, Croatia, +385 21 344 118
The flagship of Croatia’s most famous tie-manufacturer is a handsomely swanky store set in the Roman palace, with many of its original features given architectural prominence. Croata tie themselves up with folklore surrounding the cravat – potentially one of Croatia’s biggest contributions to the world – with information displays and free-to-attend talks on how the modern necktie came into existence. The ties themselves are locally-made, some incorporating historical pattern work and Glagolitic letters into the threads. There’s an impressive collection of ties on show, including an expertly crafted 24-karat gold piece that attracts an exclusive, cult-following in high-end luxury mags. Nabbing a one-of-a-kind tie here isn’t exactly cheap, but you can be satisfied in the knowledge that it’s a quality, locally-made purchase.