Split may be known for its historical attractions, but Croatia’s second city does not disappoint when it comes to shopping: from fashion at Split’s shopping malls to unique artworks on sale at the city’s galleries.
Before heading home after a holiday exploring Diocletian’s Palace and people-watching on the Riva promenade, you may want to spend some time choosing the perfect memento of your time in Split. Over the last decade, more and more shopping malls have been popping up on the outskirts of the city, but the city centre is still a treasure trove of souvenir-buying opportunities. In Split’s historic centre, you can expect to find everything from designer brands to antiques.
Just a two-minute walk from Diocletian’s Palace lies another must-visit for art enthusiasts – Jaman Art Gallery. The gallery is owned by Split-based artist Danijel Jaman, who is famous for his surreal pop-art painting style – all of his works explode with colour. “My style has changed through the years,” says Jaman, “but the basics remain the same, the paintings are based around colour – very bright, vibrant and expressive.” Customers can also purchase Jaman’s paintings, prints, sculptures and cell phone cases through the Jaman Art Gallery online shop.
Nered bills itself as “a gift shop for people with good taste on its Facebook page. Within the few square metres that the shop occupies on Dominis Street, you can find mugs, magnets, pen holders, kitchen, aprons and T-shirts – practically any souvenir you could wish for. Prices are not especially low, but all the items sold here have a unique Croatian design. The owner of the store, Jolanda Vitaljić, is also the author of My Dalmatian Cookbook, an illustrated compilation of traditional Dalmatian recipes. You can, of course, buy the cookbook here, too – the perfect souvenir to take the tastes of your Dalmatian holiday home with you.