Unsurprisingly, the historic coastal city of Dubrovnik isn’t a shopping metropolis, but its Old Town does have a small number of independent stores, where local artisans, designers and producers sell their wares to holidaymakers in the summer months. Thankfully, the tacky souvenir shops that dominate Dubrovnik’s centre are nicely counterbalanced by these stylish and independent stores. Read on to discover the best places to shop in Dubrovnik to avoid the tourist traps.
The creme-de-la-creme of Dubrovnik’s shopping scene, Maria Store specialises in high fashion, stocking the latest and greatest garments from international clothing brands. Expect catwalk quality clothing from Gucci, Stella MacCartney and Saint Laurent – with the accompanying London/Paris/New York price tags.
Selling high-quality local spirits and wine, olive oil, truffles, handmade soaps, artisan pottery, Dubrovačka Kuća is a one stop shop for classy souvenirs. This small, cutesy store also has an upper floor dedicated to kitsch paintings and handiworks from local crafters.
Croatians proudly extoll their role in the creation of the modern necktie. While the credit doesn’t fully go to Croatia (the necktie design was inspired by Croatian cravats but designed and popularised by the French) it’s a great source of national pride, and this flagship Croata store is the place to buy one. Croata is crazy about the cravat and takes this heritage seriously, with a dedicated historical information point in-store. Each tie comes in a presentation box with a ‘History of the Tie’ pronouncing Croatia’s claim to the cravat.
Italian craftsman Vittorio Ceccarini opened Clara Stones in 2011, reviving the local tradition of jewellery making with Adriatic red coral. Beautiful, brightly coloured ornaments are its signature style, all made in the workshop downstairs, which sometimes doubles up as a gallery.