Situated in a quaint square in Kotor’s old town, an area inhabited since Ancient Roman times and characterized by its historic Venetian and Ottoman architecture, Bocalibre is charming and interesting. Surrounded by shops, the quiet courtyard here makes for excellent people watching and is a great place to soak up the historic surroundings and nostalgic atmosphere. With its mostly Italian menu, guests can treat themselves to a cheesy stone-baked pizza or a generous helping of pasta. The dessert menu is particularly tempting and contains the city’s best home-made tiramisu. The interior is an inviting enclave of exposed wooden beams and brick walls, with locals often popping in to sit at the bar and enjoy a delicious, barista-made coffee or an after work aperitif.
A welcome change to the norm, Ella’s is a beautiful restaurant situated in the picturesque village of Dobrota, a slightly quieter destination just three kilometers outside of Kotor. Rustically decorated with exposed wooden beams and a half-carpeted, half-tiled floor, the terrace area of the restaurant is cozy and atmospheric. The interior is a lavish affair of red tablecloths and polished oak furniture, with even an open fireplace. Looking out over the bay, guests can enjoy a menu of Mediterranean dishes, as well as local meat and fish plates prepared by Ella’s dedicated chefs. Their wine rack is on full display in the indoor eating area, so guests can browse the selection for themselves and ask the attentive staff which bottle would most suit their meal.
Ella’s, Dobrota 85, Kotor, Montenegro. +382 32 335 115
This Italian-inspired venue has a number of tasty meat, pasta, pizza and fish options. While the shaded outdoor terrace area is bright, airy and comfortable, the interior is refined and elegant, providing the perfect mixture of a fine and casual dining experience. With salads packed full of local ingredients that make for a meal in themselves, and crispy thin-based pizzas, diners won’t be disappointed with Che Nova as their dinner destination after a day of exploring the bay. Refreshingly affordable and with a good selection of local wines, beers and spirits, the venue is also a pleasant destination for afternoon drinks. Here, guests can sit outside and watch the people wander by on the Dobrota bay.
For Kotor visitors with a sweet tooth or simply a penchant for a first-class cup of coffee, a few hours in Forza Mare is absolutely mandatory. This high-end hotel, restaurant and cafe is situated right on the water, providing one of the best places to watch the sunset in the city. Chic, contemporary, and colorful on the inside with a stunning terrace area overlooking the tranquil waters, Forza oozes style and sophistication. It serves sandwiches and light bites throughout the day, and luxurious dishes such as sea bass and lobster in the evening. Guests will want to save room for dessert, which is what Forza is famed for citywide. From their traditional Arabic baklava, a filo pastry dish packed with nuts and drizzled in honey, to cheesecakes and ice-cream sundaes overflowing with fresh fruit, Forza has truly mastered the art of dessert. Couple with one of their aromatic, perfectly made coffees for an afternoon treat to remember, or come back for dinner to enjoy the glamorous evening atmosphere.
Forza Mare Hotel, Kriva ulica, Kotor, Montenegro. +382 32 333 500