Experience the taste of Croatian culture while on your trip to Split, a buzzing metropolis known for embracing its gastronomical classics and cooking traditions while often peppering its dishes with a hint of nuance and modernity. There is an overwhelming catalogue of restaurants and cuisines to sample during your visit, each with different specialities.
Whether you prefer a laidback meal, an unforgettable culinary experience or something in between, Split has all the food you could hope to enjoy during your Croatia city break.
Located within the walls of a grand fifteenth-century Papalićeva Palace, the owners of Apetit will make you work for your meal as you must conquer several flights of stairs through the scenic Old Town before reaching your table! It may be the most worthwhile trek for your dinner that you ever complete, however, as upon your arrival, the chefs are guaranteed to put on a show.
This exceptional restaurant delivers high-quality local meat and fish dishes with a creative flair designed to bring traditional plates straight into the modern day. Relax and be inspired by the imaginative twists each dish presents, whether you fancy a taste of the sea or delicious, expertly prepared meats. The palazzo where Apetit is positioned has seen culinary excellence for the past 700 years, and it certainly shows no sign of stopping.
As well as being masters of their own cuisine, many Croatian chefs have perfected the fine art of Italian gastronomy, too. Of the restaurants that have added homemade pizzas to the menu, Pizzeria Galija has established itself among locals as one of the very best in Split. It is simple, yet aesthetically pleasing with its 1980’s-inspired décor, and gives you the option of enjoying your delicious pizza out in the open where you can watch your meal being prepared in authentic wood-fired pizza ovens. It is low-cost and high-quality, and certainly a must on your Croatia city break itinerary.
If seafood floats your boat, Konoba Matejuska is a hidden pearl just waiting to be discovered. With a wonderfully comfortable, rustic, family-run vibe, you will instantly feel at home in this tucked away dining room. You may need several hours to make a final choice from this delectable menu including the famous speciality, black risotto, but rest assured you will be presented with a fantastic, lovingly prepared meal no matter what you choose.
If you’re not a carnivore or fancy taking a step back from the meat and fish-oriented restaurants, Restaurant Makrovega will feel like a breath of fresh air. With an ethos of healthy, environmentally conscious eating, this vegan hotspot makes use of organic grains and fresh vegetables to prove to the world that nutritious, delicious food need not be harmful to ourselves or our planet. Enjoy gorgeous pies, pastas, soups and salad as the menu chops and changes according to whatever the chef chooses to showcase.
Whether you’re a seafood lover, culinary critic or just a fan of great food, Split is the perfect location to tantalise the taste buds, and these are just a few of the many fabulous restaurants you could visit on your Croatia city break.
John Dixon is the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays, and has been working alongside his advisors for 30 years to craft luxury Croatia city break holidays, Grecian getaways and culture-fuelled adventures to many other destinations across the globe. His love for the finer things in life is evident in his work, as he strives to provide his clients with only the best luxury accommodation options.
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