Bars & Restaurants
WHERE TO EAT?
Split's restaurant serves predominantly Dalmatian and Mediterranean food, although there is slowly an expansion of international option. Bistro Samurai, the first Japanese restaurant (Ulica Bana Josipa Jelačića 1), opened last year, and was recently joined by the first authentic Turkish restaurant for the city, Kebap and Meze Bar Istah, (Put Supavla 1, Poljud), to go along with an average Chinese, good sushi at Bote Sare, and an interesting menu at Bistro Toc (Šegvića 1), where one can find Indian, Mexican and an excellent range of local fare.
5 Restaurants Worth Checking Out:
Restaurant and cafe bar Zrno Soli in placed in the centre of Split. A beautiful terrace offers a wonderful view of the sea and sailing boats. Guests are welcome to discover a culinary experience of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine in a pleasant ambience. The dishes are carefully prepared in a creative, qualitative and thoughtful manner. Friendly atmosphere guaranteed!
Address: Uvala baluni 1
Worth visiting for its imperious location alone, Bajamonti overhauled its menu last summer, and the reports back are very encouraging. Named after the famous 19th Century Split mayor, it is located at the top of Prokurative, affording a majestic outside setting in season, with a grand and spacious interior to match. Excellent fresh fish, an extensive wine menu, and more than one diner has commented on the shrimp risotto with oine nuts and Pag cheese.
Address: Prokurative | Trg republike 1
Another great addition to the Split dining scene. Loacted at Firule area with an outstanding view this caffe bar - restaurant offers. Mediterranean cusine & traditional Dalmatian dishes prepared on a higher level. Very well dressed /seasoned grilled steaks, and unusually tasty creamy soups. Various choice of blue and white fish and al dente creamy risotto. Unusal side dishes : chick- peas, chicory, endive, haricot beans and lentils. Good selction of botteled estate wine.
Address: Put Firula 14
Like it or hate it, it is hard to be indifferent about it... Fife is an affordable Split institution which does not suffer fools gladly. Proudly displaying a newspaper article on its walls - Fife, great food, terrible service - it is worth a visit. And the traditional Dalmatian fare is both affordable and tasty. Just don't expect five-star pampered tourist treatment.
Address: Trumbiceva obala 11
Konoba Stare Grede
It is a little out of town, but if you are looking for a meat fest, it is well worth the effort. Authentic, rustic and with excellent service, the portions are big and the welcome genuine. A great place to try a Dalmatian Peka.
Address: Domovinskog rata 46
WHERE TO DRINK?
Split would not be Split without stopping for a coffee, or something stronger. People watching over a relaxing coffee is part of the daily Split ritual. Here are some places to check out.
Located in the middle of the waterfront, does the ST stand for Split or for Style? Either way, this is the place to be seen on the Saturday morning style parade. It also has the cheapest coffee on the riva, fabulous views, and the party goes on until later.
At the top of the impressive Prokurative at the end of the Palace, Bajamonti is a stylish conversion of an old cinema, with high ceilings and a feeling of 19th Century elegance. Alternatively choose from the many outdoor tables and breathe in the history of the city's most impressive square. The interior is mostly non-smoking, with a small section for smokers partitioned off.
One of the latest offshoots of the growing F-Caffe brand, F-Marine is the first port of call on the impressive new Western Riva. The formula is simple - location, style and service, and there are few better locations to take in views of the Adriatic, marina and old town all in one. The western Riva is still very new and so not so visited, a perfect escape from the crowds.
Located at the back of the palace, just down the road from Villa Spiza, if you want to experience the magic of the Palace in a cafe atmosphere, this is the place to try. With one of the original palace walls exposed in the cafe, the place breathes history and tradition. There are some great nooks and crannies downstairs in the main building, or non-smokers head to the adjacent room, while all can enjoy the tables in the pretty courtyard. A cafe for all seasons and weather conditions.
The Riva is obviously a lively place to be in the evening, but if you are looking for a little more excitement...
A beach heaven by day, a party scene by night, for those looking to have a good time in Split, there is a case for just living at Bačvice. There is a wealth of party action, among the best of which is at Tropic Club. Stunning Adriatic views, excellent cocktails, and plenty of DJ action into the early hours.
Address: Bačvice b.b.
Is situated behind the Poljud Stadium which is a 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive in a taxi from the old town, Vanilla is a popular place, which is often packed during the summer month, but do to the large terrace you can always find a corner where you can enjoy a cocktail. Live music acts, mostly by local artist, several times a week.
O’Hara Music Club
Looking to escape the main tourist party scene? O'Hara's is a popular local nightspot, more of a pub beats club, and the music is varied - from reggae to Croatian pop. Worth checking out.
Address: Uvala Zenta 3