At the beginning of May my other half and I visited Croatia for the first time ever and I was so excited as this place has been on my travel list for so long. We decided to vist the island of Hvar first and then spend the last few days in the city of Dubrovnik. Despite the rain I quickly fell in love with Hvar and its adorable cobblestone streets. Both places are, in my opinion, perfect weekend destinations or for a short little getaway.
In Hvar we stayed at History Hvar Design Heritage Suites which I can highly recommend. I loved the interior of our little apartment as it was so inviting, stylish and comfortable at the same time. It was also very close to the little harbour, a small bakery to get breakfast in the morning and charming restaurants. Below are some of our favourite spots on this island, along with recommendations from locals who love the island as much as we do:
It seems as though the Scandinavian minimalist coffee shops have reached Hvar as well and Kava37 is one of them. It’s a cozy little space where you’ll find roasted espresso and small pastries (we loved the chocolate cookie but I’d love to try the homemade ice cream if I visit this place again) as well as freshly squeezed juices. If you’re a fan of Kinfolk and Cereal like I am, this is definitely the place to be on Hvar.
Address: Kroz Burak 37
Little Green Bay
This is truly a hidden gem: think clear blue water, a serene and calming atmosphere and the perfect beach to unwind for a bit.
Address: 6 uvala Lozna
One of my favourite food experiences in a while happened at Black Pepper. This charming place is a stone’s throw away from the water and their terrace is simply perfect. If it’s sunny it’s the best place to have lunch or dinner with a cooling breeze. The service was impeccable and I’m already dreaming about visiting this place again next time..
Address: Skaline od gojave 11
This cozy little place was actually very close to our apartment so we came here quite often for breakfast or dinner. Think healthy and local food, fantastic service and a vibrant atmosphere. I personally loved the fruit, yoghurt and granola bowl for breakfast. The terrace is also irresistible during sunny days!
Address: Ivana Frane Biundovica 3
Places we haven’t been but would love to go to next time: Macondo, Mekicevica beach and Dubovica beach.
The last few days of our Croatian getaway we spent in Dubrovnik. We stayed at Apartment Harmony Old Town which I can highly recommend. Think minimalistic interior with lots of natural elements and a cozy atmosphere. It’s also very close to some of my new favourite restaurants in Dubrovnik and the view is simply gorgeous.
It’s quite a long climb up the steps from Stradun to reach this incredible place sheltered by grape vines but it’s more than worth it. If you’re craving fish or meat (my personal favourite was the sea bass) then this is definitely the place to be. The tasty food is cooked and prepped in front of you on their cozy terrace with an amazing view of the Old Town.
Address: Antuninska ul. 23
One of the very few rooftop terraces in Dubrovnik, but definitely one that you can’t miss during your stay in this city. It’s a bit more pricey, but the food is definitely worth it. We went her for lunch on our first day in Dubrovnik and I absolutely loved the dry aged Rubia Galena Ragu served with homemade pasta. If you’re a fan of exceptional Mediterranean food then this is the place to be. The view of the Old Town doesn’t disappoint either.
Address: Ul. od Sigurate 4
Tavulin Wine & Art Bar
We spent our last evening at this cozy place and it was the best way to end our holiday. Think excellent local wine, incredibly tasty food, a relaxing atmosphere and impeccable service.
Address: Ul. za Rokom 13
This place is very tiny but cozy at the same time. Best place to get a freshly made orange juice or coffee on the go!
Address: Ul. od Pustijerne 1
We enjoyed a late breakfast here at the beginning of our stay. I think it’s also a perfect place for an aperitivo and a glass of wine or two on their outdoor terrace on warm afternoons. Elegant place, delicious food and a lively atmosphere in the very heart of Dubrovnik.
Address: Pred Dvorom 1
This speak-easy bar is literally perched on the side of a cliff and offers magnificent sea views. On sunnier days their terrace makes for the perfect wine pause before continuing on.
Address: Crijevićeva ul. 9
Places we haven’t been but would love to go to next time: Proto, Banje beach, St. Jacobs beach and Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary.