As a vegetarian, I’m always a bit nervous when planning a trip because of the food. The things is: 1. I absolutely LOVE food 2. I’m a vegetarian. In many people’s minds, these two things don’t really go together. As if my choice to not eat meat and fish had anything to do with taste! I know that in Scandinavia, Germany, England and Italy it’s fairly easy to find really tasty food that I can enjoy as a vegetarian and Croatia is one of those places as well, as the cuisine is highly influenced by Italy. So nowadays, Croatia is one of my vegetarian foodie approved countries, which makes me really happy because I love Croatia. Anyway, I expected the food scene in Dubrovnik to be poor and expensive – but boy, was I wrong! Sure, it’s not cheap, but it’s generally really good – if you know where to go. So here are my 3 favorite spots to eat in the Pearl of the Adriatic:
After a hectic day driving from Montenegro to Croatia, and finally arriving to the last leg of our vacation we wanted a really good pasta and some red wine…. like we always do. We went to Pizzeria & Spaghetteria Storia and did not go home disappointed. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious as was the wine recommended to us by the friendly waiter. The athmosphere is very Croatian and you can’t help but enjoy the charm as you sip on your glass of red wine on the small cobble stone alley. The chef comes out in between cooking meals to talk to guests and friends who stop by, so there’s a chance to pour some compliments over him – and believe me, you’ll want to. I didn’t take any pictures here, but I assure you you won’t be disappointed.
Imagine my happiness when I found an all vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Dubrovnik. That’s definitely a first. Nishta is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant with both raw food and gluten free choices on the menu, run by a Croatian/Swiss couple. The food is amazing and this little restaurant attracts both veg*ns and curious meat-eaters. There’s something for everyone here and the atmosphere is very relaxed – perfect for a lunch in the shade. We had both appetizers and a main course as we were very hungry but also because I just HAD to try as much as possible now that I had found a place where I could choose between everything from the menu. What a weird and delightful feeling. You’ll also find Nishta in Zagreb.
For our last night in Dubrovnik, which was also the last night of our vacation, we wanted our favorite meal – a truffle pasta. After some heavy research, we made our way through the narrow streets and found this place. We ordered a truffle pasta and two glasses of our favorite Croatian wine – Dingac. As we sat on the narrow street and started dipping the white bread in some virgin olive oil (yum!), small drops of rain started falling on us and we moved inside where we were served an absolutely delicious truffle pasta.
…AND THE WINE
Head on over to Palmotićeva street and popular wine bar D’vino, sit by one of the bar tables outside or relax on the steps where the wine bar has set up some stair-friendly small tables. We ordered some Dingac (again) and a delicious truffle cheese platter. If you’re a larger group, it’s also possble to book wine tastings. The service is a bit slow, but the staff is really friendly and the wine (and cheese) is well worth it.