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Where and what to eat in Split, Croatia

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Blitva (c) srsck

We lived in Split in Croatia for 6 months until september ’12. I love love love Split, it’s my dream town (with just two small exceptions, one being the lack of jobs) . Anyway, when you move to a new country, you have to get used to the new food habits, to learn where to buy your food and the names of the ingredients in the new language.

Ne razumijem but I am pretty hungry

I mean sure, you can get quite far by pointing out stuff but at some point you’ll get stuck. That happens to me all the time at the butcher cause I seriously don’t know what to point out, it all looks the same to me, I just know the name in Dutch or French but…not in Croatian.

What’s in my bread (c) Srsck

And do you know the feeling, when you’re in the supermarket and you just can’t figure out which one of all the little pots with creamy cream-look-a-likes creams are actually sour cream and not some kind of cheese or something? So  what I do when I’m lost is…I make lists.

Cevapi at Kantun Paulina (c) jp-hussey, Flickr

Pekarna 

There is a nice new bakery behind the Peškarija, it’s called Kruščić. You can see the bakers shaping the dough behind a window. They have a good choice of brown breads.

Burek – Mostly filled with cheese, really good warm!

Kruh (pola) – Bread (half)

Kravata – Pastry filled with cheese

Štrudla – Strudel, mostly with apple, cherry or cheese

Krafna – Kind of donut, filled with jam or chocolade

Cafe Luxor (c) srsck, Restaurant Bajamonti (c) srsck

Idemo na kavu?

It’s nice to have a drink in the sun and enjoying  laid-back Croatian life on one of the many outdoor terraces on the Riva. I forget the official name of the Riva all the time cause it’s so long but here it comes: Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda. Another delightful place to have a drink, even though very touristy, is Luxor on the Peristil.

Last but not least, Cafe Bajamonti on the Prokurative, my favorite square in Split. It’s a really inviting (very Western European kind of place, makes me think of Vienna rather than Split) place with a large inside area with free wifi, so it’s a great place to work as well! Živjeli!

Kava – Coffee

čaj (s mlijekom) – Tea (with milk)

Vitamin drink Cedevita (c) Srsck

Mlijeko – Milk

Voda – Water

Have a drink on the Riva (c) Zergu, Flickr

voćni sok – Fruit juice

Vino (bijelo/crno) – Wine (white/red). Croatia has some great wines. Try a red from the Peljesac peninsular or one of the red or white wine varieties from the town of Ilok!

Pivo – Beer (Ozujsko/Karlovacko/Pan)

Mesnica

Meso – Meat

Teletina – Veal

Govedina – Beef

Svinjetina – Pork

Janjetina – Lamb

Ćevapčići (or Ćevapi) – Minced meat patties, you can get them at the butcher and make them yourself. It’s a very easy recipe actually.  But you can also buy them grilled in a sandwich. I would get them at this tiny shop for more then fifteen years but it closed last year. Horror!

So now I get them at Ba!Će or at Kantun Paulina (both very close one to the other). So basically it’s meat patties in a nice bread called Lepinja with Ajvar, a sweet red pepper sauce (or with kajmak, kind of cream, at Ba!Će) and raw onion. An absolute must try while in Croatia.

Kobasica – Sausage

Pršut – Dalmatian dry-cured ham, yummy!!

Šunka – Ham

Peškarija or Ribarnica

The fishmarket in Split (c) Srsck

The Peškarija is the daily fishmarket on Marmontova. There is a part outside and a part inside. The cleaning guy is inside. So when you buy your fish you can get it cleaned for a small price in the little building.

It’s nice to go there early in the morning around 7h, you’ll see the fisherman arriving with the fresh fish. After 12h the prices drop as they close around 14h.

Ribe – Fish

List – Common sole

Srdela – Sardine

Tunj – Tuna

Losos – Salmon

Pastrva –  Trout

Sabljak, Iglun – Swordfish

Kozica – Prawn/Shrimp

Dagnja – Mussel

Lignja – Squid

Next to the Peskarija, there is also one of the best fish restaurants of Split: Noštromo with great fresh seafood (yeah, what else?!!) and very nice staff.

Stari Pazar 

The Stari Pazar, “old market”, is a market where you will find lots of different products like flowers, fruit and vegetables, clothes, souvenirs, etc..It’s next to the silver gate, between Diocletian’s palace and the main city bus stops.

Povrće – Vegetables

Voće – Fruit

Vegetables and fruit on the Pazar in Split (c) srsck

Luk – Onion

Krumpir – Potato

Gljive – Mushrooms

Krastavac – Cucumber

Kupus (bijeli) – Cabbage (white)

Mrkva – Carrot

Rajcica – Tomato

Blitva – Swiss chard, supernice with potato, olive oil and garlic. I found the recipe here!

Jabuka – Apple

Breskva – Peach

Naranća – Orange

Supermarket 

The supermarket chains that are at about every corner of the streets are Konzum, Tommy and Kerum. There is also a large Kerum (yes same Kerum as the mayor) on the ground floor of the Joker shopping center (*NB It’s been bought by Tommy since I wrote this).  Out of the center of Split you will also find two Lidl’s (German) and one Billa (Austrian).

What does it all mean? Shopping in another language. (c) srsck

Juha – Soup

Jaje – Egg

Masline – Olives

Riža – Rice

Maslac – Butter

Vrhnje za kuhanje – Cooking cream

Kiselo vrhnje – Sour cream

Sir – Cheese

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Cheese (c) Srsck

Zrnati sir – cottage cheese

Paški sir  – Hard cheese made from sheep’s milk, from the island of Pag (try it, it’s fabulous. Here’s more info about Paski sir)

Croatian language
kukuruzni štapić, lepinja, kravata (c) srsck. Bread in the Konzum (c) srsck

5 thoughts on “Where and what to eat in Split, Croatia

  1. But who cares about the name if you just point at what looks best 😉

    Great post! And do you already know how to prepare the blitva ( kind of wild spinach) from the first pic? You seem to have gotten the combination right, olive oil & potatoes. Now just some garlic & a glass of crna vino…

    Did you try burek od meso (It’s my favourite! and if you combine your lists youshpuld know what it means…)?

    Haven’t been to Split for years! Perhaps I’ll pass by this summer!

    Oh yeah missing another inmpirtant word on your list…. rakija.

    1. How could I forget the rakija 🙂
      Yes I got the blitva right, I love it! And funny cause I just read your comment this evening and I had just tried a burek od meso for the first time this morning. It’s good indeed. I always stuck with the one with sir until now 🙂
      We should have a pivo on the Riva if you pass by this summer!!

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