Food in Croatia: food prices in restaurants and supermarkets
Croatia is the pearl of the Mediterranean in the heart of Europe, filled with sunshine and the scent of pines and cypresses. For many years it attracts travelers from all over the world with its azure blue Adriatic Sea and fantastic mountain scenery.
If you decide to travel to this beautiful country, you will probably want to know about the prices of food in Croatia, what to try in local restaurants and cafes, as well as how to organize feeding your little traveler. In this article Kidpassage will help you better understand these very questions.
Food in Croatia: what to try
We should immediately note that the national dishes of Croatia are Mediterranean, with elements of gastronomic traditions of neighboring countries: Italy, Hungary and Turkey. In general, the food in Croatia is simple, healthy and healthy, and you can enjoy it without fear of getting sick.
Conventionally, by the type of cuisine country can be divided into two regions: coastal and continental. In coastal areas, seafood delicacies are very popular. And in the continental part the preference is given to meat dishes.
A common feature that unites the two regions is the fact that a lot of spicy herbs are added to the food, which, in turn, makes the food fragrant and uniquely delicious.
The cost of food in Croatia, as in any other country, depends on your desires, preferences and capabilities. Of course the most budget option is to rent an apartment and cook by yourself, buying food in supermarkets and markets. But to vacation in another country and not get acquainted with the local cuisine is a crime.
So what is worth trying traditional dishes?
- Kulen of Slavonia is a type of very appetizing chopped sausage. Traditionally prepared from pork with the addition of a variety of spices and paprika. The sausage is so popular that the natives even have a festival dedicated to this meat delicacy.
- Prsut . There are several original recipes for its preparation, but it is usually a pork ham that is sun-dried or smoked over charcoal.
Soups and main courses:
- Brodet is a fish dish, something between a stew and a very thick soup. It includes several varieties of fish and seafood, and instead of bread, it is served with polenta, a side dish made from cornmeal.
- Gregada is a fish soup. It is cooked also from several kinds of fish with addition of white wine and olive oil.
- Black risotto is a risotto in which a large amount of sea octopus is added. The rice is black because of the cuttlefish ink. Unusual for our compatriots, but very tasty.
- Scrada risotto is risotto made of veal, which is traditionally prepared only by men.
White and black truffle dishes are common in this region. The most famous of these is pasta with truffles.
And now we move on to the sweet dishes. As already mentioned, the culinary traditions of the country are characterized by a desire to cook healthy food. In the case of sweets this rule is also respected: cakes and pastries are made with cottage cheese, fresh fruit, berries and nuts. For this reason, almost all sweets are low-calorie.
Desserts worth trying:
- Mijmurska gibanica is a puff pastry with an unusual filling of cottage cheese, apples, poppy seeds, and nuts, sprinkled with powdered sugar on top.
- Slave cake is an old treat, legend has it that it was first made by nuns on the island of Rab. Its recipe is kept secret, but any visitor can try a piece of this cake in a coffee or pastry shop.
A large number of wines are produced in Croatia. Almost every meal is accompanied by a glass of wine, which is usually diluted with water:
- Gemisht – white dry wine with mineral water.
- Spritzer – wine diluted with soda.
- Malvasia and Prošek are the most popular dessert wines.
Cafes and restaurants
In the resort towns of Croatia tourists are served by many establishments, where any guest can have a delicious meal and enjoy the national flavor. There are restaurants with international cuisine, konoba – traditional restaurants serving mainly national cuisine, as well as cafes, pastry shops and pubs. In addition, in Croatia are popular fast food restaurants.
The cost of a lunch in a cafe or restaurant depends on the prestige and location of the institution. Away from the tourist trails and attractions the prices are half or two times lower than on the coast.
But a dinner at an authentic establishment with a view of the beautiful Adriatic Sea in a major resort town involves prices of a different order. So it is necessary to be guided by your own capabilities.
When ordering, remember that the portions in Croatian cafes and restaurants are huge. Sometimes one portion is enough to fill two adults, so check the size and weight of the portion beforehand.
Prices in cafes in 2022
So how much will lunch or a light snack cost at cafes and snack bars this year? The cost of a standard set (French fries, a hamburger and a Coke in the usual fast-food places like McDonald’s) is about 4-5 euros.
Walking the streets of resort towns you can come across stalls selling buns or puffs for 0,5 euros, sandwiches, pancakes with stuffing up to 2 euros, ice-cream (ball) from 1 euro.
If you want, you can also refresh yourself in coffee shops and pastry shops that sell cakes, pies, cakes, pastries, drinks and desserts:
- “bela cava” – coffee with lots of milk – about 2 euros;
- A piece of cake – up to 3 euros;
- Pancakes – 4 euros;
- croissant with jam – 1,5 euro;
- Cocktails – from 5 euros;
- Tea – up to 3 euros;
- Coffee – from 2,5 euros.
Lunch in a cafe for one person will cost about 20 euros:
- pizza – from 9 euros;
- Pasta – from 9 euros;
- Fish plateau – 25 euros;
- Plate with prsut and cheese – 10 euros;
- Small fried fish – from 8 euros;
- Sauces – about 0,5 euros;
- Beer – 2,5-3 euros.
Prices in Croatian restaurants 2022
Restaurants are characterized by a higher level of service and, of course, higher cost of the dishes. If you don’t order alcoholic drinks, you can have dinner for two at a restaurant for 34-40 euros. Approximate prices in an average restaurant:
- Shrimp or mushroom cream soup – from 3.5 euros;
- Soups – 3,5-6 euros;
- Meat on the grill – from 10 euros;
- Grilled fish – 16 euros;
- Risotto with seafood – 10 euros;
- Grilled lamb with vegetables – 13 euros;
- Salads – from 7 euros;
- Chicken with vegetables – 11 euros;
- Spaghetti – 9 euros;
- Fish plateau – from 30 euros.
Supermarkets and stores
Large chain supermarkets such as LIDL, Konzum, Mercator, Bio&bio, DM, INTERSPAR, TOMMY are represented in this country. Almost all stores are open from 8.00 to 22.00.
Conzum and Mercator are the largest supermarkets in the country, selling groceries, baby products, home appliances and furnishings. And TOMMY stores belong to the chain of grocery stores and are very popular among the indigenous population because of their democratic prices. Locals say that the cost of products in international chains is slightly lower than in the national ones.
Grocery prices in Croatia 2022
Prices in city stores can be safely called average European prices: products are slightly cheaper than in Austria, but more expensive than in Poland and Bulgaria. Peak tourist season is in July and August, but in September and June, when the influx of tourists is not so numerous, the cost of food in Croatia is lower.
Here are average prices for food in stores and supermarkets:
- milk (1 l) – from 0,8 euros;
- sour cream (200 gr) – from 1,5 euros;
- Hard cheeses (Gouda, Emmental, Trapist) – from 6-7 euros;
- Bread – from 0,5 euro;
- Sugar (1 kg) – around 1 euro;
- Ground beef (1 kg) – from 6 euros;
- turkey filet (1 kg) – 9-10 euros;
- Beef (1 kg) – 7-9 euros;
- Chicken fillet (1 kg) – 9 euros;
- Classical chicken breast (1 kg) – from 9 euros;
- yogurt – from 0,4 euro per cup 180g;
- prsut (1 kg) – from 17 euro;
- Boiled sausage (1 kg) – from 2 euros;
- Cooked smoked sausages (1 kg) – from 11 euros;
- Smoked sausages (1 kg) – from 15 euros;
- Salmon fillet (1 kg) – from 50 euro;
- Hake fillet (1 kg) – 9 euros;
- Dorado (1 kg) – from 9 euro;
- Apples, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit (1 kg) – from 1 euro;
- Grapes (1 kg) – from 3 euros;
- pears (1 kg) – 2,7 euro;
- Bananas (1 kg) – from 1,3 euro;
- pineapple (1 kg) – 1,3 euro
- kiwi (1 kg) – 4 euros;
- Potatoes (1 kg) – from 1 euro;
- tomatoes (1 kg) – from 1,75 euro;
- cucumbers, eggplants (1 kg) – from 2 euros;
- Onions (1 kg) – from 0,7 euro
- lettuce (1 kg) – from 0,6 euro;
- cauliflower (1 kg) – 1,15 euro;
- white cabbage (1 kg) – from 1 euro;
- eggs (1 dozen) – from 1,5 euro;
- olive oil – from 4,55 euros;
- Local red wine – from 3,5 euros;
- Beer – from 0,7 euros.
The freshest and most diverse seafood in Croatia is sold in fish shops. We recommend to go there early, at 7 a.m., to have a wider choice.
- Sardines, sprat, mussels – 2-2,5 euros;
- Sea bass, dorado – around 16 euros;
- Squids – 10-20 euros;
- Cuttlefish – 10-11 euros;
- Shrimps – 10-20 euro, depending on the size.
Baby food in Croatia
Going on holiday to Croatia with small children, absolutely all parents are interested in the question of how to organize feeding. If you stay in a hotel, then there is nothing to worry about: the food in the hotels is of high quality, as a rule, offers a good selection of simple dishes, all prepared with fresh products. You are sure to pick up your baby something that will suit his taste.
However, you should take into account the fact that in this country is not very popular all-inclusive system. The most popular meal concept in local hotels – “breakfast” or “half board” (breakfast – dinner).
The quality of food in the hotels is quite high, but not as diverse as, say, at the resorts of Turkey or Egypt. Near the hotels there are numerous canteens, snack bars and restaurants, where you can eat a hearty meal and feed your child.
When planning a trip, be sure to check with the tour operator, how baby food is organized at the selected hotel, and read the reviews of tourists. If you decide to eat on your own, you can buy baby formula and puree in stores and department stores. All dairy products and baby food in Croatia meet high European requirements and standards.
In stores, pharmacies and supermarkets you can find a wide range of purees from well-known manufacturers such as Hipp, Nestle, Bebivita, Frutek, milk formula Nan, juices and dry cereals Hipp and Humana.
Of national manufacturers, Lino’s porridges are good and tasty. Our young gourmands will certainly like the dairy products of Dukat Dukatino series, these are baby yogurts and curds. The only thing parents should pay attention to is that in Croatia it is quite difficult to find mono-component purees and dairy-free cereals.
Tips for parents
To find mono-mashed potatoes in Croatian supermarkets is a rarity. Almost all of the canned purees are in the form of a stew, which includes several types of vegetables or meat with vegetables. If you prefer to give your baby mono-mashed potatoes, it is easier to take a blender with you on the road.
Place it will not take much, but it will save you from some worries: with the blender you can easily prepare the usual food yourself. The second option – stock up on a batch of puree before you go.
If the child is very small, it is better to choose apartments and hotels in larger resort towns, where there are stores, pharmacies and hospitals. It is desirable to know their location immediately upon arrival.
Ordering in cafes and restaurants with seafood, should be aware that they can cause children a severe allergy. It is therefore necessary to give children the taste of seafood with great caution.
In restaurants and cafes do not be afraid to ask the waiter to make the dish less spicy or cook it without spices. The administration and staff are always going to meet their customers and are happy to prepare a “lighter” version of the dish for your baby.
We will be glad if our article was helpful for you when planning your budget. And if you haven’t decided which resort to go to in Croatia, our author’s collection will help you make the right choice.
Prices for food in Croatia
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What to try in Croatia
Croatian cuisine is part of the Mediterranean. It has many borrowings from Italy. Any city and town offers excellent pizza, pasta and Italian sweets. Dubrovnik, Split, Porec and other Adriatic coast resorts are famous for fish and seafood dishes. The central part of the country is fond of meat cuisine. In regions that are far from the sea, there is a strong influence of Austrian, Turkish and Hungarian culinary traditions.
What food to try in Croatia? We recommend:
- Slavonian kulen – dark brown pork sausage with paprika and spices;
- Prsut – national meat delicacy of dried and smoked pork ham;
- brodet – stew of different kinds of sea fish;
- Pashtizada – beef stewed in red wine, garlic, onions, and spices;
- gregada – fish soup with white wine and olive oil;
- maneshtra – stewed vegetables;
- black risotto – a rice dish with octopus and Mediterranean cuttlefish ink;
- Scrada risotto – rice with veal;
- pasta with black and white truffles;
- Zagorje shtrukli – a delicate pastry with cheese and egg;
- slave cake ;
- buchnica – a cake with cottage cheese and pumpkin;
- licitarian gingerbread – honey gingerbread in the shape of a heart.
Zagorje shtrukli with sour cream (Photo: wikmedia.ru / Bonč)
Food prices in cafes and restaurants in Croatia – 2022
No matter what city you’re vacationing in – the republic’s capital Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik or Poreč – food prices in Croatia are about the same. Everywhere there are more expensive restaurants, which are focused on tourists, and budget cafes, where Croats like to go themselves.
The average bill per person in a café is 50-60 HRK, and in a reasonably priced restaurant it is 100-120 HRK. For that money you get a hearty lunch not including alcohol.
During the daytime visitors are offered a “meal of the day”, which is similar to our business lunches. A lunch of an appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee costs 45-50 HRK.
Pleskavica (Photo: wikmedia.ru / Igor todorovski)
Here are the prices of food in cafes and restaurants in Croatia in 2022:
- Croatian octopus salad – 90 HRK;
- mushroom soup – 10-15 HRK
- chicken or turkey with vegetables – 35-45 HRK
- potatoes with fish – 18 HRK
- meat steak – 35-45 HRK
- pork chops – 35-40 HRK
- seafood – 25-32 HRK
- small cake and coffee – 18 HRK
- fresh juice – 10 HRK
- bottle of wine – 50 HRK;
- local beer, 0.5 l – 18 HRK.
Croatians are big coffee drinkers. It is drunk for breakfast and all day long. A cup of espresso, which costs 8 HRK, is always accompanied by a glass of cold water. Many people like coffee with milk and whipped cream – it costs 10-12 HRK.
The main drink of Croatia is wine. The tradition of winemaking in this country has more than a hundred years, so the Croats know how to make delicious white and red wines. Great connoisseurs of good wine – the Italians – go to their neighbors on wine tours. Foreigners especially appreciate Croatian red wine.
Wine in Croatia is drunk only with water. Tourists like gemisht – dry white wine with mineral water. The perfect combination to quench your thirst during the heat! Normally the hemišt is made from Graševina young wine and Kalnička brackish mineral water.
What to drink in Croatia
A mixture of red dry wine and still water is called bevanda, and with a cola – bambos. We recommend trying spritzer, a red or white wine that has been diluted with soda. The drink sizzles and bubbles. Spritzer is drunk chilled as soon as it’s made – as long as the bubbles come out.
Croatians make a pretty good vodka from apples, plums, and grapes. The local rakija is similar in taste to the Turkish raki. Tourists praise vodka from plums – plumovica, from grapes – lozavac, brandy travarica and dry fruit liqueur “Maraskin”.
Prices of alcoholic beverages in Croatian stores in 2022:
- rakija, 0.5 l – from 35 HRK;
- wine, 1 liter – 18-20 HRK;
- Croatian beer, 0,5 l – 7,5 HRK;
- imported beer, 0,5 l – 12-15 HRK;
- rum, 1 l – from 40 HRK.
Croatian maraschino “Original Maraschino from Zadar” (Photo: Limbyungjei / pixabay.com)
Grocery prices in Croatian stores – 2022
What are the prices of food in Croatia? Food is cheaper than in the UK, Austria and Denmark, but more expensive than in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Poland. In the resort areas the cost of goods increases in July and August, when the country receives the most tourists.
Food is sold in small stores and supermarkets Lidl, “Konzum”, Mercator, Bio&bio, Plodine and Interspar. The most democratic prices are famous for stores “Tommy”.
Tommy’s store (Photo: chilldogg / flickr.com)
Here are the food prices in Croatian stores in 2022:
- Boiled sausage, 1 kg – 50-55 HRK;
- chicken fillet, 1 kg – 20 HRK;
- ground beef, 1 kg – 25 HRK;
- beef loin, 1 kg – 50 HRK
- pork loin, 1 kg – 25 HRK
- Croatian salami, 1 kg – 70 HRK
- cheese, 1 kg – from 60 HRK
- olive oil, 0,5 l – 40-45 HRK
- salmon steaks, 1 kg – 120 HRK
- shrimps, crabs, mussels, oysters, 1 kg – 65-85 HRK
- apples, 1 kg – 6-8 HRK
- grapes, 1 kg – 15 HRK;
- pears, 1 kg – 8-10 HRK.
Fast food in Croatia
There are many fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and pizzerias. The average bill in them is lower than in regular cafes – 40-45 HRK.
The number one dish of traditional Croatian fast food is burek. This puff pastry with meat and cheese is a hearty snack on the go. Everywhere you can order čevapčići – small sausages made of minced meat, which are grilled over the coals. A great snack is a cutlet pljeskavica in a wheat flatbread.
Prices for street food in Croatia in 2022:
- puffs and buns – 2-3 HRK;
- sausage in dough – 5-7 HRK;
- boiled and baked corn – 10 HRK
- roasted chestnuts – 10 HRK
- pancakes with stuffing – 15 HRK
- sandwich – 15 HRK;
- hamburger – 25 HRK;
- baked apple – 10 HRK;
- ice cream – 7-8 HRK.
What you should know
The tastiest food is on offer in small family-run establishments. You can easily find them by the signs konoba , gostionica or gostiona . It’s where the locals eat and socialize. Konobas open early so you can have breakfast before work. The portions are large, so we recommend a salad and main course for two.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can visit slasticarnica and slasticarna Croatian pastry shops. They have low prices, a large selection of desserts and tables for visitors to enjoy pastries and cakes.
If you want black tea instead of herbal tea, ask for indijski čaj .
Restaurant menus usually list the price per 100 grams of fish, and the chefs cook the whole thing. To avoid misunderstandings, specify the portion size with the waiter in advance.