Hi, Taking the RS tour, but all the free time and eats choices I'm wondering what those who've been recommend. We just transferred to this tour due to the Turkey tours cancellation so I have not had much time for research.
Which RS tour are you booked on? There are a lot of RS tours!
Sorry best of the Adriatic.
Try some Croatian burek. My favorite. I think I ate burek every day for the two weeks I was in Croatia in '86. I've expanded my diet since then, but they're still great.
The best ones are at little stands. There are ones with ground beef or chicken.
Also, you can find a sweet version with apples. Something like "burek za smyasom."
I took this tour in June so here are some suggestions:
In Ljubljana, you can visit the Serbian Orthodox Church, walk to the Castle (or take funicular) and climb the tower for great views; visit Josep Plechnik House; go to Tivoli park
In Dubrovnik, you can walk the city walls; visit Franciscan Monastery Museum and the Dominican Monastery Museum; take cable car to Mount Srd; go to the beach
Places to eat:
Ribice – food truck @ Riverside market in Ljubljana – fried fish, anchovies, squid, etc. https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/things-to-do/food-and-drink/ribice/
Klobasarna @ Ciril-Metodov trg 15 (near Cathedral) in Ljubljana – specializing in sausages
Gelateria Romantica @ Domi trg 1 – near University in Ljubljana - for ice cream https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274873-d7139049-Reviews-Gelateria_Romantika-Ljubljana_Upper_Carniola_Region.html
Buffet Skola @ Antuninska ul. 1 in Dubrovnik - sandwiches https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g295371-d1101073-Reviews-Buffet_Skola-Dubrovnik_Dubrovnik_Neretva_County_Dalmatia.html
Barba, Boškovićeva 5 in Dubrovnik. Small fast-food seafood place, where you sit at communal high counters or take away. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g295371-d6857537-Reviews-Barba-Dubrovnik_Dubrovnik_Neretva_County_Dalmatia.html
Burek also comes with cheese. I think some places had it with or without sugar. That was often my breakfast.
I liked the Croatian condiment called ajvar (pronounced "EYE vahr"), a spread based on sweet red peppers. It's typically listed as an appetizer and comes with some type of bread. Jars are available in regular grocery stores if you want a cheap souvenir and can stand the weight. I also saw truffle preparations in a regular store in Zagreb--the same brand sold in tourist shops for at least 20% more.
Chicken kebabs (possibly by another name) are reliable. I liked the cevapcici, which are grilled rolls of minced lamb with perhaps a bit of onion and some herbs. All the c's in that word have diacritical marks, so it is pronounced "che VAHP chee chee". Platters of grilled veggies (similar to what you get in Italy) were always good.
I don't know how typical it is, but my Ljubljana hotel breakfast included some of the cold cuts expected in Germany plus some vegetables and salads, which I think are served at that time of day in Middle Eastern countries. In general, the menus in the Ljubljana restaurants were pretty expansive and tended to show western European influence.
acraven, Thanks and also for reminding me that a local grocery can be a great place for souvenirs. We purchased paprika in Budapest grocery and also in a Bratislava grocery. We got mega quantities for a fraction of the price. I may have to see if Slovenia has paprika in their menu... Could do a taste test of European paprika for friends back home.
thanks Mary for the links... hope you enjoyed your trip.
We had great seafood in Split but that was 4 years ago, so I can't recall the restaurant. Your guide can give you tips on the current best. This is a great tour, you will enjoy it!
We traveled on our own, but visited many of the places that I think are on the tour.
Try Gujzina in Ljubljana. If you like spicy, get the stew which comes in a copper crock and some potato dumplings to go with it. Trust their recommendation on wine. We ate there twice because it was so amazing.
If you have time in Bled, try their famous crème cake. We tried to find more throughout our trip but never found any as good.
In Motovun, the apple pie dessert at the hotel Kastel that we had on their terrace was delicious.
In Rovinj we loved the climb to the top of the tower at the cathedral and our dinner at La Puntulina was one of the highlights of our trip. If you can go there for lunch and sit out on the rocks over the water, we recommend it.
Get gelato at Luka in Split. Its outside of the palace heading away from the water towards the archeological museum (also recommended). We also like's Ricks recommended Trattoria Bajamont, thought it took us two nights to find it. I think it was closed the first night and was not well-marked when it was not open.
In Mostar we enjoyed climbing to the top of a minaret and our meals at Hindi Han and Kriva Cuprija.
Mostar has a tiny rooftop deck cafe with a sign saying Terasa on the Muslim side of the bridge. You get to it by turning right off the cobbled section of crafts stores, up steps past Bijeli Cafe which owns it, and you follow the signs up an alley. Worth reaching for its birds eye view of the bridge, the Neretva, and both sides of town. Take photos while waiting for your waiter and Bosnian coffee. They may have cakes. The restaurant just before the bridge on the Catholic side serves coffee on low stools in the old style, and good food for snacks like cakes and doughnuts.
Across Croatia and Bosnia cakes and cookies are a big deal. Burek is good everywhere - with apples I think it would be 'sa jabukom' as 'Jabuka' means apple. With cream is 'sa schlagom'. The Kremschnitte in Samobor rival the ones in Bled. Northern Croatia has more of the same menus as Slovenia, etc. Southern Croatia turns more to fish and fruit, as their local harvests.
No one has mentioned pancakes/crepes - known as Palachinki - which are served with all sorts of fillings toppings. It is acceptable to stop in late at night and eat them with a drink at a small restaurant like La Vela in Rovinj.
Lamb in northern Croatia is a delicacy, and like Venison stew can be delicious