Food and Wine

The freshest octopus salad. Delicious grilled langoustines. World-class oysters. The famous Istria truffle. Golden olive oils. Wild asparagus. The finest quality prosciutto and local cheese. Slow-cooked stews. Plus, with 200 indigenous grapes, you’ll enjoy delicious Croatian wines.

The late Chef and traveller Antony Bourdain put it best when he visited Croatia for the first time in 2012: “If you like food and you haven’t been here to eat, you’re missing the boat”. Croatia is the next best destination for food and wine enthusiasts, with Istria often described as ‘the new Tuscany’. Croatian cuisine has many influences, thanks to its history, climate and geography. A mix of Mediterranean dishes of golden olive oils, fresh seafood, cured meats, risottos, herbs and pasta. Schnitzels, stews and strudels of central Europe. Grills and pastries found in the Balkans.

The Croatian coast is abundant with the freshest local seafood. Octopus is a speciality often served grilled with a side dish of potatoes, garlic and chard. Delicious!
Octopus, potato and chard

Octopus, potato and chard - A Dalmatian staple

A baked, gooey, cheesy delight. What looks like lasagna is actually a dessert, but we were hard-pressed to eat anything for the rest of the afternoon after trying this comforting Croatian dish. Best served at the Esplanade, Zagreb, with chilled Croatian white wine.
Stukli, baked dough and cheese

Stukli - Zagreb's comforting dish

Continental Istria is famous for the white truffle, the largest white truffle on record was discovered here. Black truffles are harvested year-round while the white truffle season begins in October, with a month of truffle themed events in the region.
White truffles and white wine in Istria

Istria white truffles

The Dalmatian coast's traditional dish is cooked on charcoal under the Iron bell for over 3 hours. A delicious and hearty meal with Octopus, or meat and hearty vegetables.
Peka, a traditional Croatian Dish cooked in a bell on charcoal

Traditional Peka

Little deep-fried boozy fritters, a delicious sweet treat with sugar and Croatian brandy. Especially yummy at Zagreb's Christmas markets but why wait until Christmas, we say!
Fritule (deep fried fritters)

Croatian Fritule - little boozy fritters