During the summer months Split is bustling with travelers from all over the world. This thriving city is the simply bursting with life – you’ll see buskers, actors in Roman soldier uniforms, and impeccably dressed waiters beckoning you in to eat at their restaurant. As a vegan who loves to thrift shop, I used my time in the historic capital of Dalmatia to find the city’s tastiest vegan eats and thrift store gems. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Split, I can recommend Vida Boutique Hotel, which is great value for money for it’s fantastic location, comfortable, modern rooms and friendly staff.
The good news is, finding tasty vegan food in Split is super easy and quite affordable. You’ll most likely arrive in Split at the main bus station, as the airport is quite far out of the city. All the eateries and thrift stores mentioned in this post are within walking distance of that station. The bad news is, even though there are a few centrally located thrift stores, there was only one that I was truly impressed by. You can find some great garments, but you have to be willing to hunt for them.
SPLIT VEGAN EATS
Just the name Split makes me think of decadent chocolatey treats, because my brain instantly ties it to banana splits. Luckily for me, that weird association is not too far off the mark. During the summer months there is an abundance of ice-cream shops dotted along the promenade, like Gelateria Spalato. Most of them have at least a few vegan options, and I totally indulged in numerous cups of rapidly melting scoops of raspberry, dark chocolate and pineapple.
I can also highly recommend the produce market located at the front of the old city. It’s full of locally grown fruit and vegetables, all sold at reasonable prices. We got bags of nectarines, peaches, cherries and plums. Overall, there are quite a few options for vegans so long as you stay in old city area. It’s just a bit lacking if you are looking for a fine dining experience. Without further ado, here are my must-try vegan eateries in Split!
I went back to Stixberry as much as I could during my stay in Split, and plan to visit again when I’m back next month. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? You can choose from a vast array of fresh fruit ice blocks, have it dipped in dark chocolate (there’s also milk and white chocolate but they’re not vegan), and then have it rolled in nuts like pistachios or almonds. The iceblock above was raspberry, dark chocolate and almond. At only 19HRK (around €2.60) it’s a great healthy treat. What’s more, it’s in an unbeatable central location.
*UPDATE* As of August 2019, be advised that they don’t always have vegan dark chocolate available. Enquire with the staff when you visit.
Vege Fast Food
Right beside Stixberry is Vege Fast Food. When you walk up towards the city from the bus station, you’ll see their big sign (as shown above) so you can’t miss it. It’s a perfect stop if you arrive in Split with hunger pangs. They have pretty big portions, some tables and free wifi. I liked their oyster mushroom plate and fresh orange juice. They also have tasty burritos and pasta dishes. Just make sure you bring kuna with you as they are cash only. For the amount of food you get, it’s by far the best value vegan meal in Split.
Marta’s Veggie Fusion
You can’t find a more centrally located vegan eatery than Marta’s Veggie Fusion – it’s basically right beside Diocletian’s Palace! It has seating, nice decor, friendly staff, free wifi and a pretty comprehensive menu including raw food, cakes, organic coffee, burgers and local wine and beer. I can highly recommend their beet burger! One of the things I liked most on their menu was the option to have their burgers with or without the buns. The wait time can be a bit long, especially if you arrive at a busy time but this is due to the fact that they make everything from scratch. We were lucky and got a table as another group was leaving. All of their food is vegan, but they do have dairy milk available for coffees.
While Daddy Cool can’t be praised for having a large array of vegan options, their green falafel is VERY good. When you tell the staff you’re vegan, they know that you’ll have the green falafel with hummus (instead of yoghurt) and tahini (instead of aioli). You get a very decent sized portion, with everything served in a fresh pitta bread. For only 45HRK (around €6), it’s pretty good value. They main con is there’s very little seating, but taking it down to the promenade to eat is a great solution.
SPLIT THRIFT SHOPPING
Split is home to four main thrift stores, and each one has “SECOND HAND SHOP” emblazoned above the doors so you really can’t miss them! If you’re pressed for time, you could easily visit all four in an afternoon. If you’re starting from the city centre I recommend beginning with the smallest, most central store, Good Stuff. Then, it’s only eight minutes walk to the biggest (and in my opinion the best) Second Hand Shop. If you miss the second ‘Good Stuff’ and ‘Second Hand Shop’ stores that are further out from the centre, don’t worry about it. It seems to me that in Split, the more central the store, the better the quality.
Zagrebačka ul. 17, 21000, Split, Croatia
This thrift store is in an enviable location, as it’s only 500 metres from the heart of Split’s Old City. It has a very nice atmosphere, the staff are friendly and even though it’s small there is a great selection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothes. There’s also a great selection of handbags, wallets and cross-body purses. Each item is in good condition and unlike the other Second Hand Shops, you pay per item.
The second Good Stuff location is about 40 minutes walk from the more central location, here’s the address: Ul. Ruđera Boškovića 13, 21000, Split, Croatia
Second Hand Shops 1 & 2
There are two thrift stores in Split that are both called ‘Second Hand Shop’. I’m not entirely sure how affiliated they are with each other, but it seems to me they are the same shop with two different locations. At both stores you pay by weight, rather than by item and the price per kilo changes each day of the week. On Mondays it’s 120HRK per kilo (when there’s new stock), and it gets 20HRK cheaper each day of the week until by Saturday it’s 20HRK per kilo. The stores are both closed on Sundays.
Second Hand Shop 1
Slobode ul. 3, 21000, Split, Croatia
The first store I visited was the one that is closest to the city centre. It is, by far, my personal favourite thrift store in Split. It’s huge, more like a warehouse than a store, and has a vast selection of clothing. As usual the women’s section is much bigger, but this store had the largest men’s section I’ve seen.
Second Hand Shop 2
Velebitska ul. 33, 21000, Split, Croatia
The other Second Hand Shop takes about twenty minutes to walk to from the city centre. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you’re visiting in the height of summer, definitely bring water with you as the route can get quite hilly! This store is very similar to the first one, but it is a bit smaller and therefore there’s less selection. However, it’s also less busy so it’s still worth a visit.
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