Shopping in Dubrovnik may not quite compare to other famous European cities, but this little Adriatic jewel offers a unique shopping experience of its own. The Stradun is a great place to start as little shops can be found lining much of this marble-paved street, but the best bargains can be found down the maze of pokey side streets leading off the Stradun.
Those who love a good shopping mall should head to the Lapad Shopping Center where all the usual international chain stores can be found. Many fashion-forward locals organise trips to Italy a few times a year to stock up on the latest fashion, but some local designer boutiques can be found in the Old Town where fashionistas are guaranteed to pick up original designs; just be prepared to pay a pretty penny.
The Old Town is still the best area for touristic shopping and souvenir hunting. Many local markets boast Dubrovnik's finest bounty, with interesting locally-made souvenirs such as embroidered tablecloths and linen, Dalmation wine, spirits (known as rajika), and delicious preserves and dried fruit, all beautifully packaged. The morning market at Gunduliceva Sqaure is great for souvenirs, while the morning market at Gruz is ideal for fresh local produce.
Most shops are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm, but during the tourist season many shops keep longer hours. A VAT of 18.5 percent is added to all non-essential products and services purchased in Croatia. Tourists can reclaim tax on purchases to the value of HRK 501 or more on departure from Croatia. Tax back forms can be collected at points of purchase and should be filled out and stamped at the store.
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