Plant-based guide to Split, Croatia

Plant-based guide to Split, Croatia

When people think of Croatia, especially Dalmatia, the plant-based cuisine is not the first thing that springs to mind. Usually, first association is fish and meat generously drizzled with olive oil and served with a glass of wine. Although these options are prevalent, you will not exactly starve. There is a growing plant-based and vegetarian scene with health food and organic stores opening every day while more and more restaurants are offering plant-based and gluten-free options. These are some of our favorite places:

Restaurants

UpCafe

This is our favorite place. It is managed by the same team as Makrovega. The quality and service are on the high level as well and the staff is very kind and friendly. To experience the full richness of choice be sure to come between breakfast and lunch. There are many options here to choose from like sandwiches, burritos, pizzas, amazing plant-based and vegetarian desserts, main courses like their delicious Protein meal with tempeh, seitan, and tofu, swiss chard, and millet.

Visit their website on www.upcafe.hr for more info.

Vege

It is located in the center of town, just next to the green market. This is a small place where you can sit for a quick bite or you can order a takeaway and sit by the seaside just a couple of minutes from here. They have vegetables, basmati rice, whole-grain pasta, veggie burgers, soy steak, tofu and seitan sandwiches, burritos, pancakes, fruit salads, juices, and ice tea. It is open from late April until late September.

Here is a map so you can find it easily.

Superfood Healthy Food Factory

Newly opened place in Split. It operates in two locations, one in the very center, and the other one in Split 3. It is not 100% plant-based because they have fish options, but the rest of the selection is pretty good. They offer raw cakes, pancakes, sandwiches, main courses, salads, desserts, breakfast, smoothies, and juices.

Split center location: Bana Jelačića 1
Split 3 location: Ruđera Boškovića 13

More info on their Facebook page

 Matoni

Another non-plant-based place but we thought it deserves to be included because they have plant-based and gluten-free options, like lentil muffins, a salad made with peanuts and dried pears, other plant-based salads, home-made green pasta, and some plant-based desserts.

Visit their website www.ma-toni.com for more info.

Roots

They are not a plant-based restaurant but they do have a selection of vegan and vegetarian options such as veggie burgers, falafel, vegan bowls, etc.

For more info check out their Facebook page

Kat’s kitchen

Health food restaurants with vegan and vegetarian options. They prepare their food only from locally sourced ingredients. From vegan options, they offer pizzas, granola, oatmeal, pancakes, salads, toasts, and buddha bowls..

You can get more info on their Facebook page or their website.

Kat’s Grab ‘n’ Go

The same team that is running Kat’s Kitchen. This location is in the very center and easier to find. They have the same offer as Kat’s kitchen – pizzas, granola, oatmeal, pancakes, salads, toasts, and buddha bowls.

You can get more info on their Facebook page

Maka Maka

Healthy food bar in the very center of Split. They offer delicious fresh smoothies⁣, acai & poke bowls.

You can get more info on their Instagram or Facebook page

Pandora Greenbox

Located in the city center, next to the fish market. Great interior design that gives you a feeling that you are eating in the middle of the forest. They offer breakfast, cold-pressed juices, homemade ice teas, smoothies, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and gluten-free craft beer.

More info on their Facebook page.

Marta’s Veggie Fusion

Located in the old town, right around the corner from Peristil. They offer veggie burgers, soups, sandwiches, raw cakes, and craft beer.

More info on their Facebook page

Health food stores and markets

If you have access to the kitchen there are a number of health food stores across the town. They offer a great selection of products like grains and beans in bulk, tofu, tempeh, gluten-free products and so on.

Bio&Bio

Health food store chain operating at three locations across town: Morpurgova poljana 2 in the town center, Ruđera Boškovića bb and in City Center One shopping mall. They have a number of high-quality organic products and a wide range of plant-based, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The staff is very friendly, helpful and very well informed.

Visit their website for more info on www.biobio.hr

BioPlanet

They operate on two locations: in the basement of the Joker center shopping mall, there is a small but well-equipped shop with well-informed staff and a bigger one in the basement of Mall of Split. They offer a selection of beans and grains in bulk, and also a nice selection of products like gluten-free flours, plant-based cheeses, superfoods, …

For more info check out their Facebook page

Refužo

Another health food store chain with an amazing selection of products in bulk and affordable prices. Great choice if you are on a budget. It operates on five locations in Split: Dinka Šimunovića 2a, Matoševa bb, Varaždinska 53, Kralja Zvonimira 24 and Vukovarska.

They don’t have a website yet but you can find out more on their Facebook page

Zdravi bili

Small health food store with a great selection of supplements and packaged products. Very close to the town center and the green market.

You can find more info on their website www.zdravibili.hr

Zrno života

Health food store with a great selection of food in bulk and quality packaged products. They operate in two locations. One is close to the center around a corner from UpCafe, and the other one is a little bit further away but still approachable on foot.

They don’t have a website but you can find out more on their Facebook page

Tvornica zdrave hrane

Health food store with a selection of good quality health food. They are situated in Mall of Split, 10 minutes on the bus from the city center.

You can get more info on their website.

Split Green market or, as we call it, Pazar

One of the iconic and a must see places in Split. It is located right next to the east wall of the Diocletian Palace and next to the church of St Dominic. If you want to feel the true spirit of this town, this is a place to be. It is opened 7 days a week from 6.30 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. Here you have a great variety of fresh produce like all sorts of seasonal fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, flowers etc. It is a vivid and a charming place, full of life and interesting people. It is just the right place to blend in with locals.



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