Vegan guide to Split, Croatia

Vegan guide to Split, Croatia

When people think of Croatia, especially Dalmatia, vegan 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 vegan and vegetarian scene with health food and organic stores opening every day while more and more restaurants are offering vegan and gluten-free options. These are some of our favorite places:

Restaurants

Makrovega

One of the first vegan/vegetarian places in Split. They are preparing fresh food from organic and seasonal ingredients every day.The true guarantee of the freshness of their food is the fact that they don’t even have a freezer. They serve house specials every day but you can always order “classics” as a vegan burrito, veggie hemp burger, tofu and tempeh sandwiches… If you follow a particular diet, for example gluten-free, staff is well-informed and more than happy to help you choose a dish for you. The restaurant is alcohol and smoking free so it provides the calm oasis in the heart of the town.

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

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 vegan 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 Juice&Smoothie Bar

Newly opened place in Split. It is located outside of city center. It is not 100% vegan because they have fish options, but rest of the selection is pretty good. They offer raw cakes, pancakes, sandwiches, main courses, salads, desserts, breakfast, smoothies, and juices.

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

 Matoni

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

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

Health food stores and markets

If you have access to the kitchen there are 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 vegan, 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

In the basement of the Joker center shopping mall, there is a small but well-equipped shop with well-informed staff. They offer a selection of beans and grains in bulk, and also a nice selection of products like gluten-free flours, vegan 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 đir

Small health food store with the decent selection of food in bulk and some packaged products. They are situated close to the center, a couple of minutes walk from the green market.

They don’t have a website 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 green market.

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

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.