As the true Croatian that you are or want to be, having a sip of coffee is mandatory. At least during the days you’re visiting, try to get involved with the country’s culture and traditions. Doing what the locals do is a safe way of making sure you enjoy the city of Split to the full. After all, they are the ones living here all year-round… the ones that know all those secret beautiful spots that sometimes tourists don’t get to see.
I love coffee and I drink it at least once a day. When you go out to drink a coffee in Split, you don’t do it just for the sake of the drink. It’s almost considered a ritual! A time to relax, talk with friends, read the newspaper and even enjoy the views. There’s no drinking coffee on your feet, in a rush because you have somewhere to go. If it’s to drink coffee, take 2 hours from your schedule and do it the proper way!
Here are some of my favorite places to go and drink coffee in Split.
This is one of the first coffee places I tried, just because it’s very close to where I’ve been living. Imagine my luck when I discover that the coffee here is delicious. It’s not bitter as in some places, the taste is amazing. I always drink “coffee with milk” which costs 10 kn ≈ €1.35. It’s located in “Ulica Slobede 39” (“ulica” means “street” in Croatian… “Ulica Slobode” is actually “Freedom street”).
Caffe Bar St-Riva
I discovered this spot not long ago. In my opinion, this is one of those places that can pass unnoticed.
Caffe St-Riva is located in the very popular Split Riva. In Riva, you’ll find many chairs and tables ready to sit and sip that coffee. St-Riva is included on that list. What this place has that many don’t is an upper floor. When you’re walking in Riva, you’ll get caught looking at the sea, the cruises, the people, the palm trees… and you’ll forget to look up.
On the upper floor, you’ll get a great view over Riva and a bit of peace (since you’re not surrounded by an immense crowd).
Caffe Bar Žbirac
Bačvice is a very famous part of Split. It’s known for its sandy beach and the coffees, bars and clubs located in the area. I don’t really go to Bačvice for the beach, I go because of the beach view!
Žbirac is definitely my favorite coffee place in Bačvice. It feels cozy and it has an amazing view over the Adriatic and the island of Brač. Even in the winter is great, with the little blankets and the rain… it just feels welcoming. You’ll find it on “Ulica Kranjčevićeva 26” (ah AH, pronounce that!).
This place is incredible. It’s located in the middle of the Marjan forest park – “Šetalište M. Tartaglie 4” – that covers most of the western part of Split. To reach it, I always leave the car near “Marjanska vrata”, the northern entrance of the park. Then, it’s around 20-25 minutes walking. You can also take your bike, roller skates…
Here you’ll get a true forest feel, with all the birds, trees and crickets (this hot, hot weather)! Also, there’s a small beach right by the coffee. So you’re actually getting the best of both worlds: a view of the forest and the Adriatic. Honestly, this place is magical, I couldn’t recommend it enough.
If you fancy a view over the marina and the big yachts, then Maduro might be the place for you to try. Only a 5-minute walk from Riva, Maduro coffee is a pretty good spot. Last time I was there the Spanish music was on (no “despacito”, don’t worry, it was nice). And I saw a dalmatian dog in Dalmatia! – look for the dog on the picture below 😉
My last recommendation goes to Teak Caffe. I had to mention one coffee place in the middle of the old town. This one is located in “Ulica Majstora Jurja 11”. According to the locals, this is the street where you’ll find the best coffee in Split. Not sure if it’s the best, but it’s definitely good. The little corners and streets inside the city palace are so charming and full of life. I can still get lost in there and I for sure didn’t see everything it has to offer.
Did you try any of these places during your visit to Split? What’s your opinion? Maybe you’re planning to visit and if so I hope these tips are helpful.
If you’re searching for the best cup of coffee, perhaps a spot with a view that relaxes you… a view over the old town, the sea, the beach, even in the forest – Split has it all!
Check my last blog post where I talk about Zadar, the Sea Organ & the most beautiful sunset!