Dubrovnik is a wonderful town for those wanting to explore Croatian culture. There’s endless history, a rich food culture, and a bustling art scene too. However, there are plenty of people from overseas who call Dubrovnik their home and these people have brought with them elements of their own culture. This has made the town all the richer, so much so that it’s possible to get a flavor of many different countries without stepping foot outside of it.
We’re going to take a tour of some of Dubrovnik’s international spots and soak up the atmosphere with food, drink, and a little history too.
Japan – Bota Šare Oyster & Sushi Bar
Sushi is loved all over the world nowadays, but the art of sushi-making originated in Japan. The finest cuts of fresh fish are prepared with utmost care and attention, sometimes served in thin slices as sashimi, or paired with rice or seaweed.
Interestingly, the Bota Šare Oyster & Sushi Bar wasn’t opened by a Japanese sushi master, but rather by a Dubrovnik local called Pero. He was visiting some of his relatives in the US when they all went out for sushi together. Realizing that Dubrovnik has such incredibly fresh fish, Pero thought it was a shame for the town to go without. He set about opening a sushi restaurant that paired Dalmatian ingredients with Japanese tastes.
The result is a famous sushi and oyster restaurant that people travel to from all over the country. The oysters are super fresh and sourced entirely from local oyster farmers. There are sushi rolls too, inspired by the rolls of California (so you can count that as one more country on the list), as well as delectable sashimi and their famous tempura oysters; crunchy, salty, and dangerously moreish.
Brazil – Check Out the Caffe Bar Brazil
Dubrovnik has a thriving cafe culture and one of the top spots is the Caffe Bar Brazil. This cute venue has a stunning open-air terrace that makes it the perfect place to have a break from shopping in the Lapad shopping center. Inside you’ll find a cozy atmosphere with plenty of houseplants to make the space feel fresh and vibrant. They’ve got a state-of-the-art coffee machine, where they grind fresh beans to create a perfect cup every time. Outside, you’ll find plenty of parasols to shade you from the blistering sunshine and great views of the old town.
Whether inside or outside, one of the things that Brazil is most famous for is its music. The samba rhythm can be heard across the world and the Caffe Bar Brazil is certainly no exception. They have Brazilian music playing inside the cafe and outdoors on the terrace, pairing perfectly with the international menu. You’ll find some Dalmatian delicacies, as well as delicious little croquettas and punchy Caipirinha cocktails all the way from Brazil.
South Korea – Follow In the Footsteps of Day Day Up
As we live in such a global community nowadays, sometimes popular culture from one country spreads to another, and that’s absolutely the case for South Korea and Dubrovnik.
The popular talk show called Day Day Up featured an episode where the presenters visited Dubrovnik. They spent time strolling around the old town, where beautiful shots of our architecture were featured. They also embraced the Croatian tradition of dancing the Lindo, a dance rooted in folklore, and of course, they tried our food.
Watching this episode of Day Day Up is an entertaining way to see the crossover between South Korean and Croatian culture, plus, you might spot some of the next sites from Westeros in it too.
Westeros – Jesuit Staircase
Although Westeros isn’t strictly a real country, there will be plenty of people who know exactly where it is. Westeros is one of the towns from the hit series Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik was used for loads of different filming locations, but the Jesuit Staircase was the spot where one of the most famous scenes was filmed.
Fans of the show will remember Cersei Lannister being forced to walk naked through the streets leading to the Jesuit Staircase and it’s possible to go and see them today, though we suggest doing it with some clothes on.