Croatia Epic Week
From September 2 through 9, my wife and I took part in the Croatia Epic Week adventure sponsored by the Croatian National Tourist Board. During the course of 8 days, we visited Zagreb, Istria, the Dalmatian coast, and Hvar island.
Also check out the Travel Guide to Epic Week in Croatia for additional recommendations about what to see and do in Croatia, and how to plan your own Epic Week in Croatia.
Overview of Foodie Guide to Epic Week in Croatia
This guide is intended to help you plan your own foodie Epic Week to Croatia based on our Epic Week experience.
This guide includes:
- Croatia Epic Week Google Map with restaurants and wineries
- Foodie highlights from Epic Week
I hope you’ll find this guide useful in planning your own unique foodie Epic Week trip!
Croatia Epic Week Google Map
Here’s a Google Map of our Croatia Epic Week. In the map, you’ll find the restaurants and wineries we planned to visit. We didn’t get to cover all places in this Epic Week Google Map but left them in the map as a reference for your Epic Week planning.
Here’s also a Google Map of the Epic Week road trip route that you can follow.
Planning Your Epic Week in Croatia
The best way to plan your Epic Week in Croatia is to create a Google Map.
Go to Google My Maps to easily create a custom map with all the places you want to visit. You can use my Croatia Epic Week Google Map as the template and then edit destinations and places to suit your interests.
Day 1 | Zagreb
In Zagreb, we stayed at the historic Zagreb Palace Hotel. The Palace restaurant has a warm atmosphere created by the antique furnishings and modernist interior.
The restaurant is best known for its strukli, a traditional dish of the Zagorje region that is part of the Croatian gastronomic heritage. Strukli are made from drawn dough filled with cow cheese topped with fine cream. It’s a eaten as a warm appetizer or delicious dessert.
We also had beef soup with vegetables and homemade noodles, beefteak, and chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream. They were all delicious.
The next morning, there was a luxurious breakfast buffet with lots of choices, including strukli. One can just never have enough strukli.
Where to eat in Zagreb
- For coffee and drinks, go to Johann Franck, a trendy cafe and bar in a historical building.
- For samples of traditional food, visit Heritage.
- To eat, check out Vinodol, Xato, and Dubravkin Put.
- You can also take a walking food tour of Zagreb with Sinful Spoonful, Zagreb Bites, and Zagreb Food Tours.
Day 2 | Opatija, Umag, and Novigrad
Our trip in Istria was a bit hurried since we set aside only one day for Istria because we’ve already traveled to Istria extensively.
If you plan to include Istria in your Croatia Epic Week, set aside at least 3 days for Istria since there’s so much to see and do in Istria. You can pick Rovinj or another town as your base and then take different trips throughout Istria exploring your places and activities of interest.
During our Croatia Epic Week trip, we made quick coffee stop at the Milenij Hotel in Opatija.
In Istria, we visited family in Umag and went for drinks at Pepe Bianco in Novigrad.
Where to eat in Opatija, Umag, and Novigrad
- For coffee in Opatija, go to Milenij Hotel. For food, visit Plavi Podrum, Bevanda Restaurant, or Restaurant Ruzmarin.
- For coffee in Umag, go to Caffe Tondo. For food, visit Konoba Buscina, Restaurant Toni, or Restaurant Umag. For wine, go to ItIstria.
- For drinks in Novigrad, go to Pepe Bianco and Vitriol. For food, visit Damir & Ornella, Gatto Nero, or Al Mare.
Day 3 | Zadar
Day 4 | Sibenik
Day 5 | Split
Days 6 and 7 | Omis and Hvar Island
Day 8 | Dubrovnik
Additional Foodie Places to Visit During Your Epic Week
If you have more than a week for your foodie Epic Week, or want to substitute some of the places from this Epic Week itinerary, take a look at the Adriatic Road Trip Google Map below which highlights best of Croatia.
Some additional foodie destinations that I would recommend that you visit during your Epic Week to Croatia include:
- Definitely spend more time in Istria, the Tuscany of Croatia. The food, wine, olive oil, truffles, and other Istrian specialties are outstanding. See top recommendations in the Best of Istria Google Map below.
- Kvarner: Opatija, Rijeka, Cres Island, and Krk Island.
- Dalmatia: Peljesac Peninsula, Biograd na Moru, Trogir, Makarska, Cavtat, Korcula Island, Mljet Island, Vis Island, and Kornati Islands.
Undoubtedly, the most difficult part of your trip planning will be to select your Epic Week itinerary. I’d be happy to help – just ask your questions in comments below, post to Croatia Local Guides Community (over 300 members), or email me directly.
Here are additional helpful resources for planning your foodie trip to Croatia:
- Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB)
- CNTB – Croatia Epic Week II
- CNTB – Croatia Feeds
- CNTB – Croatia Gourmet 365
- CNTB – Gastronomy
- Istria Tourist Board (ITB)
- ITB – Istra Gourmet
- Croatia Local Guides Community
- Croatia Epic Week Google Map
- Best of Croatia Google Map
- Best of Istria Google Map
- My books: Adriatic Road Trip and Best of Istria
- Taste of Croatia
- Dobri Restorani
- The Wine & More
- Fini Recepti
- Croatia Week
- Total Croatia Wine
I hope you find this guide helpful in planning you own foodie Croatia Epic Week! Share your experience and ask questions in comments below.