We believe that the best way to experience local culture in Croatia is through Croatia food tours. Food tells the story of a destination’s history, culture, and people. By combining local food and drink with travel, food tours offer an authentic taste of the region and unique local experience while contributing to local economy.
Local food tours (also known as culinary tours and foodie tours) are becoming ever more popular. Travelers are increasingly showing more interest in the various cuisines from around the world as a way to experience local culture. Tasting new food, encountering new ingredients, and enjoying local hospitality is one of the most delicious ways to experience authentic local culture.
Food tours are generally walking tours lasting 2-4 hours that offer food and drink sampling while learning about the cuisine, culture, people, and history of the area.
There are also longer foodie tours that extend over multiple days and locations. However, the shorter walking food tours are more popular because they’re less expensive, are focused on immediate local neighborhood of current location, last only few hours, and don’t require transportation.
There are many reasons why food tours are popular, including:
“Croatia is the next big thing… This food is world class, the cheeses are world class and the wines are world class” – Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
“This is the stuff of which great stories are created. It’s the type of thing that’s in book and magazine articles that you know for sure that you’ll never bump into but you bump into here… If you don’t make your way to Croatia soon, you’re missing out on one of the greatest travel opportunities of a lifetime” – Andrew Zimmerman: Bizarre Foods
Croatia is famous for its crystal-clear sea, historic towns, amazing sights, islands, nature, and rich culture and history. Learn more about Croatia.
Croatia is also well known for its gastronomic delights. Croatian food reflects its historical, cultural, geographical, and climate features. Though Croatia is not a big country, it has a colorful food and wine scene influenced by dramatic change of landscape, climate, history, cooking, and wines from region to region. Croatian cuisine combines local traditions with local ingredients and imagination to produce amazing food. Home-made pasta, fresh vegetables and fruits, local truffle, cured meats, freshly-caught fish, and local olive oil are staples in many of Croatia’s restaurant. And with more than a hundred wineries spread over Croatia, it is not surprising that Croatia is a top-notch gourmet destination for food and wine lovers from all over the world! Learn more about Croatian food, wine, and olive oil.
Consistent with the global trend in culinary tourism, food tourism is also growing rapidly in Croatia. In addition to the many specialized foodie and winery tours, there are now many local walking food tours across Croatia that offer and outstanding taste of local food and culture. Shown below are most popular walking food tours in Croatia, organized by geographical regions.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. Cafes and bakeries are abundant throughout the city. The gastronomic selection in Zagreb comprises a rich combination of many cuisines, including specialties of inland Croatia as well as Mediterranean and international cuisine. Learn more about Zagreb.
Istrian peninsula boasts Old World charm, unique culinary experiences, and seaside and hilltop appeal. Istria produces some of the world’s best olive oil, remarkable local wines, and spectacular truffles. Istria has become the gourmet capital of Croatia and is known as the “Croatian Tuscany” for its emblematic dishes and ingredients rivaling those in neighboring Italy, including truffles, seafood, fish, oysters, Boskarin beef, cheese, aged prsut, dried meats, olive oil, and homemade pasta. Learn more about Istria.
The economic, sports, and social hub in Dalmatia, the city of Split offers modern urban tastes and pleasures dovetailed with remains from Emperor Diocletian’s era in the 3rd century, all set in a beautiful coastal location with great weather and gorgeous views. Today, it is a thriving center with a renovated Riva, attracting lots of buzz around the waterfront restaurants and cafes. It’s a beautiful city that offers a combination of seaside beauty, gourmet offerings, and historic significance. Learn more about Split.
Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, for the first time or revisiting after many previous visits, the sense of awe for this amazing walled city on the Adriatic never fails. Dubrovnik’s gastronomic scene is varied and versatile, and includes traditional food and top gourmet offerings using fresh ingredients and fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea with chef reinterpreting traditional recipes in their creations. The wines are also splendid and so is the Dalmatian olive oil. Learn more about Dubrovnik.
In addition to traditional walking food tours listed above, you can experience many other fun food and wine tours in various regions of Croatia. From the shores of the Adriatic in Istria, Kvarner, and Dalmatia, to inland regions of Central Croatia, you’ll be surprised by Croatia’s culinary delights that have evolved over centuries of tradition.
Viator (TripAdvisor Experiences) is the world’s largest provider of online tours and activities. Compiled here are most popular Croatian foodie experiences available on Viator which you can book directly from links (note: tour links are Viator affiliate links at no extra cost to you).
Istria is the Tuscany of Croatia. Learn more about the gastronomy of Istria.
Most popular foodie experiences in Istria:
Zagreb is at the crossroad of Croatian regional cuisines. Learn more about the gastronomy of Zagreb.
Most popular foodie experiences in Zagreb:
In Kvarner you’ll taste the best cheese and lamb in the world. Learn more about the gastronomy of Kvarner.
Most popular foodie experiences in Kvarner:
In Central Croatia you’ll discover traditional recipes with many ethnical influences. Learn more about the gastronomy of Central Croatia.
Most popular foodie experiences in Central Croatia:
Zadar combines the taste of islands, coast, and hinterland. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Zadar.
Most popular foodie experiences in Zadar:
Sibenik is home to the best restaurant in Croatia. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Sibenik.
Most popular foodie experiences in Sibenik:
Emperor Diocletian, who built his magnificent palace in Split, had good taste. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Split.
Most popular foodie experiences in Split:
Dubrovnik walls are famous but so is the local cuisine. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Dubrovnik.
Most popular foodie experiences in Dubrovnik: