Croatia Food Tours

 

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.

Food Tourism

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.

What are Food Tours?

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.

Why Experience Food Tours?

There are many reasons why food tours are popular, including:

  • Unique experience – Food tours offer an exciting way to experience a destination through guided tastings.
  • Food tasting adventure – Food tours offer authentic local food experiences that engage visitors more deeply with the local culture.
  • New flavors – Food tours offer freshly made, delicious, local food and drinks.
  • Sightseeing – Food tours are a great way to go sightseeing with a local expert guide while also sampling food and drinks.
  • Local culture – Learning about a place through local cuisine provides great insight into local life.
  • Connections – Food tours offer opportunity to connect with other foodies and locals.
  • Insider tips – Local expert guides offer many insider tips on best spots in the neighborhoods.
  • Fun, memorable experience –  Food tours are fun and offer an unforgettable travel experience.

“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 Food Tours

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 Food Tours

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.

Walking food tours in Zagreb are offered by Zagreb BitesSinful Spoonful, and Zagreb Food Tours.

Istria Food Tours

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.

Walking food tours in Istria are offered by Istria Gourmet Food Tours. Locations include UmagNovigradPorecRovinj, and Pula.

Split Food Tours

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.

Walking food tours in Split are offered by Eat in Split Food Tours and Gourmet Croatia.

Dubrovnik Food Tours

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.

Walking food tours in Dalmatia are offered by Dubrovnik Food StoryDubrovnik Sights & Bites, and Dubrovnik Food Tours.


Top Croatian Foodie Tours on Viator (TripAdvisor Experiences)

 

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).

 

Foodie Experiences in Istria

Istria is the Tuscany of Croatia. Learn more about the gastronomy of Istria.

Most popular foodie experiences in Istria:

 

Foodie Experiences in Zagreb

Zagreb is at the crossroad of Croatian regional cuisines. Learn more about the gastronomy of Zagreb.

Most popular foodie experiences in Zagreb:

 

Foodie Experiences in Kvarner

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:

Foodie Experiences in Dalmatia in Central Croatia

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:

Foodie Experiences in Dalmatia – Zadar

Zadar combines the taste of islands, coast, and hinterland. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Zadar.

Most popular foodie experiences in Zadar:

Foodie Experiences in Dalmatia – Sibenik

Sibenik is home to the best restaurant in Croatia. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Sibenik.

Most popular foodie experiences in Sibenik:

Foodie Experiences in Dalmatia – Split

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:

Foodie Experiences in Dalmatia – Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik walls are famous but so is the local cuisine. Learn more about the gastronomy of Dalmatia – Dubrovnik.

Most popular foodie experiences in Dubrovnik:


Experience a Croatia Food Tour

Join us for a food tour in UmagNovigradPorecRovinj, or Pula, or join one of the other food tours in Croatia, for an unforgettable local experience to treasure and share.