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How expensive is food in Slovenia and Croatia?

How expensive is food in Slovenia and Croatia?

Oct 17th, 2006, 09:30 AM
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How expensive is food in Slovenia and Croatia?

I'm trying to figure out how much we should budget for food for 11 days in Slovenia and Croatia in May (we're also going to Paris and London for a couple nights each and I'm aware these places will be more expensive, so I'm just asking about the Slovenia and Croatia portion because that's where we're spending the bulk of our time).

Here's how we usually are with food on vacation:

Breakfast - if not included in our hotel price, we generally go to a grocery store at the beginning of our stay and get some pastries and fruit or something to keep in the room and have for breakfast. In Croatia we will definitely be doing this because we'll be renting apartments.

Lunch - usually something from a deli/sandwich shop like a sandwich and a drink, nothing fancy and usually not sit-down unless seating is free...

Dinner - we almost always eat dinner at a sit-down restaurant. Never super expensive though, usually whatever we stumble across first that looks decent...

So with all that in mind, how much would food run us in Croatia and Slovenia?
Amanda23 is offline  
Oct 21st, 2006, 11:26 PM
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Breakfast 5 Euros. Lunch should be 5 - 7 euros. Dinner at a sit down place that has a decent atmosphere with wine will run you about 4000 SIT/person which is roughly 17 euros.

Wine can be very cheap or very expensive. Go somewhere in the middle b/c it is rare that the expensive wine is worth it.

And sitting down is free.
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Oct 22nd, 2006, 12:13 AM
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Croatia and Slovenia are not far below France in food costs, so expect to budget a reasonable amount. The seafood is so fresh and well and simply done it seems a shame to order anything else, especially if grilled over an open fire which is one of their specialties. Fresh herbs are used generously. The bread is excellent, full of flavour. Their fruit has a spectacular old-fashioned intense flavour well worth seeking out, particularly the peaches and melons. Farmers Markets are set up in a number of towns. Having spent a reasonable time in Croatian restaurants, these days I seek out the equivalent of tavernas that look well patronised. Don't expect anything too cheap. Crotia is booming, their highways are a revelation, and there are no super bargains around. But you will get good value for your money. Forget sandwiches for lunch. If you could find them they would be expensive. Croatia makes fabulous traditional wood fired pizzas (they have been intimately involved with Venice over centuries) or choose seafood or pasta with one of their generous and very fresh salads. Even their expensive wines are still ordinary by international standards. Take the advice of locals or buy the house wine which is usually quite tolerable. Tell them the style of wine you like. They are very helpful and friendly. But aim for a mid-price range. There are some excellent beers if the weather is hot, and we have found the water to be no problem at all. You should really budget for much the same amount in Croatia as in France. I notice little difference between the two in recent years. The difference in value lies at the top of the range where there is no doubt that an occasional very good restaurant in France is worth every cent in terms of travel memories. Hope you have set aside time for the island of Hvar and a visit to medieval Trogir, both very well worth the time. Hvar needs a few days and a hire car (or take a car over from the mainland on the car ferry), and Hvar Town is truly a delight.
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