Many people who are thinking about visiting Croatia are curious about the prices of coffee, beer, and other drinks in cafés and bars in the country.

Socializing in cafes is one of the key elements of Croatian culture - you will notice in Dalmatian towns like Sibenik and Split that there is a bar or a cafe around every corner.

Since Croatia is a tourist country and some places have a reputation to be glamourous destinations, there is no wonder that prices are much higher around those popular spots.

Beach bars are popular in Split
Beach bars are popular in Split

Cafe prices in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is considered to be the most attractive Croatian tourist destination. Just as expected, its main street Stradun is the most expensive place to have coffee in Croatia. If you want to have an espresso, you are likely to pay 4 euros or more. However, if you walk away a bit from Stradun and the city centre, prices tend to be the same as in other tourist spots.

It is yet to see if Croatian entry into the eurozone and the introduction of the euro as the official currency in 2023 will further affect those prices.

Dubrovnik is top Croatian destination
Dubrovnik is top Croatian destination

The second biggest Croatian destination, Split, is more affordable than Dubrovnik in every way, and the same is valid for cafe prices.
If you want to have a coffee with milk (macchiato), you will pay no more than 2 euros, even at famous spots like Split Riva, Split Peristyle, and Pjaca square. Those places feature an imposing atmosphere created by cultural attractions and architectural masterpieces, some of which date back to the Roman days. Check our list of top 5 cafes in Split.

Split Riva is a favourite spot for a coffee
Split Riva is a favourite spot for a coffee

If you move a little away from the Croatian coast and its popular destinations, the prices are getting affordable. The price for a macchiato in cafes is usually less than 1.5 euros. The beer will usually cost you less than 3 euros, depending on the type of beer. Ožujsko, Karlovačko and other beers manufactured in Croatia are usually less expensive than foreign ones like Heineken and Staropramen, which are priced over 3 euros.

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