The food on Hvar is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S but expensive.

Consider yourself forewarned. If you like to cook, there’s a supermarket on the island, but it’s literally the priciest supermarket in Croatia. There’s also a fruit market and numerous bakeries and burger places when on a budget, but if you want to treat yourself there’s a truckload of premium restaurants to choose from.

Our advice? Avoid the tourist traps in the main square and head up through the winding streets of the Old Town to find Hvar’s true culinary gems.

Our favourite Hvar restaurants

Black Pepper


We hear these two words together and start salivating. This venue opened last year for the 2016 season, but you would think it had been running for years, such is the professionalism and attention to detail in both the service and food. Think shrimp-stuffed gnocchi, juicy steak, local monkfish brodetto paired with perfect polenta and the most incredibly cooked tuna steak we’ve ever wrapped our tongues around. Go here for an amazing date night and be sure to order starters and a bottle of the pinot noir. One last thing – now is not the time to be thinking about portion control!

Giaxa

Whilst this restaurant is on the more expensive side, even for Hvar, you’ll enjoy its offerings all the more for its particularly romantic setting. The beef fillet medallions with black truffle and gnocchi and lamb rack with white polenta and mascarpone had us cheering in our seats.

Fig Cafe Bar

Run by Rob and Geoff, Fig is reminiscent of what you’d find at your favourite local Aussie cafe – Spicy eggs, Chipotle chicken burritos, Mexican pulled pork and Grilled flatbread with prosciutto, brie and cranberries are just some of the menu’s highlights. We would have eaten here every day if we could and if we’re ever in Hvar again we’ll certainly be regulars once more. It might be hard to find but once you taste the food you’ll boomerang back here the next day like a homing device. Crazy generous portions, great cold brew coffee and a super relaxed atmosphere make this a perfect place to park yourself for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Cafe Nonica

Forget about your bikini body for a day and get to Cafe Nonica for afternoon tea. We recommend the brownies but to be honest it’s all delicious. Higher prices than other bakeries on the island but the sweet treats are ten times better.

Where to Drink/Party on Hvar island

Would a visit to Hvar be complete without a visit to the famous Carpe Diem Beach Club? For those who live under a rock, Carpe Diem is a club on Stipanska Beach on Marinkovac island open night and day to cater to your hedonistic needs. There’s also

  • Kiva Bar for all night rocking
  • Hula Hula Bar to day drink and watch the sun go down
  • Falko to chill after a big night
  • Jazz barr if you’re after an early morning dive bar atmosphere
  • The only “club” in Hvar Town is Pink Champagne, also great for a loose night but there is a cover charge of 100 Kn.

Insider tip: If Carpe Diem is a must-do for you, be sure to check it’s opening and closing dates as it doesn’t stay open too late into the season.

Disclaimer: You might notice a slight absence of photos in this post. As we’ve said before, we aren’t food bloggers and we don’t pretend to be. However, judging by our expanding waistlines we can definitely put it away and rest assured we ate like queens in Hvar.