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21 July 2013

Zbogom, Dubrovnik

After we had packed up, we didn't have a lot of time on our last day in Dubrovnik. We went for breakfast at Glam Café, which was supposed to be one of the better places in the city for coffee. The macchiato was pretty good, although not exactly up to London standards. They had also ran out of croissants — a common theme — but managed to rustle up some toasted slices of baguette-ish bread and jam.



I didn't go to Dubrovnik for the shopping, but there was one shop I wanted to check out before we left: a little design boutique called Lega-Lega (lega means something like "dude" in Croatian). They sell beautifully designed notebooks, coasters and graphic-design-inspired t-shirts, which come packaged in a milk carton box, displayed in huge fridges in the shop. They've won awards for their design and it's easy to see why. I really wanted to support the shop, but the t-shirts in stock didn't have the right combination of colour and design for me — my favourite was the photosensitive tee, but lime green isn't my colour — so I bought a cute notebook and some coasters instead. It's a great shop, though, and the staff are very friendly.




As our attempted brunch at Glam Café turned out to be somewhat lacking on the food front and as it was, by then, lunchtime, we went to Kamenice, a fish restaurant with tables in the bustling market square. Although our waitress was from the dinner lady school of customer service, the food was delicious and very good value. My shrimp risotto was something like 80 kuna for a huge plate, and around 65 kuna gets you a platter full of mussels. It's also a great place for people-watching.



Then, we just had time for a last ice cream by the old port before getting the bus back to the airport. The airport buses, incidentally, depart from Gruž (the main port) two hours before each international flight, stopping outside the cable car station five minutes later. The journey only takes about 25 minutes, which, given the size of the airport, gives you plenty of time, even if you weren't able to check in online (thanks, BA).

Sleeping Dubrovnik kitty sez, "zbogom."
Five days was about the right of time to spend in Dubrovnik. We got to do a bit of culture, a bit of history, some beach and some outdoor activities. If it isn't quite lying-on-the-beach weather, you could see and do most of the city in three or four days. And hopefully at some point, someone will make a good Dubrovnik city guide. In the meantime, this Time Out list has some great ideas.

Glam Café. Palmotićeva 5, Dubrovnik (just off the Stradun, on the north side).
Lega-Lega. Dropčeva 3, Dubrovnik (just north of the Stradun).
Kamenice. Gundulićeva poljana 8, Dubrovnik.

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