1. Restaurant Kornat
Down near the harbour you will find this popular seafood restaurant that is a favourite amongst many people who visit Zadar. Restaurant Kornat offers Dalmatian specialties with a laid back, friendly service.
2. City Market
Head to the City Market to see one of the biggest and best in Dalmatia. You’ll find a mouthwatering variety of food from locally grown fruit and veg to homemade olive oil, homemade brandy (rakija) and cheese. There’s also a section where you can get cheap clothes and knick knacks if you need to pick up a bargain for the beach. Try local specialty Maraschino liqueur and the famous cheese from Pag. There are also lots of little cafes and bakeries surrounding the markets where you can sit and enjoy a coffee.
3. Lari i Penati
A favourite amongst the locals for lunch, this small street side terrace is always busy, so make sure you book a table. They offer bistro style dishes with a menu that changes daily at affordable prices.
4. Dva Ribara
In the heart of the Old Town, Dva Ribara puts a modern twist on the traditional Dalmatian seafood dishes and is rumoured to have the best pizzas in town. Reasonably priced with quick service.
5. Na Po Ure
Na Po Ure is a traditional konoba style (Dalmatia home cooking) budget eatery that serves up generous portions. The menu changes daily depending on what is found at the morning market, so you know it is always fresh and tasty. Na Po Ure specializes in meat and fish dishes, in particular shark. Wine is sold from the barrel, so there is an endless supply.
1. Maraschino Bar
The largest bar in town located by the waterfront, Maraschino Bar offers a café by day and a club with DJ music at night. There are great views from the terrace across Old Town out to sea. Whilst here, try the regional specialty of Marschino, a liqueur made from the maraska cherry.
Arsenal is an old 18th century naval service center that has been converted into a centre that displays its history and doubles as an entertainment area. There are interactive art exhibits, music, food and drinks in a laid back atmosphere.
3. The Garden Lounge Bar
On the edge of Old Town, this chic open air lounge bar on top of the city walls is the place where people come to be seen and is known as one of the coolest places to hang out in Zadar. While the cocktails may be a little pricey, there are international guest DJs playing their tunes throughout the summer and it is also host to the annual electronic music festival.
4. Svarog Bar
Inside of the old town walls, this club is known as the ultimate party destination where you can enjoy balmy summer nights while listening to all types of music from RnB, reggae, hip hop & house.
5. Hitch Bar
A minimalist nightclub located right on the sea, you’ll want to dance till you drop here in this popular venue. They have themed nights and international DJs throughout the summer, as well as concerts by locals and international artists.