On hot summer days it is hard to resist the allure of gelato (Italian style ice cream) which is sold from many shops in Dubrovnik’s Old Town and Cavat’s waterfront. The only difficulty is deciding which flavor to choose from the artfully presented mounds behind the glass case, piled high with fresh gelato and toppings. It is no wonder that every second person strolling on the Stradun seems to have a cone in hand.
There are many gelato shops to choose from and most offer good quality and service, but here are a couple of suggestions for those looking for the best (and the one to avoid):
Dolce Vita: Located just off of the Stradun on a small side street (Nalješkovićeva 1a) this ice cream and cake shop is every local’s pick for best in Dubrovnik. In addition selling the usual cones of gelato to go, they also serve ice cream sundaes, cakes, and coffees to customers sitting inside their bright, cheery shop or at café tables lining the street.
Poklisar: This restaurant is located on the Old Port, just through an arch in the city walls leading to the Ploce Gate. They have a large display of gelato piled high and sell cones to go or large dishes for those who want to sit and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere created by the city walls and port.
Kiwi: Located right on the Stradun, this is probably the most popular gelato shop in Dubrovnik. Judging by the lines this seems to be where most of the people walking on the Stradun get their ice cream cones. Once you see the large, double display case with dozens of flavors piled high it’s hard to pass by without stopping in for one. The high turnover also helps to maintain the high quality.
The One to Avoid:
U.O. Paradiso in Cavtat: This small café and gelato shop is located along Cavtat’s waterfront promenade. The quality of the gelato varies and on one occasion when the gelato was very bad the owner was dismissive, rude, and responded to our requests to replace it with hostility. This is a good example of a business that relies on one-time visits from tourists rather than the repeat business of satisfied loyal customers.