Monday, May 30, 2011

Sweet Treats in the Old Town

The recently closed retail shop for Gabi Slasticarna in Gruz has reopened in the Old Town as the eponymous Sugar & Spice. The new shop will continue to offer the same high-quality cakes and desserts, as well as some new menu items. Tempting snacks include chocolate chip cookies (5 Kn), Zucchini bread (11 Kn), and a variety of sweet and savory muffins (9 Kn).

Sugar & Spice is located at Ulica Sv.Josipa 5 in the Old Town. Drop in for an afternoon snack or a post-dinner treat.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Self-Service Laundry in Dubrovnik

A new self-service Laundromat has just opened in Dubrovnik. Sanja & Rosie’s Launderette is located at Put Od Bosanke 2, just outside the Ploce Gate entrance to Old Town. There are several professional washing machines and dryers available and they accept Kuna coins and notes. One washing cycle costs 50 Kuna and dryers are priced at 10 Kuna for 10 minutes. The Laundromat has a funky, retro vibe and is open daily from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm.

Sanja & Rosie’s Launderette is a much-needed new service and will be very convenient for those staying in private apartments and villas in and around the Old Town. For more information please visit their website,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Parking Near Dubrovnik's Old Town

One of the many features that make Dubrovnik’s Old Town so attractive is its pedestrian-only streets. However, this ban on vehicular traffic makes arriving by car and finding parking difficult. Drivers have 2 options: 1.) metered street/lot parking around the city walls and 2.) the public parking garage.

Visitors can park for as long as they like using the “pay & display” system or for free on some parts of Petra Kresimira IV and Frana Supila. These are the two main streets in the Ploce neighborhood, just outside of the Old Town. In addition, visitors may park in two “pay & display” parking lots located just behind the Old Town, near the Buza Gate. Under this “pay & display” system, parkers may either buy a ticket from a machine and display it in their car windows or send an SMS (from a local Croatian mobile phone) with their registration number (license plate number) to 8201 or 8202, depending on the zone they are (look for signs for the correct zone). They may then send additional SMS messages to add more time, one hour per message. Parking under this “pay & display” system costs 5 – 15 Kuna per hour, depending on the zone.

For those who cannot find a spot on the street or who plan to park for an extended period of time, the city operates an underground parking garage located just 10–15-minutes’ walking distance to the Old Town. Here is a map that shows the location of the garage:

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Click on the following link for a parking garage price list (valid as of May 2011):

Dubrovnik Parking Garage Price List

For daily, weekly, and monthly rates drivers must inform the attendant in advance to avail of the special rate. Once an extended period parking pass is purchased, drivers may enter and exit the garage as many times as they like within that time period.