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Where to stay in Hvar town? Where to eat in Hvar town and on Pakleni islands, where to drink, where to party in the party capital of Croatia?

Where to stay

Hotels

Palace Elisabeth, Hvar heritage hotel

Only steps away from the city’s most emblematic attractions, Palace Elisabeth elegantly combines the beauty of its past with its luxurious present. Distinguished by unique architecture and exceptional design this landmark hotel captures the true essence of Hvar heritage.

Adriana, Hvar spa hotel

Perfectly located and uniquely designed for the ultimate in relaxation and romantic experience. Hotel Adriana is Hvar’s boutique hotel and a luxury spa oasis where you can enjoy a most stylish and revitalizing summer vacation.

Amfora, Hvar grand beach resort

Hotel Amfora is located in a private bay, featuring an exquisite cascading pool and offering a wide range of activities suitable for couples, families and business events. Includes six penthouse suites with an expansive open floor plan and uninterrupted views from terrace sides.

Pharos, Hvar bayhill hotel

Hotel Pharos redesigns the traditional hotel experience, allowing guests to discover Hvar, connect and explore. Enjoy modern interiors and an eco-conscious design with sunbeds nestled among olive trees allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature, right by the poolside.

Riva, Hvar yacht harbour hotel

Chic and charming, the place to see and be seen. Hotel Riva is situated on the waterfront promenade in the heart of Hvar town, boasting the finest Adriatic ambiance.

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Hostels

In 2007, there were no hostels in Hvar Town, but by 2016, there were almost 30 at the height of the party era. Today, there is still a great selection, and this type of accommodation can be social and cost-effective. For the best available deals, click here.

Private accommodation

The likes of Booking.com and Airbnb have transformed private accommodation all over the world. You don’t need our help to find those sites, but if you are looking for something special, there is an excellent island-based company offering the very best accommodation and luxury villas.

Camping

Located on the northwestern part of Hvar, just four kilometers from the city center, Camp Vira offers a selection of premium and comfort mobile homes with furnished terraces. In addition, nature lovers can choose a variety of spacious pitches. All guests have free parking available. Check it out here.

Where to eat

You can spend a LOT of money on dining out in Hvar Town, or you can eat very reasonably. The choice is entirely yours. Here are some places worthy of your hard-earned cash.

Top 5 restaurants in Hvar town

Agava

Traditional rustic Dalmatian food, the way Grandma used to make it, Agava has been one of Hvar’s most popular restaurants since opening in 2014.

Giaxa

Have you ever tasted art? Welcome to the world of Hvar fine dining – traditional Dalmatian fare with a modern interpretation of the latest trends. All served in a delightful 15th century palace.

San Marco (Palace Elisabeth)

Positioned on top of the famous Loggia, overlooking the main town square, San Marco provides a haven for those who want to enjoy delectable dishes with uninterrupted sea views. Enjoy tasty Mediterranean cuisine with innovative and artfully-presented dishes inspired by fresh, local products and aromas that together create a truly unique culinary experience.

Black Pepper

Romantically located on a quaint street on the steps towards the fortress, Black Pepper quickly became a tourist favourite with its excellent Mediterranean fare.

Dalmatino

Nestled in a side street just below Hotel Park, Dalmatino Steak and Fish House spent almost 3 years at the top of TripAdvisor when I lived on the island. One of the hardest working teams in the town, I can still taste the unusually delicious zucchini carpaccio with pine nuts a decade ago.

Gariful

No Hvar restaurant story would be complete without a mention of Gariful, the island’s most famous (and most expensive) restaurant, which you can find next to Carpe Diem. This is where the celebrities hang out, and this is where you can find the most exclusive restaurant wine cellar in the town. Drunk Lobster is a signature dish.

Top 5 on the Pakleni islands:

The Pakleni Islands have a great selection of places to eat. Here are some of the best.

Laganini

What started out as a cool cocktail bar has developed into one of the premier dining experiences on the coast. Laganini Lounge Bar and Fish House is a cool place to while away the day with great tunes. And don’t be surprised to find the likes of Bono enjoying a 10-course special at the next table.

Dionis

One of the hidden gems of the Pakleni Islands, Konoba Dionis is one of the top recommendations of most concierges for an authentic experience away from the crowds. And it truly is – there are not many tourists who make it as far as Vlaka on the northern tip of Sveti Klement.

Mamato

Another great Pakleni chill zone, located in Mlini on the other side of the island from Carpe Diem Beach, Mamato does rustic food, great drinks and relaxing bean bags in equal measure. Not so advertised, worth seeking out.

Antonio Patak

Ask a local for a Pakleni restaurant recommendation, and it will not be long before you hear the name Antonio Patak in the bay of Zdrilca on Marinkovac. Delicious fresh sea food right on the water – what more could you wish for?

Zori

Pricier than most, Zori’s returning clientele clearly think the price tag is worth the experience. Supremely located in the centre of the Vinogradisce Bay on ‘Restaurant Row’, Zori is also one of the island’s popular wedding locations.

Best budget restaurants

Fig

Fig Hvar opened in 2015 with the intention of creating a fun and unique atmosphere that felt welcoming and relaxed.  The menu is inspired by the travels of its owners and the abundance of locally grown produce. They wanted to bring some variety to the culinary landscape of Hvar while celebrating flavor profiles that are creative and fresh.

La Bocca

Looking for location, location, location on a budget? You can do a lot worse than the pizza, pasta and grill option of La Bocca right on the main square.

Bunar

Simple traditional Dalmatia dishes, with ingredients sourced freshly from local garden, the abundant Adriatic, and the best Croatian meat suppliers, Bunar is a quintessential Dalmatian experience, with wine, beer and vibes to match.

Big Bang

On a budget and in need of a burger? It has to be Big Bang.

Best fast food / Streetfood

Lola Bar

Lola Street Food & bar it’s new cool place where you can have international street food and choose from burgers,spare ribs, falafel, spring rolls, curry, burritos, steam buns with pulled pork, dim sum and more.

Eywa

If you are staying in the Krizna Luka area, do make the time for this place. Eywa is a local owned waterfront restaurant with a spectacular sunset view. We offer authentic food as well as some of the more classic street food dishes.

Vegetarian options in Hvar Town

There is no 100% vegetarian place in Hvar. But Giaxa, Black Pepper, Fig, Di Vino, Lola Bar have some really nice vegan and vegetarian creations.

Where to drink

Top 5 bars

Lola Bar

Great for the street food mentioned above, and a chilled bar as well. This makes Lola Bar the perfect combination for a great night out.

Ka’Lavanda

Something of a Hvar institution on the first side street on the right as you enter the square, Ka’Lavanda has been serving up great cocktails and great tunes on comfy streetside sofas for years.

Back Lane Craft Bar

It started with our love for whiskey and good life. Back Lane Craft Bar offers farm-to-bar ingredients, premium spirits, and expert mixologists in a very unique, local and authentic setting. Find a boozy antidote tailored to your malady of the moment.

Central Park Club

Just below Hotel Park, Central Park Club is a great place for live music. The spacious colorful interior with sofas, high ceilings and fireplace has an old world charm mixed with cozy smooth atmosphere.

BB Club

BB Club, featuring Shrimp House. Hotel Riva’s lavish terrace is the place to see-and-be-seen, where you get lost in the giggles, sound of champagne cork popping, shimmering summer bodies posing for selfies and relaxed lounge atmosphere. Sip, sample and socialize in BB Lounge or enjoy tasteful bites of fresh and organic delicacies at the Pasta or Shrimp House.

Best places to drink on a budget

Sidro

Serving legendary mojitos since 1977, Sidro has one of the best people watching spots in the town, between the main square and Hotel Adriana. Great cocktails by day and excellent coffee in the morning.

Jazz Barrr

Cosy little jazz bar tucked away behind the riva with affordable drinks, Jazz Barrr is one of the best places for a night on a budget.

Kiva

If you had to confine lively Hvar nightlife to just one tiny bar, it would probably be Kiva. An island institution for 20+ years, the party quickly spills out into the local side street which is soon packed. One of Hvar’s cult bars.

Best wine bars

Pršuta Tri

The original and still the best. Just off the main square towards the fortress, Wine Bar Prsuta 3 was the first wine bar to open in Dalmatia. An outstanding selection of wines, served with light Dalmatian platters, don’t miss it if you are a wine lover looking for a gregarious and knowledgeable host.

Tapas & Wine Bar Gurme

Combining wine with tapas, Tapas & Wine Bar Gurme holds some excellent tutored foor and wine pairings.

Vintage

A little more upmarket, meet Vintage, which claims to be Dalmatia’s first truly five-star wine bar experience, with the finest wine list on the Adriatic.

Where to Party? Nightlife in Hvar

The new Ibiza, one of the world’s top 7 hen and stag night destinations, and a host of other claims about the party island. Really? Hvar Town is very vibrant in summer, with numerous night bars along the waterfront open until two am (Aloha bar, Kiva bar, Nautica bar, SEVEN, Sidro bar, BB Club, Lola bar, Jazz bar), and a few nightclubs where you can welcome the dawn. Every evening, Hvar’s waterfront turns into a dance floor full of young people eager to have fun.

Among the most famous night clubs on Hvar, Pink Champagne and Carpe Diem stand out. Another party place on the island is a night and strip club Temple, 20-minute walk the steep hill from Hvar city center.

Therefore, if you are looking to party, there is a decent amount of action. Just make sure you come between mid-June and the end of August, as the main club, Carpe Diem, is highly seasonal. And when the party’s over in the town, it continues at the Carpe Diem Beach Club at Stipanska beach on Pakleni Islands.

The well-known Ultra Europe Beach party at island’s biggest hotel Amfora is the most significant party event of the year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was not held in 2020 and has also been cancelled for 2021.

Party tourism has created plenty of controversy on the island in recent years, and the authorities claim to be working to reposition Hvar as a brand and destination.