If you're planning to shop in Rovinj, make sure to stock up on Croatian wine and local liqueurs. Some of the city's must-buys include teranino, a regional variety made from fruits and spices, sljivovica, which is made form plumbs, and a locally produced herbal liquor called Rovinjski Pelinkovac. Olive oil and truffles are popular picks for those who don’t drink, while artwork and accessories are excellent for non-foodies.

    Rovinj has been called 'the jewel of the Adriatic', and for good reason. The small Croatian shore town is beautifully laidback, with a wealth of history and cultural background that lends itself to good food and lots of local handicrafts. Many of these food items and handcrafts make perfect souvenirs for you to bring back from your travels, whether for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

    Where are the best places to go shopping in Rovinj?

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    Ulica Carera

    Browse multiple shops along this main street in Rovinj

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    Ulica Carera is one of Rovinj’s main thoroughfares – a long and narrow street that’s easy to find while you’re in the area. Stroll along its cobblestones and sidewalks and see what you find. A plethora of shops sells traditional Rovinj souvenirs – foodie items like wine and olive oil, artwork, jewellery, leather goods and accessories – but also a few select shops catering to those with broader interests.

    You’ll find shops selling stationery, pharmaceutical items (in case you left something behind at home), sweets and other confectioneries as well. Keep an eye out for some of the popular “trash-to-treasure” souvenirs – artwork created by local artists using locally sourced, repurposed materials such as shells or driftwood.

    Location: 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

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    Rovinj Green Market

    Shop among locals at this foodie-centric market

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    Rovinj Green Market is centrally located and once you're there, you might not want to leave, especially if you’re an avid people-watcher or a food fanatic. This market is stuffed to the brim with locals and travellers alike, all perusing the near-endless stalls of local products, ranging from fresh produce and fish to honey and liqueurs.

    If you’re staying somewhere in Rovinj that provides a kitchen, then you’ll definitely want to stop by Rovinj Green Market to pick up some ingredients for creating your own locally-inspired dinner during your stay. Otherwise, just stop by to explore, mingle with the locals and get a feel for the neighbourhood culture.

    Location: Ul. Giuseppea Garibaldija, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

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    Galerija Brek

    Discover local artists and your new favourite piece of artwork

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    Galerija Brek, while technically a gallery, offers an abundance of artwork from local creators, and so much more. In addition to the art pieces that represent a range of mediums (ceramics, paintings, photography), shoppers can find handcrafted gifts, jewellery, stationery, and knick-knacks for sale.

    A variety of tastes are represented at Galerija Brek, so you can easily find something that might appeal to your mother-in-law’s sense of classic fashion, as well as something that your quirky sister might like. Best of all, the gallery supports local makers and local art, so you can feel good about your purchase.

    Location: Fontica 2, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 12 am

    Phone: +385 (0)98 741 055

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    Atelier Sottomuro

    Peruse the colourful wares at this must-visit art gallery

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    Atelier Sottomuro has a distinctly hippy-ish vibe, but that’s part of the charm of this unique art gallery. Located in Rovinj’s Old Town, the shop is difficult to miss. The storefront is colourful and vibrant, with a cerulean sign over the similarly cerulean door, and a range of rainbow-hued artworks and jewellery practically falling out into the street. Even if you’re not in the market for artwork or jewellery, stop into Atelier Sottomuro for the refreshing atmosphere and eye-catching environment.

    One cool offering you’ll find here? The gallery organises community yoga classes, which travellers are encouraged to book during a stop into the store (though the classes are held at different spots).

    Location: Obala Pina Budicina, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +385 (0)91 732 9164

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    Atelier Charm

    Snap an Instagram photo (and shop) at this boutique

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    Atelier Charm sits right on the water, hidden and tucked away in a narrow alleyway. Those who can find it, though, will be treated to a lovely little display of colourful wares, including artworks, clothing and accessories, all surrounded by blooming bouquets of flowers in complementary hues.

    Right outside the boutique, the alleyway steps down to the bold blue waters, and the shopkeepers have set up a small, elegantly dressed table and chair there, for travellers to take a unique and perfectly posed photograph in front of this beautiful backdrop. Don’t just stop by for the photo op, though – check out the unique souvenirs Atelier Charm has on offer.

    Location: Ul. Vladimira Švalbe, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

    Phone: +385 (0)91 464 6066

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    Holly Riddle | Contributing Writer

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