Food Intolerances in Croatia

Some of our clients have asked for suggestions on how to find more specific requirements for their way of eating. Here are some suggestions and a few websites that might be helpful to you.

  • The Croatian Society for Coeliac Disease has a useful page for tourists, including (brief) information on restaurants for gluten-free meals and where to buy products, and some pages to print out to take to restaurants
  • EatRunSee has a great blog post you can read for vegan options
  • Happy Cow  vegan/vegetarian restaurant list website has a good list of options all over Croatia


  • Bio & Bio are a chain of shops that cater for vegan, vegetarian and natural products (including food, nut and rice milks, toiletries such as sunscreen, shampoo etc). You can use Google maps to find the nearest store (search ‘bio & bio croatia’), they have a couple of stores in most major cities and towns in Croatia.

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Croatia

  • Makrovega is a vegetarian & macrobiotic restaurant in Split
  • Pomalo has locally sourced organic ‘not so fast food’ in Split
  • Stixberry kiosk near the Old Market Split has truly delicious vegan icecreams, not to be missed!
  • Up Cafe is a organic cafe in Split serving up light meals and desserts
  • Art of Raw Food is a vegan restaurant in Zagreb
  • Vegehop is a vegetarian restaurant in Zagreb
  • Prijatelji Zivotina (Animal Friends) has a very useful list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Croatia

Gluten Free in Croatia

  • Moje Malo Zlato is a small family-run bakery that produces fresh, great-tasting gluten-free (and lactose-free) bread and muffins, with their products stocked in locations all across Croatia. Check out their map to find out where to buy their products.

Special Dietary Requirements in Croatia – Useful Phrases

  • vegetarian (as in food, not person!) – vegetarijanski (ve-geh-tarry-yan-skee – with a hard g sound)
  • vegan – vegan (veh-gan)
  • coeliac – celijakija (seh-lee-ya-kee-ya)
  • gluten free – bez glutena (bez glue-ten-ya)
  • Male: I am vegetarian… – Ja sam vegetarijanac (Ya sam ve-ge-tarry-ya-nats – with a hard g sound)
  • Female: I am vegetarian – Ja sam vegetarijanka (Ya sam ve-ge-tarry-yan-kah – with a hard g sound)
  • Male: I am vegan – Ja sam vegan (Ya sam veh-gan – with a hard g sound)
  • Female: I am vegan – Ja sam veganka (Ya sam ve-gan-kah – with a hard g sound)
  • Male: I am allergic to… – Ja sam alergican na… (Ya sam a-lerr-gee-chan – with a hard g sound)
  • Female: I am allergic to… – Ja sam alergicna na… (Ya sam a-lerr-gich-na – with a hard g sound)
  • I do not eat… – Ja ne jedem… (Ya ne yeah-dem)
  • I do not drink… – Ja ne pijem… (Ya ne pee-yem)
  • …eggs – jaja (ya-ya)
  • …meat – meso (meh-so)
  • …fish – ribu (ree-bu)
  • …milk – mlijeko (mlee-yeah-koh)
  • …dairy products – mlijecne proizvode (mlee-yech-ne pro-eez-vo-deh)
  • …peanuts – kikiriki (kee-kee-ree-kee)