Rijeka is a city on the move, but this forward-thinking place is more than appreciative of its history and heritage. What better way to embrace the two sides of the coin than through its food? The Rijeka Gastronomic Ports initiative is a delicious collaboration brought to you by the Rijeka Tourist Board, Abisal and Gastronaut, incorporating 36 catering establishments and 55 specialised port titles. The string that ties everything together? Heritage and flavour, of course. Rijeka is a foodie destination like no other, so dust off the map and let the flavours flourish with Rijeka’s Gastronomic Ports.
Fishermen’s Gastronomic PortsThe Port of Rijeka has been the city’s beating heart for centuries. Fishing is a big deal here, and the Fish Market is a historic tourist attraction and a living, breathing commercial centre all at once. There is a certain grandeur to its passageway and gallery that adds a layer of beauty to the delicious produce on offer. The restaurants lucky enough to earn the title of Rijeka Fishermen’s Gastronomic Ports are those who work exclusively with local fishermen (or their own trawlers), cooking traditional recipes using fish caught in these waters. Fishing is part of Rijeka’s soul, and what better way to embrace the soul than through the stomach?
Konoba Ugor, Konoba Girica, Nautica, Conca d’oro, Konoba Ribica, Konoba Borik, Mornar, Konoba Fiume and bistro La Scarpetta.
Local Produce Gastronomic PortsRijeka occupies prime land, exquisitely placed between the sprawling sea and a green belt of desirable quality. These conditions collaborate with magical results, with expert chefs marrying first-rate fish with cheese, meat, flour, eggs, fruits, vegetables and all the rest. The Local Produce Gastronomic Ports selection is about celebrating the wonder of Rijeka and its surroundings, the ingredients that have kept appetites satisfied for centuries.
Nautica, Konoba Tarsa, bistro Antack, konoba Girica, bistro Mornar and konoba Fiume.
Barbecue Gastronomic PortsFew things scream ‘summer’ like the tantalising smell of a barbecue in full flow. There is something undeniably homely about charcoal grills and succulent meat, a method of cooking that looks easy but takes skill and experience to do well. Rijeka’s Barbecue Gastronomic Ports are all about meat at its most enticing, from the Leskovac-inspired recipes of Lovorka to Bodega’s incredible award-winning range and Barbacoa’s gorgeous views.
Lovorka, Bodega and Barbacoa.
Vegan Gastronomic PortsThe days of complete meat domination are over. Rijeka is fast embracing meat-free feasting with gusto, throwing itself into vegan cuisine with innovation and enthusiasm. The Vegan Gastronomic Ports are the cream of that crop, with restaurants serving at least seven meals with exclusively vegan-friendly ingredients, many of which are also gluten-free options. As one should expect from top-tier gastronomy in Vegan, local produce makes its presence felt, as ingredients shimmer and shine in the meat-free spotlight.
Bistro Rica and Tifan.
Business Gastronomic PortsLooking to cross the T’s and dot the I’s over lunch? Rijeka’s Business Gastronomic Ports are the perfect places to get deals over the line. Rijeka has always been a city of trade and commerce, where plans and projects are put in motion, and the best business restaurants in the city are all about delectable dining and decision-making. Many include separate conference rooms and meeting booths, ensuring privacy when discussing the details. The food is the real winner, with exquisite dishes fuelling ambition throughout.
Kamov, Jadran, Botel Marina, Conca d’oro and Lovorka.
Romantic Gastronomic PortsThe sea’s glittering reflection and the sun’s vivid colours make a romantic combination, and the addition of mouth-watering flavours makes for an unforgettable experience. The Rijeka Romantic Gastronomic Ports are all about taking romance to the next level through intricate dishes, jaw-dropping views and an atmosphere that makes the heart sing. Few things create memorable moments like a healthy splash of romance, and Rijeka is overflowing with the stuff. Dates become unforgettable experiences at these romantic gastronomic ports.
Nautica, Capote y Olé and bistro Antack.
Family Gastronomic PortsFood for all the family awaits at Rijeka’s Family Gastronomic Ports. These spots serve delicious dishes in attractive surroundings, offering energetic youngsters the chance to play while adults settle in for memorable meals and more. These venues are tailor-made for family celebrations of all kinds, with special children’s menus allied to playgrounds, games and a range of facilities that make family dining a joyful experience. Expect brain teasers, art, playrooms and activities, and fabulous feasts for diners of all ages.
La Scarpetta, Tarsa, Botel Marina, Kooglana and The Kitchen by Miljenko (Hilton Hotel).
Wine Enthusiasts Gastronomic PortsCroatia’s reputation as a wine lover’s paradise grows yearly, and Rijeka is at the heart of this development. The Rijeka Wine Enthusiasts Gastronomic Ports are perfect for oenophiles of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are an expert with a precious palate or someone looking to get into the wonderful world of wine, these spots are all about the marriage of perfect pairings. Education never tasted so good.
Aquila Food & Wine, Ribica, Botel Marina and Wine & dine Kod Zajca.
Global Flavours Gastronomic PortsRijeka’s story is impossible to tell without giving due attention to international influences. It is a great port, and the history of Rijeka is tied to the intrepid explorers who set sail for these lands in search of trade and traction. The Rijeka Global Flavours Gastronomic Ports celebrate the culinary traditions of the city’s global scope, from Indonesian to Spanish via Chinese, American and more. Rijeka is a city that welcomes visitors with open arms, and this has always been the case from the early days to the current climate, and these places celebrate global flavours with gusto.
Indonesian Port – Wayang, Spanish Port – Capote y Olé, Chinese Port – Peking, American Port – Trsat & co., Asian and Sushi Port – Taiyo i Asian Street Food Port – Koya Asian Noodles.
Unigue Gastronomic PortsTradition reigns supreme in the restaurants of the city, but Rijeka has always been about pushing boundaries in search of magic. The Rijeka Unique Gastronomic Ports take this to another level, preparing fabulously fascinating meals with unique themes and stories. The result? Michelin stars, alternative views on history and tremendous craft beers, ideas and innovations that allow ingredients to soar. Are you looking for something special in Rijeka? The Unique Gastronomic Ports are ready and waiting for your curiosity.
Fine Dining Port - Nebo Restaurant & Lounge by Deni Srdoč, History Port – Tarsa, Port of Travels – Conca d’oro, Tasting Port – Aquila Food & Wine, Daily Port – Mezanin, Daily Korčula Port – Blato 1902, Gastronomic Beer Port – King’s Caffe Food pub, Bowling Port – Kooglana, Lounge bar Port – Boonker, Gluten Free Port – Rica, 100% Vegetarian Daily Port – Tifan, Langoš Port – Langos bar, Spoon Food Port – Spoon.