SIYP: Where is your favourite place to drink coffee or go out at night? Daniel: Recently it’s been “Dvor”. It’s a newly opened cafe-restaurant at a beautiful location in Firule bay. It’s a great place to have fun drinking a cup of coffee or enjoying any traditional specialties. I prefer drinking my coffee before noon when during the calming morning you can feel the relaxed atmosphere of the Mediterranean.
SIYP: Where is your favourite place to relax in Split? Daniel: Definitely the southern side of Marjan. Near St. Jerome’s church built in the second half of the 15th century is a hermitage cave where St. Jerome is supposed to have stayed. It’s peaceful, quiet, it has a view of the entire Brač channel, and along with plenty of fragrant Mediterranean plants, you get the feeling you’re in a secluded little paradise and not merely one kilometre from the bustle of the city.
SIYP: What is the best way to discover the city? Which activities do you recommend? Daniel: Split is a city of contrasts and extremes — it’s a city where everything is allowed and everything is possible. Here, the streets and squares have retained their true purpose and people loudly and openly show their true feelings. Split is a Mediterranean city as it should be: noisy, direct, witty, sardonic, lilt and playful. The city is best acquainted through its people. A walk filled with curiosity and openness starting from the early morning vegetable market on the Riva, then along to Marmont street and up to the fish market, gives you an image of Split like it really is. Also, you should definitely go see a football match played by the local club, “Hajduk”. The club represents the city so much more than any foreigner can imagine. Locals don’t cheer for the club, they live for the club. A walk through Marjan or any number of activities you can do in the sea: water polo, swimming, sailing…
SIYP: Where is the most ideal place to shop? Daniel: I’m not the kind of guy who likes shopping. I buy things when necessary from a shopping mall where you have everything in one place. City Centar One? Sure.
SIYP: What do you recommend as a souvenir from Split? Daniel: There are three things that Split is known for: Diocletian’s palace with St. Duje’s Cathedral, Marjan, and Hajduk. You can’t go wrong if you get something representing one of the three things I just mentioned.
SIYP: Which of the local specialties do you recommend as a "must-try" for visitors? Daniel: Grilled fish seasoned with olive oil. After that… Dalmatian pašticada which is a silverside of beef covered in various spices and prepared in red wine. It’s clearly one of the best meat dishes available in Split. Dalmatian prosciutto and cheese is also a must. Fritters made from homemade dough, brandy, raisins, and cooked in hot oil. Also, paradižet a desert made with biscuits and egg whites. Soparnik a local specialty from the Omiš hinterland, made from pastry, swiss chard and garlic.