Ivo Vrdoljak - Owner of Zrno Soli Restaurant

more than a year ago
SIYP: Where is your favourite place to drink coffee or go out at night?
For me there’s no better place to drink coffee in our city than Split's main square - Pjaca and Viva’s caffe bar. Besides perfect coffee (which is really important) the whole atmosphere of the place is ideal: you’re in the centre, you feel like a king, and in addition to that you feel like you're in your own home surrounded by your best friends.

SIYP: Where is your favourite place to relax in Split?
Hidden corners with my friends. Friends are the greatest treasure and socializing with them is priceless. Of course for foreigners, or those who come to visit our town, I recommend the city centre. Our city is 1700 years-old and rich with lots of beautiful hidden corners, which in only a few days is not enough time to explore them all. So, staying in our city a bit longer is a boon for the human soul.

SIYP: What is the best way to discover the city? Which activities do you recommend?
It’s definitely a walk! Besides walks in the old centre, I would recommend a walk along the West Bank to the city marina, and all the way down to Marjan. And if possible, a walk around the entire Marjan and back to the centre again. This, I believe, is a walk that you will remember forever.

SIYP: Where is the most ideal place to shop? What do you recommend as a souvenir from Split?
For overall purchases I recommend the main market — which is also in the centre. As for souvenirs, I recommend taking photos of various locations throughout our city; it’s something that will last and make you happy for the rest of your life. But if you’d still like something tangible to take with you, then I recommend some of the symbols of our city: St Domnius (the oldest cathedral in Europe) or some trinket from the Hajduk soccer club, whose fan group is the oldest in Europe. As you can see, our history dates back to ancient times, so every day in our city is a gift to each well-meaning traveller.

SIYP: Which of the local specialties do you recommend as a "must-try" for visitors?
You definitely have to find and taste some fresh fish from our Adriatic Sea. Why not take advantage of all the benefits of our city, especially when they’re so delicious. We must admit that there are few places in the world with the capability of having such high-quality and always fresh fish. My favourite is all the different kinds of carpaccio and tartare (especially shrimp or tuna). And the different kinds of fish carpaccio or Adriatic tuna — which is recognized worldwide and is one of the major imported foodstuffs of faraway Japan.
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