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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.



Gil’s is a polished restaurant with stunning views and a stylish atmosphere. It has one of the best drinks menus in Europe with 6,000 bottles, 400 labels and some rare vintages. Friendly staff whisk around the tables set with bonsai trees, and the groovy music travels down from a bean-bag strewn “pop lounge”. Enjoy your meal in one of the discreet alcoves hidden by lilac drapes, or come out to play in the central courtyard area. Gil’s is a hotspot not to be missed.

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 View Map ... Sv. Dominka bb, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nautika enjoys the best location of any restaurant in Dubrovnik, offering unobstructed views of the sea and surrounding fortresses. The selection of fresh fish is extensive and is prepared and served like a work of art. It is prestigious and upmarket with attentive suited waiters and a back-drop pianist to add to its romantic flair.

 View Map ... 3 Brsalje, Dubrovnik, Croatia

This sister restaurant of the famed Nautika has become a huge success largely because of its delicious fresh seafood. There is some sidewalk seating, but best to opt for the gorgeous upstairs terrace or sublime winter garden. You won’t doubt the truth of the statement on the menu that the food is prepared “according to our grandparents’ recipes.” It is delicious, casual and fun.

 View Map ... Siroka 1, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wanda serves top quality Mediterranean cuisine at reasonable prices. It is small and cosy, yet busy and buzzy. The staff are charming and it is not uncommon for the owner to greet you, sit down for a chat and insist on serving complimentary grappa at the end of the meal. Wanda is the kind of place that is so casual and comforting, you’ll feel like you’ve been there many times before and want to go back again.

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 View Map ... Prijeko Street 8, Dubrovnik, Croatia

what we think

With its tall ramparts, towers and turrets, Dubrovnik is the image of a child’s fairy-tale fortress. Through the drawbridge of the Western Gate, the main street which dissects the town exudes old-world charm. Tour the city walls enjoying picturesque views of the old town’s orange-tiled rooftops and reward your exercise with a piece of one of the world’s best cakes. Take a stroll down the pedestrianised century-old cobblestone streets, soak up the warm honey-coloured limestone, medieval arches, Moorish facades and Arabian windows. Delight in the secretive alleys and lively piazzas. Watch the sun set behind your cocktail at a bar carved out of the Dalmation cliffs with mesmerising views of the breathtaking coast. A true jewel of the Adriatic.