coffee sunglasses don’t rush

These are the key words to learn when in Dubrovnik. I’ll explain why.

When visiting a foreign country it’s normal to learn a few words in the local language – how to say hello, thank you or ask for directions. In Dubrovnik you’ll need some completely different words and they are: coffee, sunglasses, don’t rush. Or in Croatian: kava, cvike, pomalo.

More than a cup of coffee

Most of locals start their day with a cup of coffee. But it’s not just a drink that will wake you up and give you the strength to continue through the day. It’s much more than that. Coffee drinking and watching people passing by is basically type of sports here.

Coffee is a ritual. Coffee is an excuse. Coffee is a friend.

2 hours ritual

So when a local person in Dubrovnik asks you to join him/her for a cup of coffee – brace yourself for at least 2 hours long ritual. Finishing coffee in 3 seconds like Italians do is blasphemy here. It starts with picking the bar. Once you agree where you’ll go (location is everything!) then you pick a table. If it’s spring you’ll probably want to sit in sun, and during summer in shade. After you order your drink the magic happens.

Always have a pair of “cvike”

In next 2hours you’ll probably discuss some gossips or simply look people passing by. Maybe you’ll notice someone familiar and call them to join you. Or if you notice someone you don’t like your cvike aka sunglasses are there for the rescue! You can simply pretend you haven’t noticed them because you were too busy observing a stray cat that took a nap in some interesting place.

Business coffee

What if you have a business meeting? You can still go in a bar and have a cup of coffee. Actually, event called Business Caffe is opportunity for owners of small business and entrepreneurs to meet and discuss new ideas – yes, you guessed, in a bar!

Don’t rush – “pomalo”!

Another word that I mentioned is pomalo. It means no rush, slowly. That is literally life philosophy in Dubrovnik. Everything will be done, there is no need to be stressed about it and pass that stress on others. And as we know stress can cause serious damage to health so – pomalo!

My favourite cafés

Some of my favourite places to drink coffee are The Kop bar, Dubravka and Mirage. The Kop is located in Pile area, near Saint Lawrence fortress and Pile bay, filming locations in Game of Thrones. The whole bar is dedicated to FC Liverpool, so if you’re a fan make sure to go there. Dubravka has beautiful view on city walls so it can be pricey in the middle of tourist season. The last one is located on Bunić square where you can choose ideal bar depending how close to the cathedral you want to be while you’re having coffee.

If you decide to join me on Old Town or Game of Thrones tour I can teach you how to master those “pomalo” skills while drinking coffee and learning about history.

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coffee, sunglasses, don’t rush

These are the key words to learn when in Dubrovnik. I’ll explain why.

When visiting foreign country it’s normal to learn few words on local language – how to say hello, thank you or ask for directions. In Dubrovnik you’ll need some completely different words and they are: coffee, sunglasses, don’t rush. Or in Croatian: kava, cvike, pomalo.

More than a cup of coffee

Most of locals start their day with a cup of coffee. But it’s not just a drink that will wake you up and give you the strength to continue through the day. It’s much more than that. Coffee drinking and watching people passing by is basically type of sports here.

Coffee is ritual. Coffee is excuse. Coffee is friend.

2 hours ritual

So when a local person in Dubrovnik asks you to join him/her for a cup of coffee – brace yourself for at least 2 hours long ritual. Finishing coffee in 3 seconds like Italians do is blasphemy here. It starts with picking the bar. Once you agree where you’ll go (location is everything!) then you pick a table. If it’s spring you’ll probably want to sit in sun, and during summer in shade. After you order your drink the magic happens.

Always have a pair of “cvike”

In next 2hours you’ll probably discuss some gossips or simply look people passing by. Maybe you’ll notice someone familiar and call them to join you. Or if you notice someone you don’t like your cvike aka sunglasses are there for the rescue! You can simply pretend you haven’t noticed them because you were too busy observing a stray cat that took a nap in some interesting place.

Business coffee

What if you have a business meeting? You can still go in a bar and have a cup of coffee. Actually, event called Business Caffe is opportunity for owners of small business and entrepreneurs to meet and discuss new ideas – yes, you guessed, in a bar!

Don’t rush – “pomalo”!

Another word that I mentioned is pomalo. It means no rush, slowly. That is literally life philosophy in Dubrovnik. Everything will be done, there is no need to be stressed about it and pass that stress on others. And as we know stress can cause serious damage to health so – pomalo!

My favourite cafés

Some of my favourite places to drink coffee are The Kop bar, Dubravka and Mirage. The Kop is located in Pile area, near Saint Lawrence fortress and Pile bay, filming locations in Game of Thrones. The whole bar is dedicated to FC Liverpool, so if you’re a fan make sure to go there. Dubravka has beautiful view on city walls so it can be pricey in the middle of tourist season. The last one is located on Bunić square where you can choose ideal bar depending how close to the cathedral you want to be while you’re having coffee.

If you decide to join me on Old Town or Game of Thrones tour I can teach you how to master those “pomalo” skills while drinking coffee and learning about history.

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