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Plitvice restaurants

Lakeside restaurants at Plitvice are scarce but deliciously good. We guide you through the tastiest feasting spots at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

© Antonija Butkovic/Time Out

A handful of tourist-friendly eateries dot Plitvice Lakes, doling out bowls of grah (bean stew), sausages and simple grills. There are also a lot of stalls around the main park entrances selling the home-made treats for which the Lika region is famous – tangy yellow škripavac cheese, and scrumptious cherry strudels.

The best-known destination for sit-down eating is the Licka kuca restaurant, but there are plenty of others, including a couple of pizzerias, in the villages of Grabovac and Rakovica, eight to ten kilometres north of Entrance 1 on the road to Karlovac.

Licka Kuca

Just outside of the National Park, Licka Kuca is a traditional-style barn-like building with timber beams inside and a sprawling terrace outside. It's always been a popular landmark, and after it was gutted by fire in 2012 it was painstakingly rebuilt by the park authorities. The menu is traditional, hearty and meat-based: Lika favourites include as lamb spit-roast on the open fire, pan-fried trout, and the house speciality of Licka juha sausage stew. Homely atmosphere and hot, well-cooked meals make this the perfect place to refuel after a long day of lusting after the lakes. 

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Caffe & Bistro Plum

Caffe & Bistro Plum is as stylish as it is friendly. It boasts a surprisingly broad menu, spanning Italian, Croatian and Mexican-style cuisine - but despite the lack of speciality, dishes from the gastro-pub-style selection tend to be very tasty, elegantly presented and substantial enough for hungry lake-traipsers. Subtle decor and impressive cocktails add a touch of class, but cosy sofas and a small, inviting terrace keep the place welcoming and family-friendly. 

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Visibaba Restoran

An understated kind of place, with unpretentious meals (roast dinners, fish) at reasonable prices. The waiters, who speak English and German, tend to be attentive and friendly, and while you eat you can soak up the glorious panoramic on offer from the terrace. 

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Restoran Degenija

This light and airy eaterie has the atmosphere of an Italian pizzeria and a menu to match: choose from a selection of freshly made pizzas or a hearty meat dish, and follow it up with an expertly made cake for desert. Outside of the park and away from the tourist traps, this an authentic, reasonably priced dining spot with speedy and attentive service. 

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