Offering more than just your usual nautical knick-knacks, Korčula town yeilds a decent batch of stylish art and design boutiques, jewelry shops and eco-cosmetics stores. Read on for our pick of the best.
Where to shop in Korčula town...
Traditional local cakes are the mainstay of this landmark outlet, which is famous for its cukarin: whisper-light, crescent-shaped little biscuits traditionally dipped in prošek wine. They also make the irresistably chocolatey Marko Polo bombice, and several other own-brand cakes that are displayed provocatively in the glass cabinet below the counter. There’s a growing range of other speciality products on sale too, allowing you to stock up on Korčulan wine, olive oil and specialty chocolate bars while you’re here.
Boya holds the bizzare accolade as the producer of the best designed children's drawing tools in Croatia. They specialise in one thing only - but do it rather well - nifty looking crayons for kids.
Brother and sister Miro and Ivana Denoble run this design boutique selling unique jewelry and accessories, lamps made from sea glass, and clothing by Croatian designers – including glamourous evening-wear by Nebo (www.nebo.hr).
Irena Kaštela carries on the family tradition of coral jewelry design with her necklaces, bracelets and brooches.
Eco products such as own-brand, organic extra-virgin olive oil, herbal rakija, dried herbs and other foodstuffs grown or picked on Korčula.
Electric Ladyland Design Shop presents pool of designers from Croatia and beyond, including a lot of really cool and imaginative stuff that you’re unlikely to find on your nearest highstreet. Look out for ultra-glamorous footwear by Magdalena Klašnja and Milenika, post-apocalyptic, cargo-cult necklaces by SestreS, the ingenious (and eminently affordable) recycled-electronica brooches of Đuveđ, and a whole lot more jewellery, accessories, applied artefacts and unique souvenirs.
Eco-conscious cosmetics and soaps made from natural substances.
Handmade filigree silver earrings, pendants and baubles. Croatian/New Zealand couple Adolf and Ruth Seba started up this charming jewellery shop together, and Adolf continues to make bespoke items in his late wife's honour, employing traditional techniques and patterns.
Unique artisan jewellery made from Adriatic coral, beads and stone.
Right beside the icon museum, this well-stocked art and design shop sells an imaginative range of Korčula-themed T-shirts, drinks coasters with Croatian themes designed by Motiv, bags and pillows with attractive prints, and a selection of fun, inexpensive jewelry.