Rovinj specialises in galleries and arty knick-knacks. Palatial Atelier Devescovi is where artist Dean Devescovi sells paintings with jazzy influences. Atelier Sottomuro is a super little gallery where UK-raised Jan Ejsymontt purveys her acrylic paintings and jewellery. Atelijer Galerija Brek is great for off-beat accessories.
For fashion, Rovinj-born Mauro Massarotto’s Sheriff & Cherry is by far the funkiest in Istria. The Startas range of sneakers designed by Massarotto himself for the Borovo shoe company, plus sunglasses, dresses, T-shirts, bags and brooches designed by leading Croatian talents, are all available through the website – unfortunately Mauro no longer has an outlet in town.
For food, Rovinj market on Trg Valdibora is open from 7am daily.
Where to shop in Rovinj...
Set in Veli trg, the main square when Rovinj was an island, Helena Trošt’s Piassa Grande is a wine bar, shop and café with the interior of a serious wine haunt. Under wooden beams with ceiling fans, her shelves are filled with 150 labels, 130 of them Istrian. All can be sampled on site, most by the glass, or taken home. Clai, Poletti and other top varieties can be found; a fifth of them are offered by the bottle. A small menu offers local cheeses, bruschetta and crostini, and truffle biscuits, truffle rakija and top-end olive oil are also sold, plus rarer beer brews such as Chimay Blue and Rochefort 8.