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Where to Slow Down in Croatia’s Historic Seaside Paradise

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The secret to experiencing Dubrovnik, Croatia's famous city? Do as the locals do: stay in the moment. Here's where to get started.

A version of this appeared in the March/April 2018 issue.
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Ul. Ivana pl. Zajca 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Located on the harbor of Gruž Bay across from the cruise ship terminal, Orsan serves up fresh seafood and wine from the nearby Pelješac peninsula. Go for a long lunch. —David Farley

This appeared in the March/April 2018 issue.
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Ul. Pred Dvorom 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
It’s hard to say what’s more compelling about this romantic Old Town restaurant: the views (a historical trifecta of fortress, port, and city walls) or the food (the freshest seafood, local wines). Mull it over between bites of baked...
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Masarykov put 20, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Palace is located on the Lapad Peninsula, two and a half miles from Old Town. The 308 rooms all have balconies with sea views. —David Farley

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Bandureva ul. 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Ultra-friendly Marc van Bloemen’s Old Town inn has four comfortable full-service apartments that will make you feel like Dubrovnik is home. Most have views of the old harbor and the city walls. —David Farley

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
With its harsh lighting and gruff Dalmatian regulars, this old-school haunt in Old Town feels intimidating—and its patrons are just fine with that. Visitors brave enough to step inside will be rewarded with rakia and some genuinely friendly...
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Ul. Frana Supila 12, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Adriatic Luxury Hotels group offers a number of lodging options in the city. The landmark Excelsior is a short walk from Old Town and faces the Adriatic. A recent renovation updated the 158 large guest rooms with natural tones and dark-wood...