The best vacations don’t include just perfect weather and the best accommodation. Flavourful food and drinks are also extremely important for the greatest overall experience. While you’re in Istria, you should definitely visit Novigrad, as it’s the home of some of the best restaurants and bars in the area. Enjoy some delicious traditional dishes in a number of beautiful restaurants, where you can bring joy to your palate. Afterwards, you can visit one of the bars for drinks and spice up your holiday with a glass of wine on a gorgeous terrace while enjoying the sunset. Read on to find out which are the best restaurants and bars you can find in Novigrad, Istria.
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An ideal place for relaxing after spending an exciting and eventful summer day in Novigrad. If you are looking for a cosy seaside ambiance, a delicious and unique gastronomic experience, the Half 8 Restaurant will be a great choice. The menu of the Half 8 Restaurant does not focus exclusively on marvellous seafood dishes, it is also a great place to enjoy some fantastic meat specialties.
In case you prefer a quick bite, there are also the exceptional Mason burgers, which were crowned as the best burgers at the Zagreb Burger Festival. At Half 8 you’ll also get to try out a selection of local and European craft beers and choose from a fantastic wine list filled with some of the best local wines, for a complete Istrian gourmet experience. A dreamy and calming morning, afternoon or evening in good company and with great food - is there anything else you could wish for?
If you are looking for an intimate gourmet experience, Oliveto à la carte restaurant is the perfect place. In addition to its graceful setting and a romantic poolside terrace, you are in for a superb offer of Istrian specialties. Make sure to choose one of the wines from their amazing wine list that will go perfectly with your Istrian dish. This restaurant is definitely one of the greatest assets of the Aminess Maestral Hotel. It is open every day from noon to 11:00 pm.
After a long day at the beach, you won’t be able to resist the easy-going atmosphere of the La gradela. It is located near Aminess Maestral Hotel and you can make yourself comfortable on the terrace while enjoying the mouth-watering barbecue specialties. There is a wide choice of fish and meat specialties you can choose from, and also a great choice of quality wines. The La gradela is open daily from noon to 11:00 pm.
If you like to experiment with different kinds of flavours, then the restaurant Damir & Ornella might be the right place for you. The star dish of this small, family-run restaurant hidden near the seafront, is ultra-fresh raw fish. The staff will gladly present you and explain the menu in detail. Delicious simplicity is what they strive for - making a masterpiece using only raw fish, salt, pepper and olive oil. Fresh ingredients are a must, just like the right pick of wines. It’s also good to know that you don’t have to leave your dog at home, because they are welcomed in the restaurant. The working hours are from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm every day, except for Mondays.
Loop is a new restaurant & shop concept in the Aminess Maravea Camping Resort, where you can watch chefs prepare Istrian specialties right in front of you. The thing that makes this place different from most restaurants is that you can find all the ingredients used by chefs in an on-site shop. So our suggestion is to observe the chefs and remember their cooking tricks so you can recreate the dishes in your own kitchen with the ingredients from the shop. The charming Loop restaurant offers a fine selection of local and international dishes - from a gourmet breakfast to a delicious lunch or dinner paired with excellent local wines. The working hours are from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
If you enjoy a terrace by the sea and watching marvellous sunsets, the Capa terrace is the place to be. While enjoying your Istrian dinner and a bottle of local wine, or a juicy steak in the separate BBQ Point paired with a craft beer, you can enjoy the perfect backdrop for a delightful romantic dinner. This restaurant is definitely unique for its ambiance and offers, and it’s all a part of the Aminess Maravea Camping Resort. The staff is at your disposal every day from noon to 11:00 pm.
Since 1982, in a small hidden alley near the sea, Trattoria Gatto Nero has prepared specialties with carefully selected, mostly organic local ingredients. They are known for their hospitality, warm atmosphere and excellent local cuisine. Whatever you try - the seafood, boškarin meat, scrambled eggs with black or white truffles - you won’t be able to erase a happy and satisfied smile off your face.
Besides some delicious picks for lovers of meat and raw food, the chefs also pay attention to vegetarians and people who are sensitive to gluten and other ingredients. You can feel free to tell the staff all your wishes regarding gluten free options, as well as other ingredients you avoid, and they will do their best to adjust the dishes to your wishes.
You can experience some of the best summer moments of your holiday in Novigrad, next to the tidal pool, a spacious sunbathing area and great music in the Aminess Punto Mare Fun & Beach zone. There is a variety of cocktails and snacks to enjoy, including pizza-cuts and ice-cream. Punto Mare is a great place for relaxing on sun loungers or enjoying the daytime and evening entertainment and themed programmes. Also, there are special children’s zones, as well as a strong Wi-Fi if you need to do some work or just check out your social media by the pool.
While relaxing on the spacious terrace of the One Second Lounge Bar, you can enjoy your view of the sea and ships on the horizon, while the staff serves you with cool cocktails, other drinks of your choice and various snacks. The working hours are from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and it is located within the Aminess Maravea Camping Resort.
The Amore Bar in Novigrad is famous for its delicious cocktails which, some would say, are ‘out of this world’. The wine selection is also very nice, and the atmosphere is chill and comfortable. The location is superb, and you can hang out in the beautiful chillout area by the sea all day. It is an absolute must-see if you are visiting Novigrad for all these reasons and more. It also offers memorable views of the sunset.
Finest coffee blends, delicious cocktails and breathtaking views are the best qualities a bar can have, don’t you agree? If you are looking for all this, you can find it in Tramonto Bar. Also, if you’re a fan of cycling during the holiday, you can stop there and get some refreshment, since you won’t have to worry about parking space for your bike. You can safely lock it and enjoy your drinks just a few feet from the sea.
Pervino Bar is a family owned wine bar & shop in Novigrad. They create unique wines with character, which reflect the wine tradition of the Peršurić family, combined with the Istrian terroir. Wine varieties are just a part of what this Istrian winery offers. Sparkling wines, brandies, liqueurs and olive oil, come from their own vineyards and olive groves in the vicinity of Novigrad, and are produced in their own cellar. Arrange a tasting today and let their wines enchant you. The thing that we love about this place is that you can even create your own cuvée or take some of the products home to enjoy in the company of family and friends.
Piazza Grande is an Istrian bar perfect for enjoying a glass of wine, champagne, sparkling wine, cocktails or coffee in the beautiful and modern surroundings by the sea. The highlight of this place is the view of breathtaking sunsets by the free-standing bell tower of St. Pelagius' Church. Occasional live music events add to an exceptional experience, as does the always friendly staff.
No matter which one of these places you choose to visit, we’re sure you’ll be coming back for the incredible food, drinks, views and friendly staff. Our recommendation for a perfect stay in Novigrad are the stylish Aminess Maestral Hotel and Aminess Maravea Camping Resort, ideal for exploration of Novigrad’s bar and restaurant scene.
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