Split has its very own soft drink called Pipi produced by Dalmacijavino. Pipi is Split’s version of Fanta and Miranda and is very much loved by the Splićani. Pipi is a cheery carbonated orange drink that most will remember drinking as THE drink of the 80s and 90s and today is the drink of nostalgia that brings you back to your youth.
See Dalmacijavino’s legendary Pipi commercial from the 1980’s featuring Ana Sasso, ex-Miss Yugoslavia, on Split’s famed Bačvice beach.
It’s difficult to put into words the importance of Pipi in Split culture but with the newest summer hit, “Pipi” by local Studio Frendo, you’ll get the drill. It’s all about drinking Pipi on the beach this summer.
Dalmacijavino is going through tough times and in return heavily reduced their production of Pipi, causing anger amongst locals. Getting a bottle of Pipi almost became a collector’s item, as if buying a special vintage wine. Coming to a café, you would whisper to the waiter “Do you have Pipi?”…and if you were lucky, he would sacrifice one of his last bottles on you.
Dalmacijavino, who is currently under bankruptcy protection, have realized the importance of Pipi and rely on this brand to get the company back on its feet again. Therefore, Dalmacijavino have started producing Pipi again are opening flagship stores in various Split neighbourhood and in other important Dalmatian locations. Their Pipi branded store not only sell Pipi, but other Dalmacijavino products, mainly wines by the liter.
Currenly, you will find Pipi stores at the bottom of Križeva near Prokurative, Šibenska 3 in the Kman neighborhood, and on P.I. Čajkovskog near the old Hajduk stadium (Stari Plac). More stores are due to open in the Blatina and Skalica neighbourhoods as well as in Sinj, Drniš, Solin, Kaštela, Jelsa, Stari Grad, and Hvar Town. The most wellknown Pipi-stand is by the Dalmacijavino factory in the Port of Split, adjacent to the ferry terminal.