June 21, 2019 – A fantastic new addition to island life on Hvar for those looking for the finer things in life – meet Gastro Hvar.
When I first moved to Hvar in 2003, I remember being a little shocked at the lack of food options for shopping in winter. Tomatoes were unheard of, for example, and the various food items you took for granted back in the UK simply did not exist. The rumour of avocados in Hvar Town, or perhaps fresh ginger, would have me jumping into the car to get there before the treasured supply ran out.
The opening of the Konzum in Dolac by Hvar bus station was very exotic – they even had foreign wine and cooked chickens ready to go. This was unheard of previously. Of course, living on the island and married to a lovely local, most of our food came from the family field, as it still does. Something I appreciate more as the years pass by.
But it is still nice to be able to get some of the more exotic stuff on occasion, right?
A really great addition to the Hvar shopping scene opened this week on the hill above the town on the new road to Stari Grad (on the left side as you leave Hvar Town). Gastro Hvar brings together several high quality sections of the gastronomy under one roof, and it will function as both a wholesale and a retail space. Great news for sailors, tourists, local restaurants and local residents.
Gastro Hvar has brought together some of the best names in food supply under one roof. The famous Zigante truffles, the excellent seafood of Ribarnica Brac, fresh vegetables from Fistonic, and a great selection of domestic and foreign wines from Acrobat doo.
Initial feedback from people who have visited has been extremely positive. I went to visit today, but they were closed in the afternoon, from midday to 17:00. You can find out more information by contacting them via the official Facebook page.
To learn more about the island, check out the Total Croatia Hvar in a Page guide.