Top shopping spots in the city of Rijeka
Wondering where locals and travelers do their shopping in Rijeka? Along with three shopping centers, Rijeka offers a number of charming little gift shops and stores where you can find hand made cosmetics, clothing, jewellery and interesting souvenirs. Moreover, if you are looking for a proper local experience, make sure not to miss Rijeka market – Placa and the fish market.
1. Shopping mall Rijeka – Ri Department Store
RI Department Store opened in 1974, connecting a series of historical buildings on Korzo and the Riva. This type of multilevel department store used to be a big hit during Yugoslavia. Not many of them survived modern days. You’ll find a variety of stores, cafes and restaurants inside. However, the building itself isn’t well kept and many premises remain empty. So, if you’re are searching for a big modern shopping center, you might want to have a look at the other shopping options outside Rijeka city center.
2. Tower Center Rijeka
Tower Center Rijeka, with more than 120 stores and 11 megastores, offers a variety of Croatian and international high-street brands, a big supermarket, a number of cafes, kids playroom, bowling alley and multi-screen cinema. The shopping gallery extends to five floors where you can find a remarkable selection of clothing, footwear and fashion accessories, sport equipment, home appliances, a pharmacy and a currency exchange point. Tower Center Rijeka is located in residential neighborhood Pećine, only a kilometer away from the city center. The mall can be reached by car or public transport (bus line number 1; direction Pećine).
3. ZTC Shopping Center Rijeka
4. Croatia In A Box
If you’re looking for something quite special to bring with yourself as a memory from Croatia or to your loved ones, or even a business partner, check out Croatia In A Box store on Grivica ulica. They offer a selection of unique traditional products carefully packed in a box full of natural goodness. They even have a nice online shop where you can pick your box of goodies and have it delievered anywhere in the world.
5. Šta da? Happy Hobby Shop
Šta da? is one of the most creative stores you’ll ever set your foot in. Most of the items you see on the shelves are created by Rijeka-based artists, with many of them carrying the famous Rijeka catchphrase Šta da! (‘You Don’t Say!’). You’ll find hand-sewn bags fashioned from recycled rubber, leather and linen, t-shirts, watches, pillows, necklaces, dresses, diaries, calendars, umbrellas, cups and more. Once you feel the joy, optimism and a good vibe of the store, you might even decide to create something by yourself. Thankfully, the store also offers almost everything you need to start a hobby project. And if you don’t have time to pop into the store, you can check out their online shop.
Deliiicije shop on Korzo street is a wonderland for gourmands, who want to have a taste of Croatia. At Deliiicije they say that Croatia tastes sweet like ripe figs and juicy oranges, which they use to make jams, cakes and liqueurs. It tastes aromatic, like lavender which they add to chocolate and biscuits. It tastes like dark chocolate and bitter rakija liqueur and spicy chutneys. Hungry anyone?
If you are not quite sure what kind of souvenir you would like to bring back home, but you want it to be something originally Croatian and handmade, then Manufaktura is the place to visit. You’ll find everything on the shelves – food, liquors, cosmetics, jewellery etc.
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