Hvar Town , Hvar
Tel: 385 21 743 067
This gallery of local artists and craftsmen, located on the water in Hvar Town, is filled with oil paintings of pastoral island scenes, handmade ceramic vases, and carved wood storage boxes striking enough to use as display pieces. Aloha's most popular items are the rough-hewn models of old Dalmatian sailing shipsinspired by the full-sized vessels anchored just a few feet away.
Open daily 10 am to 1 pm and 5 to 10 pm.
13 Između Polača
Tel: 385 20 323 523
You never know what you'll uncover at Moje Tezoro, a small storehouse of delicate bric-a-brac, antiques, and objets d'art. Treasures include gold necklaces decorated with coral, rare Matisse lithographs, Byzantine icons from Serbia, and centuries-old wooden statues of dancing pashas.
Tel: 385 20 323 699
This 150-year-old shop was first opened by a Milanese milliner and is now the domain of Croatian designer Marina Grabovac. Her beach hats, cloches, and berets are crafted by hand from straw and cotton right in the shop; their clean, elegant lines are a clear nod to the shop's Italian past. Ronchi's prices range from $30 to $189, but the extra shade is priceless when the sun heats up Banje Beach.
2 Od Sigurate
Tel: 385 20 321 777
The Dubrovnik area's many high-quality vineyards have led to its reputation as the Adriatic equivalent of the Golden State. Vina Milicic, just off Stradun, has an encyclopedic array of the region's best vintages, including the 2000 Milicic Dingac Barrique, a spicy, stocky red that echoes the very best California zinfandels. The shop also sells delicacies like truffle paste, extra-virgin olive oil, and local honey.
Tel: 385 21 339 201
Located on the lone boutique street in Diocletian's Palace (and just around the corner from the Peristil Square), this extensive jewelry store sells eye-catching modern bijoux from designers like Germany's Georg Bunz. The real treasures, though, are the classic styles made by local artisans: intricately woven silver bracelets and chokers in traditional arabesques, turquoise and emerald rings, and cascading necklaces of red Adriatic coral.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 am to 8:30 pm.