Paradox Wine & Cheese Bar – one of the hits of summer 2013, Paradox offers pretty much what it says in the title – wine by the glass, and platters of Croatian and international cheeses to help it slip down. The interior is quite small; it’s the crowd outside on the pavement that creates the atmosphere.
Paradox Wine & Cheese Bar has ‘Dalmatia’ written all over it with over 100 wines. Representing the diversity and quality of wines in this region, 50 wines are available to try by the glass. As well, they offer about 20 artisan cheeses that are primarily produced locally. You can pick and choose whatever suits your taste buds as you relax in their cozy interior space with stonewalls set against elm and oak furniture. They have an extremely friendly staff, many of which hold wine qualifications. They also have been mentioned in numerous national and international publications for their high-quality products and service.
The majority of the wines on their extensive list, are Dalmatian wines from grape varieties such as Pošip, Debit, Maraština, Kujundžuša, Plavac Mali, Babić, Lasin and Crljenak. ‘They believe that guests in Dalmatia should be enjoying Dalmatian wines and food in order to fully experience the region. That’s why they work mainly with small, family-owned wine and cheese producers.
A portion of cheese weighs 50 grams, and with it guests get bread, jam and dry fruit. There are also the cheese plates the staff recommends: the Pag plate contains three types of cheese from Pag, the piquant includes a trilogy of spicy cheeses, and the dish called Around the World contains a combination of three types of cheeses from around the world. Guests can put together their own plates so they can try as many cheeses as possible. Paradox Wine & Cheese Bar plate costs between 25 HRK / 3.34€ and 49 HRK / 6.50€.