How to buy flour in Croatia

shelves with flour
Shelves with flour in a Croatian store

UPDATED: 12.7.2023.

As a baker, it was difficult to buy flour after arriving in Croatia. It is certainly plentiful enough and can be found in any supermarket. The problem was that I couldn’t figure out which kind to buy.

In the United States, the way flour is classified is much different than it is in Croatia. In Croatia, the German numbering system is used. So if you don’t know what the numbers mean, you have to guess, which is how I ended up with 3 kilos of fine blend flour I won’t ever use.

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European flour numbering system

To solve the mystery of buying flour in Croatia, here is a breakdown of what the numbers mean so you can know exactly what you’re buying.

Croatia/GermanyFranceItalyCzech RepublicUKUnited States
TIP 400-5504000hladká mouka výběrová 00 patent whitepastry/cake flour
TIP 550550hladká moukawhiteall purpose flour
TIP 700-850801polohrubá moukalight brownhigh gluten (aka bread) flour
TIP 1100, 16001102hrubá moukabrownfirst clear flour
TIP 1600-1700150farina integrale di grano teneropšeničná Krupice 100% wholemealwhite whole wheat

Croatian flour vocabulary

In addition to the numbers, here are some other words to know when buying flour.

glatko“glot-ko”finebread, homemade pasta
oštro“osh-tro”coarsegnocchi, meat covered with flour (Wienna schnitzel)
polu bijelo“pol-oo bee-yell-oh”half whitebread, cakes
pšenično“p-shen-itch-no”wheatbread, cakes
kukuruzno“koo-koo-rooz-no”cornbread, cakes
mješavina za“m-yesh-a-veena za”mixture for…
means it’s a premixed flour for goods like pizza, donuts, etc. typically accompanied by a picture
heljdinobuckwheat flourbread, cakes
ječmenobarley flourcakes, pancakes
zobenooat flourbread, cakes
prosenomillet flourpudding, salad
rižinorice flourrice noodles, combined with other types in bread or cakes
pirovospelt flourbread, cakes, pancakes

Where to buy flour in Croatia

Here is a list of places where you can buy flour in Croatia:

  • Trgovina hrane (food store)
  • Supermarket (supermarket)
  • Benzinska postaja (gas station)
  • Mlin (mill)
  • Private food suppliers and farms
  • Njuškalo – view a guide here

[Read: Croatian farms and food suppliers with online ordering and home delivery]

Prices vary between ~1,73 euros per kilogram (fine flour) and ~6,70 euros per kilogram (rice flour).

View our other food posts

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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