Prices for products in Montenegro in tourist centers are usually 20%-25% higher than in the domestic regions of the country. It is better to buy food in supermarkets.
Where to buy products?
Popular chain stores “Voli”, “Roda”, “Maxi” are available in all major cities. Pay attention to small local shops, bakeries and meat markets. Ask locals where to buy good bread and fresh meat. The goods aren’t resting there for days, and you’re much less likely to be tricked.
In 2014, the price of the juice was 1.50 euros per liter, Njeguski pršut in vacuum packaging — 9.3 euros per kg, ham — 2.69 euros per kg, milk — 1 euro per liter, butter — 1.95 euros per pack, pasta — 0.64 euros per kg, red wine “Vranac” — 2.50 euros per bottle (0.75 liters), Coca-Cola — 1.20 euros per 2 liters.
Meat and fish
In Montenegro, the prices for meat and fish are a little high: fresh meat (beef) costs about 7-9 euros per kilo, a kilo of fresh river fish will cost 5 euros, and sea fish will cost about 7-8 euros per kilo.
Despite the proximity of the Adriatic Sea, seafood is considered a delicacy here. Throughout its history, Montenegrins have been cut off from the coastline, where the Italians, then Austrians dominated. Therefore, there is no fishing industry, and all seafood is caught by fishermen early in the morning, then resold in cafes and shops.
The cost of a basic loaf of bread in an average store reaches up to 1 euro. There are a lot of bread products here, and Montenegrins really enjoy them.
Avoid pigs in a blanket: they often use the cheapest sausages out there.
Prices in Montenegro for locally produced food are not very high. Good local wine can be bought at a price of 2 to 4 euros per bottle, grapes — for 3-4 euros per kg, strawberries and cherries cost about 2-3 euros per kg, peaches — about 2 euros per kg, etc.
During the season, grapes can be bought on the market for 0.80 euros (August — September), strawberries — for 1.5 euros (May), and cherries — 2.5 euros (late May — June).
Food for children
If you’re going to Montenegro with young children, don’t bring your baby food bags with you. In supermarkets you can find all the usual products, and the prices for baby food in Montenegro are no different than in other countries. Local vegetables and fruits are also very healthy.
Food prices in cafes and restaurants are reasonable: a sandwich with salmon (flatbread with salmon slices and salad inside) with Cocta,0.33 (local analogue of Coca-Cola) will cost an average of 4-5 euros.
Portions here are quite large and nourishing, and you can ask for a takeout practically anywhere. A piece of pizza in the street cafe will cost 1.5 euros, a sandwich with fried meat and fresh vegetables — about 2.5 euros.
Prices on the markets are significantly lower, especially for fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables during the harvest season. If you decide to buy tomatoes in mid-winter or early spring, you would find them only in supermarkets. They are expensive and imported from Turkey or Israel.
Here is an approximate list of seasonal products during the summer period:
May: tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, spinach, chard (has a softer taste than spinach);
June: everything listed above + zucchini, cherries and apricots;
July: peaches, nectarines, Cardinal grapes, summer apples, pears;
August: everything listed above + melons, watermelons, figs;
September: pomegranates, autumn apples, figs.
You can learn more about what products for which prices are sold in Montenegro from this video, which also shows a market, a restaurant and a shop.