Food and drink are probably the things you're going to most want to buy while in Dalmatia. The daily open-air markets in Dubrovnik and Split are attractions in their own right – stalls piled high with local seasonal produce, such as cherries, strawberries and asparagus in spring, and tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and melons in summer. You'll also find stallholders selling cheeses, cured meats, eggs, honey, nuts and dried fruit. Note that markets are generally open Mon-Sat 7am-2pm and Sun 7am-11am.
Dalmatia produces excellent vino (wine), rakija (a potent spirit) and maslinovo ulje (olive oil), and a few bottles of each make ideal gifts or mementos to bring home. You can buy these in supermarkets or specialist stores, or even better still direct from local producers. Other typical souvenirs include olive oil based cosmetics, paintings and prints (especially of Dubrovnik and Split), ceramics, jewellery and museum reproductions.
Standard shop hours are Mon-Fri 9am-2pm and 5pm-8pm and Sat 9am-2pm. Many supermarkets stay open 9am-8pm, and in popular tourist destinations some shops stay open as late as 10pm in summer.