The Zagreb Guide: A Month in Croatia's Largest City

By: Sarah

Horse Statue in Gornji Grad

Horse Statue in Gornji Grad

Zagreb is Croatia’s largest city. One in four of the country's population lives here and there is a good reason for that - it’s filled with great restaurants, bars, and tons of museums. This makes it the cultural heart of the nation. Though it still holds true to its roots as an Austro-Hungarian empire, this city has become colorful, artistic, and vibrant; all thanks to its youth.

A lookout point in Zagreb (in front of Lotrscak Tower)

A lookout point in Zagreb (in front of Lotrscak Tower)

Since the city lies between the slopes of Medvednica and the River Sava, it is also a great place for hiking, river rafting, and kayaking. Everyone can find something they love here.

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

To make your trip planning easier, pick up a copy of Marco Polo’s Croatia guide. I used it and it is fantastic. They also provide self-walking tours, which is excellent for exploring a city on your own!

I lived here for a month and have put together a color coded map of sightseeing, entertainment, restaurants, cafes, and bars. I recommend you click here to view this google map on your phone while you explore the city. It will make it easier to see everything you can while you’re in town!

The map is also embedded below. To filter according to category (restaurant, entertainment, etc.) click on the square with the arrow in the left top corner then check the boxes of what categories you would like to view.  


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Entertainment:

(Purple dots on the map)

Secrets of Gric Trailer

- Museum of Broken Relationships - brokenships.com

- Muzej Iluzija - Museum of Illusions - muzejiluzija.com

- Secrets of Gric - Shows are Saturday evenings in English, buy tickets in advance. Show runs from July to September every year - tajnegrica.hr

Sightseeing:

(Blue dots on the map)

Woman praying at the Stone Gate

Woman praying at the Stone Gate

- See the cannon get fired from Lotrscak Tower everyday at noon

- St. Mark's Church - Colorful church - Go at noon on Saturday or Sunday to see the changing of the guards. 

Cathedral of Zagreb

Cathedral of Zagreb

- Cathedral of Zagreb

- Stone Gate

- Dolac Market - Great place for fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, local cheeses and meat

- Mirogoj Cemetary 

The changing of the guards on Saturday and Sundays at noon at St. Marks Church

The changing of the guards on Saturday and Sundays at noon at St. Marks Church

Adventure:

(Pink dots on the map)

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

- Day trip to the Plitvice Lakes - Naturally aqua blue lakes in a national park -  WandererTravel.eu

- Hike Samoborsko Gorje (mountain) then have lunch and beer at Planinarski dom Žitnica - hpd-jastrebarsko.hr

- Hike to Medvednica and have lunch at one of the lodges at the top. This is the well-known mountain and can be very busy on the weekend because locals escape the city here.

- Rent bikes and bike in Maksimirski Perivoj (Park)

Restaurants:

(Yellow dots on the map)

Kava Tava

Kava Tava

- Kava Tava - Great breakfast, get the pancakes - kavatava.com

- Konoba Didov San - Authentic Croatian food - order steak, schnitzels, gulas (goulash), grah (bean stew), sir (cheese), or prsut (cured ham) - all of these dishes are traditional Inland Croatian food. - konoba-didovsan.com

Sir (cheese) at Konoba Didov San

Sir (cheese) at Konoba Didov San

- Otto & Frank - Get the traditional Croatian breakfast dish - facebook.com/otto.frank.bar

- Konoba Miseria Nobile - Local charcuterie dishes here, they even have bear meat! - facebook.com/miserianobile

- Konoba Bracera - If you're up for it order the Hobotnica ispod peke (aka Octopus under the iron bell) - this is one of the most traditional Croatian dishes and is normally eaten during special occasions. You will need to order it at least 3 days in advance because it takes a lot of time to make. - konoba-bracera.hr

Cafes:

(Orange dots on the map)

Rainbow coffee at Cafe Sjedi 5

Rainbow coffee at Cafe Sjedi 5

- Velvet Cafe - Beautiful palace like atmosphere and great coffee/tea - Tripadvisor.com

- Cafe Sjedi 5 - rainbow coffee - cafesjedi5.com

- Jutro - cute, great homemade cakes and coffee - facebook.com/JUTRO

Bars:

(Green dots on the map)

Custom cocktail at Noel

Custom cocktail at Noel

Custom cocktail at Noel

Custom cocktail at Noel

- Noel - Great cocktails - noel.hr

- A Most Unusual Garden - Alice in Wonderland garden theme bar - Tripadvisor.com

- Veliki Tolk - Beer Grden - facebook.com/VelikiTolk

- Pivnica Mali Medo - Croatian beer & a popular local bar - pivovara-medvedgrad.hr/mali-medo

- Craft Room - This was our favorite spot for beer. It has an excellent variety & is a popular local spot - Tripadvisor.com

- Bacchus Jazz Bar - Great live music bar - facebook.com/bacchusjazzbar

- Bornstein Wine Bar - Do their Croatian wine tasting. They have hundreds of types of local and foreign wines. - bornstein.hr

Bornstein Wine Bar

Bornstein Wine Bar


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