The Perfect Day in Zagreb
Collected by Anja Mutic , AFAR Local Expert
The historic heart of Zagreb may be small and compact, but it’s jam-packed with things to do, from a historic funicular and quirky museum to a buzzy market and several verdant escapes. Beyond the city center, there are even more appealing attractions, including Croatia’s largest contemporary art museum. Pair it all with some of Zagreb’s best food, coffee, and drinks and you have the makings of a perfect day.
Ul. Ivana Tkalčića 20, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Kick off a day of sightseeing with a hearty breakfast at Otto & Frank, located right along buzzy Tkalčićeva Street in the historic heart of Zagreb. Be sure to grab an outside seat and then choose from dishes like oatmeal with apples, cinnamon,...
Ul. Ivana Tkalčića, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is a city of sidewalk cafés, with Tkalča (as locals call the pedestrian Tkalčićeva Street that runs north of Ban Jelačić Square) as its epicenter. Prior to its paving in the 19th century, the historic street was a stream lined with...
Uspinjača, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Get whisked away to the Upper Town in just 64 seconds on Zagreb’s emblematic blue funicular. Connecting the Lower and Upper Town areas since 1890, the cable railway is said to be the world’s shortest for public transport. Once you...
Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
You don’t need to have a broken heart to have a blast at Zagreb’s quirkiest museum. Located in a Baroque town house in the Upper Town, the Museum of Broken Relationships is full of mementos from other people’s romances gone sour....
10000, Zagreb, Croatia
When visiting Zagreb, stroll to Kaptol Square to see the city’s lofty cathedral up close. Though you can glimpse its soaring towers from many a vantage point around town, nothing compares to standing right in front of Croatia’s largest...
Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
An elegant square lined with grand 19th-century buildings, Ban Jelačić is a great spot to feel the city’s pulse. It often plays host to fairs and performances, as well as locals chatting under the sculpture of Ban Josip Jelačić or the...
Maksimirski perivoj, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
For a wooded escape within city limits, take the tram a few stops east of Ban Jelačić Square and meander around Maksimir, the oldest public park in Zagreb. Opened back in 1794, it’s almost as big as Manhattan’s Central Park, and...
Petrinjska ul. 42A, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Just a few minutes’ walk from Ban Jelačić Square, Lari & Penati is a local lunchtime favorite (if you don’t want to wait for a table, book ahead). Here, chef Igor Tomljenović serves a small but hyper-seasonal menu, featuring...
Trg Marka Marulića 9A, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
A flower-filled oasis in the heart of Zagreb, this landscaped garden lies at the far end of the Lenuci Horseshoe, the string of 19th-century parks and squares that runs through the Lower Town. Planted back in 1892, it remains a delightful place...
Avenija Dubrovnik 17, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
For top contemporary art from Croatia and abroad, don’t miss a trip to this fascinating museum, located in a modern building a short cab ride from the city center. Start with the permanent exhibition Collection in Motion, which features...
Ilica 12/1, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Though the flower stands are mostly gone, Zagreb’s Flower Square is still an iconic spot for coffee at one of the several surrounding cafés. Officially named Petar Preradović Square after the renowned Croatian poet, the area does...
Varšavska ul. 11, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
For Zagreb’s best cup of kava (coffee), head to this tiny café just steps from Flower Square. Run by two men—both named Matija and equally serious about coffee—this funky spot offers specialty coffees, sourced seasonally...
Ul. Nikole Tesle 10, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
For as long as anyone can remember, locals have frequented this mainstay in the heart of Zagreb for special family meals. Even when the tourists caught on, Vinodol remained at the top of its game, serving cuisine from all over Croatia, including ...
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