A Beginner's Guide To Zagreb

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Charlotte Aimée Hulme

A Beginner's Guide To Zagreb

Zagreb is (hopefully) known to all as Croatia’s buzzy capital, a city famed for its colour festivals and deemed by the sequin wearing, painted faced amongst us as “festival city”. It's fun, it's lively and it's a capital so worthy of a visit...

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Buzzy Bars

Culture to one side, there are a whole host of bars to enjoy in the city-centre. The night-life is so varied, we sat on Tkalčićeva Street, probably like the most touristy people ever, but this area is buzzing with atmosphere, (and perfect for a people watch).

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Swanky Monkey Garden bar
Charlotte Aimée:A great bar that has a hidden outdoor garden with swing stools and an atmosphere ideal for pre-drinks is Swanky Monkey. Two local drinks you just have to try are Medica, a beverage made of brewed honey and Rakia, drinks with different fruit and herb flavours. Without further ado, a raki cheers!
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Alcatraz
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Dežman Bar
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Sedmica
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Spunk
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Vinyl bar&bar
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Food Glorious Food

The food culture in Zagreb is eclectic. Often, to avoid frequenting Maccy D’s, it’s nice to have some guidance when it comes to a different cuisine. We suggest trying Cuspajz – meat and vegetable stew, Knedli – sweet potato dumplings and 505 s crtom – typical Croatian candy. Here are some great restaurant spots to enjoy...

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Restaurant Nav
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Noel
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Bistro Apetit
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RougeMarin
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Burgeraj
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Carpaccio
Charlotte Aimée:Delivering stylish Italian dining, Carpaccio does just what it says on the tin and offers some of the best classic Italian dishes going.
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Stalwart City Staples

Zagreb is a culture-filled capital offering gorgeous greenery and historic buildings galore

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Botanical Garden
Charlotte Aimée:The Botanical Gardens are definitely worth a wander, especially if you like turtles! I have never seen so many in my life, and they’re so well disguised in the large pond. The gardens were founded in 1889, and really are a staple of the city with expansive greenery, lily-pad-covered ponds, French-inspired flowerbeds and ten glasshouses.
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St. Mark's Church
Charlotte Aimée:For that insta-photo sure to rake in the likes, St. Mark’s Church is very “Croatian”. t’s red-white-and-blue chequered roof tiles host two coats of arms of Zagreb and Crotia, just striking. The little church looks so clean, which seems to be an overarching theme in Zagreb.
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Cathedral of Zagreb
Charlotte Aimée:German architect Hermann Bollé certainly did a great job with this skyline dominating cathedral. Whilst you might grimace at a “typical” tourist-y holiday wandering forcibly around cathedrals, this one is actually a highly recommended visit.
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Many A Museum

The Museum Of Broken Relationships is a famous Zagreb staple. Alas, it's not the only museum sitting snug in the city...

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The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb
Charlotte Aimée:In essence, it’s a whole museum, located in the beautiful baroque Kulmer palace in the Upper Town, dedicated to heartbreak and symbolic possessions.
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Wanderguide map

  1. Swanky Monkey Garden bar
  2. Alcatraz
  3. Dežman Bar
  4. Sedmica
  5. Bacchus jazz bar
  6. Spunk
  7. Vinyl bar&bar
  8. Pod Zidom Bistro & Wine Bar
  9. Restaurant Nav
  10. Noel
  11. Trilogija - Vino & Kuhinja
  12. Bistro Apetit
  13. RougeMarin
  14. Restaurant Agava
  15. Burgeraj
  16. Carpaccio
  17. Botanical Garden
  18. 2-Hour Old Zagreb Private Walking Tour
  19. St. Mark's Church
  20. Cathedral of Zagreb
  21. Zagreb Myth And Legends - Exclusive Experience
  22. Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
  23. Zagreb City Museum

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