Zagreb is often overlooked by travelers as a stopover destination with little to see.. I, however, couldn’t disagree more! It would have been easy to spend weeks getting lost in this quaint, but beautifully active, city. That being said, if your time in Zagreb is limited there are a few spots that you should not miss out on!
What to See:
Kula Lotrscak (Strossmayerovo šetalište 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia)
Climb this tower for some of the best views of the city! The entrance ticket costs 20kn. Stop by in the afternoon to avoid the hoards of midday tourists and to capture the perfect lighting as the sun starts to set over the city.
Museum of Broken Relationships (Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia)
A quirky museum located in Zagreb’s historic Upper Town. Admission costs 30kn (reduced admission for students) and offers you insight into a series of past relationship relics.
Strossmayer Promenade (Strossmayerovo šetalište, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia)
A lively promenade featuring food stalls, live music, and plenty of locals. Conveniently located right by Lotrscak tower, Strossmayer is the perfect afternoon beer stop. Make sure to snag a table offering views of the Lower Town below!
St. Mark’s Church (Trg Svetog Marka 5, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia)
A beautifully decorated, medieval-style church in the heart of the Upper Town.
Wander.. Zagreb is made up of a series of quaint, colorful streets. Take some time to simply wander and get lost! The old town is small enough that you shouldn’t get too lost!
Where to Eat:
Dolac Market (Dolac 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia)
Open from 6:30AM to 3:00PM, Dolac is your spot for amazingly fresh (and cheap) fruit! We picked up a kilogram of strawberries and a kilogram of nectarines for only 20kn total! Stop by in the morning to see the locals bustling about!
La Struk (Skalinska ul. 5, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia)
My dining experience at La Struk was easily my best during my time in Croatia. Exclusively offering the Croatian delicacy, Strukli, this restaurant is not one to skip! Strukli is a warm dough filled with a creamy mixture of cottage cheese, eggs, and cream. My personal favorite was the Pesto and Pumpkin Seed! The restaurant offers a lovely outdoor patio, as well as some indoor seating. The mains were reasonably priced and go well with their delicious house wine!
This street offers plenty of restaurant for lunch and dinner, not to mention plenty of beautifully colored buildings! Take a stroll down this street and you’re guaranteed to find a nice spot for a beer or a bite to eat!
Where to Stay:
Wallaby House Hostel (http://www.thewallabyhousehostel.com/)
This Australian owned hostel is perfect for any traveler! Although slightly outside of the city, the hostel is only a 10 minute walk from the main bus station (perfect for day trips)! The hostel staff is incredibly welcoming and boasts a lively social scene, however they are also respectful to those trying to sleep with an 11:00PM quiet hour strictly enforced. Dorm beds start at $11 during low season and $15 during high season.
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