Over the past several years there has been a discernible shift in Zagreb dining, exemplified by the recent additions of varied international offerings as well as new takes on classic, national favorites. What does this mean to you? Well, for starters, it means that today’s Zagreb has the kinds of culinary options you might expect from a European capital city. On top of local favorites like strukli (cream and cheese pastries served with soup) and kulen (pork sausage), as well as the ubiquitous Italian-inspired pizzerias and Dalmatian seafood restaurants, you’ll find everything from Mexican to French to Chinese at your disposal. Prices run the gamut depending on your tastes however, in a culture known for taking its time to enjoy the relaxed pace of café-society, you’ve got lots of options catering to those who aren’t looking to spend an arm and a leg.
If you’re not in the market for anything in particular, just peruse the selection around the main Jelacic Square in Upper Town. Though many of these establishments are cafes-only, there is nevertheless a high concentration of restaurants stretching from here northward to the ever popular Tkalciceva Street (savvy diners may also want to check out the tasty options on Skalinska Street, which connects Tkalciceva to the Zagreb Cathedral). Jelacic also has the duel benefit of giving access to the popular Dolac Market, which is where you’ll discover the best and freshest regional offerings Zagreb has to offer. Head southward towards Zagreb Park and you’ll undoubtedly find streets like ul. Nicole Tesle and Trg Kralja Tomislava dotted with outdoor tables (in summer) and other telltale signs of food being served.
As with many large cities, the variety and quality of restaurants in Zagreb is extensive and, let’s be honest, you can find plenty of options outside the main drags if you know what you’re looking for. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a collection of trusted Zagreb dining sites to accompany our selection of eateries you may want to check out. Bear in mind that your quickest way to grab a snack on the go will be at any number of qualified pizzerias across the city, as well as at snack stands specializing in Borek, a delicious Slavic cheese and/or meat filled pastry. Enjoy the tastier side of the Croatian capital!