A Zagreb Foodie's Delight
Indulge in Three Days of Zagreb and Surroundings:
Prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary scene of Zagreb, where the locals cherish the art of savoring life's simple pleasures. From diverse cuisine influenced by various cultures to world-class Croatian wines, accompanied by Zagreb's warm hospitality, this itinerary is tailored to provide you with an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Day 1: Discover Zagreb's Vibrant Food Culture
Start your day by blending in with the locals at a downtown terrace, sipping a cup of coffee while observing the world go by. Then, make your way to Dolac, Zagreb's central food market, where a plethora of vibrant colors and enticing aromas await. Explore the abundance of local seasonal produce, including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, and freshly baked goods sourced from all corners of Croatia. In the lower section of the market, you'll encounter the legendary lady vendors known as kumice, renowned for their cheeses and creams. Summon your courage and indulge in a sample or two. Once your appetite is stimulated, take a nearby break and relish a gemišt (white wine spritzer) along with a traditional Zagreb lunch. Satisfied and content, take a leisurely stroll through the lively Tkalčićeva Street before ascending to the Upper Town. Explore the oldest and most enchanting part of Zagreb, paying a visit to the popular Museum of Broken Relationships. In the evening, pamper yourself with culinary masterpieces prepared by local chefs at one of the Michelin Guide-recommended restaurants.
Day 2: Unleash Your Inner Food Connoisseur
Dedicate this day to further exploring Zagreb's gastronomic offerings, but with a twist. Roll up your sleeves and engage in a hands-on experience. Embark on a food tour, participate in a cooking class, and learn the art of creating the irresistible štrukli. Alternatively, venture into the forests of Medvednica Mountain for a thrilling truffle hunting adventure. In the afternoon, delve into Zagreb's exciting craft beer scene. Explore the craft breweries located in the eastern and western suburbs, where you can indulge in brewery tours and unwind in tap rooms, accompanied by delectable snacks. As the day winds down, return to downtown Zagreb to immerse yourself in its vibrant nightlife.
Day 3: Escape to Green Surroundings and Discover Exceptional Wines
Take a brief respite from the city's hustle and bustle and venture into Zagreb's lush surroundings. Uncover the birthplace of Croatia's finest sparkling and still wines. Plešivica, a picturesque wine region a mere 40-minute drive from Zagreb, awaits you with its gentle slopes above the town of Jastrebarsko. Here, the wine road intertwines with the cheese road, offering a delightful convergence. Schedule a tasting in advance at one of the charming family-owned boutique wineries, where you can spend hours relishing exceptional wines, homemade charcuterie, a stroll through the vineyards, a tour of the wine cellar, and engaging conversations with passionate winemakers. Don't forget to reserve a table for a satisfying dinner at a traditional restaurant in Plešivica or the nearby town of Samobor, where you can savor the best local dishes.
No trip to Croatia is complete without indulging in the country's famous local cuisine. Be sure to treat yourself to some of the well-known traditional dishes while on your adventures, including Mljet lobster, Ston oysters, Kvarner scampi, Istrian truffles, Slavonia's veal and pork, Zagorje and Istria's turkey, Pag cheese, Lika cheese škripavac, Palacinke pancakes, extra virgin olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, and, of course, the wines."
Prepare for an epicurean adventure through Zagreb and its surroundings, where every moment will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.
Zagreb By foot
It could be said that Zagreb holds within it a myriad of stories, legends and interesting places that span through its winding paths and steps. 95 steps - some made of stone, wood and concrete - stretch through the small and large streets that connect the Upper and Lower Towns. In some places, they create stunning vistas and stunning picturesque scenes, admired by the observant traveler. One of the longest staircases, the Alanske Stube, stands out. 555 steps connecting Jahorinska Street and Gornje Prekrižje, it takes its name from a mountain peak on Velebit. On the other hand, the Kapucinske Stube, which connects Mesnićka Street and Matoševa Street, also go by the name of Vještičje štenge, as legend has it, they were used by the witches of Zagreb for their gatherings. Illuminated with antique lamps, these wooden stairs are now a romantic path for strolling. Furthermore, the Schlosserove Stube is a must for the ones walking to the Zagreb School of Medicine, connecting Langov Square and the Šalata quarter, taking its name from the renowned Croatian doctor and naturalist Josip Kalasancije Schlosser, while serving as a popular exercise route for athletes. Lastly, Zakmardijeve Stube, connecting the famous Strossmayer promenade and Radićeva Street, is well known among students as a meeting spot, while the Mlinske Stube is the one leading to the Kožarska Street and Radićeva Street, due to the large mill that used to be in the area.
We invite our esteemed guests to enjoy their stay with us at Doma Zagreb Aparthotel, where comfort and hospitality await amidst the enchanting sights of Zagreb.
Day One – The Highlights of Zagreb.
Begin the day by taking in the bustling atmosphere at Dolac Market. Stop and admire the local vendors, indulge in the aroma of the pastries from a bakery and enjoy a cup of coffee. Take your time to explore the Kaptol, Opatovina and Tkalčićeva streets for a deeper understanding of Zagreb. Finish by scaling the heights of the Upper Town and soaking in its old-world charms.
A funicular ride transports visitors to the Lower Town and the vibrant hub of activity. There are still plenty of tranquil places to sit and relax, and experience a taste of the culture, with a few drinks and a bite to eat. This is also a great spot to spot the latest fashion trends and even go shopping.
One of the best ways to sightsee is by following the ‘Lenuci Horseshoe’, which leads to some of the best museums in the city and allows you to see the most picturesque areas of the Lower Town. For evening entertainment, head to Tkalčićeva street, Opatovina or Petar Preradović Square to explore the myriad of restaurants, cafés and bars.
Day Two – Exploring Beyond the City Centre.
Kickstart the day by visiting a local café for coffee and spend some time in the great outdoors. Wherever you find yourself in Zagreb, a park is sure to be nearby, such as Maksimir, Jarun, or Tuškanac. A leisurely walk across one of the bridges to the south side of the river Sava reveals the Museum of Contemporary Art and nearby Bundek, a wonderful expanse of parkland in Novi Zagreb. Plus, there is also a nearby golf course along the riverbank.
In the evening, choose from a wealth of restaurants and bistros, from casual to fine dining, for an authentic Zagreb experience.
Day Three – Surrounding Areas.
Start the morning off with a coffee, before venturing to the stunning locales of Sljeme and Samobor. Here, visitors can explore charming towns, castles, manor houses, archaeological sites, nature parks and World Heritage sites. Before the day is over, take advantage of the Zagreb Card to save money at local restaurants, shops, museums and attractions.
ZAGREB CARD is your convenient companion in Zagreb, offering free transport and entry to attractions like the Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb City Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Zagreb Zoo. It also provides discounts at various venues. You can choose between a 24-hour (13.01 EUR) or 72-hour (17.92 EUR) card.
For visitor centers and pick-up locations of the ZAGREB CARD, you can visit:
- Visitor Center, Trg bana Josipa Jelačića 11
- Visitor Center Airport Franjo Tuđman, Rudolfa Fizira 21, Velika Gorica