The best coffee in Zagreb
Zagreb isn't short on coffee shops. The city centre is a parade of glass-fronted cafés and smoky outdoor terraces – many are longstanding independents, and there’s barely a chain-store in sight. Croatians are sacrosanct about their kava: it’s something to be enjoyed leisurely, not slugged from a cardboard cup on the way back to the office. That said, much of what you’ll find in your cup is commercially blended and can be spectacularly bland. Luckily, a cluster of ace coffee-shops are flying the flag for specialist and third-wave coffee – some double up as artisan roasteries, too. We’ve trawled them all to bring you a definitive guide to the best coffee Zagreb has to offer. RECOMMENDED: the best cafés and coffee shops in Zagreb.
Irish-themed bar Harat's opens two new boutique outlets in Zagreb
Beer lovers can rejoice this month as Irish-themed bar Harat's has opened two new boutique outlets in Zagreb. Harat's is the largest chain of Irish-themed pubs in the world, its original Zagreb franchise being positioned above Dolac market in the city centre. This first outlet has been a popular addition to the city centre, holding a large and ever-changing range of craft and imported beers both on draft and in bottles. Its large outdoor seating area was particularly popular during the World Cup competition, when the bar was serviced by a huge outdoor screen, with customers sitting outside on beanbags and around tables located on the forecourt. However, Harat's two new locations aren't attempting to have such a huge impact on those visiting the city centre for a night out. The two new outlets, which are located in the city centre at Gajeva 26 and at Lastovska 2A at the Savica indoor market, are much smaller than the original. They will offer a similarly large range of craft and imported beers like the one on Dolac, but unlike the original, there is an emphasis on take away at these bars. Positioned more like neighbourhood bars, customers will be able to pop in for a drink or two with a friend, or just drop by to pick up some specialist beers for drinking at home.
ELFS open new champagne bar in Zagreb
An exclusive new bar ELFS & bubbles has opened in the centre of Zagreb. Located at Amruševa 4, near the main square and Zrinjevac park, the upscale bar is a luxurious place for a daytime coffee or a glass of fizz in the evening. The bar has been established by the Croatian fashion brand ELFS, who make clothes, footwear and accessories which are all Croatian designed and made. The other half of the bar's name is taken from champagne bubbles, the bar offering the perfect opportunity to indulge sparkling wines. The opening of ELFS & bubbles follows the recent re-opening of classic Zagreb bar, Kafkaz, which, although it holds a completely different ambience and clientele, is also a high-end bar with impeccable service and impressive interior. There's no shortage of new places to go to impress your date in Zagreb. all photos by Danijel Galić photography
The best non-smoking cafés and bars in Zagreb
Do your clothes smell like they've been hanging by a bonfire of cigarette smoke? Sick of feeling like you've rolled around in an ashtray after a night out in Zagreb? Let this list guide you to the best smoke-free cafés and bars in the capital where the air is clean and breathable. RECOMMENDED: The coolest coffee shops and cafés.
Legendary Zagreb café Kavkaz reopens after refurb
The Kavkaz café (Kazališna Kavana) is something of a Zagreb institution, and it's just reopened its doors following a revolutionary refurb. The café has been closed for many years but it was once one of the most popular in Zagreb, particularly in the '80s. The café is located just opposite the Croatian National Theatre and previously courted a reputation as the hang out of artists, poets, writers and Zagreb's intelligentsia and bohemians. But, its once-popular looks faded from fashion, and though placed right in the heart of the city, it somehow lost its place in the heart of Zagreb's residents. The stunning new redesign will surely fix that and return Kavkaz to its rightful place among Zagreb's premier cafés. Architect and designer Mirta Mujačić Đaković, in collaboration with the cafe's new owner Tomislav Rajić, has addressed every corner of the building, reopening all three of its floors and restoring the building's oldest architectural details. The development of the building's full potential has allowed a restaurant and wine bar to be added to its features. Comfortable, modern seating is paired with vintage-looking features such as the generous marble bar and a mixture of contemporary and classic lighting features to make the space not just inviting, but one you'll wish to stay in and return to. This jaw-dropping interior design has been handled by Luka Kuharić, Bojan Matoš and Pavao Kuharić of Zagreb-based designers Kuharić Matoš.
Best bars in Croatia
The 50 best bars in Croatia
The best bars in Croatia are an eclectic bunch, each drawing character from the towns or regions they call home. The best Zagreb bars concentrate on music or design; the best bars in Split lend themselves to a night around Diocletian’s Palace; whereas the best bars in Dubrovnik take advantage of the city's jaw-dropping Adriatic vistas. Throw in a few quality wines and cocktails in Istria, a couple of happening spots in Rijeka, Opatija and Zadar, and the picture is complete. Check our expert's guide to the best bars in Croatia.
The best Zagreb bars
People in Croatia's capital city always give themselves time to linger and socialise over drinks. Whatever the time of year, new Zagreb bars are always raising and lowering their banners across the city centre and beyond, while traditional landmarks stay firm. Time Out's experts discover the best places to sip across town.
The best bars in Rijeka
There's seemingly a bar on every corner in Rijeka. Proud of its Mediterranean café culture, the city's streets are lined with bars of all stripes. From classic downtown bars to grungy pubs and trendy nightspots, here's our pick of the best bars in Rijeka. RECOMMENDED: Your ultimate guide to Rijeka.
The best Dubrovnik bars
By day, Dubrovnik and its overcrowded Old Town seem the perfect place for sandal-wearing coffee-sippers. But by night, Dubrovnik bars spring to life, with a number of atmospheric spots serving up anything from fine Dalmatian wines to fancy cocktails. Dip in to our essential drinking guide.