World on a Plate Festival
This year, the World on a Plate festival returns with a celebration of food culture from all over. Zagreb's main square is set to host street food vendors and representing different communities – expect Thai, Japanese, Turkish, Russian and German street-food as the focus of the event. But, drawing the crowds and making this such a memorable experience is the accompanying cultural programme. This includes various styles of international music, with some singers and musicians in traditional folk costumes. Dancers taking part in the programme can be dressed quite spectacularly. There are educational talks and workshops too throughout the lively 11-day duration.
Time rolls out new Japanese-Adriatic fusion menu 'Cromakase'
On a street corner close to Zagreb’s main square, Time Restaurant & Bar opened in 2015. It has since become one of the trendiest eateries in the Croatian capital – but also embodies the realisation of a personal dream. 'This space at Petrinjska 7 was previously owned by family friend,' said Time owner Davor Bienenfeld. 'I decided to take it over, upgrade it considerably and turn it into one of the most popular places in Zagreb, while bringing the concept of an all-in-one bar and restaurant to the capital.' That’s not the only concept here. 'We decided to complement exotic and fusion cuisine while still offering guests classic Croatian dishes such as Adriatic squid, Kvarner scampi, tuna from Ugljan, and traditional domestic desserts with a modern feel,' explains Davor. An array of familiar Asian-fusion dishes, like teriyaki, sushi and Thai curry, zing with Adriatic freshness. In similar vein, an adventurous new menu, launched in the late spring of 2018, creates another winning fusion. 'We call it Cromakase,' says Davor. 'So, while this is in a Japanese style, we are still focusing on the finest Croatian food. As far as this is concerned, the name does seem to be quite suitable. The Cromakase menu is easiest to describe as a fusion of Adriatic flavours and Japanese meal preparation techniques. Several sequences are followed by carefully selected Croatian wine pairings to maintain complete authenticity. The Cromakase menu changes daily, depending on what's fresh. There mig
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.
The best sushi in Zagreb
Sushi has set Zagreb on wasabi-flavoured fire. The raw Japanese dish is fast becoming the city's favourite world food, and with sushi restaurants springing up all over the place, you can find some exquisite offerings. From 5-star sashimi spots to quick nigiri joints, here are the best sushi restaurants in Zagreb. Feeling hungry? Feast your eyes on our guide to the best Asian restaurants in Zagreb
The best bistros in Zagreb
Once, eating out in Zagreb meant choosing from a slew of local restaurants with menus featuring meat, pastry, and more meat. But the capital's recent gastro-revolution has changed that. A wave of recently-opened bistros are making lunch a more exciting prospect in the capital, and most of them are the projects of passionate entrepeneurs - which means that these independent little places offer top-quality food and hand-selected decor. Like a traditional French bistro, those in Zagreb master breezy, intimate atmosphere, but their menus - often based around global 'street food' - are a welcome update. Here's our batch of the best bistros in Zagreb. RECOMMENDED: more great restaurants in Zagreb.
The best restaurants in Croatia
The best Dubrovnik restaurants
Dubrovnik restaurants are beginning to offer the culinary quality and variety that should be expected of such a luxury destination. And dining in Dubrovnik needn't cost an arm and a leg: many places offers simple, wholesome dishes at wallet-friendly prices.
Recommended Split restaurants
The Split restaurant scene's culinary revolution is a recent phenomenon and one that's still booming. Decent and diverse eateries seem to be opening on an almost monthly basis, making Croatia's second city a gastronomic destination equal to almost any in the country. Split is not only a tourist playground – it's a living, breathing, dining-out city for locals too.
Recommended restaurants in Dubrovnik
Cogito Coffee • Zagreb
Flagship city-centre bar of the Cogito bean-roasting outfit, this recently-opened clinic for unrepentant caffeine-a-holics is just off the main street, at the start of the mysterious, half-hidden passageway which leads from Varšavska through to Masarykova. Minimally decorated save for some salvaged furniture and a few pictures, it serves a hard-to-beat brew, plus leaf teas, some freshly-squeezed juices, and that’s about it – save for some muffins and cookies provided by the Piknik bakery and sandwich bar.
Cele Café • Dubrovnik
First opened in 1932 by a certain Celestin 'Cele' Šikić, this busy place is one of a gaggle of cafés grouped around the Stradun's bustling eastern end. Given a thorough refit in the winter of 2010-11, Cele was relaunched as a 'brunch&bar', serving all-day breakfasts (omelettes, croissants, cereals), salads, wok-fried dishes and burgers – until 5pm, when it reverts to its primary function as a drinking venue. Cele's sizeable pavement terrace can be mobbed by tourists in high season, and the place only really comes into its own when the midsummer deluge has receded.
Booksa • Zagreb
Zagreb’s prime literary club also doubles as a café, a collective run by two enthusiastic women. There is a symbolic membership fee of 10kn/year, but members can then enjoy WiFi, carefully chosen music, a laid-back atmosphere and regular events that include readings by the big beasts of the local literary scene – with occasional ones by visiting English speakers. Thursdays are reserved for unplugged concerts by local musicians. The twice-weekly Mercredi Français pulls in the capital's Francophone community. There’s also a small library of English-language books. Good coffee and several varieties of leaf tea help to make Booksa well worth the quick tram ride or ten-minute walk from the centre.
Breakfast, brunch and beyond
Breakfast in Zagreb guide
With an increasing number of Zagreb’s guests staying in private rooms and apartments rather than traditional hotels, the need to find a good breakfast has never been greater. There were always plenty of cafés in Zagreb but few of them bothered to cook up food of any kind, never mind a sizzling pan of bacon and eggs. Until now. As well as a new genre of café, you are likely to find a designated breakfast menu in an increasing number of restaurants too. Here are seven of the best places to start the day.