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In pictures: Zagreb street style
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In pictures: Zagreb street style

The Croatian capital is a stylish place, and there's heaps of sartorial inspiration to be found on the city streets. Time Out's photographer has snapped the most fashionable street styles from this weekend - get some inspiration (or spot yourself) in this fabulous photo gallery.

A history of Zagreb in ten buildings
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A history of Zagreb in ten buildings

Visitors to Zagreb tend to make a beeline for the cathedral and St Mark's church. And while they're certainly worth admiring, the architecture fiend should know that the Croatian capital's finest buildings exceed the ecclesiastical variety. There's hardly a movement since Art Nouveau that hasn't left a trace here, and startling examples of the avant-garde are lurking at every corner. Here's a history of Zagreb in ten remarkable buildings. RECOMMENDED: essential Zagreb attractions.

Perfect autumnal days out in Zagreb
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Perfect autumnal days out in Zagreb

Autumn is a special time in Zagreb, the season holding its own particular events and charms. On the outskirts of the city, seasonal vegetables are grown in abundance with a range of food festivals to accompany. Zagreb's autumn days are often warm and sunny, offering the perfect weather to go walking and sightseeing in the city; it's never too hot to traipse around all day like it often can be in summer and it's not too cold for you to want to stay indoors. Autumnal evenings in Zagreb are a different matter and the warmth of the day can recede as fast as the sun disappears, with temperatures turning decidedly chilly as the night progresses. You'll often need a completely different wardrobe for daytimes and night times in the city at this time of year, but in Croatia's fashion capital, a chance to change outfits of a day is never a bad thing. Here are our suggestions for fun things to do on a day out in Zagreb in autumn. RECOMMENDED: Reasons to visit Zagreb in autumn.

The best gableci in Zagreb
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The best gableci in Zagreb

Simply put, gableci were cheap lunches for workers who started the day early with a coffee and a cigarette and were craving something warm, familiar and filling by 11am latest. ‘Elevenses’ of Winnie-the-Pooh lore doesn’t begin to capture this concept – condensed milk and honey would get you laughed out of Zagreb – while ‘brunch’ is a Western invention perfected by upscale hotels. As working practices changed, so did eating habits. More and more salaried locals started their working days later and only had time for a quick sandwich eaten on the hoof, usually from noon. But the gableci tradition stuck – you could still see blackboards outside honest eateries with the day’s specials chalked up and a price tag of, say, 35kn for two courses. Bean stew (grah), pasta squares and cabbage (krautflekerli), goulash and meat in breadcrumbs stuffed with ham and cheese (zagrebački odrezak) would be common dishes. Today the concept remains but has been stretched to include contemporary, even international, dining destinations simply offering cheap lunches. These may be included in November’s annual Gableci Week established by a leading Croatian daily newspaper to keep the tradition alive – although, in truth, it has never gone away.

My Zagreb story: Damir Cuculić
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My Zagreb story: Damir Cuculić

My name is Damir Cuculić. I was born in Zagreb. In the '80s I was a DJ, I have been in love with music since I was ten years old. Disco music was my first big love and after that hip hop. I first encountered electronic dance music at the end of the '80s. I had a connection in London and he told me about what was happening there, the first rave parties. At this time there was no Youtube, no Facebook, nothing. The only way you could find out was by travelling there or, like me, in a phone call from a friend. The first rave-style party I did was in 1992 in KSET. It was small. The first big one I did was here, in Grič Tunnel. This was the time of war in Croatia. Yugoslavia was falling apart. A dangerous time. Why did we decide this was a good time to start having raves? I don't know. Today, I cannot explain it. We were young and crazy. Rave at the Grič tunnel in the 90's /© Under City Rave Two of my friends were artists and they built installations. The idea was to have a multimedia event, an art exhibition combined with a rave party. Back then, I didn't know anything about Grič Tunnel, only that it existed. Only later I found out its interesting history. It was built as a bomb shelter in the times of war and it goes all the way to the other side of the city centre.   When we held the party, everyone complained. The police, the neighbours, everyone. Nobody had any experience of setting up something like this, or how to deal with it. We thought there would be 500-700 people

The best of Zagreb

The 71 best things to do in Zagreb
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The 71 best things to do in Zagreb

Compact and easy to navigate, Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, bars and numerous live-music venues.

The 100 best Zagreb restaurants
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The 100 best Zagreb restaurants

This ultimate guide to Zagreb restaurants covers it all: from splash-out fine dining to street food, bistros and east-west fusion. Our critics are constantly on the look-out for brilliant new restaurants (which we visit anonymously, of course) to bring you this list of our favourite tables in town. A few words on the selection criteria: our choice doesn't reflect only the expensive, upmarket restaurants that Zagreb has to offer. We're looking for originality over exclusivity; value for money over fancy frippery. Our pick is a mix of daring, cool, cosy and downright tasty eateries to satisfy every spectrum of diner. Dobar tek! RECOMMENDED: our guide to restaurants in Croatia.

The 80 best Zagreb bars
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The 80 best Zagreb bars

Discover the best places to sip across town.

Zagreb nightlife guide
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Zagreb nightlife guide

Vienna? Budapest? Ljubljana? Zagreb nightlife is matched by few places owing to the range of regular live music on offer – and for the sheer number of venues to stage it.

Essential Zagreb attractions
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Essential Zagreb attractions

Zagreb attractions number plenty of stately icons among their ranks, owing to the city's status as a former Habsburg hub and capital of a new nation. Towering cathedrals, a venerable zoo and a stately cemetery all provide plenty of things to do in Zagreb. Our experts pick out the best.

Zagreb's best restaurants and cafés

The best cafés and coffee shops in Zagreb
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The best cafés and coffee shops in Zagreb

Coffee-drinking is taken seriously in Zagreb.

The best cheap eats in Zagreb
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The best cheap eats in Zagreb

Gather your pennies and hit the streets – filling up in Zagreb's best restaurants needn’t empty the wallet.  

The best cake shops in Zagreb
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The best cake shops in Zagreb

When it comes to sweet treats, Zagreb really takes the cake. Croatians love to indulge their sweet tooth and as a result, you'll find plenty of excellent cake shops and patisseries spread across the capital. From old school bakeries serving traditional treats to smart new patisseries selling exotic creations, we've tracked down the best cake shops in Zagreb. RECOMMENDED: The best cafés and coffee shops in Zagreb.

The best bistros  in Zagreb
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The best bistros in Zagreb

Like a traditional French bistro, those in Zagreb master a breezy, intimate atmosphere.

The best vegetarian restaurants in Zagreb
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The best vegetarian restaurants in Zagreb

Croatian cuisine is famously meat-heavy, but that doesn't mean veggies will go hungry in the capital.

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Zagreb's best bars and pubs

The best craft beer bars in Zagreb
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The best craft beer bars in Zagreb

The best bars serving craft in the capital.

The best best bars in Zagreb with drinking terraces
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The best best bars in Zagreb with drinking terraces

We've mapped out the city's best terraces for outdoor drinking in Zagreb.

The best non-smoking cafés and bars in Zagreb
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The best non-smoking cafés and bars 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.

Zagreb bars with the best views
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Zagreb bars with the best views

Here's our pick of places to take in a drink and a splendid view of the capital.

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Zagreb inspiration

Zagreb's strangest museums
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Zagreb's strangest museums

Zagreb is full of unique art galleries and museums, often set the grand Habsburg-era city centre.

Zagreb's best art house and independent cinemas
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Zagreb's best art house and independent cinemas

Offering diverse and well thought-out movies, independent cinemas can be the place to catch up on some of the best films made around the world or the place to introduce a friend or date to one of your most cherished old classics. Luckily, Zagreb has a crop of art house cinemas showing the best of world and independent movies - with many screened in English. Here's where to find them. RECOMMENDED: The best film festivals in Croatia.

Zagreb's best vintage shops and markets
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Zagreb's best vintage shops and markets

Snag a bargain with our guide to vintage shopping in Zagreb.

24 hours in Zagreb
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24 hours in Zagreb

Read our daytripper's guide to experiencing the best of Zagreb in one day.

Best restaurants by cuisine

The best breakfast in Zagreb
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The best breakfast in Zagreb

The best places to start the day.

The best pizza in Zagreb
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The best pizza in Zagreb

You can find margheritas in Zagreb that are every bit as good as what you'd get in Naples.

The best burgers in Zagreb
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The best burgers in Zagreb

In need of a burger fix? Zagreb has some serious beef.

The best Asian restaurants in Zagreb
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The best Asian restaurants in Zagreb

These days, Cro-Asian gastronomy packs real culinary clout.

The best sushi in Zagreb
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The best sushi in Zagreb

 From 5-star sashimi spots to quick nigiri joints, here are the best sushi restaurants in Zagreb.

The best vegetarian food in Zagreb
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The best vegetarian food in Zagreb

Here are the best veggie lunches and dinners to try in Zagreb and where to try them.

Day trips from Zagreb

The best day trips from Zagreb
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The best day trips from Zagreb

If you're looking for Zagreb day trips, you're spoilt for choice.

Everything you need to know about Plitvice lakes
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Everything you need to know about Plitvice lakes

Plitvice Lakes is one of Croatia's most alluring attractions. Just a few hours from capital city Zagreb, and easily reached by road, this remarkable feat of nature is very accessible.

The best things to do in Samobor
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The best things to do in Samobor

Samobor is an easy hop, only 20km west of Zagreb near the Slovene border.

The 20 best things to do in Varaždin
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The 20 best things to do in Varaždin

There’s more than enough going on any time of year to warrant the two-hour journey from Zagreb.

More great day trips from Zagreb

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The best galleries in Zagreb
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The best galleries in Zagreb

Zagreb’s many galleries come in many guises.

The best clubs in Zagreb
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The best clubs in Zagreb

As with neighbouring capital Belgrade, Zagreb's party scene has a hint of Berlin about it.

The best coffee in Zagreb
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The best coffee in Zagreb

We’ve trawled them all to bring you a definitive guide to the best coffee Zagreb has to offer.

The best neighbourhoods to visit in Zagreb
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The best neighbourhoods to visit in Zagreb

There are plenty of great things to do in Zagreb's city centre, but you’ll also find lots to delight you in the outer-regions of the Croatian capital.

The best live music venues in Zagreb
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The best live music venues in Zagreb

Zagreb may not have the star-power of other European capitals but the city punches well above its weight when it comes to awesome music venues.

The best shops in zagreb
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The best shops in zagreb

In Zagreb, shopping has undergone a makeover.