Six films to see at Zagreb Film Festival 2019
With contemporary selections from the world of international cinema, it's no surprise to find Australian, Belgian, Canadian, Icelandic and Serbian films within the well-curated programme of Zagreb Film Festival. This year, the festival takes place from Thursday November 7th until Sunday November 17th, its longest duration to date and will use several venues around Zagreb including Kino Tuškanac, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lauba and the Croatian Music Institute. 2019 also sees the festival's largest-ever outreach programme, with selections being shown in 20 Croatian towns and cities including Bjelovar, Dubrovnik, Koprivnica, Rijeka, Rovinj, Samobor, Slatina, Split, Šibenik, Varaždin, Velika Gorica, Zadar, Hvar and Omiš. From dark comedy to touching drama and intriguing thriller, we preview six selections set in distinct, local circumstances, but which examine issues that are universal.
The best music to catch in Croatia this November
As the Indian summer fades from memory, it's time to head indoors. Autumn and winter are the time that Croatia's music scene really comes alive, with all students back in their university towns and cities and everyone returned from holiday. You're much more likely to see international touring bands and DJs visit Croatia in this period and with Rijeka's cultural calendar picking up pace in preparation for its European Capital of Culture year in 2020, it's not only Zagreb that has world-class entertainment this month.
In pictures: 12 beautiful parks in Zagreb perfect for autumn exploring
Summer is fading and autumn brings the return of crisp days, cold nights and falling leaves. There are worse places to be than Zagreb, what with its beautiful Habsburg centre and a generous smattering of public parks. So grab a scarf, button up your coat and wander around in all the autumnal beauty of Zagreb's parks.
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.
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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.
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 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.
Zagreb's best bars and pubs
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.