Zagreb, Croatia (Autumn '14)

Monday, 27 October 2014

Often overlooked in favour of the storied Dalmatian coast, Zagreb is Croatia's charming capital and is well worth a few days of your time. Though we unfortunately arrived when much of Croatia's north-east was suffering from heavy rainstorms, we were still able to appreciate the distinctive Austrian-Hungarian flavour which runs throughout the city's architecture and history. There were specific instances which reminded me of Vienna and now Budapest has moved even further up my list of must-do city breaks next year.

Our first full day was a Sunday and accordingly we took things at a slow pace, making our way around the quiet city centre, through to Dolac Market, and onto having a delicious lunch at Kottni - a seafood restaurant near the main Cathredal of Zagreb. We had the whole restaurant to ourselves (we were a little early for a Sunday lunch) and the manager was incredibly friendly and hospitable - his fresh fritule doughnuts dusted with icing sugar and dipped in homemade apricot jam were nothing short of heartwarming.

The following day we did the obligatory hop-on-hop-off tour to imbue what we had breezed past on our first day with historical and cultural meaning and we were kindly entertained by some Croatian friends at a small, family-style neighbourhood cafe serving grilled meats. 

Our first day in Zagreb quickly eased us into what would be an eventful and eye-opening week in Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro.

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