First stop in Croatia, Zagreb!

by Michelle on July 24, 2014 · 10 comments

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One thing I love about Eastern Europe is that it always surprises me. While lots of travellers flock to western European cities like Paris, London, Barcelona and Rome, Eastern European boosts many great places in the path less travelled. I’ve done quite a bit of travelling around Eastern Europe this year and I have to say, cities like Budapest and Prague are just as beautiful, grand and cultured as any western European city, if not more so.

My trip to Croatia and Montenegro does not disappoint.

If you love fun in the sun, Croatia is like a gem as it borders along the Adriatic Sea. One city a lot of travellers tend to skip is Zagreb (Croatia’s capital) as they head straight for the coast. While it doesn’t have a beach, I actually really loved Zagreb. It was the first Croatian city I visited, and definitely one I left only after falling in love with the place.

For one thing, I loved the laid back vibe of the city, the wide streets and all the pretty architecture!

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The city also has lots of cheap eating options, ranging from sushi, to burritos, salads, burgers and more. There were also Konzum supermarkets everywhere, fruit stands and in the old part of town, rows of restaurants. If you love blueberries, they’re so popular in Zagreb, that they even sell blueberry milkshakes at Mcdonalds! (which if you ever have a chance to try, is really amazing!)

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And my favourite place in Zagreb – a desert shop called The Cookie Factory! The milkshakes are so delicious and I love the cheesecake and brownie bowls!

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There’s also lots of things to stumble upon in the city centre, like these Croatian dancers:

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Or giant lawn chairs sponsored by local beer companies:

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Compared to Dubrovnik where everything seems to be catered to tourists, I love how underrated Zagreb is. Despite being the middle of summer, it’s one of the few European capitals not swamped with tourists and the locals are extremely friendly (and tall! we definitely saw a good amount of people who looked like they’re 7 feet tall!).

And now I leave you guys with a fun fact: did you know that neck ties were invented in Croatia?

Have you guys ever been to Zagreb?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike July 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I would want to grab a beer with some sushi, a burrito and a burger then climb up into a giant lawn chair and watch those dancers, Michelle! 🙂


Michelle Michelle August 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Haha I never thought about that, what a good idea! 😛


Justine July 27, 2014 at 5:07 am

I had an 8-hour train layover in Zagreb a few years back. I knew nothing about the city but I actually really enjoyed my time there. I spent the afternoon wandering around the city, browsing the outdoor markets, and finding a couple great restaurants. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it. I’d love to return to Croatia someday!!


Michelle Michelle August 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm

That ended up being a great layover then! 8 hours is a good amount of time to explore Zagreb! I was surprised by how much great food options they have there! I already want to plan a trip back to Croatia! haha 😀


Agness July 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

I’ve heard a lot of Zagreb from my friends. It’s cheap, beautiful and locals are friendly! Enjoy it!! 🙂


Michelle Michelle August 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Yep it’s all of those things! Such a cute city! Thanks 😀


Charu July 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Truly beautiful architecture and hope to visit soon!


Michelle Michelle August 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I hope you will!


frankaboutcroatia August 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Glad that you liked Zagreb. Summer is actually the best time to visit it, ’cause many people migrate to the coast, and the city is not overcrowded. We love Zagreb’s parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and the Upper town. Thanks for sharing!


Michelle Michelle August 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Yes, I noticed that. Dubrovnik was so crowed, Zagreb was a nice change. Such a great city! 🙂


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