Zagreb has really come into its own in the past few years, proffering an eclectic urban atmosphere that entices visitors from all walks of life. The laidback atmosphere encourages days spent strolling through the picturesque streets, sipping coffee in authentic cafes, dipping in and out of quirky museums, and enjoying the vast cultural scene that dominates the city. Set against a backdrop of opulent architecture, a rich gastronomic landscape, and a flurry of art and musical pursuits, Zagreb is a city for those who enjoy the finer things in life. But it also boasts a gritty, urban scene, filled with young creatives and cosy hangouts. The nightlife is on par with the major European capitals, bursting with lively clubs, trendy bars, and a flurry of underground hipster pubs. Get to know the different sides of the city from one of our apartments in Zagreb. We have a cosy collection of quirky studios and boutique flats all around the city.
All Manner of Museums and Cosy Squares - Things to do in Zagreb
- Ban Jelacic Square – Sat right in the centre of Zagreb, this sprawling square is a popular meeting point for locals. With a selection of towering monuments and ornate buildings, it’s the perfect place to grab a coffee.
- Museum of Broken Relationships – This unusual museum is dedicated to showcasing stories of failed love relationships.
- Jarun – Located in the south-west of Zagreb, this neighbourhood is surrounded by a large lake that’s a popular hangout for locals in the warm summer months.
- Croatian Museum of Naïve Art – This fine art museum offers an eye-catching range of works by naïve artists from the 20th Century.
- Zagreb Cathedral – A flurry of detailed spires and breath-taking architecture, this Roman Catholic cathedral is the tallest building in the entire country.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb – Situated in the heart of the city, this glass-fronted modern building houses the largest collection of modern art in Croatia.
- Zagreb City Museum – Founded in 1907, this institution exhibits a range of artefacts and paintings from in and around Zagreb.
- Mimara Museum – Tucked inside a grand, sprawling building, this art museum plays hosts to the huge collection of Wiltrud and Ante Topic Mimara.
- Zagreb Zoo – Nestled in Maksimir Park, this zoo houses numerous native and exotic creatures and offers educational displays about the natural world.
- Art Pavilion in Zagreb – An art gallery located in the Lower Town area of Zagreb which exhibits a range of works from different movements and mediums.
- Technical Museum, Zagreb – Here, you will find an expansive array of old aircraft vessels, cars, and technical machinery.
- Bundek – This picturesque lake boasts a serene setting of smooth waters and lush, green forests – the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
- Klovicevi Dvori Gallery – Another of Zagreb’s art galleries, this institution was founded back in 1982 and houses an eclectic selection of works.
- Gornji Grad – Medvescak – This district of Zagreb boasts a picture-perfect backdrop of old architecture and cosy, unique cafes.
- Glyptotheque – Sat in the centre of Zagreb, this academy for the sciences and arts play hosts to a regularly rotating schedule of contemporary art.
- Modern Gallery – Wander amongst sculptures, drawings, and paintings by local Croatian artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
- Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters – Founded in 1884, this grand building is dedicated to the vast collection of works donated by Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer.
Our selection of Zagreb apartments span all of the above areas, giving you easy access to all the major hotspots in the city.
Forage at Zagreb’s Farmers’ Markets
Farmers’ markets are a popular tradition in Zagreb spanning back to the late 19th Century. Today, there are numerous markets dotted throughout the city, offering an insight into local life and authentic cuisine. Pretty much every single neighbourhood in Zagreb boasts a farmers’ market, where you’ll get sucked into a lively world filled with colour, sound, and aromatic smells.
Head to the Dolac market, the most popular in the city. Taking place behind the main square in the centre of Zagreb, it sprawls out over two floors and offers a whole host of intriguing stalls. On the top floor there’s an open-air market selling everything from souvenirs and clothes to fish and fast food. If you’re feeling peckish, the top floor also has a number of bars and restaurants to chill out in and soak up the atmosphere. Downstairs, you’ll find enclosed butchers and bakeries and other speciality food stores.
Britanac is another popular market and offers a more intimate vibe than Dolac. It’s set in the midst of a rustic square and sells all manner of goods, from fresh fruit and veg to antiques and household items.
Grab some delicious ingredients and head back to one of our Zagreb apartments to cook up a storm.
The Natural Side of Zagreb
Despite being a bustling capital city, Zagreb also boasts a collection of green hotspots perfect for kicking back and relaxing in. In the downtown area there’s a U-shaped area known as the Lenuci’s horseshoe. Along this route there are a number of cosy parks, featuring lush scenery and a tranquil ambiance.
The city is also home to a couple of forests. You can find a number of these in the northern neighbourhoods, like Tuskanac and Dubravkin, which you can reach really quickly and easily from the main city square.
Getting into Zagreb from the Airport
Zagreb’s Pleso Airport is located just 12km from the city centre, making it particularly easy to get quickly into town. There are a couple of transport options, but by far the best is the local bus service which leaves regularly from the airport to the main bus station in the centre of town. From this bus station you can also travel to various other cities around Croatia as well as destinations in neighbouring countries.
Alternatively, you can hop in a taxi at the airport’s taxi rank (located just outside the terminals). Prices are relatively cheap and the journey is quick depending on traffic.