We had one day and one night in Zagreb and it was just enough to get a taste for the city. It was one of my favourite places not least of all because we both had too many beers (and cherry ciders) so we were very happy and had a wonderful time stumbling around town. our AirBnB host was a wildly exuberant man called Marko who sat down with us and outlined a route around the old town and then wrote down the name of a good restaurant and exactly what we should order there. He literally wrote out our order and told us to give the piece of paper to the waiter, which is exactly what we did. When we managed to get Marko to leave (Tom thought he was going to accompany us on a tour around town as well), we went to a cute mini multicultural market just outside of down-town and tucked into curried wurst sausage with chips, a pretzel and multiple beers. This was followed by the most delicious pistachio baklava I’ve ever eaten – crispy and dripping in honey – I had to stop myself from eating an entire tray. We then went wandering up a hill to a very old church, followed by a detour down an adorable cobblestone street lined with shops, lampposts and window boxes. A set of steep steps led us to a look out point and a park with a lovely view of the surrounding rooftops, and from there we headed to a square with yet another beautiful church adorned in colourful tiles forming ancient crests. Back in the main town square we watched a basketball competition, shared a giant ice cream Sunday and took photos of the elegant buildings, parks and cathedral (one of the tallest in Eastern Europe) before heading back to our accommodation to change for dinner. Marko told us to go to a place called Cafe Plac (we’re still convinced he’s somehow related to the owner and sends all his guests there), which was a delightful spot with a friendly waiter and romantic ambiance. Marko had ordered a typical Croatian dish for us which consisted of tender minced meat patties stuffed into a flat bread and served with a vegetable dip and rich sour cream. It was amazing, but so filling! We took takeaways for our long bus ride to Split the following day – the last of our 6hr journeys.
I have a feeling I’ll return to Zagreb one day – I hope I’m right.
All the photos are by Tom