Zagreb, Croatia for Christmas Jolly

Being from a country that does not participate in the traditional Christmas atmosphere, I decided to use my time in Croatia to properly experience it for the first time. The word that immediately springs to mind when someone mentions Zagreb is “pleasant”. The capital city is quite small by European standards and it’s very easy to get around in, but some people don’t find it very exciting. I quite like it, though. A good chuck of the central zone is pedestrian, so it’s lovely to walk around in. This past holiday season, the center was decorated beautifully, and you could buy plenty of Christmas trinkets in the market that was set up at Ban Jelačić’s square, the main one in the city.

There are other interesting spots to see in Zagreb, like for example the Museum of Broken Relationships (attention new couples, maybe this one isn’t for you) or the newly-built Museum of Contemporary Art, which has a pretty extensive collection of both Yugoslav and international art. Plus, here is where you’ll be able to have probably the coolest exit you’ve ever had from a museum – on a spiral slide! You can also take the funicular to the upper part of the town, which is more serene and here you’ll have an amazing view of the central Zagreb. For night time fun, there’s Tkalčićeva Street, which is always opening up new cafes and restaurants, so it’s hard to keep up with. What’s most important to me is that there’s an all day breakfast American-style diner there. One of the cooler places to hang out in is Kino Grič, located on the Ilica street. You can also check out whether Močvara or Tvornica venues have any cool gigs on – during my several visits to Zagreb, I managed to see Built to Spill, Jens Lenkman and many other cool artists. So yeah, not as dull as some people think!

Insider Tip

Fritule, deep-fired sweets that you can buy in the streets during winter months are a must-try!

Where I stayed / started

Air BnB near Kvaternikov Square

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