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Tourists of Zagreb: An Undiscovered Gem

If you're planning a city break in Zagreb, read our interview with Caitlin from NYC and get an idea of where to go and what to do.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and what do you do? 

I'm Caitlin, and I currently live in NYC and have been during the last few years. I work there for an advertising agency as an account and project manager.

How did you choose to visit Croatia and Zagreb? Was this your first time here?

My dad had an opportunity to come to Zagreb for business purposes and invited me to come and meet him. The last few months I have actually been working out of our Milan, Italy office. So it was easy to coordinate getting to Croatia. This was my first time visiting Croatia and Zagreb, so I was quite excited about this trip. I was here for about a week, and we stayed at an Airbnb located in the Lower Town.

Image credit: Caitlin Hare (IG: everyday_glamour)

Any favorite places you visited in the city and would recommend to others visiting Zagreb?

I walked around a lot of streets and squares - not sure I remember all the names! Also went to a lot of museums: Museum of Broken Relationships, Modern Museum, and Museum of Torture.

I walked around the Upper Town and through many parks. Saw St Mark’s Church, the main Cathedral, Ban Josip Jelačić Square. Also went to Maksimir Park and the Zoo.

The city is beautiful to walk around - all the architecture is stunning! I really loved the Museum of Broken Relationships. I read about it years ago and didn’t actually realize it was there.

What were your first impressions of Zagreb? Did something surprise you here?

It’s an incredibly beautiful city. Extremely clean, almost everyone spoke English, people were dressed very well. Cafes/Coffee is an important part of the culture. Something surprising was so many beautiful outdoor cafes, and places rarely served food at these tables! 

Image credit: Caitlin Hare (IG: everyday_glamour)

Did you find something different in Zagreb compared to other places you've visited?

Zagreb was similar to many European cities I’ve been to, but it definitely has its own flair. It felt extremely safe and welcoming. I like cities that are more walkable from points of interest - which Zagreb really was.

Did you maybe meet some locals while staying here? 

Yes! I met many of the people my dad may work with. They were so kind and very proud of Zagreb. They knew a lot of history and were eager to share.

Did you try any local food and drink specialties in Zagreb?

I ate a lot of fish! All the dinners we went to were great. Our local friends had me try a few of the different Croatian wines and pre-dinner cocktails - all very good.

Are you planning to visit Croatia again?

I would love to! I’ve heard so much about the coastal cities - it would be great to come back in the summer to visit the coastline. And I would absolutely recommend others to visit Zagreb. I kept saying it felt like an undiscovered gem.

Header image credit: J. Duval, TZGZ

Author: Darija Ilić