Coffee lovers: Welcome to Zagreb, the best city on earth.
Now, we suppose you're wondering how you're going to see all the important sights, feel the true vibe of the city and have time to enjoy something uniquely special to you. Well, worry not - we have the solution! Everyone know that the best way to see a new city is through the eyes of a local - so let our local guides introduce you to this wonderful place and our way of life here. By the end of your day, you will also be ranking Zagreb amongst your top city visits!
A Licensed local guide
Visit to a coffee roasters
Coffee tasting (of course!)
A comprehensive walking tour of the city centre
A good time guaranteed!
This specialised tour is centred on one of the most important social rituals for Croatians - drinking coffee. If you want to experience Zagreb properly, do not miss this out! We’ll start with a visit to a roasters and coffee bar, where we’ll taste some of the best coffee in the city. You can choose from several different options, such as Espresso, Macchiato, Turkish coffee prepared on hot sand, decaf coffee, or organic tea. After a coffee and a chat, we’ll head to the city centre to explore some interesting sights. On the way, we'll share the stories which have shaped the soul of Zagreb and of course, we'll reveal more about the local coffee culture. (Yes, we do love our coffee!) The tour will end in the Upper Town on the small hill where the history of Zagreb began. Don’t worry: it’s an easy walk that can be adjusted to suit all ages and health conditions. Plenty of recommendations for food, events, shopping, and other secret spots in Zagreb will be coming your way on this tour; learn from the local: this city with so much to offer!Contact us
For centuries, this city has enchanted visitors with its charm and hospitality. No matter the season, a curious traveller will always find an entertaining event or attraction in full swing. Such festivities often include delicious local gastronomic offerings as well as plenty of chances to integrate with the community and make local friends. Zagreb is a city that primarily consists of people. Walking through the streets, you can see statues of famous historical figures who have contributed to the enrichment of culture and the economic development of the region. A large monument standing tall in the central city square is dedicated to Ban Josip Jelačić - the most important individual of Croatian political life. He united most of the Croat provinces, abolished the serfdom, was awarded many military titles and proclaimed an honorary citizen of Pest and Vienna. The legend tells of the existence of a well dug into the site which has become today’s main square. One “ban” (Croatian military title for leader) was tired after a battle and in need of a drink. A certain Mrs. Manda was at the well, so he asked her to draw up some water for him. The well was then named after her - “Manduševac”, and Zagreb itself after the word for ladle - "zagrabiti". It was said that the one who drank water from this spring will always return to Zagreb. Today the water is not drinkable, but many visitors will throw a coin in the fountain… and later find themselves returning back to Zagreb. Looking at the statue caught at the time of march to the south, we can see the contours of an important landmark and a symbol of the city - Zagreb’s cathedral. The sounds of an organ can be heard sounding out of this magnificent building, inviting Christian worshippers in to pray. The organ here is protected as an item of high cultural value, particularly as it is amongst the ten most beautiful organs in the world. The respect and awe felt while admiring this magnificent architectural jewel can be described using a line from well-known Croatian poet Antun Branko Šimić - "Man, take care, not to go small under the stars!" The Cathedral is the last resting place of the famous Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac. He was the youngest Croatian cardinal ever, during one of the most difficult periods to openly belong to the Catholic Church - the time of Nazism and Communism. Because of his public activities and commitment to Church doctrine, he was attacked, imprisoned and exiled. During his lifetime, he was a favourite of the people and by laying down himself for his beliefs and dying tortured in prison, he earned his place on the altar of the Zagreb’s cathedral. The local dedication to the Catholic Church is illustrated by the many church towers that rise within the city's skyline. It is almost impossible to say which building is more impressive. The most recognizable is the church of St. Mark, with its colourful roof showing off the historic coat of arms of the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia and the coat of arms of the city of Zagreb. If Zagreb was to be described in one colour - it would be blue. As well as being the background for the city’s coat of arms, the public transport system is blue and it is the colour of the city’s favourite football club – Dinamo. So why is the city’s coat of arms on the church of St. Mark red? The church is located in the historical sector of Gradec, one of the two city districts unified to form Zagreb. Gradec was a popular, secular centre with red as it’s colour, whereas Kaptol was the seat of the diocese and religious. The two city quarters were located on different hills separate by the Medvešćak river which flowed through today's Tkalčićeva street. The only preserved gateway that led to the free royal town of Gradec is the Stone Gate. It is one of the symbols of the city as well as being a famous historical sanctuary and spiritual place. A fire raged through Zagreb in the 18th century which burnt down the Stone Gate. Yet under the ashy remains was found an undamaged image of the Madonna and Child. Today, the Mother of God image sits inside a shrine built into the Stone Gate and listens to the thanksgiving of worshippers and by passers alike. In front of the Stone Gate, there is a statue of St. George on horseback. Legends say that this brave knight fought and killed the wicked dragon and saved the damsel in distress from danger. While walking through the streets of Zagreb, you’ll find thousands more such stories are just waiting to be uncovered. Many streets run where rivers used to flow and one of the longest streets in current day Zagreb, the Ilica, is named after the clay brought by a nearby stream. The most prominent Croatian writer, Marija Jurić Zagorka, intertwined Zagreb’s secrets and legends into her works. She was arguably born in the wrong era as she faced strong criticism - her passion for writing was deemed unacceptable; the profession was not for a woman. Yet her fighting spirit prevailed and her books are preserved, despite historical events and the spirit of the time. Radićeva Street was once the centre of economic events and commerce. It was part of the so-called “Bloody Bridge” and was connected to Tkalčićeva Street. What once was a poverty-stricken street known for its brothels, its image has completely changed and it is now the main centre of social life for the city’s youth. Culture here is alive and on display; notice the sunshine watch, Marija Jurić Zagorka monument and the sculpture of a "woman in the window", patiently waiting for a customer. The food culture of restaurants and cafes is closely connected to the way of life here in Zagreb. Residents simply love going out for a coffee, dining in restaurants and being seen walking the "špica" (the Croatian word for a place where people go to see and be seen!), regardless of what time of day or night. Meeting Zagreb involves getting to know the way of life here and its rhythm – and this is all very much part of that.