No doubt you’ve heard about famous Zagreb coffee shops. Even if caffeine is not your drug of choice, experiencing time spent over coffee Croatian style is a must.
Today I’d like to take you away from the obvious Zagreb coffee shops routes. Just minutes away from the city central crowds lies the British square neighbourhood. Britanac farmers’ market is a bit smaller than the well-known Dolac but just as pretty and operating with the same logic: finishing your shopping by sharing coffee with a friend.
If you walk across the square, you won’t be able to count the number of coffee shops. Honestly, there is almost nothing in surrounding streets but laid out tables and chairs. And, of course, happy people.
Fancy coffee shops
In recent years, there’s been a differentiation of Zagreb coffee shops. You’ll see old-fashioned ones that still give off the taste of socialism. At the opposite end, you get really fancy ones. Kava tava is smack on the Britanac square. Its red and black colours are just as inviting as the menu (try pancakes!) or their paper mats with cartoon-like alternative maps of Zagreb.
A newly opened Mali cafe is tucked in a small street behind the Britanac post office. Its terrace offers a fantastic view onto the square, so you can just chill and watch the world go by.
Eli’s cafe in Ilica offers the best coffee in town. They have their own roastery, which takes their coffee to a whole new level. Don’t be discouraged by the tiny space with only bar stools – Italians believe coffee should be taken as soon as it’s been brewed so it keeps its aroma.
Hidden gems – different Zagreb coffee shops
Bear with me a little longer: you’ll enjoy the Zagreb coffee shops right on the edges of Britanac. Velvet coffee shop can be reached by walking down Ilica and turning into Dezmanov prolaz near Frankopanska street. But if you love parks and green spots, you simply must take the alternative route through Rokov perivoj – a beautiful and serene park.
Velvet coffee shop is one of my favourite spots in Zagreb. Its interior design oozes with style that is unparalleled in Zagreb. The space is airy and decorated with lovely flowers, its owner being one of Croatia’s most famous florists. Head over to Velvet if you want to enjoy a peaceful languid coffee and a piece of homemade cake.
Then there’s Kinoteka coffee shop – if you’re staying in my apartment this will be the first coffee shop you pass by on your way to Britanac. You might actually miss it becasuse it’s hidden behind the Church of St. Blaise.
In Yugoslav times, Kinoteka was the Croatian national film institute. The cinema is closed today but the cinematic atmosphere remains – you’ll see what I mean when you slump into their comfy old-fashioned sofas.
Use this map to help you navigate through the suggested Zagreb coffee shops and alternative walk routes!