5 things to do in Zagreb if you have just arrived
1. Chill on Zrinjevac
If you're coming to Zagreb by train you will hop out Zagreb Main Railway station and find yourself straight on Zrinjevac. If you're not, Zrinjevac is located south of the Main Square (Ban Jelačić Square) and is part of Lenuci's horseshoe, which is a U-shaped system of squares with parks in downtown Zagreb.
With its fountains and lovely nature, it is a great place to relax both for the tourist and the locals. Lie on the grass, play some Frisbee or meet some locals reading, walking their dogs or just chilling in the sun.
2. Go to Dolac Market - Zagreb most famous daily market
Have you every tried fresh cheese with cream, which is a Croatian specialty? Or fresh salad and tomatoes, with a taste and fragrance you have never experienced before? There is also fresh fish from the Adriatic, arriving every day.
Together with the best of Croatian food, Dolac offers authentic atmosphere of Zagreb at every step. You can argue about the prices of vegetables and fruits with kumica (the Croatian word for old ladies selling fresh produce), sip coffee under the famous red umbrellas of Dolac or eat delicious fresh fish, great burgers or Burek (leafy meat pie popular in the Balkans) for acceptable prices in the local bistros surrounding the market.
3. Drink Croatian craft beer at Opatovina street
When you're already at Dolac, just continue straight and drink some Croatian craft beer at Opatovina street.
Opatovina is situated north above the Dolac square and it has recently been labeled as the Zagreb beer street, since it is crowded with pubs and bars which offer Croatian craft beers. APA, IPA, lager, Oatmeal Stout, Caramel Stout...the choice is lengthy and yours!
4. Take a stroll through the Grič tunnel
A walking monument to Zagreb history, Grič tunnel is situated only 100 meters from the Dolac market and Opatovina on the left, in Radićeva street.
It is the tunnel under the Upper town (Grič, after which the tunnel was named) which was built as the bomb shelter during the World War II and was not used until the 1990s, when one of the first raves in Croatia was held there. It was reopened to the public in 2016 and now serves a popular tourist spot, which also sometimes hosts exhibitions.
If you enter the tunnel from Radićeva street, you will come out on the other side of the Upper town hill - Mesnička or through its south exit, in the Art Park Grič. It is fun, try it!
5. Go to Zagreb 80's museum
Straight above the tunnel in Radićeva street lies newly opened Zagreb 80's museum. If you want to experience what everyday life in former Yugoslavia was like, this is the place for you!
The museum is also interactive, so there is no rope separating you from the artefacts. Just dive straight ahead and play some music on the old gramophone or take photos with old-timer Zastava 750. Your friends at home will surely appreciate it!