One Day in Zagreb Itinerary – Top things to do in Zagreb, Croatia

one-day-in-zagreb-croatia-itineraryEven being Croatian capital, Zagreb is unfairly missed by the tourists in Croatia that mostly choose coastal destinations during the summertime. It’s a true thing that Zagreb is nothing like Dubrovik or Split, still, it’s a Central European city that really has much to offer. Whether it’s the mix of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, many unique museums and galleries, beautiful parks and lots of restaurants and clubs to choose from – it never gets boring there. In the winter time it hosts one of the greatest Christmas markets in the Europe so it makes a great winter destination as well. It shouldn’t be missed on any Central European trip, even if you only have one day to spend in there!


What’s the best time to visit Zagreb?

There are a few seasons that make this city really a great place to be in. First one is the late spring, when the temperature gets around 20 C and the numerous city parks make the whole city look lush, fresh and green. It’s the time of the year when you can enjoy many outdoor activities or simply enjoy the coffee in the sun. The second season that’s kind of a special one is the Christmas time. The Zagreb Christmas market, Advent is getting bigger and more exciting each year, and it’s already named one of the best in the whole Europe.

| The Advent Walking Tour of Zagreb |

Christmas Market in Zagreb
Christmas Time


One Day in Zagreb Itinerary:

Top things to do in Zagreb, Croatia


Start your day at Trg bana Josipa Jelacica

The Main city square, placed just below the Old City, is the best place to start your day in Zagreb. It’s very well connected by the public transport to the other city areas so it would be easy reachable no matter where you’re staying at. Check out the Ban Josip Jelačić statue as well as the fountain. While on the square you can climb up the Observation Deck ‘Zagreb Eye’ and enjoy the greatest panoramic view of the city while enjoying the cup of the morning coffee.

| Zagreb Walking Tour |

Zagreb Panoramic View
Panoramic View, Author: Nicolas Vollmer, Source: Flickr


Stroll over Ilica street and visit some of the many shops along the street

Ilica street is actually pretty long one and it doesn’t make sense to walk the whole street if having only one day in Zagreb. Still, it’s a great place to do some shopping, have some breakfast or simply watch the city busy atmosphere. Oranž Bistro & wine bar is a great place to have some amazing healthy breakfast, but they also serve some delicious cakes if you want to sweeten your tooth.

Ilica street Zagreb
Ilica street, Author: Jorge Franganillo, Photo source: Flickr


Visit the Antiques and Flea Market on the Britanac Square

On weekends, this tiny square next to the Ilica street, hosts the Antiques and Flea Market. The vendors are usually locals who sell both valuable antique items as well as some cheap vintage accessories, books, clothes or pottery. You can find some pretty unique stuff, but don’t forget to bargain!


Visit the Museum of Illusions

This interesting museum, just around the corner from Britanac square, is a great place for the young ones and all those adults that enjoy any kind of optical illusions. There are several rooms around the museum that have some sort of spatial illusion that can easily trick your brain. It’s quite fun museum to explore and one of the few that gets even more exciting with the camera (it’s allowed to take the photos of all the illusions).

Museum of Illusions Zagreb
Museum of Illusions Zagreb


Take the Funicular Railway to the Upper Town

Take the Funicular Railway from Tomićeva ulica all the way up to the Upper Town. It is the city’s oldest part covered in narrow streets with many famous sights and attractions. Just after you exit the funicular you’ll be faced with Lotrscak Tower, where every day at noon, a cannon is fired to commemorate Zagreb’s victory over the Turks.

| Private Walking Tour of Upper and Downtown Zagreb |


Museum of the Broken Relationships

Another original museum, the Museum of Broken Relationships, displays the collection of different things that keep the memory of failed relationships and the stories behind those relationships. It’s touchy and funny at the same time and more exciting than most of the drama movies now days.

| Walking Tour + Museum of Broken Relationships |


Visit the Dolac market and the Cathedral

Still placed around the Upper town, the two great places to continue your day in Zagreb are the Cathedral and the Dolac market. Dolac is the great place to buy some fresh fruits, nice flowers and many Croatian products and souvenirs.

| Small-Group Zagreb Food Walking Tour |

Dolac Market in Zagreb
Dolac Market, Author: Jorge Franganillo, Photo source: Flickr
Craft Products at Dolac Market
Craft Products at Dolac Market, Author: Jorge Franganillo, Photo source: Flickr


Take a lunch break at Tkalciceva street

The best place to relax, enjoy some drinks and delicious food is Tkalciceva street. There are numerous restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from. If you’re a beer lover that wants to have some basic meat or pizza dish, check out Mali Medo beerhouse. For a nice coffee and dessert place check out Kava Tava bar or the Cookie factory. If you’re into some great Asian food – don’t miss Umami.

Tkalciceva street Zagreb
Tkalciceva street, Author: Jorge Franganillo, Photo source: Flickr


Have a taste of Mexico in Radiceva street

Parallel to Tkalciceva is Radiceva street, quite nice pebble street with many shops and bars on the side. One of the most memorable is Mio Corazon Tapas Bar and just across the street Corazon Mio Bar where they make the best Sangrias in the World – try the blueberry ginger hot sangria and you’ll never go for any other.


Relax at the Zrinjevac park

This lovely park in the city center is a great place to relax from an exhausting day, especially during the warm months when it becomes a perfect green oasis in the middle of the city. During the Christmas time it’s where the most iconic part of the Christmas market is held. The whole park gets covered in lights which make super romantic winter atmposhere.

Zrinjevac Park in Zagreb
Zrinjevac Park, Author: Nicolas Vollmer, Photo source: Flickr


It’s time for a night out

If you’re still into partying after this quite exhausting day, the good news is that there are lots of clubs to choose from. If you want to stick to the city center – visit Lemon Club. Katran also offers a great night out and 4 dance floors inside one club, and it’s not that far from the Main square.


Where to stay in Zagreb?


Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an exquisite 5 star hotel, in the very city center of the city. This lovely vintage hotel was built in 1925 in Art Deco style and was beautifully restored in 2004. The rooms are very classy and present a delicate combination of vintage and contemporary.

Book here

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Photo source:
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Photo source:


Hotel 9

Hotel 9 is a luxury boutique hotel in Zagreb, perfect for both business travel and leisure. Great location and amazing interior make this hotel one of the best in Zagreb. The rooms feel luxurious and modern at the same time.

Book here

Hotel 9
Hotel 9, Photo source:


Livris Hotel

Livris Hotel is another modern hotel at the great location. Fine design, bright and modern rooms make it a perfect for all types of visitors. It offers a free parking.

Book here

Livris Hotel
Livris Hotel, Photo source:


Swanky Mint Hostel

The Swanky Mint is a hostel placed in a renovated textile-dye and dry cleaning factory that dates back to the late 19th century. Its unique appearance is a combination of industrial machinery, modern design and technology and eco-friendly sustainable environment.

Book here

Swanky Mint Hostel
Swanky Mint Hostel, Photo source:
Swanky Mint Hostel
Swanky Mint Hostel, Photo source:


Some extra tips for visiting Zagreb?

Public transportation is pretty cheap and very efficient way of transportation. However, Uber and Cammeo Taxi offer super cheap prices and it’s recommended to use them whenever you need fast and cheap transport.

You should be prepared that the Euro is not excepted in Croatia, so you should change your money upon your arrival.

Even though the tips in the bars and restaurants are never included in the price, it is customary to tip at least 10%.



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  1. Thanks for the information. Just one comment, sangrias and tapas are from Spain. In Mexico we drink tequila and tacos 🙂

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