The Croatian coffee culture is probably one of the first things every tourist notices when coming to this small country.
It seems like no one ever works, as the cafes are always full of people. A few years ago it was quite hard to get a coffee-to-go in Croatia, as we don’t usually walk while we drink it and we don’t usually drink it on our own; it’s not part of Croatian culture!
The simplest answer would be that a coffee drinking habit in Croatia is actually a social gathering, rather than a necessary fuel intake to get you through a day. A simple “let’s go for a coffee” is actually an invitation for socialising, spending 2-3 hours (yes, we’re talking hours) chatting, gossiping, sharing interests, problems, worries, pieces of advice and so on.
That said, it is no wonder Croatia has so many wonderful cafes to spend your mornings or afternoons in. That is why we’ve listed our favourite coffee places in Zagreb for you:
Knjiga & Kava, meaning Coffee & Book, is a small lovely place right next to the Zagreb Main Square (the entrance is quite hard to spot – it’s just next to McDonald’s). You can choose from a wide selection of coffees, with chocolate crumbs, coconut, whipped cream, or just go for a plain Croatian coffee with milk.
This is one of the best places to relax in the heart of busy Tkalčićeva street. Old fashioned TVs are used as coffee tables on a cosy terrace surrounded by trees. Although it functions as a cafe during the day, Melin turns into a club in the evenings.
Located on the popular British Square in the centre of Zagreb, Kava Tava is a very charming yet inexpensive place to have a nice meal and a coffee. Not many places offer a proper breakfast in Zagreb, so you might want to try Kava Tava!
Located close to the Main Train Station, this cosy bar and cafe is a perfect place for a morning coffee or evening night out with your friends, especially if you like listening to jazz. Wooden furniture and dim lighting give this place a special intimate atmosphere.
Although Lemon is a night club as well, for a good cup of coffee we recommend a visit to their summer terrace, located in the backyard of the Archaeological Museum. This cafe is a stone throw away from the Ban Jelačić Square.
Located between the Zagreb Cathedral and Ban Jelačić Square, this small cake shop is a perfect place to start your morning in. Its French-style interior makes this place incredibly charming and cozy and their cafe and cakes are outstanding!
Torte i To, meaning Cakes & That is located inside the Kaptol shopping centre at the end of the popular Tkalčićeva street. This small cafe full of comfortable sofas, armchairs and cushions serves the best cheese cake and brownie in town. They have a really nice terrace as well, which is usually packed during hot summer days.