Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Rijeka

Trsat Castle

High on a hill above the city, this semiruined 13th-century fortress offers magnificent vistas from its bastions and ramparts, looking down the Rječina River valley to the docks, the Adriatic and the distant island …
Top Choice Croatian in Rijeka

Konoba Nebuloza

Straddling the line between modern and traditional Croatian fare, this slightly upmarket riverside restaurant serves lots of seafood along with selected beef and turkey dishes. Specialities include sous-vide swordfi…
Top Choice Carnival in Rijeka

Rijeka Carnival

Rio it isn't, but the largest carnival in Croatia provides a good excuse to tarry in Rijeka between mid-January and Ash Wednesday. The festivities include pageants, street dances, concerts, masked balls, exhibitions…
Top Choice Bistro in Rijeka


Amid the unappealing industrial surrounds of Rijeka's port, this lovely little white-wood bistro serves up excellent fish dishes, as well as a few grilled meats and pasta plates. The service is friendly, the cooking…
Top Choice Cafe in Rijeka

Samovar Bar

This warmly eclectic place has a wonderful array of teas, terrific coffees and other drinks such as a stellar rose lemonade. The decoration is delightfully retro, with everything from chandeliers to teddy bears.
Top Choice Bar in Rijeka


Tucked beneath the railway tracks in an actual tunnel, this popular place morphs from daytime cafe to comedy and live-music venue to late-night club. It gets rammed at weekends.
Top Choice Cheese in Rijeka

Paška Sirana

Shopping for a picnic? This fine little shop sells all manner of Croatian cheeses and you can usually try some before you buy.
Top Choice Bakery in Rijeka


The best bakery in town, with delicious filled baguettes, wholemeal bread, croissants and burek (pastry stuffed with meat, spinach or cheese). There are several branches around town and across Croatia.
Church in Rijeka

Our Lady of Trsat Church

According to legend, the angels carrying the house of Jesus' mother from Nazareth rested here in the late 13th century before moving it to Loreto across the Adriatic in Le Marche. Pilgrims started trickling into the…
Cathedral in Rijeka

St Vitus' Cathedral

North of Rijeka's Roman Arch is this unusual round cathedral, built by the Jesuit order in 1638 on the site of an older church and dedicated to Rijeka’s patron saint. If it looks familiar, it's probably because it f…