Croatian in Zagorje

Grešna Gorica

This rustic eatery, often overtaken by day-tripping families from Zagreb on weekends, is a tad gimmicky but great for kids, with farm animals roaming around, a playground and lots of open space. Adults will apprecia…
Croatian in Varaždin


The most exciting culinary experience in town, Bedem is a venture by two local chefs experimenting with regional cuisine using local ingredients – think foie-gras-filled puff pastry and pork belly rolled in pumpkin …
Croatian in Zagorje

Klet Kozjak

Klet Kozjak in Sveti Križ Začretje, southeast of Krapina, is an adorable little cottage that serves traditional food from the region – such as homemade nettle pasta with cheese and vegetable sauce – and pairs it wit…
Croatian in Zagorje

Majsecov Mlin

Housed in two traditional cottages near the village of Donja Stubica, Majsecov Mlin serves local mainstays, seasonally inspired and cooked up by one of Zagorje’s best chefs. Try the delicious steak with nettle chips…
European in Varaždinske Toplice

Zlatne Gorice

If you have your own wheels, stop for lunch at this sparkling restored mansion, set 3km from Toplice along the old road to Varaždin. Surrounded by vineyards, it serves central European fare (think schnitzels, stews …
Croatian in Varaždin

Restoran Raj

This cavernous restaurant, with lots of wood accents, serves great weekly lunches (till 1.30pm), and features a meat-heavy menu (particularly pork). Food choices are varied though, as is the drinks menu, with lots o…
Croatian in Zagorje

Bolfan Vinski Vrh

The restaurant at Bolfan Vinski Vrh has specialties such as veal baked under peka (domed baking lid; order a day ahead). There are also cheeses, cold cuts and wine. Look out for their fun, musical blues evenings. No…
Italian in Varaždin


Housed in a vaulted basement, this cosy pizzeria-trattoria churns out excellent pizza, pasta (from gnocchi to tagliatelle), risottos and meat mainstays. They have a lovely deck set up in the park across the street, …
Croatian in Varaždin


No-frills but great-value gableci (cheap, filling lunches, served on weekdays) are popular with locals at this eatery in the town centre, known for its wide range of traditional dishes and family weekend lunches fro…
Croatian in Varaždin


An ambitious menu, a great wine list of over 50 wines and great lunch specials daily, plus homemade ice cream. Sit in the vaulted basement or on the covered terrace outside.