Top ChoiceTapas in Zagreb

Mali Bar

This earthy-toned spot by star chef Ana Ugarkoviċ is all about small plates, with influences cherry-picked from across the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia. Dig into labneh (strained yoghurt cheese) balls...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Zagreb

Bistro Apetit

High up on villa-lined Jurjevska steet, this restaurant run by chef Marin Rendić, who previously worked at Copenhagen's Noma, serves up Zagreb's suavest contemporary dishes. Start with tuna tartare with pear and...

International in Zagreb

Zinfandel’s

One of the top tables in town, Zinfandel's is headed by chef Ana Grgić, whose menu of creative flair is also served in the grand dining room of the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel. Don't miss the confit pigeon with...

Croatian in Zagreb

Heritage

Tapas dishes, Croatian-style. This teensy place, with just one counter and a few bar stools, serves cheese and meat platters using all locally sourced ingredients. Try the flatbreads with prosciutto from Zagora,...

Desserts in Zagreb

Vincek

A Zagreb institution, this slastičarna (pastry shop) has been keeping the city's dentists in business since 1978. Come here to reward yourself with a fluffy cherry parfait, a slice of walnut cake or a scoop of...

Croatian in Zagreb

La Štruk

Serving one thing only, La Štruk devotes itself to štrukli (baked cheese dumplings). Keep traditional with a salty or sweet cheese kuhani (boiled) version or veer completely off-piste with the roasted-pepper or...

Croatian in Zagreb

Vallis Aurea

While the interior is all contemporary blonde wood and exposed brick, the heart of this restaurant is big-portioned home cooking – it's chock-a-block at lunchtime for the gableci (traditional lunches). Try the...

French in Zagreb

Le Bistro

Executive chef Ana Grgić leads the team at the casual-chic restaurant of the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, much favoured by local business folk for its lunchtime three-course daily menu (160KN). It's known for its...

Croatian in Zagreb

Lanterna na Dolcu

Modern tweaks on traditional Croatian classics and fabulous service make Lanterna stand out amid the central city's glut of restaurants. In the cosy basement with brick-vaulted ceiling, dig into mains of...

Croatian in Zagreb

Tip Top

Experience a slice of old-school Zagreb. Tip Top has been serving heavy, hearty central European dishes since the 1940s and refuses to bow to the dining scene's new wave of bistros. Steer clear of the à la carte...

Sri Lankan in Zagreb

Curry Bowl

Pining for some spice? Head here for Sri Lankan sunshiny flavours. Order the kotthu (spicy mix of roti bread, vegetables and egg), add in a serving of pineapple chutney or pol sambol (coconut condiment) to chuck...

Desserts in Zagreb

Vis à Vis

Little-sister cafe to Vincek, Zagreb's famed purveyor of all things sweet and sticky, Vis à Vis dishes up scrummy treats, but with no white sugar used and all gluten-free. Many of the cakes on offer are also...

International in Zagreb

Agava

The front terrace is perfect for a lazy long lunch while soaking up the sun and gazing down onto the pedestrian promenade below. The menu cherry-picks influences from across the globe, including tuna steak in a...

Croatian in Zagreb

Stari Fijaker 900

Once the height of dining out in Zagreb, this grand dame is a great place to sample Croatian and central European staples while soaking up the atmosphere of yesteryear. Hearty shepherd stews from the Slavonia...

International in Zagreb

Mundoaka Street Food

The menu here traipses across the globe but is big on American classics – think NYC meatball sandwiches, burgers and barbecue-sauce-glazed ribs – while smaller dishes of vegie empanadas and gyoza (pan-fried...

Croatian in Zagreb

Vinodol

Giving central European fare a modern tweak, Vinodol is much loved by locals. On warm days, eat on the covered patio (entered through an ivy-clad passageway off Teslina). Menu highlights include succulent lamb or...

Bistro in Zagreb

Lauba Bistro

This chic bistro is in the lobby of one of Zagreb's coolest art spaces. If you're after a small bite, it serves delicious miniloaves of bread as its signature – think quinoa and beer bread – with tasty spreads....

Mediterranean in Zagreb

Trilogija

Right by the Stone Gate, in a location that has seen many a restaurant open and close, Trilogija seems to be here to stay. The secret lies in its friendly staff and Mediterranean-fusion menu with dishes like tuna...

Bistro in Zagreb

Bistroteka

Brunch fans come here for their eggs Benedict while at lunchtime local office workers crowd in for sandwiches, salads and daily specials such as risotto and tuna ragout. Breakfast is served till 11am on weekdays...

Dalmatian in Zagreb

Didov San

Delve into the traditional cuisine of the Neretva River delta in Dalmatia's hinterland at this rustic Upper Town tavern. Grilled eel, snails on polenta and frogs wrapped in prosciutto are three of its...