With a mixture of old wooden chairs and modern cast-iron affairs upholstered in pale blues and pinks, this delightfully twee, Frenchy-flavoured little place is the ideal spot to sip tea and munch your way through some of the Croatian capital’s best lemon-meringue pies, cheesecakes and quiches. There’s invariably a strong showing of different cakes in…

8am-10pm Mon-Sat; 9am-10pm Sun
Vlaška 6 More info

Bistro Žirafa

With a welcoming orangey-brown colour scheme that resembles the skin tones of a long-necked African mammal, Žirafa is unusually funky for a neighbourhood café in this part of town. It is five minutes’ walk west of Maksimir Park and a nice place to end up after an afternoon stroll, with an outdoor terrace set back…

8am-11pm Mon-Sat
Maksimirska 64 More info
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Zagreb’s prime literary club also doubles as a café, a collective run by two enthusiastic women. There is a symbolic membership fee of 10kn/year, but members can then enjoy WiFi, carefully chosen music, a laid-back atmosphere and regular events that include readings by the big beasts of the local literary scene – with occasional ones…

11am-8pm Tue-Sun
Martićeva 14D More info
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Café Dubrovnik

Set in the hotel of the same name, overlooking the main square, this is one of the most revered coffeehouses in Zagreb, exuding classic charm and providing smart service. The location, of course, simply can’t be beat.

8am-11pm daily
Gajeva 1 More info

Chocolat 041

Opened in late 2013, Chocolat 041 was quickly enthroned as the most talked-about coffee-cake-and-ice-cream places in town. The fact that it is owned by former Croatian international Zvonimir Boban is only part of the reason; the ice cream is superb, and the range of irresistible cakes – all of which are based on chocolate in some way or another – almost guarantees repeat visits. The décor, too,…

7am-2am daily
Masarykova 25, Zagreb More info

Croatian Art Photo Club

CroArt is part photo exhibition space and part café. Leather couches are set among display cases of old cameras (the door handle is also shaped like a camera), while each of the tables serves as glass-topped photo exhibit. It’s a popular downtown coffee-drinking spot in the daytime; wine, rakija and Fischer’s on tap take over…

8am-11pm Mon-Sat
Gajeva 25 More info


Can too much interior design be a bad thing? The growing army of regular customers at Divas certainly doesn’t think so. The place carries the name of a fashion boutique that long occupied the same address, and it’s still all about fabrics and colours here, darling. The front room features a bed jutting out diagonally…

7am-11pm Mon-Fri; 8am-11pm Sat; 8am-2pm Sun
Martićeva 17 More info

Eli’s Caffè
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‘You are now entering Evolution Area’ says the sign on the door, which leads through to a coolly minimal white space with a handful of tables grouped around the bar. For several years now Eli’s has been Zagreb‘s leading venue for quality coffee, leading a brown-stuff brewing revolution that is slowly spreading to the city’s…

8am-7pm Mon-Fri; 8am-4pm Sat; 9am-2pm Sun
Ilica 63 More info

Gradska kavana

Very much the grande dame of the Zagreb coffee-and-cakes scene, the ‘City Café’ is a beautifully-restored piece of 1930s Art-Deco, its all-white interior centring on a quartet of fat pillars holding up a curvy-balustraded mezzanine. The two levels are linked by a Y-shaped staircase guarded by a brassy pair of nudes (statues that is, not…

8.30am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-10pm Sun
Trg bana Jelačića 9 More info

Kava Tava

Consisting of a wooden-shed bar surrounded by a scattering of stools and chairs, the al-fresco Kava Tava delivers just about everything that makes a good café – except, arguably, for four walls and a roof. It occupies the north-western curve of Britanski trg, the square that hosts a Monday-to-Saturday fruit and veg market and a…

7am-1am daily
Britanski trg More info
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