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 real people). The white-shirt black-apron wait-staff are a model of courteous efficiency. The regular clientele is a bit on the blue-rinse side; although the Gradska kavana’s cakes and ice creams are sufficiently delectable to ensure that this is the ideal place to bring your aunt/hot date/post-exam child.  Coffee is a few kuna more expensive than elsewhere but is a long way from being the best in town – dedicated caffeine addicts are best advised to jump-start their day elsewhere.

Venue details

  • Address:

    Gradska kavana
    Trg bana Jelačića 9

  • Phone number:

    +385 1 48 32 310

  • Website:

  • Opening hours:

    8.30am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-10pm Sun

  • Transport:

    All trams to main square

  • Credit Cards accepted:

    AmEx, DC, MC, V