Situated at the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Zagreb is a fascinating city featuring sober medieval and gothic buildings in the city center and lush green outskirts. Zagreb is a top culinary destination, with many cafes, beer halls and cozy restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. Here are ten of the best cultural restaurants in the Croatian capital.
Forgotten Croatian traditional dishes, interpreted in a modern, unpredictable way made with the freshest seasonal and locally foraged ingredients, shoot 5/4 (or Peta Cetvrtina in Croatian) to the top of the list for best cultural restaurants in Zagreb. Their well-known celebrity chef Dono Galvagno is a visionary cook and has created an experimental and exciting five, seven and nine-course menus with weeds, algae, wild oysters and other exciting ingredients. There is nothing flashy about this place, and while the cooking is based on complex and arduous procedures, the outcome is simple and familiar but with an unexpected twist. It has an open, nearly clinical kitchen and the interior has a Scandinavian feel. A wine list of organic, lesser known natural wines by small local produces from various regions of Croatia sticks to the philosophy of the eatery and the affordable prices are a bargain for such high level of cuisine.
5/4 (Peta Cetvrtina), 1 Dukljaninova, Zagreb, Croatia, +385 4828999
The most famous and popular pizzeria in Zagreb is currently found at two addresses; at the legendary Vlaška in the city center and at Kranjčevićeva 16a. Unlike most pizza restaurants, Karijola prepares only pizza and nothing else, focusing on making the most of high quality ingredients to produce tasty combinations. The pizza bases are thin and crispy and the pizzas are baked in a clay oven until piping hot.
Pizza Karijola 1 &2, Kranjčevićeva ulica 16, Zagreb, Croatia, +385 1 3667 044