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Croatia’s capital is one of the most laid back cities in Europe. A leafy, genteel place full of wide roads, parks, gardens and Austro-Hungarian buildings, the smooth running metropolis is an enjoyable place to live, in very close proximity to the surrounding mountains and lakes while maintaining an exciting nightlife and buzz of activity. It’s also one of the cheapest places in Croatia to base yourself, unusual for a capital city, as most tourists make a beeline for the beach, so you can find reasonable deals on lettings and accommodation, with everything you need on your doorstep. One thing to note is it gets very hot in the summer, so most locals ship out in August and head to the breezy coastline, so this month is comparatively quiet.

As you’d expect from a capital city, it’s the business hub of the nation so coworking spaces are plentiful. You can get good monthly rates at InstantOffice Zagreb, HUB385, HUB Gacka16, BIZkoshnica, Element Int, ZICER – Zagreb Innovation Centre, and SquareOne coworking, all of which have fantastic facilities and are very well managed.

If you prefer to work in cafes you’re equally as well catered for with bright airy Botaničar, literary Booksa, music hub KIC Klub, coffee roasting Quahwa, Cognito chain’s outpost Café u Dvoristu, courtyard Domenico, vibey Hub Cooltura Pub, pastry heaven Korica, and coffee heaven Karibu Kaaawa all being accustomed to having nomads come by.

Dining-wise, you’re spoilt for choice; Zagreb has the most Michelin listed restaurants than any other destination in the country. The fine dining Dubravkin Put, or tasting plates at Pod Zidom Bistro and ones to get you started. Local favorite Stari Fijaker is also unmissable, serving traditional Croatian cuisine in a very quaint environment with excellent service or for something less meat heavy, veggies paradise Zrno bio bistro has got you covered.

The bars and clubs will keep you busy; terrace spot with a gorgeous view of the cathedral A’e Caffe Bar serves delicious cocktails; aforementioned cafe ​​Botaničar turns cocktail bar by night; long standing institution Bacchus jazz bar has a lovely patio and live jazz on the weekends; or the coolest of clubs Masters will keep you entertained until the small hours. There’s also live music and festivals such as outdoor extravaganza Art Park Zagreb in the summer months.

Lucie Grace
November 9, 2022
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Lucie Grace is a British freelance writer, based in Chiang Mai. She lived in India throughout 2020 and 2021 and misses it daily. You can read her bylines in The Daily Beast, Fodor’s, The Independent and The Times.

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