Zagreb Advent wins over hearts with the beauty of its content

This will be the best Christmas market yet! Zagreb's restaurants are also readily waiting for guests...

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The magic of Zagreb’s Advent season is ready. The streets of the city have been under decoration for a whole month in order to kickstart a true Christmas tale for all ages on the 30th of November. Don’t wait for Santa Claus by the fireplace — find him in the centre of Zagreb. The Nutcracker, ecology, and culture have all inspired the rich and various content dispersed over many locations in the city.

If you choose Zagreb as your Christmas season travelling destination, bear in mind you’ll get the best that Zagreb has from the city’s tourism, gastronomy, and culture, and that in this time the number of visitors is expected to skyrocket — and all of the city’s infrastructure are well-adjusted to the needs of persons with disabilities.

If you’re travelling with children, they too will truly enjoy themselves… There will be songs, Santa Claus walks throughout the city, and they can enjoy the Christmas tram, as well as the famous skating rink. Four years ago in December, the Zagreb Advent was declaredthe best in Europe — only to defend the title two consecutive times. Although the landslide prevented Zagreb from the competition entry this year, make no mistake — this will be the best Christmas market yet!

We’ve surveyed the offer of Zagreb’s restaurants in the city centre.

Bistro Fotić, located a mere minute’s walk from the Ban Jelačić Square in the vicinity of Zrinjevac, offers fish and meat dishes daily, as well as pasta, salads, pancakes, and a delicious selection of stews and soups, as well as a diverse offer of fresh-ingredient pizzas and tasty cakes.

We always take care to keep everything fresh, homemade, and seasonal. In December we are introducing sarmas, krvavica, cod… Our guests will not be disappointed with the offer. We also have our standard a la carte offer, so we believe everyone will enjoy our holiday menu - they say at the Fotić restaurant.

Bistro Fotić. Photo: Borna Filić/PIXSELL

At Zagreb’s Opatovina — a tourism mecca and the favourite gathering site for beer lovers (the one and only Croatian craft beer street) — a pleasant, terracotta-vaulted venue is located, bearing the romantic name Lanterna na Dolcu (The Dolac Lantern). Their offer presents traditional Zagreb dishes through fair prices and a cozy familial ambiance.

Usually we have true Zagreb specialties, so we’ve adapted our offer for the season. Ham hocks, pork belly, krvavica, sarmas… all fresh and homemade. Of course, there’s always our trademark štrukli - they said at Lanterna na Dolcu.

Lanterna na Dolcu. Photo: Jurica Galoić/PIXSELL

A similar circumstance can be found in the Otto & Frank restaurant at Tkalčićeva. Considering its vicinity to the Dolac — the city’s central market — the dish offer is based on fresh ingredients supplied daily from the most equipped location in the capital. The strongest, however, is the burger offer, from which we single out the classical and the lamb burger, fit for true gourmands.

Otto & FrankPhoto: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL

We also have sarmas, krvavica, and numerous other specialties… We want out guests to leave full and happy - they say at Otto & Frank.