Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Zagreb

8 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Zagreb, Croatia

Ever since it entered the EU, Croatia has become more and more popular with work-and-travel enthusiasts. The capital city, Zagreb, is small compared to other major cities, having just around 1,000,000 citizens with all provinces combined. However, the city packs everything into this small package. With English being taught in school from a young age, and quality of education being on a high level, expats should have no trouble navigating around this city and making new connections. 

If you’re planning on visiting Zagreb soon, we recommend you check out our Where to stay in Zagreb guide. You’ll learn about which areas to stay in and what you can do when you’re not busy coworking.

The new-age digital jobs are moving people out of corporate office buildings and into their personal space. More and more freelancers and remote workers are seen occupying spaces like cafes and libraries. Rental offices aware of this trend decided to adapt to this new demand. They started offering individual spaces, desks, rooms, etc. instead of entire office blocks for rent. Today, coworking spaces can be found in every corner of the world, especially in major cities like Zagreb. Here are our eight favorite (and one not so great) coworking spaces:

  1. HUB385
  2. Impact Hub Zagreb
  3. Regus HOTO
  4. Virtual Office
  5. ZICER
  6. InstantOffice
  7. BIZkoshnica
  8. (AVOID) Travel&Tech Hub
  9. (AVOID) Corner Office

Our favorite coworking space in Zagreb is HUB385

Source: HUB385

HUB385 is possibly the most well-rounded coworking space in Zagreb. It has a decent amount of desks, private offices, conference rooms, and event spaces to choose from. At its heart, the center is dedicated to learning, innovation, and sharing ideas. It hosts many community events, educational courses, and workshops for different generations and skill levels. 

The interior design is a modern workspace with splashes of color, giving it a more friendly and casual vibe. compared regular corporate offices. There are plenty of packages to choose from, but the space is rather popular, so you should look to reserve in advance. They offer a “Virtual Office” service, with perks such as:

  • A corporate address
  • Reception services
  • Brand recognition by the company
  • Discounts and bonuses to use within their workspace

This is ideal for anyone with a small company looking for a place to call home. The prices are also reasonable compared to similar spaces.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $15 (HRK 100)

Hot desk per week: $73 (HRK 500)

Hot desk per month: $183 (HRK 1,250)

Dedicated desk per month: $172 (HRK 1,175)

Dedicated desk, one year: $155 (HRK 1,057)/Month

Private office, three people, one month: $635 (HRK 4,325)

Private office, three people, one year: $572 (HRK 3,892.50)/Month

Private office, six people, one month: $1,110 (HRK 7,550)

Private office, eight people, one month: $1426 (HRK 9,700)

Private office, eight people, one year: $1,283 (HRK 8,730)/month

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 9 am–9 pm
    • Saturday: 9 am–4 pm
    • Sunday: closed
  • Available 24/7 to monthly members
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Here are some other awesome coworking spaces in Zagreb

Impact Hub Zagreb

Source: Impact Hub Zagreb

Impact Hub is a global brand of workspaces with stations on pretty much every corner of the globe. The Zagreb branch is part of their well-organized community, and members have access to worldwide connections. Their office spaces are our top recommendation for smaller coworking groups (6–10) people. The group package prices are unmatched. Within them, you’ll find everything a team would need: 

  • Projectors
  • Whiteboards
  • Flipcharts
  • TV screens

The office spaces are known for their “less is more” approach, with a simple interior that’s kept tidy and clean. Impact Hub Zagreb also hosts learning and entertainment events, such as workshops, debates, courses, and more. Their location in the city of Zagreb is also as good as it gets, being just outside the city center.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $11 (HRK 75)

Hot desk per week: $33 (HRK 225)

Hot desk per month: $191 (HRK 1,300)

Dedicated desk per month: $191 (HRK 1,175)

Private office, three people, one month: $367 (HRK 2,500)

Private office, four people, one month: $411–470 (HRK 2,800–3,200)

Private office, six people, one month: $500 (HRK 3,420)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Available 24/7 to monthly members
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Regus HOTO

Source: Facebook Regus

Regus is another global chain, with 3000 office spaces for rent worldwide. They have two places in Zagreb. The one we will mention is known as Regus HOTO (name of the business tower) or Regus Savska (name of the street that it’s located in). The space is top-notch, professional-looking and clean. 

The interior is modern and roomy, with big windows allowing lots of natural light inside. The minimal design does not distract, although it may be too bland and corporate-looking for some people. We know young entrepreneurs and freelancers prefer a more casual, laid back office setting. The prices are also a bit high, compared to some other great spaces. Still, it’s worth checking out.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $7.35 (HRK 50)

Hot desk per week: $29 (HRK 200)

Dedicated desk per month: $132 (HRK 900)

Private office, two people, one month: $720 (HRK 4,900)

Private office, four people, one month: $1,130 (HRK 8,900)

Private office, five People, one month: $1,117 (HRK 7,600)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Available 24/7 to monthly members
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Virtual Office

Source: Facebook Virtual Office Croatia

Virtual Office Croatia is a company that offers everything under one roof. Whether you’re a freelancer looking for a place to work, a business looking for their new home, or an event organizer looking for a space for your corporate meeting. Among many things, the office has:

  • Hot desks
  • Dedicated desks
  • Private offices
  • Virtual office addresses
  • Mailing addresses
  • Fixed telephone service
  • Business consulting
  • Marketing solutions

The company offers plenty of packages for individual or connected working spaces. Top it off with 24/7 availability for monthly users, and you have a well-rounded space for all your work needs.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $7.35 (HRK 50)

Hot desk per day: $55 (HRK 375)

Hot desk per week: $73 (HRK 500)

Hot desk per month: $132 (HRK 900)

Hot desk, three months: $125 (HRK 855)/month

Hot desk, six months: $119 (HRK 810)/month

Hot desk, one year: $105 (HRK 720)/month

Dedicated desk per month: $220 (HRK 1,500)

Dedicated desk, three months: $216 (HRK 1,470)/month

Dedicated desk, six months: $211 (HRK 1,440)/month

Dedicated Desk, One Year: $209 (HRK 1,425)/month

Private office, three people, one month: $323 (HRK 2,200)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Available 24/7 to monthly members
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

ZICER (Zagreb Innovation Center)

Source: Facebook ZICER

ZICER is a 7,300 square meter space dedicated to creative work. Over 100 startups, small businesses, and freelancers are situated there. At ZICER, you can meet lots of like-minded individuals and companies striving for similar goals. The place is ideal for smaller businesses and startups. 

There are plenty of mentorship programs, workshops, and community gatherings, where you can exchange information and gain new contacts. Major entrepreneurship events take place here all year round. Joining their network means your projects and work will be exposed to plenty of inside and outside opportunities. 

The only drawback is that, unlike other coworking spaces, it’s a long way from the city center. With that in mind, the prices are definitely very competitive, and there’s a huge variety of spaces to choose from.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $3.40 (HRK 23)

Hot desk per day: $13 (HRK 90)

Hot desk per week: $29 (HRK 200)

Hot desk per month: $88 (HRK 600)

Private office, four people, one month: $220 (HRK 1,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

InstantOffice

Source: Facebook InstantOffice

The InstantOffice coworking space is located on the 5th floor of the gorgeous Zagreb Tower. The space and the offer are modest, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. The interior is elegant, with wood being the primary decoration material. 

Users have access to a great kitchen and lounge area, where they can relax and socialize in between working sessions. They offer individual walk-in and dedicated desks, and daily private offices for rent. 

However, if you’re looking for an office long term, you’ll have to inquire about those. This also goes for conference and event rooms. The company also offers services such as Virtual Office spaces, Cloud servers, landline and fax numbers, etc.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per week: $57 (HRK 390)

Hot desk per month: $147 (HRK 1,000)
Dedicated desk per month: (HRK 1,250)

Private office, three people, one day: $730 (HRK 497)

Private office, five people, one day: $102 (HRK 697)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 8 am–5 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Available 24/7 to monthly members 
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

BIZkoshnica

Source: Facebook BIZkoshnica

The clever play on words in the name of this space can be read as “Bees Hive”:

  • BIZ being short for Biznis (Business), and pronounced similar to “Bees”
  • “Kosnica” meaning “Hive” when translated

The idea behind it is sharing space, knowledge, and work between freelancers, startups, entrepreneurs, and other like-minded people. Individuals or small groups will find themselves at home in BIZkoshnica. That being said, the space is limited and functions on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning it can get full. It’s definitely not recommended for larger groups. The interior is nice and colorful, and there is a full kitchen and relax room where you can take a break. The owners do go out of their way to organize social and learning events as well. The drawbacks are a lack of ergonomic furniture and corporate-like working hours.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $16 (HRK 110)

Hot desk per month: $125 (HRK 850)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No


Travel&Tech Hub

Source: Gacka16

The offices of Traven&Tech Hub are located in the building known as “Gacka 16”. They are mainly oriented towards travel agencies and tourism workers, however, their space is open to everybody. The people who will find the most use of their services are:

  • Travel bloggers
  • Small business owners, particularly in the field of tourism
  • Social media influencers focused on travel
  • Those looking for a short-term working space when traveling to Zagreb

The company is focused on building a tight community around their brand. They offer plenty of social and learning opportunities, such as:

  1. Workshops
  2. Mentorship programs
  3. Community barbecues
  4. Organized sports teams
  5. Community drinks

Their office space is pet-friendly and packed with cool amenities, such as a kitchen, lounge, nap room, rooftop terrace, etc.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (HRK 70)

Hot desk per week: $44 (HRK 300)

Hot desk per month: $175 (HRK 1,200)

Dedicated desk per month: $175 (HRK 1,200)

Dedicated desk, three months: $167 (HRK 1,140)

Dedicated desk, six months: $160 (HRK 1,080)

Dedicated desk, one year: $140 (HRK 960)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday–Friday: 8 am–4 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Available 24/7 to monthly members
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

The coworking space in Zagreb you should avoid is Corner Office

Source: Corner Office Facebook

Corner Office advertises itself as a coworking space. However, it’s really just an apartment with a setup desk and whiteboard. We could see how students working on a group project may find this place useful. It could also be used for a small, private business meeting. However, space is definitely not worth the title coworking. On top of that, we can’t find the prices listed anywhere.

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Split

7 fantastic (and one unremarkable) coworking spaces in Split

As a seaside town, Split is one of the hottest spots for digital nomads in Croatia. The frequent inflow of foreigners, especially during the high season in July and August, makes communication here easy since the locals speak English well. If you are traveling to Split for the first time, this vlog may help you discover the best of it:          

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JUPCETmSR8

You will have no problem finding a decent Wifi connection in Split, and an excellent one in its modest offer of coworking spaces. Coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are popular places for digital nomads to do a couple of hours of work in. Take a look at our list of the best coworking spaces Split has to offer, some great cafés, and one place that you could do without.

WIP Coworking is the best place to cowork in Split

Image source: WIP Coworking Facebook

WIP Coworking carries that casual Mediterranean vibe that makes you feel relaxed the moment you walk in. It has an open plan with more than 50 seats at the standing desks and hot desks.

The seats are not all the same, and you can choose between more casual ones or the ones giving you a more private workspace. Reading nooks and couches are also good places to work from—just don’t hog the space for too long.

You will also find four phone booths and a Skype room in WIP Coworking, although you need to book them in advance. WIP Coworking is fully equipped with a projector, dual and single monitors, scanner, and printer for presentations and workshops. They organize events, so make sure to stop by for some networking.

Since the beach is close by, you can leave your things in a personal locker and go for a dip. If you are not up for swimming, the coffee is free and comes from the professional machine that the staff or other coworkers will gladly show you how to use. For lunch, you can bring your food and store it in the kitchen, or cook with other coworkers and have fun trying local dishes.

Basics
Pricing
  • HRK 90 per day
  • HRK 450 per week
  • HRK 1350 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

CUKARIN is a place you can skip when coworking in Split

Image source: CUKARIN Facebook

CUKARIN is a pastry shop with lots of room and seating choices. The chairs are fairly comfortable, but the problem is that you will hardly find a power outlet by the tables.

This is a popular eatery in Split, especially for families and large groups of friends, usually celebrating something. Because of this, CUKARIN is loud and too distracting for doing any kind of work except answering emails. Another reason why you may have trouble working here is their Wi-Fi, which is slow and even unresponsive at times.

The only thing CUKARIN is good for is grabbing a cup of coffee and pastry on your way to a coworking space or a better café. Other than that, you will only get annoyed working here because the conditions for that are subpar.

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 7 am–12 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am–12 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–12 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Phone No
Coliving No

Six coworking spaces and cafés in Split worth checking out

Here are other coworking spaces and some cafés in Split that we found interesting for coworking:

  1. Saltwater Workspace Split
  2. Amosfera Coworking
  3. CoCreative Coworking
  4. Mala kavana — Split
  5. D16 Coffee
  6. Odmah Iza

Saltwater Workspace Split

Image source: Saltwater Workspace Split Facebook

Saltwater Workspace Split is a charming coworking space overlooking the marina. You will always feel welcome coming here thanks to the friendly staff, especially the owner Tanja.

This coworking space is perfect for those who need video and audio equipment, as well as monitors for editing recorded material. The chairs are comfortable, and you will be able to work sitting down for hours. In case you want to switch positions, Saltwater Workspace has some nice spots in the corner where you can install your travel stand desk and continue working on your feet.

If you want to build your contact base, stay after hours when they have workshops or events. Although Saltwater Workspace is open during weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, you get 24/7 access with higher membership plans.

Amosfera Coworking

Image source: Amosfera Coworking Facebook

Amosfera Coworking is a spacious coworking space with an open floor plan and lots of seating areas. The chairs are not all ergonomic, and some are a bit impractical for prolonged sitting, but you can always work at the standing desk.

All members have access to the scanner, printer, and photocopier free of charge. The conference room is also free for members, but you need to book it since it’s popular and always occupied.  

People at Amosfera Coworking are friendly and welcoming, making it easy to fit right in and maybe even meet future collaborators. There is plenty of free coffee and drinking water in the kitchen, and you can have lunch at one of the eateries nearby.        

CoCreative Coworking

Image source: CoCreative Coworking Facebook

CoCreative Coworking is a two-story loft located in the center of Split. This coworking space is popular with the creative community, gathering both freelancers and entrepreneurs.

You won’t find a typical coworking space here. CoCreative Coworking belongs to the architecture company that rents the extra space to coworkers. Standing desks, comfortable chairs, and a quiet room make this space great for concentrating on more demanding tasks. The major downside is that the space doesn’t have enough power outlets, so you might end up depending on your battery.

Mala kavana — Split

Image source: Mala kavana — Split Facebook

Mala kavana — Split is one of the most popular eateries in Split that many digital nomads visit for food and decent Wi-Fi.

You should avoid coming here during lunch since that’s when Mala kavana is the most crowded and too loud to work in. Another downside is that this is a family restaurant and people come here to celebrate all sorts of things. This makes it impossible to find a decent table sometimes, especially during weekends, even if you don’t mind working surrounded by noise.  

If you come early enough, you can choose among the available chairs since some are comfortable enough, but others are a real pain. While working in Mala kavana, order some food since it’s famous for the exquisite local cuisine.

D16 Coffee

Image source: D16 Coffee Instagram

D16 Coffee is a cozy coffee shop in the city center where you will most likely meet other digital nomads. The main reasons for this are their professional baristas and varieties of brewed coffee from freshly roasted beans.

Tables are somewhat small and you won’t be able to fit two laptops, so it’s better to come here for solo work. Chairs are actually not that bad, and you can spend hours sitting and working here without feeling sore. D16 Coffee has one of the best Wi-Fi networks, so that characteristic won’t disappoint you at all.

You may be annoyed by having trouble finding a free seat, since this café can barely fit 20 people. If that happens, have a coffee to go and come back the next day to try your luck.

Odmah Iza

Image source: Odmah Iza Facebook

Odmah Iza is a pleasant café with comfortable chairs and great Wi-Fi, ideal for making it your coworking stop. The décor is full of vintage details and fun colors, so you will easily find inspiration to be productive.

On the downside, they allow smoking inside. If you are not a fan of this habit, you may want to consider working from someplace else or coming early when it’s almost empty.       

Here are more cafés in Split you can work from:

Where to stay in Split

Where to stay in Split, Croatia the Roman capital of the Balkans

Split is a beautiful Mediterranean city with a long and rich history. It’s famous for its early Roman settlements, which is reflected in the architecture. The city offers a little bit of everything, from traditional to modern attractions, making it a top destination worth visiting.

This article will help you choose where to stay in Split.

Split is a relatively small city, meaning most of the action and attractions will be centrally located and within walkable distance.

Here are some areas to consider:

Best area for first-timers Split Old Town
Best area for nightlife Bacvice
Best bohemian/alternative are Varoš

Transportation, getting around Split

Split is a small city and the main locations are all concentrated in the center, making it extremely easy to explore on foot.

In fact, many of the central areas (especially around Diocletian’s Palace) are pedestrian-only.

  1. Bus – the main form of public transportation in the city. The main bus lines are 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 17 and 21 and all of them pass through the city center. Here’s a basic map to help you visualize it. A typical central city bus ticket costs around 11 Kuna’s (around $1.65)
  2. Taxis – there are plenty of them in Split and can be found at taxi stations through tourist hotspots as well as called. The standard inner-city tariff is 10 Kuna’s (around $1.5) starting fee and 7 Kuna’s (around $1) per kilometer.
  3. Uber – Uber does exist in Split in the form of the standard UberX service. Those who enjoy the convenience and security provided by this world-renowned app rest easy.
Source: Find Croatia

Find out more about Split public transportation here.

Where to stay for first-timers in Split – Split Old Town

The area known as Old Town is the cities neighborhood of origin.

Although modern city history is associated with the construction of Diocletian’s Palace in 305 a.d., there are records dating back to around 3rd-century b.c. suggesting it was a Greek colony.

Nevertheless, the area is recognizable by its traditional Roman architecture, which has been preserved over the centuries.

What to see and do in Old Town Split?

Diocletian’s Palace

Already mentioned in the introduction, the palace was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian.

Although the word palace may associate with a luxurious private estate, it more resembled a fortress, as only part of it was for Diocletian’s personal use and the rest a military compound.

While you’re there, make sure to come by the temple dedicated to the Goddess Jupiter in the central area of the palace.

Today, the historical architecture of the palace and areas around it are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Source: Wikipedia

Riva Harbor

Riva Harbor is a gorgeous pedestrian zone with lines of palm trees spreading from one end to the other.

From it, you can gaze upon the gorgeous Mediterranean sea, worth coming to for both sunsets and sunrises.

The street is also full of cafes and restaurants, as well as souvenir shops, among others.

Split Ethnographic Museum

What better way to explore a cities culture and folklore, than visiting the ethnographic museum.

Here you’ll have the opportunity to learn about and see elements of Croatia’s tradition, such as clothing, tools and accommodation, particularly those of the Dalmatian coast.

Sometimes, the museum will host a live event of traditional folklore singing and dancing from the area.

Source: Facebook @Etnografski Muzej Split

Where to stay in Old Town Split, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Historic Home Split – gorgeous stone apartment with modern furnishing (rated AirBnB Plus)

Moderate price range: Studio in Diocletian Palace – modern studio in a premium historical location (rated Airbnb Plus)

Luxury price range: Luxury Palace #1 – modern apartment, lots of utilities, premium location, pool, hot tub, etc. (rated Airbnb Plus)

Where to stay for the nightlife in Split – Bačvice

Just south of Old Town is the area known as Bačvice. It’s known for its popular beaches, lots of snack and drink bars and clubs. Very popular tourist area, especially among younger crowds.

What to see and do in Bačvice?

Plaža Bačvice (Bacvice Beach)

This popular place to swim during the day quickly becomes a place to hang out at night as daily restaurants and cafes become nightclubs and bars as the sun goes down.

Although it’s known for being overcrowded, it’s an ideal place for people looking to hang out and meet new people, both local and otherwise.

Great for sunbathing or taking a swim, and plenty of beach beds to rent.

Source: Instagram @Dorjan_

Enjoy an evening out

We recommend this area for the nightlife because it’s youthful and full of people in the evening.

If you’re looking for a party, there’s plenty of clubs nearby.

If you want to grab a drink and enjoy some acoustic music in the evening, there’s plenty of that down at the beaches.

Plenty of restaurants with open spaces become dance floors in the evening and you can hear all sorts of music, from global hits to club bangers and of course local favorites.

Here are just some of the many recommended places:

  • Cocktail Bar Mystic
  • Restaurant (Konoba) Matoni
  • inBOX open-air club
Source: Facebook @Caffe Bar inBOX

Open-Air Cinema (Ljetno Kino Bačvice)

As the name suggests, this is an open-air cinema with one big screen, with the view of the sea behind it.

It has projections every day during the summer, and showcases everything from trending cinema to movie classics, and is home to the Mediterranean Film Festival every June.

The usual entry fee is 30 Kuna’s (around $4) and it has a typical cinema snack menu as well.

For those who don’t mind sitting on the floor, they can experience the cinema for free by picking a spot on the side hills.

Source: Instagram @Mediterranean Film Festival

Where to stay in Bačvice, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Apartment with Seaview – nice apartment in a residential area with a view of the sea from its terrace

Moderate price range: Apartment Park – very modern, fully furnished apartment with lots of utilities, in a nice residential area

Luxury price range: Monvi Luxury Suite – super modern flat in a premium central location, private parking and lots of utilities and walking distance from everything (rated Airbnb Plus)

Where to stay, bohemian/alternative edition – Varoš

Translated meaning “Small Town”, this area really does feel like its own place, even though it’s connected to the city.

This is a hillside, mostly residential area with plenty of green scenery, parks, viewpoints, churches and more.

Where to go and what to see in Varoš?

Museum of Croatian  Archeological Monuments (MHAS)

“Muzej Hrvatskih Arheoloskih Spomenika” as it is called in the native tongue, is a museum dedicated to periods from around the 7th to 15th centuries.

It houses plenty of artifacts from the time, things like jewelry, weapons, armor, clothing, tools, as well as a large number of stone monuments that were parts of early Croatian churches.

The museum is praised for having its exhibitions that curate a story and let the observer imagine themselves what it was like to live in the time period.

Entry is free, while curated visits are available on workdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost 250

Kuna’s (around $40).

Source: Facebook @Muzej Hrvatskih Arheoloških Spomenika

Marjan Forest Park and Hill

Varoš is completely surrounded by its back by the forest named Marjan.

The forest has been made into a national park and walking zone, making it easy to cover from all sides on foot.

In the park, you’ll find plenty of churches and similar monuments and many viewpoints looking both in the city and the sea.

Telegrin hill is the highest peak and provides a 360-degree view of the area with plenty of benches and walls to sit on.

The park is also a great place to go biking.

Source: Wikipedia

Bene Beach

The beach is located on the north-west side of the Marjan forest.

You can reach it on foot after hiking through the forest, or grab the bus number 12 until the last stop.

It’s a small and secluded beach, meaning there are fewer tourists and noise and the water is cleaner.

Once you get off the main road, don’t be afraid to explore the area for even more exclusive beach parcels.

It’s also a highly recommended spot for catching the sunrise or sunset.

Source: Instagram @Vragolanka

Where to stay in Varoš, our top Airbnb’s

Affordable price range: Seagulls Nest – fancy apartment with lots of natural sunlight and great views

Moderate price range: Ornate Flat – fully furnished, great location, great sea view from patio (rated Airbnb Plus)

Luxury price range: High-End Azimut Apartment – the location, utilities, furnishing, lighting, everything about this apartment is premium (rated Airbnb Plus)

Where to stay in Zagreb

Where to stay in Zagreb, little Vienna of the Balkans

Zagreb is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Croatia.

With just over 1 million citizens when combining all its municipalities, it holds around ¼ of the total population. An important part of the cities history was spent under the Austro-Hungarian empire and the influence on architecture and lifestyle is obvious, which is why it was nicknamed “little Vienna”.

This article will help you pick the best area where to stay in Zagreb.

What are the best areas to stay in Zagreb?

The main attractions and activities this city has to offer will be concentrated in the central area, which is where we’re going to focus on.

Zagreb is a relatively small city, so picking the right location to stay in will make it quite easy to cover things on foot.

Here are 3 areas to choose from and reasons to do so:

Best area for first-timers Lower Town
Best area for the nightlife Upper Town
Best area for staying long term Kaptol

Transportation, getting around Zagreb

If you picked any of the neighborhoods we recommended, chances are the most important things will be within walking distance.

The city of Zagreb also has an advanced and easy to use public transportation and is recognizable by the blue color of its vehicles.

It includes the following:

 

  • Trams – a total of 15 daily lines run from 4 a.m. to midnight. All of the lines intersect within the city center connecting the surrounding areas. Click here for a detailed map.
  • Buses – 113 bus lines run through Zagreb, most of them connect to the city center or circle around the city. The amount of lines can get confusing, and trams do a good enough job for tourists.
  • Taxis – can be requested, hailed on the street on found on many taxi stations throughout the city. A typical starting fee is 10 Kuna’s ($1.5) and every kilometer is around 5 Kuna’s ($0.75)
  • Uber – UberX and UberXL both operate within Zagreb. Travelers that enjoy the convenience and security provided by this service can rest assured it’s available.

Tickets for public transport should be bought in advance and can be purchased in most street shops or official ZET shops.

Pricing usually depends on the duration of usage, here’s a short list:

  • 30 min duration – 4 Kuna’s ($0.6)
  • 60 min duration – 7 Kuna’s ($1)
  • 90 min duration – 10 Kuna’s ($1.5)
  • 24 hour unlimited –  30 Kuna’s ($4.5)
  • 72 hour unlimited – 70 Kuna’s ($10)

The night tariff is 15 Kuna’s ($2.25) in any direction and tickets are bought once you board.

Where to stay for first-timers in Zagreb – Lower Town

The lower town makes up a large portion of the city center and stretches quite a bit horizontally.

The area is packed with modern and historical attractions and its location allows for quick access to other areas through public transportation.

What to see and do in Lower Town, Zagreb?

Art Pavilion

The Art Pavilion is an art gallery established in 1898 and represents the oldest gallery in the Balkans region.

The building was designed and constructed specifically with the intention of serving as a large-scale gallery, which is why it’s just as much of a masterpiece of architecture, as the inside contents are of art.

It does not have a permanent exhibit, but rather organizes solo and group exhibits by regional as well as international artists.

Source: Wikipedia

Zagreb Zoo

Although not located in Lower Town, getting there is easy via trams 4, 6, and 13.

The Zagreb Zoo not only plays a role in the cities attractions and entertainment, but it’s also an important research center and a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and working on their European endangered species program.

It houses a total of 2225 animals from 275 different animal species, with plenty of rare animals including, but not limited to:

  • Forest giraffes
  • White antelopes
  • European bisons
Source: Facebook @Zoološki vrt grada Zagreba

Technical Museum of Zagreb

Also known as the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, it is one of the most visited museums in Croatia.

Some of the permanent exhibits include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy Transformation Exhibit – displaying the evolution of engines
  • Means of Transportation Exhibit – displaying vehicles used mostly in the 20th century, including planes, cars, trams and more
  • Planetarium – displaying models of famous spacecraft, rocket-carriers, space stations, as well as a planetarium show (only in the Croatian language at the moment)
  • Nikola Tesla study – a cabinet dedicated to his work and other major figures in Croatian science
Source: Facebook @Tehnički muzej Nikola Tesla

Where to stay in Lower Town, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Paradasium – modern, fully-furnished apartment with a great location

Moderate price range: Central Station – bright, artsy, spacious apartment

Luxury price range: Big, Bright, Beautiful – gorgeous, spacious apartment with lots of natural light

Where to stay for the nightlife in Zagreb – Upper Town

Although not marked on the map officially, the area known as Upper Town resides around the Ban Josip Jelačić Square.

The majority of its attractions are located in the pedestrian-only area around the square, with plenty of things to do at every part of the day.

It’s also the area with the highest concentration of clubs, bars, and restaurants in the city, making it ideal for going out during the evening or at night.

Where to go and what to see in Upper Town, Zagreb?

Johann Franck

One of the highest-rated places to visit in Zagreb.

Apart from its luxurious interior and sophisticated vibe, what really makes this venue stand out is the sheer diversity of its program.

It’s the ideal cafe to grab your morning coffee, an elegant restaurant to wine and dine in the evening, and one of the top clubs in the city hosting both DJs and live performances and plenty of thematic parties (Disco, Hip-Hop, 80s, 90s, etc.).

The best part is, you’d expect such a place to blow up your budget, but it’s actually fairly priced when you compare its offers to similar options.

Source: Facebook @Johann Franck

Zagreb 360° Observation Deck

Located on the 16th floor of a skyscraper, it hosts a bar with a  panoramic, 360-degree view of the city.

If that weren’t enough, the place also offers binoculars, board games, super-fast internet and a place where you can charge your devices.

The entry fee is 60 Kuna’s (around $9) plus if you buy anything in the cafe.

Source: Facebook @Zagreb360

Museum of Broken Relationships

This one of a kind museum offers unique perspectives on relationships and more specifically breakups from around the world.

The exhibitions are completely crowd-sourced, meaning all the pieces showcased with their attached stories belong to a person who shared them with the museum.

Sometimes funny and sometimes sad, the collections can offer interesting information on what items play pivotal roles in relationships around the world, such as gifts that weren’t appreciated, love letters that were rejected, items that remind of the past too much and more.

There aren’t permanent exhibits, but rather switch and are thematic to the city the items were sent from.

Source: Facebook @Museum of Broken Relationships

Where to stay in Upper Town, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Quiet Apartment – colorful, premium location but peaceful

Moderate price range: Zagreb’s Heart – beautiful, bright apartment in historic building (rated AirBnB plus)

Luxury price range: Sunny Flat with Character – Gorgeous mix of interior design and functionality, spacious, tall ceiling, lots of utilities (rated AirBnB Plus)

Where to stay long term in Zagreb – Kaptol

The area of Kaptol is just north and within walking distance of the town center.

Historically, it’s the first settled area before the establishment of the city and.

It’s remained a residential area, meaning it’s calm and there’s plenty of housing options at great prices.

What to see and do in Kaptol?

Zagreb Cathedral

This Roman Catholic church happens to be the tallest building in all of Croatia, standing at 108 meters (354 feet) tall.

The land on which the cathedral stands has been a holy place since the first cathedral since the 11th century.

It was destroyed during the Mongolian invasion in 1242 and rebuilt by bishop Timotej shortly after.

In 1880, an earthquake shook Zagreb and much of the cathedral was damaged beyond repair.

Reconstruction was handed to Hermann Bollé, an Austro-Hungarian architect who rebuilt it in Neo-Gothic style, as it can be seen today.

It is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, who’s golden statue is standing on top of a fountain in front of the cathedral.

Art Park Zagreb

This open-air gallery is part of the larger Ribnjak park.

The main events of the Art Park take place between June and September, when artists are invited to re-decorate it.

It also hosts plenty of live shows of performance arts, such as music and dance.

After the season is over, since many of the pieces are created on actual park surfaces (such as walls, benches, etc.) the art can still be seen throughout the year.

Source: Facebook @Art Park Zagreb

Zagreb City Museum

The museum depicts the cities history, all the way from its Roman inceptions to modern times.

Around 4500 items from areas of culture, art, politics and similar are on display.

Within the museum grounds are live archeological excavations, some of which date from prehistoric times.

Source: Facebook @Muzej Grada Zagreba

Where to stay in Kaptol, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Mulberry 44 – nice, fully furnished studio

Moderate price range: Villa 1 – modern, elegant apartment

Luxury price range: Jewel of Upper Town – premium location, walking distance from the city square, lots of utilities, stylish furnishing (rated AirBnB Plus)