Zagreb is a beautiful, bustling city all year round. I’ve visited in winter, spring (my personal favourite) and high summer. As Croatia’s capital city, it’s the cultural and political heart of the country. Since I’m a vegan who loves to thrift shop, I used my time in Zagreb to find the tastiest vegan eats and thrift store gems. In short, finding vegan food in Zagreb is easy and is mostly very inexpensive. Plus it’s where you’ll find the best vintage shopping in the country! If you’re looking for a place to stay, you can’t go wrong with Hotel Central. As the name suggests, it’s very well located, and it’s good value for money.
ZAGREB VEGAN EATS
Before we get started on the best vegan eateries, there’s a cool resource that I’m excited to share with you. One of my friends is Croatian and she sent me this interactive map of ‘Veganski Zagreb’. It lists all the vegan and vegetarian options in the city, which is so incredibly helpful in such a meat-centric city. Most locals won’t be able to tell you where the nearest cafe that serves soy milk, or the nearest restaurant vegan friendly restaurant is. So, if there is one thing I hope you take from this blog post it’s, have this map on you. To have it on your phone, click the star on the map while in your google account and it will add itself to your google maps. Et voila!
A note on opening hours
I recommend taking care to schedule your trip to Zagreb during the week. Most restaurants, stores and cafes close up shop on Sunday especially, and sometimes Monday too. If you do end up visiting over a weekend (as we did), Vegehop has generous opening hours. They’re open midday to 9pm everyday of the week. If you do visit, go for the daily set menu or one of their burgers. Their daily menus offer a tasty assortment of soups, pastas, curries and various salads. They also have eco wine and beer, coffee, tea and fresh juices. Plus, they’re just ten minutes walk from Ban Josip Jelačić square.
As a self-confessed cat lady, I love a good cat cafe. However, most cat cafes are not particularly vegan friendly. Cat Caffe Zagreb has a special place in my heart, because they offer glittery vegan hot chocolates with rice cream. It’s deliciously creamy and girly! The cafe boasts a lovely outdoor seating area, a large happy family of cuddly felines and free wifi. It’s a thirty minute walk from Ban Josip Jelačić square, or you can take a tram, but it will only cut ten minutes off your travel time. Make sure you bring kuna as they are cash only.
Zrno Bio Bistro
Zrno Bio Bistro is my favorite restaurant in Zagreb, hands down. I cannot get enough of this place! Everything on their menu is vegan and organic. Plus all their vegetables come from their own organic farm near Zagreb, or other local producers. They are a bit pricier than other places in Zagreb, but you can expect high quality and exceptional taste. Every time I visit I get the ginger udon soup with parsley tempura. It’s so delicious! They have an English menu and all their staff speak English too. They’re open Monday to Sunday, midday to 21:30 (except public holidays).
You can look out for bio&bio locations throughout Croatia, and in Zagreb alone there are eight locations. They’re an organic market with an online store and offer a range of produce, specialty foods, nutritional supplements, cosmetics and eco friendly cleaning supplies. They have coffee shops at two of their Zagreb locations (Oktogon and Radnička). We stopped by their Oktogon location for some lovely iced coffee and really enjoyed it. I can also recommend their new ‘Blue Majik’ smoothie made from blue spirulina. They also serve fresh juices and smoothies, handmade vegan sandwiches, strudels, cakes and fair trade coffee.
Honorable Mentions: Sri Lankan Curry Bowl and Green Point
My two honorable mentions are both inexpensive and vegan friendly. Sri Lankan Curry Bowl have vegan options on their menu and their staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Most of the time, you just need to ask for no yogurt.
Green Point is a vegetarian fast food shop that has vegan falafel, seitan and tofu burgers, stirfries, sandwiches and shakes. They’re great if you want a quick bite on the go.
ZAGREB THRIFT SHOPPING
Zagreb is home to nine main thrift stores, seven of which are part of the same chain, Textile House. Textile House is a chain of thrift stores in Europe, (I visited them in Košice, Slovakia too). You can find them throughout Croatia, Slovakia, Czechia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. If you’re pressed for time, I recommend focusing on Ulični Ormar and the Textile Houses closest to where you are. I liked the Good Stuff store (there’s also a Good Stuff store in Split), but you can skip it if you’re on a tight schedule.
Good Stuff is located across Sava River at this address: Trg Ivana Meštrovića 1j, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia. It has a great collection of both men and women’s clothing at very affordable prices. The shop is well organized, clean and has a nice vibe. The staff are quite friendly and helpful, which is not always common in Croatia. Plus, you can pay in either cash or by card.
Ulični Ormar (“Street Closet” in Croatian) is a small shop with vintage and retro second-hand clothes. They have both the physical store in a fantastic central location, and an online shop. You can select the English version of their website. They have a bespoke range of dresses, shirts, skirts, coats, jackets and more. This store will be perfect for you if you love retro fashion and everything is in great condition. The shop itself has gorgeous decor, a beautiful ambiance and lovely staff. In regards to money, this is the priciest thrift shop in Zagreb, and they accept cash or card.
Just down the street from Ulični Ormar is one of Zagreb’s seven Textile House stores (the Franje Račkog location). All of the Textile House stores are your quintessential thrift shopping experience, sometimes you’ll find hidden gems and other times, nothing is of interest. You definitely can strike it lucky and find some great quality, brand name garment for pennies but you will have to do some digging. The stores all get new shipments each week, so take advantage and dive in!
Thanks for reading my guide to Zagreb. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself, and got lots of inspiration on how to make your visit a blast. You can check out my other vegan travel guides here. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave me a comment 🙂
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