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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Zagreb is complete without tasting the traditional Zagreb food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Zagreb to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Börek: a thin flaky dough, filled with cheese, minced meat, or vegetables.
  • Kulen: a type of flavoured sausage made of minced pork.
  • Pancetta: salt dried pork belly, typically seasoned with nutmeg, pepper, fennel, dried ground hot peppers and garlic.
  • Paprenjak: traditional Croatian biscuit, contains a unique mix of honey and black pepper.
  • Paški Sir: distinctively flavoured sheep milk cheese.
  • Štrukli: rolled pastry filled with cottage cheese, eggs and sour cream.



Main courses

  • Bakalar na Bijelo: cod fish with potatoes.
  • Blitva: made with Swiss chard and potatoes.
  • Ćevapi (Ćevapčići): they are made from two types of minced beef meat, hand mixed and formed with a funnel.
  • Čvarci: deep-fat frying of bacon.
  • Fritaja with Asparagus: asparagus fried with onions, stirred eggs and various other ingredients.
  • Gnocchi: various thick, soft dumplings.
  • Gulaš: soup or stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices.
  • Gyuvetch: beef and vegetable stew.
  • Kotlovina: pork chops and sausages are first fried and then stewed in wine and spices.
  • Krpice sa Zeljem: pasta with roasted cabbage.
  • Mlinci: thin dried flatbread.
  • Odojak: roast pork.
  • Pašticada: stewed beef dish cooked in special sauce.
  • Riblji Paprikaš: spicy Croatian fish stew.
  • Sarma: grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a filling usually based on minced meat.
  • Sataras: vegetable stew.
  • Šporki Makaruli: pasta mixed with meat sauce.
  • Stuffed Peppers: bell peppers (or a similar species) stuffed with pork, rice, onion, carrot and spices.
  • Zagrebački Odrezak (Zagreb Steak): veal steak stuffed with ham and cheese and grilled with breadcrumbs.
  • Žganci: dish made from maize, wheat or buckwheat flour, water, cooking oil and salt.


Fast food

  • Kebab: meat dish, served on the skewer or wrapped in bread with a salad and a dressing.
  • Pizza: an oven-baked, flat, disc-shaped bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese (usually mozzarella) and various toppings.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Caffè Lungo: coffee beverage made by using an espresso with much more water, resulting in a stretched espresso.
  • Sok Od Bazge: elderberry juice.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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