There are many wonderful reasons to visit the city of Zagreb. From the local culture and tasty cuisine to the stunning displays of Eastern European architecture, there is plenty to see in Croatia’s bustling capital city. However, there is one particular spot that travelers definitely shouldn’t miss: The city’s famous Dolac Market. Frequented by locals and visitors alike, this spot is one of the most beloved places in the city center, and for good reason. Whether you’re a major foodie or a lover of marketplaces, Dolac Market is a true urban gem.
Conveniently situated next to Ban Jelačić Square, Dolac Market is not your typical tourist attraction. Built back in 1930, Dolac is an open-air market that has been delighting and serving the city’s residents for many decades. A farmer’s market at its core, Dolac is frequented mainly by locals, so it doesn’t feature many of the showy tourist traps that are often found at major city marketplaces. The market is split into an upper section and a lower section. In the upper section, shoppers can find fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, and flowers. One can also find a couple of local souvenir stands in this section. The lower part of the market features fresh meats, fish, and cheeses, which are all kept cool and out of the hot Croatian sun. The lower market also offers visitors some charming bakeries and fresh pasta stands.
For visitors coming to Dolac Market in the early hours of the day, a delicious breakfast Burek, a cheese-filled pastry, is the perfect way to start your morning. Then, head upstairs to the upper market, where there is plenty of fresh fruit for dessert. The market’s hours are from 7 am until 3 pm, except for Sundays, when it closes at 1 pm. Whether you visit Dolac Market in the morning or in the afternoon, just make sure you come with an appetite and a sense of adventure.