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Something curious about Zagreb is that there only few places where you can have something to eat and drink in the same place, like in Brazilian bakeries. Here you always find small bakeries – Pekarnica (pecárnitza) – where you can buy pastries, sandwiches or something sweet. Next door there will certainly be a café where you can sit and order coffee.

Where you drink
Where you drink

Some bigger bakery chains also offer coffee, and my suggestion is MLINAR (mlínar),  because the price is good, some work 24/7, the attendants speak English very well and the latte is really tasty. Do not miss the opportunity to buy some pastry, sit down in a good Coffee House and enjoy the pleasures of the city. Try the Fruit Beer, which have a sweeter taste and little alcohol; and the Rakijas (ráquias), a popular liquor made of fruit.

Tables on the street
Tables on the street

A delicatessen I recommend is Rauz(ráuj), two blocks west of Central Square. It is a beautiful place with cakes, sweets, pastry and delicious coffee!

Brazilian people, however, may not like the food – it is drier and less spicy. Beans, only in the countryside. If you are a fish lover, there is plenty for you! Having fish every Friday was a religious tradition, that has now become very popular. Of course there are other types of meat, but fish is the main dish.

No cash desks, the waiter receives the money
No cash desks, the waiter receives the money

Take Note

The city that seems to be expensive, but it is not. In Croatia the currency is not Euro as some might think, but Kuna. The most used notes are 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. There is also the notes of 500 and 1000, but are mostly used by Banks. The coins come in 1, 2 and 5. Kunas have a subdivision – Lipas – and just like the cents, 100 Lipas = 1Kn. Lipas come in coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50. When you see the prices on the menu, they may scare you at first: a beer costs KN 14,00 on average. If you convert it to Reais, it is about R$ 4,37 – cheaper than most pubs in Brazil. This is due to the economy of the country and the value of the currency. It may be odd in the beginning, but you get used to it.

In the pubs, do not look for the cash desk. There is none! Here, you either leave the money on the table by the ashtray, or give it to the waiter. To anything you order, you will be give a check with the price to pay and the amount of taxes at the bottom.

Important: if the waiter does not give you the check, you do not have to pay! This is a rula here in Croatia!

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Translated by Lúcia Maciel
English teacher

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