Croatian cuisine is predominantly meat-heavy, but that doesn’t mean veggies will go hungry in the capital. A small crop of eateries are providing wholesome and delicious alternatives to meat, making salads a thing of the past! So check out the 5 top Vegetarian restaurants in Zagreb:
Zrno Bio Bistro
Hidden behind Kota, this smart bright bistro serves up dedicated vegan fare, with the accent on wok, noodle and pasta-based recipes. Ingredients are sourced from a local organic farm. There is a reasonable choice of desserts and the courtyard setting provides something of a calming oasis in this busy downtown neighbourhood.
This tiny vegetarian restaurant is three tram stops east of the main square. It is a fabulous place for those looking for something besides mixed-grill platters. There are delicious vegetarian and vegan daily menus – soup, salad, vegetables and grains – in the 55kn-60kn range. You can also order à-la-carte dishes: pastas, veggie burgers, smoked tofu lasagne. Pancakes for dessert are made with healthy wholemeal flour. They also do a good range of freshly squeezed juices.
This classy vegetarian restaurant transplanted its winning formula to Zagreb in January 2014. It occupies a light-filled first floor room in an off-street courtyard. The menu is varied and flavoursome, so if you are with non-vegans they won’t feel as if their dining choices have been limited by eating here. Subtle use of Indian, Asian and Mexican spices provide the main courses. There’s a salad bar with lots of pulses and grains, and the healthy message even extends to the alcohol – organic wines from eastern Croatia and small-brewery beer from San Servolo in Istria.
This snack bar is diagonally opposite Kino Europa is arguably the capital’s leading exponent of fast food. Burgers are made from tofu, seitan and hemp (quite spicy) and are the big sellers, although the salads, Asian-spiced wok dishes and cups of soup (including an excellent recent menu addition – Russian borscht) are well worth trying. And if you can’t get enough of the hemp, it also features as an ingredient in Green Point’s long list of excellent shakes.
A solid choice for vegetarians, Gajbica is a fast food restaurant with a cheap, cheerful and mostly meat-free menu. Dishes change daily, but Gajbica is brilliant at coming up with inventive salads, veggie sandwiches and deliciously gooey vegan cakes – a far cry from the usual dry, dairy-free vegan desserts. They are also have a small grocers department – so you will find fresh fruit and vegetables for sale as well as health food ingredients and colourful pressed juices.