Manufacture and traditional craft have always been an integral part of Zagreb’s history, and even though handmade items of clothes and jewellery are slowly being replaced by cheap industrial ones, you can still find small workshops in the centre where generations and generations of people have been doing the same thing for years and years, with unmatched skill and love.
Visiting these shops will take you back in time, and the storeowners will gladly share with you stories you wouldn’t be able to hear anywhere else.
You’ll follow your guide to the oldest bakery in Zagreb, dating back to 1925. The owners have developed delicious recipes over time, using special types of flour, and we all know that nothing beats the smell of freshly baked homemade bread.
Once you’ve soaked up all the fragrances in the bakery, it’s time for something more visual – artisan jewellery. Talented minds behind these unique pieces will tell you something about their creative processes, and, in the highly unlikely case you don’t find something you already like, they can make something designed especially for you.
Next stop is the leather factory where you can purchase a pair of top quality gloves that will definitely come in handy if you visit Zagreb during winter.
Finally, you can end your tour in a specialty coffee store, where they roast their own coffee, and once you taste it, you’ll realize why Croatians appreciate their coffee so much.
This wonderfully unique 3-hour tour can be booked on Viator, starting at €35. The pace is moderate, so don’t worry if you haven’t ridden a bike in a long time, your patient and skilled guide will adapt the tour to fit everyone’s needs.