Open city markets, Zagreb
A joy for many of you who have moved into the mega-super market stage of human development is Zagreb's fresh take on the situation - open air markets. Grandma loves to bring her best goodies here for you to purchase and consume every day. Locals utilise the farmer's market for purchasing almost all of their groceries and Zagreb's home to quite a few of them. All feature completely natural products from Croatia and operate every day of the week. Get there early to ensure that you see the freshest and most extensive collection. At the end of the day, good bargains present themeselves.
What to buy: Open 07:00 - 16:00, Sat 07:00 - 12:00, Sun 07:00 - 12:00
What to pay: The best burgain is coming to Dolac after noon, close to 1pm, "kumice" (lady sellers) are already nervous and anxtious to go home. That's the time to get cheapest possible prices.
There is a small but still vibrant open air market on Ilica near Hotel Ilica (at around Ul. Ilica 100) that operates most days. You can find a wide variety of produce items here, although there will be heavy representation of whatever is in season when you're in Zagreb. There are also a few stands that have dried good and the like, so you needn't worry about buying only fresh fruit that will then bruise or go mushy if you're walking around in the heat.
What to buy: Fruits, vegetables, dried foods.
What to pay: Cheaper than a supermarket
great open air market with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and souvenirs. very colorful place, not only in terms of produce, but people. this is also a good chance to interact with local people, who are very hospitable and have great memories for faces. the guy I had bought strawberries from recognized me on the spot and didn't forget to ask whether I liked the ones I had bought couple days ago. for sure I bought the strawberries from him the second time :)
What to buy: anything your eye or soul is craving for. It was the strawberry season, so I couldn't resist ;)
What to pay: don't remember, but it seemed very reasonable
There are many mega-super markets in the town, however, Dolac - open air farmer's market - is kind of institution, especially on the weekends. Locals utilise the farmer's market for purchasing almost all of their groceries, completely natural products. Get there early to ensure that you see the freshest and most extensive products. At the end of the day, good bargains present themselves.
Actually the square where Dolac is isn't a sqaure but the roof of the market hall. If you go downstairs you will find the market hall where you can buy fresh cheese, meat etc.
What to buy: The local specialty is cottage cheese mixed with sour cream. I really enjoyed this. You can buy it here already mixed but of course you can mix it yourself, too.
Dolac is the main market of Zagreb and it's located right next to Trg bana Jelacica. It has a very nice atmosphere and apparently vegetables are cheapest here.
What to buy: You can't only buy lots of fresh fruit and vegetables here but also some arts and crafts like the typical Licitar hearts.
What to pay: Less than in a supermarket
The flower market is situated on Petar Preradovic Square, which is locally called Cvjetni trg (the Flower Square), due to the colourful flowers displayed on the stalls and filling the air with their sweet smell.
It is long tradition and habbit in Zagreb to donate the flowers when meeting firends. Moreover, you cannot miss to donate the flowers first time you have date with the girl.
This square just a short walk from the main square, Trg bana Jelacic is jam-packed with all sorts of flower vendors, although not as many as used to be here before the '80s when the more traditional flower market was ended. You'll also find a Serbian Orthodox Church (Pravoslavna crkva) here as well as a statue of Petar Preradovic, an ethnic Serb who was a military general and a poet of the 19th century.
Dolac is Zagreb's open air market. Found smack dab in the middle of this modern city. You can find fresh produce there if it strikes your fancy to tour the streets munching on a fresh apple or peach or pear or, or, or....
But we did not know till later what was hidden here. The pamphlet that we picked up said the following: The open market square, covered with fruit and vegetable stalls is actually the ceiling of the indoor area of the market. The Square was built in 1926.
If we walked on the ceiling that means that UNDER us was the real market. This we missed, guess we gotta return and check this out.
The fish market is located at the farmer's Market and is indoors. You can't miss it, follow your nose.
I was not too terribly impressed with the quality of the products. Most of it is frozen and is not unusual as Zagreb is some distance from the coast.
Thanks to VT member croisbeauty for correcting me on one item. According to him you can purchase fresh fish early in the morning. It was almost noon when I came through here so obviously I did not see the best products.
What to pay: I did not ask how many clams it would take to get some frozen squid, should have though.
This market is open every day and offers the best in fresh fruit and veggies around. I walked through and was fascinated with all the haggling and bartering that I saw. I sure wish you could beat'em up on price like this at Ralph's Supermarket in LA.
What to pay: Not a lot. I bought two fresh, vine ripened tomatoes for less than .50 Euro.
In one hall underneath Dolac market there's the fish market. So if you need some fish go there, close your nose and buy some fishy stuff!
What to buy: Fish maybe?
What to pay: Dunno. Don't like fish ;)