From Kaptol we walk through a small passage and arrive at Dolac Market which is basically next door. This is the main market of Zagreb and I loved its atmosphere. You can buy groceries here as well as arts and crafts, original Chanel perfume (see General tip for more) as well as fake and tacky stuff. Underneath the open air market there's the market hall where you can buy cheese, meat and fish. No surprise this place is called the "belly of Zagreb".
Don't miss to take a stroll over Croatia's famous farmer market Dolac. The farmers from the surrounding villages offer a wide selection of high quality products.
All kinds of fruits and vegetables are sold at the outside stalls, whereas meat, cheese and fish can be found in the Dolac Market Halls. The market is opened every day except on Sundays.
The Dolac Market is situated only 50 metres off the main town square (Jelacic Square).
Just up from the main square (trg Bana J. Jalacica) by the stairs you will find the colourful Dolac market. To the back of the market square there are the touristy stalls which sell souvenirs. But actually the market itself is for the locals to buy fresh produce. Downstairs you will find the meat etc. sections.
Great selection of fresh seafood from Adriatic
If you come early enough, the variety is stunning, fresh scampi crawling over tables.
Lumps of frozen fish available from other seas, but we prefer local and fresh products, don't we?
Dolac is a large outdoor market, where (primarily older) Zagreb locals buy fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, housewares - you name it. There are hundreds of stalls, and it's a great place to pick up some fresh fruit or baked goods. There are also a few stalls that sell traditional Croatian crafts, including lace tablecloths and placemat/napkin sets and little tchotchkes. I purchased a beautiful red and white checkered woven tablecloth here. Don't be afraid to bargain for an item - it is expected. Dolac is fun to stroll through - it's a good place to see the older population of Zagreb in action.
This main market is "the belly of Zagreb". The open air fruit and vegetable market is open 7 days a week and sits above an enclosed market below. Downstairs a variety of meats and cheeses are avaliable - the smell of which is unique.
I met a very sweet and delicately pretty girl Natasha, selling these savouries.
Her stall is parallel to the stairs leading you into Dolac market, just at the very top of the stairs.
She fries the cute balls and places them in plastic cups, then you sprinkle icing sugar and squirt some chocolate over them, and munch away.
Natasha is a student, and works shifts. She is so polite and mild-mannered.
Here's the best bit: the 10 kuna price goes towards a humanitarian cause - a centre for battered women!! How noble is that? Way to go Natasha ;)
Fresh, aromatic, tempting fruits and vegetables.
Several stalls selling souvenirs too.
One should sample the Balkan feature - Burek, the heavy pastry with stuffing (cheese being the favoured choice, but other varieties are also available, eg spinach).
Fish market is located off the side, in an indoor storehouse, full of variety!
This is a colourful and vibrant square, bustling with activity.
You'll find stalls of fruit-sellers, florists, vegetables, and even cheese 'specialists'.
I bought a 1/2 round slab of salted sheep's cheese. The gent had 4 varieties:
1. salted sheep's
2. unsalted sheep's
3. salted goat's
4. unsalted goat's
He would let you sample all four - in fact I liked all of them :)
The fresh fish is in a large enclosed hall - stacked with variety!
There are fast-food stalls (for burek!), bakeries, and even souvenir stalls encircling the square.
Just opposite Natasha's stall is this bakery, one of many in Dolac, from where I bought a chunky, filling cheese burek, and 2 round loaves of corn bread (kukuruzni kruh).
The bread was a novelty for me, I enjoyed eating it with the sheep's cheese I'd purchased earlier :)
The burek was 11 kunas, and a loaf was 8 kunas each.
The Dolac Market is the place where the farmers or small producers from surrounding villages sell their leafy greens and fleshy meats. There are old cafés and bar stools surround the shopping stands to sit and dirnk or eat something. In the Dolac market you can find meat , fresh produces or cheese, herbs, nuts, grains, olives, fish and all the food that you need. The red umbrellas give to the market a brilliant and beautiful look.
I adore going to markets. The Dolac is no exception. Bought 1 kg of pears to compensate for the oily breakfast! Under the Dolac, there are stalls that sell cheese, meat (fresh or cure), pastries and so much more. It reminds me of the Budapest Central market.
Found a little stall just by to the left of the lower ground entrance that sells nice pastries and sandwiches called "Burek". Don't mind the dourness of the stall keeper, as the rolls are tasty.
Zagreb's main market is at Dolac, near Jelacic Square. An impressive statue of Petrica Kerempuh, a Croatian writer and entertainer, stands at the top of the steps overlooking the market.
Zagreb's famous market is where you can get all your fruit and veg alongside the locals. You can also find some stalls selling tourist things. The fish and meat market can be found indoors.
There is a really good market just behind Trg bana Jelacica. Sells just about anything and a good place to buy food if you've a long train journey coming up!