Despite being the capital of Croatia, Zagreb is often overlooked by travellers in favour of the sea, sun and sand that lines the Adriatic Sea. But this gem-city has so much to offer travellers, from diverse history and culture to innovative food, lively nightlife and lush and verdant nature.
But finding the best neighbourhood to stay in Zagreb can be time-consuming. Which is exactly why we put together this guide for where to stay in Zagreb.
In this Zagreb neighbourhood guide, we break down the best places to stay based on what you want to do. So whether you’re looking to party, eat, relax or dive deep into history, we’ve got everything you need to know – and MORE – to find the Zagreb accommodation of your dreams.
Let’s get right to it – here are our best recommendations for where to stay in Zagreb, Croatia.
Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Zagreb
- Where to stay in Zagreb for your first time – Lower Town
- Where to stay in Zagreb on a budget – Kaptol
- The best area to stay in Zagreb for nightlife – Upper Town
- The coolest place to stay in Zagreb – Britanski trg
- Best neighbourhood in Zagreb for families – Jarun
In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:
- Explore Zrinjevac Square.
- Marvel at the stunning Croatian National Theatre.
- Stop and smell the roses at the Botanical Garden.
Table of Contents
- Where to Stay in Zagreb
- Zagreb Neighbourhood Guide
- Zagreb’s 5 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in
- #1 Lower Town – Where to Stay in Zagreb for Your First Time
- #2 Kaptol – Where to Stay in Zagreb on a Budget
- #3 Upper Town – Where to Stay in Zagreb for Nightlife
- #4 Britanski trg – Coolest Place to Stay in Zagreb
- #5 Jarun – Where to Stay in Zagreb for Families
Where to Stay in Zagreb
Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Zagreb.
Best Hostel in Zagreb: Chillout Hostel Zagreb
Chillout Hostel is our favourite hostel in Zagreb because it offers social accommodations at the heart of the city. This hostel has an unbeatable location and is close to bars, restaurants, sightseeing and museums. It offers a long list of FREE features, including wifi, walking tours, breakfast, linens and more.
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Best Hotel in Zagreb: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
The Esplanade Hotel is centrally located in Lower Town, the best area in Zagreb to stay in for sightseeing. This luxurious five-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities and elegant décor. It also provides a gym, rooftop terrace, sauna and restaurant, which is why it’s our favourite hotel in Zagreb.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Zagreb Neighbourhood Guide
Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Zagreb
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Zagreb is a gem-city for travellers.
It is the capital and largest city in Croatia and home to a great variety of museums and art galleries, as well as bars, restaurants and some of the best cafés in Europe.
Zagreb is home to numerous diverse neighbourhood and districts. To help you plan your travels, this guide will look at the best areas to stay in Zagreb based on your interests, budget and needs.
The Lower Town neighbourhood (Donji Grad) makes up one half of Zagreb’s city centre. It is home to grandiose streets, lush parks, and plenty of historic attractions and landmarks. Because of this, Lower Town wins our vote for the best neighbourhood in Zagreb to stay in for sightseeing and exploring.
The other half of the city centre is Upper Town (Gornji Grad). One of the most historic parts of the city, Upper Town is packed with tourist attractions, architectural wonders, restaurants and cafes. It’s also home to some of the best bars and clubs, which is why it’s our top choice for the best area in Zagreb to stay in for nightlife.
Kaptol is a subsection of Upper Town and it’s where you’ll find a high concentration of hostels and good value hotels. Because of this, it wins our vote for where to stay in Zagreb for one night or if you’re on a budget.
Set west of the city centre is Britanski trg (British Square). One of the coolest places to stay in Zagreb, Britanski trg has hip hangouts, cosy cafes, trendy restaurants and quirky shops.
And finally, southwest of the city centre is Jarun. Centred on a massive artificial lake, Jarun is our pick for where to stay with kids because you can run, jump, play and get back to nature.
Zagreb’s 5 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in
Now, let’s take a look, in more detail, at Zagreb’s best neighbourhoods. Each is a little different from the last, so be sure to read each section carefully and pick the neighbourhood that’s right for you!
Lower Town is a lively and historic district that makes up one half of central Zagreb. It is characterized by its grand streets and avenues, its spacious green parks and its stunning Austro-Hungarian architecture.
This part of the city is packed with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, bars and cafes. Because there’s so much to see, do and experience in Lower Town, it is our number one pick for where to stay if you’re visiting for the first time.
Things to See and Do in Lower Town
– Dance the night away at SPUNK.
– Drink cocktails at the atmospheric Bacchus Jazz Bar.
– Enjoy a lively night out at colourful and quirky Kino Gric.
– Experience the incredible Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.
– Explore Zrinjevac Square.
– Go for a stroll through the lush and expansive Lenuci Horseshoe.
– Hang out and drink local beers at the Bikers Beer Factory.
– Marvel at the stunning Croatian National Theatre.
– Party from dusk until dawn at Alcatraz.
– Sip a coffee or a cocktail at Dezman Bar.
– Stop and smell the roses at the Botanical Garden.
Best Hostel in Lower Town: AdriaticTrainHostel
This unique hostel is one of the best places to stay in Zagreb if you’re on a budget. Set at the centre of the city, it offers easy access to popular tourist attractions, landmarks, restaurants and shops. This hostel has private and shared cabins, free wifi, and plenty of common spaces.View on HostelWorld
Best Hotel in Lower Town: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
The Esplanade Hotel is centrally located in Lower Town. This luxurious five-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities and elegant décor. It also provides a gym, rooftop terrace, sauna and restaurant, which is why it’s our favourite hotel in Zagreb.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Best Hotel in Lower Town: Best Western Premier Hotel
The Best Western Hotel is ideally located for exploring the city. It is situated in one of Zagreb’s best neighbourhoods and is within walking distance of popular tourist attractions and landmarks. Rooms are modern and well-equipped with private bathrooms, TVs, minibars and there are also two delicious restaurants on-site.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
The Kaptol neighbourhood is located north of the city centre. Once separated from Upper Town by Krvavi Most (Bloody Bridge), Kaptol is today part of the Upper Town with just a narrow street dividing the two areas.
Kaptol is the historic religious centre of Zagreb. It’s where you’ll find the stunning and iconic Zagreb Cathedral as well as several excellent galleries and museums, including the Zagreb City Museum.
This area of town is also our top pick for where to stay in Zagreb on a budget. Dotted throughout the winding cobblestone streets is a great selection of hostels, hotels and apartments that offer fantastic accommodation at a great price.
Things to See and Do in Kaptol
– Browse more than 140,000 artefacts at the Croatian Natural History Museum.
– Delve deep into history at the Zagreb City Museum.
– Dine on delicious local dishes at Nokturno.
– Drink cocktails and enjoy a few sweet treats at Corner Bar.
– Enjoy excellent local beers at Pivnica Mali Medo.
– Experience the Museum of Broken Relationships.
– Feast on excellent Italian fare at Capuciner.
– Indulge in tasty creations at Kob Mike.
– Marvel at the architecture and design of the Zagreb Cathedral.
– Sip a glass of wine in one of the oldest wine cellars in Zagreb at Vinoteka Bornstein.
Best Hostel in Kaptol: Kaptol Hostel
This deluxe hostel is one of the best places to stay in Zagreb. It offers deluxe shared and private rooms with beautiful decor and modern amenities. This hostel has free wifi, clean rooms, and breakfast is included with each reservation.View on HostelWorld
Best Hotel in Kaptol: Hotel Jadran Zagreb
This excellent hotel offers comfortable and clean rooms at the heart of the city – and all for a great price. Set in one of the best areas to stay in Zagreb, this hotel is close to popular tourist attractions, restaurants and shops. It has modern rooms, a terrace and a stylish bar.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Best Guesthouse in Kaptol: Rooms Zagreb 17
This excellent four-star property is one of our top picks for where to stay in Zagreb for one night. This guesthouse has stylish and modern rooms with private bathrooms. Guests can also enjoy free wifi, on-site bike rentals, a swimming pool and laundry facilities.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Upper Town is a popular and historic district that makes up half of the city centre (along with Lower Town). It is the historical and cultural centre of the city and is where you’ll find excellent museums, churches, bars, cafes and shops.
But there’s more to Upper Town than history and legend. This winding maze of cobblestone streets is also where you’ll find some of the most vivid and vivacious nightlife in town. From buzzing cafes and lively pubs to boisterous dance floors and serious rock clubs, Upper Town is packed with plenty of after-dark fun and adventure.
Things to See and Do in Upper Town
– Choose from a wide range of beers at Pivnica Pinta.
– Drink Rakhia, a type of schnapps, and dance the night away at Rakhia Bar.
– Enjoy afternoon drinks at Vinyl.
– Explore the Gric Tunnel, a WWII bomb shelter.
– Feast on a sweet treat from The Cookie Factory.
– Indulge in delicious goulash at Ozujsko Pub Tkalca.
– Sample a vast array of local brews at Tolkien’s House.
– Sip cool and refreshing beers at Ceh Pub.
– Spend a night at TESLA New Generation.
Best Hostel in Upper Town: Chillout Hostel Zagreb
Chillout Hostel is our favourite hostel in Zagreb because it offers social accommodations at the heart of the city. This hostel has an unbeatable location and is close to bars, restaurants, sightseeing and museums. It offers a long list of FREE features, including wifi, walking tours, breakfast, linens and more.View on HostelWorld
Best Hotel in Upper Town: Hotel Jagerhorn
This three-star hotel is strategically located in Upper Town, our best recommendation for where to stay in Zagreb for nightlife. You’ll be within walking distance of great bars and clubs as well as tourist attractions and historic landmarks. This hotel has 18 rooms, free wifi and a beautiful rooftop terrace.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Best Hotel in Upper Town: Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb
This four-star hotel is an excellent option for Zagreb accommodation. It is situated at the heart of the city and is surrounded by exciting things to see and do. Its rooms are well-equipped with modern amenities and each has its own private bathroom. Guests can enjoy free wifi and delicious meals at the in-house restaurant.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
The small neighbourhood of Britanski trg wins our vote for the coolest place to stay in Zagreb because of its awesome location and an excellent array of things to see, do and eat.
Tucked away on the west side of Upper Town, Britanski trg is Zagreb’s unofficial hipster district. Here you can rub shoulders with Zagreb’s literati and party with the city’s young, hip and fabulous popular at one of the area’s many popular bars.
This area is also well-connected through Zagreb via bus and tram, so whether you’re looking to pop into the city centre or get back to nature, Britanski trg is a fantastic base for all your Zagreb adventures.
Things to See and Do in Britanski trg
– Dine on delicious fare at Zrno bio bistro.
– Enjoy great beers at Pivnica Medvedgrad Ilica.
– Grab a delicious snack at The Brick: Booze and bites bar.
– Have your mind blown at Muzej iluzija – the Museum of Illusions Zagreb.
– Rub elbows with Zagreb’s young literati at Caffe Bar Sedmica.
– Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from SteviQ Bar.
– Sing, dance and party your heart out at Rock Club Pracka.
– Sink your teeth into a flavourful and savoury slice at Pizzeria 6.
– Sip drinks at the Swanky Monkey Garden Bar.
– Start your day with an amazing cup of coffee from Eliscaffe.
Best Hostel in Britanski trg: Whole Wide World Hostel & Bar
Created by backpackers, for backpackers, this hostel is one of the coolest places to stay in Zagreb. They offer comfy beds, clean bathrooms and a whole host of awesome activities and events, like free pancake nights, pub quizzes and beer pong tournaments. Guests can also enjoy a free hot breakfast every morning.View on HostelWorld
Best Guesthouse in Britanski trg: Guest House Ilicki Plac
This guesthouse is conveniently located in Britanski trg, the best neighbourhood to stay in Zagreb for hipsters and trendsetters. It is close to a myriad of tourist attractions as well as clubs and restaurants. Each room comes complete with a private bathroom and refrigerator. There’s also free bike rentals, a swimming pool and wifi.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Best B&B in Britanski trg: Lobagola B&B
This stately bed and breakfast is located a short walk from trendy Britanski trg, one of the best places to stay in Zagreb. It provides easy access throughout Zagreb and is close to restaurants, shops, museums and bars. Comprised of six rooms, this B&B has a swimming pool, free wifi and offers a delicious breakfast each day.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Jarun is a large, residential neighbourhood located in western Zagreb. It is our number one pick for where to stay in Zagreb with kids because it offers so many incredible things to see and do.
At the heart of the neighbourhood is Jarun Lake. This massive man-made lake, also known as the Zagreb Sea, is surrounded by lush parklands and verdant landscapes. The lake offers visitors clear and calm waters perfect for swimming, boating or trying out new watersports, like wakeboarding.
In Jarun, you’ll also find an excellent selection of cafes and restaurant, perfect for indulging in a sweet treat or savouring a few local dishes and delicacies.
Things to See and Do in Jarun
– Swim in the clear calm waters of Jarun Lake.
– Hit the beach and work on your tan.
– Run, jump, laugh and play at the Jarun children’s’ playground.
– Rent a paddleboat and cruise along the waters of Lake Jarun.
– Feast on delicious homemade pasta at Il Secondo.
– Start your day with a great cup of coffee from Caffe bar Ae.
– Indulge in local dishes at Pri Zvoncu.
– Eat a big, juicy and succulent burger from Burger Bar Zagreb.
– Enjoy a delicious lunch with a great view at Jarunski Dvori.
Best Apartment in Jarun: New Point Zagreb
This excellent three-star property is one of the best places in Zagreb to stay for families because it has clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation. The apartment comes complete with air conditioning, a full kitchen, a private bathroom and a terrace. It’s also close to Jarun Lake and provides easy access to the city centre.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Best Apartments in Jarun: Art Lake Apartments
Located in lush Jarun, this is one of our top picks for where to stay in Zagreb with kids. It is conveniently located and is well connected throughout the city. Comprised of three apartments, this property has free wifi, a swimming pool, a terrace and modern amenities.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Best Apartment in Jarun: Apartment Fifty Shades Of Greay
This bright and modern apartment is situated in Jarun, the best neighbourhood in Zagreb to stay in for families. It is close to stunning Jarun Lake and is a short drive to the centre of the city. This apartment comes complete with a full kitchen and dining area, comfortable beds, and a swimming pool.View on Booking.com View on HotelsCombined View on Agoda
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Zagreb
Zagreb is an incredible city with so much to offer. It has a rich history, diverse culture, stunning architecture and plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars. From Upper Town to the shores of Lake Jarun, Zagreb is bursting with excitement, energy, fantasy and fun.
In this guide, we’ve looked at the best places to stay in Zagreb. If you’re still not sure which is right for you, here’s a quick recap of our favourite accommodations.
Chillout Hostel Zagreb is our favourite hostel because it has a social atmosphere, modern amenities and a central location. It also offers a whole host of free activities and features, which means you can save even more money during your time in Zagreb.
Another great option is the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel because it is close to popular tourist attractions, restaurants and shops, and boasts a fantastic array of features, like a gym, terrace and swimming pool.
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