Shopping in Zagreb
Zagreb is a good shopping city, with many international and local brands dotting the city centre. Ilica Street is the main shopping drag, and for those who prefer shopping centres, Centar Kaptol is just a short stroll from the main square Trg Bana Jelačića. Zagreb also boasts numerous open-air and sheltered markets throughout the city.
Fashion buffs can shop in Escada, Gundulićeva 15, and Mango, Ilica 20. Other big European brands are also represented along Ilica and Vlaška, which run west and east respectively off Trg Bana Jelačića. Souvenir shops line Trg Svetog Marka (St. Mark's Square).
The highlight of shopping in Zagreb has to be a visit to Dolac, the market on the north side of Trg Bana Jelačića, open Monday to Friday 0630-1500 (Saturday and Sunday 0630-1300). Colourful stalls vending fruit, vegetables and flowers set up on the raised piazza outside, while an indoor area below displays meats and dairy products. Visitors looking for reasonably priced souvenirs and gifts should check out the craft stalls behind the fruit and vegetable section.
The most traditional department store in Zagreb is Nama, Ilica 6, but other popular shopping centres include Branimir Centar, at Branomirova 29, and Centar Kaptol, Nova ves 17.
Shops in Zagreb are generally open Monday to Friday 0900-1900 and Saturday 0900-1300.
Great Zagreb souvenirs include a ‘Croata’ tie (ties apparently originate in Croatia) or some local produce from Dolac Market. Croatian wines, rakija (fruit brandy), olive oil and truffle products also make perfect presents. Purchase them in Bornstein (www.bornstein.hr), Kaptol 19, a charming vaulted brick cellar in Gornji grad. For quirky and fun creations by local designers, check out Take Me Home (www.takemehome.hr) at Tomićeva 4.
The standard VAT rate in Croatia is 25%.
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