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Zagreb – Le Figaro Praises the Capital of Croatia

9 November 2011 No Comment

“The Croatian capital is an excellent weekend destination”, was recently published in the French daily newspaper Le Figaro.

Zagreb with its double identity – a unique blend of Slavic and Mediterranean culture of life presents a unique picture that should definitely be discovered. Its traditional appearance, the history of the city and its unique flavor, according to the newspaper Le Figaro, have in recent years been enriched by an important novelty – a magnificent building of the Museum of Contemporary Art, because of which Zagreb should be taken seriously as the new art center of the whole region.

“The Museum of Arts and Crafts has just opened a fascinating exhibition dedicated to Art Deco between 1925 and 1939 in central Europe”, writes Le Figaro and among the exhibits mentions the sculptures of “the great Meštrović”.

In the article, the French daily praises the “enchanting beauty” of the Upper Town and refers to the Lower Town as a “manifesto of historicism”, where the Strossmayer gallery with the old masters in the neo- Renaissance palace is worth a visit.

Le Figaro recommends some of Zagreb’s restaurants and bars and cheese and sour cream on the markets, while among Zagreb hotels it mentions the Regent Esplanade as “the most beautiful hotel in Zagreb”, which is also party dedicated to Art Deco.

Zagreb, stated further in the article, seems perfectly preserved in the “green horseshoe” of gardens and parks that surround the historic center. In addition to the well known observations in which the author expresses her impressions of her stroll through the Upper Town or the Dolac market, she mentions that life on the streets, especially during the warm months, is extremely lively.

In culinary terms, as the introductory spot for exploring local wines, she pointed out the winery ‘Bornstein’, ‘Balthazar’ restaurant and bistro ‘Amphora’ under the arcades of Dolac, where during the day, the older locals from Zagreb tend to gather.

For shopping, she lists two unavoidable addresses, the flea market on Sunday morning on Britanski Trg, and the store Sheriff & Cherry, where you can buy original Croatian ‘Startas’ sneakers.

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