Just east of Zagreb’s main square, a formerly bland residential neighborhood has been transformed into the creative hub of the Croatian capital. Along its principal thoroughfare, Marticeva, and the streets around it, artsy cafes, bookstores, boutiques and design studios have moved into storefronts that once sold auto parts. The micro-cultural revolution was spearheaded in 2004 by the cafe-literary club Booksa, which drew creative types to the area.
Thanks to a fusion of culinary influences, the Croatian coast and hinterland provide some of the best, most varied gastronomic traditions in Europe. Here are six specialties you must taste along the country’s mainland—not to mention while hopping among its 1,100 islands.
You may have heard of concierges who specialize in pillows, but what about a soap concierge? Or a pet concierge? To please the pickiest of guests, hotels around the world are increasingly adding one-of-a-kind services. From tracking down vintage sneakers in New York to helping find your relatives in Ireland, these are the most unusual hotel services that will add unforgettable flair to your stay.