When we first moved to Zagreb, I found myself a bit intimidated by the people… I knew basically nothing in Croatian and on the surface people seemed unfriendly to me (maybe because I was butchering their language!) As the months passed, I came to realize that I’d failed to understand their culture. We’ve learned that relationships and friendships here take time… The same people I felt so nervous trying to speak Croatian with, are the same people today who kiss our cheeks, hold my babies, ask how we are, tell me stories about their kids and grandkids and exchange recipes. Part of what I love about going to the market throughout the week is talking with the same ladies and families I’ve been buying from over the past two years. This is also the place where I’ve become the most confident chatting and making mistakes (many, many, ha!) in Croatian and learning new vocabulary because of it.
It is without a doubt my favorite place in all of grad Zagreb, so I thought it would be fun to take you with me today!
Homemade fresh cheeses… even though I’ve had it a million times now, I’ll never pass up an “izvolite!” to try each kind again. I took home one of the large domes for the equivalent of $2!
10 kuna / $1.50 for a bouquet
I brought home a big bouquet of my beloved peonies (called božuri here) for $4, happy day!!
If you ever come to Zagreb, please take time to slowly sit at one of the outdoor cafes for coffee and walk through the markets. You’ll be so glad you did!
I hope you have a beautiful weekend!