A guide to Gornji Grad in Zagreb

If you follow Zagreb’s old medieval wall along steep streets, you’ll come across Gornji Grad (Upper Town for everyone else). Spread across almost four miles, the district holds most of the oldest parts of Zagreb, as well as most of its main sights. St Mark’s Square, The Croatian Parliament and the city’s Cathedral (to name a few) are all located in Gornji grad, as is popular pedestrian street Tkalčićeva. From the first tie shop to beautiful panoramas, Gornji Grad’s fully pedestrianised streets make it ideal to wander around, exploring the remnants of the city’s medieval nucleus and discovering its newer (and sometimes quirkier) additions.

Where to eat and drink in Zagreb

Zagreb has undergone a fast rediscovery over the last couple of years. A steady investment in art, cultural incentives and gastronomy has made it more widely recognised, attracting visitors who may have traditionally favoured other popular Croatian areas such as Dubrovnik and Split. Come 2015, it’s a go-to city break destination. Whether it’s exploring the area’s mix of Austro-Hungarian architecture, learning how the medieval part of the city protected itself from witches or enjoying the local outdoor flower and meat markets, there’s something for everyone.

Yet one thing few visitors can resist is a place’s gastronomy. Zagreb is a year-round outdoor city, and with that comes a strong food and drink scene. Whilst your stomach may not be big enough to take them all in, I’ve rounded up a few key strongholds that represent the best of what the capital has to offer.

Exploring Savamala in Belgrade

“You have to go before it disappears. Who knows how much longer it will be there…”

The local’s remark was pessimistic and ever so foreboding, but that is what Belgrade’s residents have come to expect when talking about Savamala.  Lorries, dust and layers of street art hide an area that is desperate to get noticed under the incoming shadow of a €3bn riverside development that could end its culture.

A guide to Skadarlija

Only 300 metres away from Republic Square, Skadarlija in Belgrade is a world apart from the city’s busy centre.

We first came across it when our tour guide turned around a corner and started offering our group homemade rakija (a type of fruit brandy) to accompany her story about the painters and philosophers who previously inhabited the so called Bohemian quarter.

Whilst listening to her and choking on a drink that was 50% alcohol, I also noticed how much the cobbled streets and colourful flower pots contrasted with the concrete buildings and retail pedestrian areas I’d quickly associated with the rest of Belgrade.

Paris in 48 hours

About a year ago, my travel buddy/boy-person Lee and myself were just landing in Paris. He had the same green hoodie, I had messy bangs and the whole trip would become one of our best-shared memories.

As a child, my father always avoided capital cities: too much traffic, noise and hardly enough space for the 3-berth foldable caravan we always took on holiday. I watched on sadly as we missed every major city in Europe: Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin…and Paris. That last one probably hurt the most.

A budget-friendly guide to Capri

By many standards, a trip to the Amalfi Coast wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Capri. Whilst most of my previous notions of the island came from “It started in Naples”, I very much doubted I’d walk into a nightclub and find a half-dressed Sophia Loren singing ‘Americano’.

Film stereotyping aside, Capri’s reputation as an expensive shopping destination often eclipses its budget friendly sightseeing alternatives. With the highest cost involving a ferry ride to the island, this Capri guide will show you ways to enjoy the island and still leave with untouched euros.