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Conventional wisdom has it that Zagreb lies dormant in the summer months while life goes on elsewhere – namely, along the coast. But before you decide to bypass Croatia’s capital during your stay, take a look at a few of the things it offers.

While quieter than throughout the rest of the year, the city still has a steady supply of things to experience. Here are just five.

1. Spica

Café culture runs rampant in this capital city, its essence exemplified in the Saturday morning tradition of Spica, the ritualization of chatting with friends over coffee in one’s trendiest duds, on and around Cvjetni trg. Be there between 11 am and 2 pm.

2. Dolac

An army of red umbrellas visually defines Zagreb’s main market, open 6 am to 2 pm Sunday through Friday and 6 am through 3 pm Saturdays. Take part in the hustle and bustle and buy some of the freshest organic fruits and vegetables one can find.

3. Strossmarte

Gone are the years when Zagreb would sleep through the summer.  With 100 days of concerts, pub quizzes, artists’ workshops and colonies and a puppet theater for children, Summer on Stross, in the city’s Upper Town, gives Zagreb some zing and makes that mad dash to the coast seem somewhat less urgent.

4. Britanski trg

Find yourself a unique memento at this wonderfully eclectic bric-a-brac and antique market, open Sundays from the early a.m.  Stall upon stall of jewelry, paintings, posters, old currency, religious icons, and more comprise a treasure-trove of trinkets that are a delight to rummage through.

5. Museum of Broken Relationships

Bizarre and original, this museum offers an alternative approach to dealing with relationships come undone.  Displaying ordinary objects bestowed with unexpected significance and a few words of context, this curious collection satisfies exhibitionists and voyeurs alike.

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