Most cities around the world have a ‘strip’, a street jammed-packed with bars, cafes and places to eat with a buzz that attracts tourists and locals – in Zagreb, that is Tkalčićeva street.
“Let’s meet in Tkalča,” is a sentence said on a daily basis by the youth in Zagreb, but also by other generations of Zagrebians, when they want to meet up with friends for a coffee or drink, one the favourite rituals”, tipTravel says.
Whether it’s sitting street-side in front of the dozens of cafes people-watching or enjoying the day go by with a coffee with friends, or having a bite to eat at the one of eateries on the strip, Tkalčićeva has a buzz about it no matter what day or time of the week it is.
Extending from the vicinity of the central Ban Jelačić Square to its northern end at Mala ulica, the street flows between the Gornji Grad (Upper town) in the west and Nova Ves in the east.
The street is also a popular place for tourists also to visit and to hear interesting stories about the street’s past.
“One of them is that the street used to be called Potok, after the stream (potok), that ran through it, which was lined with mills and bridges. The street was also famous for its brothels, which a statue of a women in a window bears witness to today,” tipTravel writes.
On Tkalčićeva street, you will also find the statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka, author and the first female Croatian journalist, along side the sundial, which is a famous symbol of the street.
“However, few people know much about the person who the street has been named after since 1913. Ivan Kristitelj Tkalčić was a renowned historian, a researcher of the the history of Zagreb and a priest. He researched the political sacral, and cultural history of Croatia, published many scientific works, and above all, he truly loved his city of Zagreb.”
The feature on Tkalčićeva street features in the new annual edition of tipTravel magazine, with Zagreb County, so called the Green Ring of Zagreb, as the main topic.
There are also stories from Dubrovnik and Neretva County, Šibenik-Knin County, Kornati and Krka National Parks, Korčula Island, Brela, Baška Voda, Omiš, Šolta Island, Sinj, Solin, and much more.