Zagreb and the Balkans in general have an Italian affliction when it comes to espresso, the general level of quality at any caffe is fairly high, better than any of the major chains, but it’s still stuck in second gear. That and the merciful absence of any espresso chains is a blessing to anyone traveling there but I always want more and that’s why finding Eli’s Caffe in Zagreb was a true blessing. It’s the only third wave caffe that I saw anywhere this trip through Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro. It’s the only place I saw with a Marzocco. It’s right down town on the central road and tram line, and staffed by incredibly personable baristas, and delivers everything you’d expect from a cafe of quality.
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