Neighbourhoods: Zadar

CRAVE has been on their Summer holidays! Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing our insider guide to the scene in each neighbourhood. This week we look back over our trip to Zadar in Croatia and count down the top 6 spots you just can’t miss.

Zadar Sea Organ

Part of Zadar’s Riva, the picturesque seaside promenade, the Sea Organ appears relatively unassuming in the form of several stairs that decend into the sea, but hidden at sea level sit 35 pipes of different length carved with what are essentially whistles. So far, so… well, a bit dull. But the result is definitely eerie and seductive. The whistles in fact play 7 chords of 5 tones and perforated stone stairs above the canal amplify the sound, all amounting to an orchestral wonder.

Cathedral of St. Anastasia – Bell Tower

Zadar’s 12th-century cathedral offers a bell-tower to climb. Don’t be mistaken, it’s a heady 200 steps, past the giant bells themselves, where you won’t find a hunchback at the top but you will be greeted by some of the most spectacular views Zadar has to offer. It’s definitely worth the effort. Reward yourself later with a cocktail at La Bodega, the hangout to be seen at, just a few metres down the Kalelarga.

Kalelarga – Široka ulica

Open 07.00 – 02.00

Croatian Design Superstore


Zadar, Kneževa Palača

July 10th – September 25th 2014

The vision of the creative director, Ira Payer, the Croatian Design Superstore is a hybrid of a design exhibition and a pop-up shop. Hosting only the very best of Croatian designers you can find items of fashion, industrial design, kitchen & tableware, decoration, jewelry, lighting and furniture. CDSS is also an excellent place to find gifts and souvenirs that are a little more off the beaten track.

Narodni Trg (People´s Square)

Narodni Trg is the centre of life in Zadar. Many of the surrounding buildings have been there since the Renneisance, and despite many changes, life seems to have very much gone on. Home to the City Loggia, built in the 13th Century and now used as a stunning exhibition space, the square is home to both history and modern life alike. Boasting a wide array of cafe’s to watch the world go by, Narodni Trg is also home to Iva, one of best places to grab an ice-cream this side of Florence.

Iva – Narodni trg 2

Open 07:00 – 01:00, Sun 08:00 – 01:00

The Garden, Zadar

Those of you familiar with the The Garden Festival in Tisno will also know that one of idyllic locations under this umbrella group is ‘The Garden’ in Zadar. Owned by a British music producer, the open-air lounge bar rests amid ancient city walls overlooking the historic port of it’s home town. Set within the Queen Jelena Madije Park itself (also well worth a wander around), it boasts views over the ancient Roman city gate. Set to a soundtrack of current club playlists, the setting is particularly stunning at sunset when the chilled beats get traded in for few more anthems and you can watch the sun set over Zadar’s skyline to the rhythmic beat of the church bells next door. Coolly minimalist and with a regular crowd to match, The Garden is Croatia’s answer to Nikki Beach we think.

The Monument to the Sun

Wind down the day by watching the sun set over Istarska obala. Perched at the very end of the Zadar peninsula you’ll find an urban installation that’s paradoxically in tune with Mother Nature. Made by the same architect who created the Sea Organ, Nikola Bašić, The Monument to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront. Simultaneously with the sun setting over the horizon, the lighting elements installed in the glass turn on. The result is a 22-meter diameter circle producing an impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs. Basically, a multicoloured disco ball. You really do have to be there.