Take home a true souvenir or gift from Zagreb as we highlight 7 potential beauties which can easily be found around town. The following gifts are gems that have their history, or their specialized taste, or such a good feel about them that the fond memories will surely remain.
A classic cartoon made in Zagreb during the late 60’s that had kids glued to TV screens. Professor Baltazar is a quirky, unique and gifted scientist whose witty inventions uplift the lives of Baltazar Town’s inhabitants. See 59 episodes that last between 5 to 10 minutes with an English version available.
A gentlemen named Slavoljub Eduard Penkala patented the first mechanical boil pen in the world in 1906 and shortly after invented the first ink pen with firm ink. He went on to patent 80 other inventions. In his honour, the TOZ Penkala Factory in Zagreb continues to produce Penkala products, replicas of the original pen can be bought at Peroklinika C-2, Ban Jelačić Square 15, tel. (+385-1) 481 80 26 and Narodne novine D-2, Trg žrtava fašizma 15, tel. (+385-1) 461 25 57.
Coffee devotees step back and get the sugar cubes ready. Sure the Italians have Illy and Lavazza, but Croatia has its own brand in Franck. The company produces many famous food items but the Franck 250gram ‘ciglica’, is second to none and can be found in all grocery shops. So wake up and smell the coffee!
Kraš - Griotte and Bajadera
Over 100 years of history and the chocolates, fine desserts and nougat products made at the Kraš Company continue to melt in your mouth. Two of their specialties ‘Griotte’, a dessert made with real cognac, cherry and fondant poured into a chocolate mould and ‘Bajadera’, a sweet nougat chocolate have maintained both their flavours and fans alike for decades. Kraš shops can be found across the city and at the main Bus Station.
CD Ivo Robić
The Americans have Tom Jones whilst the Croats have Ivo Robić. He is the acclaimed chanson singer here and he reached world fame throughout the1960s. Nicknamed Mr. Morgen (the hit ‘Morgen’ meaning ‘tomorrow’), he even recorded with Dean Martin. His style of easy listening music and vintage CDs can be found at most music stores around town. (Croatia Records C-2, Bogovićeva 5, tel. (+385-1) 481 08 86)
Pamper yourself with Zagreb’s authentic all purpose cosmetic cream in Melem. It comes packaged in various natural skin protection products such as lip balm, face and hand creams amongst others. Melem is also known as the universal family cream and you can find it in all pharmacies.