It’s generally very easy to find a café in Croatia, regardless of whether you’re in a big city like Zagreb or Split, on the coast relaxing in the sunshine … or anywhere else.
Croatians love to drink coffee and you’ll find a café on almost every corner!
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Once you’ve found a café, sat down and decided what you would like to drink, it’s time to order! Waiters are usually very prompt. However, in case a waiter does not see you (or pretends not to) you can ask Radi li ovdje netko? (Does anybody work here?), which can also be considered a joke between the guest and the waiter, depending on their mood.
If you want to ask the polite way, you can raise your hand and say:
Croatians love to drink kava (coffee), which they usually drink with cold milk, but be warned: Croats drink their coffee veeery slooowly! :-D They love to sit in a café for hours and chat with friends while drinking their favourite drink. A free glass of water is also given when you order coffee, which is a nice extra perk.
In order to tell the waiter what you would like to drink, you need to understand the various ways in which coffee is served in Croatia:
Beer (pivo) is one of the most popular drinks in Croatia, especially during hot summer nights. Nowadays nearly every brewery offers both dark beer (tamno pivo) and lager beer (svijetlo pivo). The most common beers are: Ožujsko, Karlovačko, Osječko, Velebitsko pivo, Tomislav and Pan.
Vino means wine. Red wine (crno vino) and white wine (bijelo vino) are separated into continental (kontinentalna) and coastal (primorska) wines. The best known continental wines are Graševina, Frankovka, Rajnski rizling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Škrlet, Silvanac zeleni, Pinot sivi and bijeli. The most popular coastal wines are Plavac mali, Babić, Dingač, Pošip, Malvazija, Žlahtina, Teran.
Croatian liqueurs (liker) such as amaro, kruškovac, pelinkovac, orahovac and maraschino, as well as Croatian rakija (which is very strong and usually made of plums) are also definitely worth a try!
The following common drinks aren’t always on the menu, but can be ordered in any Croatian café … don’t worry, everyone will understand what you are ordering!
Gemišt is white wine mixed with sparkling water Bambus is red wine mixed with coca cola Bevanda is red or white wine mixed with regular water Miš-maš is a sparkling orange juice (Fanta) mixed with red wine in such a way that separates the juice from the wine and as a result we have a two coloured drink. Kombinacija or lovranski is white wine mixed with coca cola.
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