Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Photo Tour: Zagreb's Dolac Market

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic
We spent a lot of our time in Zagreb this summer at Dolac Market. Nearly ever district in the city has its own open-air market, but Dolac is by far Zagreb's most popular. It's in the Old Town district and close to the cathedral, so it's super easy to spot. I guess the bright red umbrellas help, too.

Dolac Market started in the early 20th century and there are a lot of legends surrounding it but my favorite story is that of the Kumica (koo-me-tza). At the entrance to Dolac, you'll see a statue of an older peasant woman with a basket on her head. This is Kumica. The term and statue represent the thousands of Croatian peasant women who came from surrounding villages like Šestine and Markuševec to sell their goods at Dolac. They took to the journey on foot and often carried their produce, meat and wares in baskets placed skillfully on their heads.

Today, Kumica is somewhat of a guardian to Zagreb.

There are a lot of Zagreb locals who do their grocery shopping at Dolac so you can imagine how busy it gets, especially on the weekends. For visitors, I recommend ambling by on a weekday when the stands aren't as crowded and owners are more likely to chat.

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic
Can you believe the color on those homegrown tomatoes? I grabbed a small bag of these fresh blueberries in the morning before heading out for a day of exploring. They saved my life and were so sweet.


Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic

Feferone are Croatian peppers that are supposed to be really spicy. To be honest, some are and some aren't. (These were!) That happy looking guy there is from Lika, a region in mountainous Croatia known for three things: Nikola Tesla, Plitvice National Park, and my dad. (Ok...maybe two things.) His fancy headgear is a piece of tradition. Lika is basically the Idaho of Croatia; all of the country's best potatoes come from here and every good
Ličan or Ličanka knows how to prepare a potato at least, like, a million ways.


Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic

Photo Tour of Dolac Market in Zagreb (Style Jaunt - A Blog About Fashionable Travel)
Photo by Stjepan Alaupovic
Besides food, Dolac Market also has stands selling handmade toys and fresh local flowers. I wanted to buy all of those wooden animal toys for myself but my husband kindly reminded me I was 27 not 7 so instead we bought one for his little cousin. She loved it. My heart was full.

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