Food, Lifestyle, My Work, Travel


January 10, 2016

Good morning my dear readers! I’m back to Helsinki and I’m already missing South Croatia’s warm weather and sunshine. It’s been really cold in Finland, -25Β°C to be more precise! I’m pretty much “surviving” my daily life by using the car and/ or by walking under the city through the underground tunnels. That’s the only way to stay warm-ish!

Looking back at my trip to Croatia, one of the highlights was def. my visit to Zagreb just a week before the Christmas. I’m very glad to present you a “must visit” gastro spot in the city and that is Bistroteka!


Bistroteka opened it’s doors for all the hungry foodies about a year ago. I have happened to be in Zagreb back then and that was the first time I have just “bumped” into a restaurant and decided to go in and test it out without previously researching/ reading reviews about it.


It happened to be a very pleasant surprise!! Interior was very industrial chic, the atmosphere was very warm and inviting and the food did not disappoint, in fact, it was that simple but so good that I had to write about this place and share a little story about how it came together.


BistrotekaΒ is a breakfast-lunch-dinner spot, meaning that any time of the day, you’ll walk into a freshly prepared meal with products that are in season, local and bought every morning from the famous Farmer’s Market Dolac which is only 5 minutes walk from the restaurant. Tatjana, the main owner of this wonderful place, told us that the idea of Bistroteka has been on her mind for quite a long time. She used to ran a restaurant on the seaside, in the south of Croatia before but to make her life much easier by living in the capital city and being able to work throughout the whole year ( which is pretty much impossible in the south during the Fall/ Winter ), she had an idea of opening a Bistroteka in the heart of the capital city.

It took her almost two years to find a perfect spot, renovate and decorate it just the way she wanted. Zagreb is more and more becoming a European gastro destination and this lovely restaurant deserves to be put on your map if you happen to be visiting or plan to visit Zagreb.

Even though Tatjana has travelled the world and has dined at some of the best restaurants, she isn’t the main in charge when it comes to the culinary masterpieces that come out of the kitchen. The main chef has a big say in what goes on the daily changing menu and how the dishes are plated. Tanja has full trust in him but as a great and caring owner she does pre-talk everything with the rest of her team before any bigger decisions are made. For example, just when we were visiting, she was testing a possible new, refined version of their very popular carrot cake. πŸ™‚

-chickpea, pumpkin, couscous and cabbage salad


-zuchinni patties with cannellini beans and watercress


-turkey with roasted carrots and broccoli


– chicken wings in sesame panko crust with marmalade and mustard dip


Bistroteka isn’t just a place to grab a morning smoothie, something warm and comforting from the daily changing menu but it’s also a place to just have a coffee, tea, some cake or even a glass of wine without feeling the pressure to order something to eat.

Come in at any time of the day and you’ll find the coolest and very stylish bunch of people, attentive and quick service and very delicious, mainly traditional dishes but with a modern, Bistroteka twist. πŸ™‚


*This post has been made in collaboration with Bistroteka. All of the opinions are my own.

*Thank you Mrs. Tatjana for the warm welcome and for making this collaboration possible.

*Photography by:Β Natali

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  • Reply MartaBarcelonaStyle January 11, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    The chicken wings in sesamo looks so delicious! πŸ™‚

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 1:15 AM

      My brother had that dish and he loved every single bite of it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply nancy January 11, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Thats really cold, here in Holland it is 5 C and I thought that was already cold.

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 1:15 AM

      Heheh! Yes, it is REALLY cold and not human at all. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Carrieslifestyle January 11, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    great pics
    Posts online about Rio, Amsterdam, Bangkok…

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      Thank you Carrie!

  • Reply Federica Spinelli January 11, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    Really amazing place, the dishes photo are really delicious! kiss
    Federica – Cosa Mi Metto???

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:44 AM

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Matea January 11, 2016 at 3:27 AM

    Bistroteka je zakon i hrana im je prefina! πŸ™‚

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      Bila si? Da, stvarno su odlicni!

  • Reply Radulinka January 11, 2016 at 4:30 AM

    Lovely place! The food looks delicious!
    Meet My Lovely World

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      Thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Valentina January 11, 2016 at 5:12 AM

    Looks like a great spot. Amazing pics.

    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      Thank you Valentina!!

  • Reply Lauren January 11, 2016 at 5:13 AM

    The food looks so delicious, especially the chicken wings and zucchini patties!

    Fizz and Frosting

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

      Zucchini patties were the best ones I ever had.

  • Reply Amy Ann January 11, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    This food all looks so good and healthy! Yum. It’s gotten cold here too. Stay warm!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

      Thank you Amy! Stay warm too, it’s so easy to get a sore throat or such when it’s really cold outside. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tailored and True January 11, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Ooh yum! This looks amazing!

    • Reply natali karppinen January 11, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      All of the dishes were perfect! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Malvina Marbotte Boffa January 11, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    It seems so delicious !

  • Reply Valentina January 11, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    omg this place must be amazing!!

  • Reply Merritt Beck January 11, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    The food looks amazing! Definitely a place to stop by if I ever go to Croatia.

    The Style Scribe

  • Reply Kat January 11, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    This looks delicious! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Emilie Perrier January 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Miam ! Nice post, i like ur blog πŸ™‚

  • Reply Toks January 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    OMG -25ΒΊC !!!! We think it’s cold-ish here and the temperature is around 13ΒΊC hahaha. This little gastro spot looks awesome and the food looks sooo delicious. xoxoxo

  • Reply jenessa January 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    looks like you are having a wonderful time!

  • Reply Sonia Verardo January 11, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Cini se predobrim mjestom za ukusnu klopicu!
    Hoce li biti koji video- vlog sa tvog putovanja u Hrvatsku!
    Pusa iz Italije,
    Sonia Verardo

  • Reply Thera January 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    What a beautiful pattern

  • Reply Ana Soares January 12, 2016 at 3:33 AM

    Humm looks amazing dear :3

  • Reply manuela alloro January 12, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    mmm, I’m hungry and this food is delicious

  • Reply Krisztina Williams January 12, 2016 at 4:06 AM

    Oh those zuchinni patties and the chicken…yum!! You have such lovely photography. Great shots!


  • Reply Sophie January 12, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Amazing food photos, they make me feel so hungry <3

    xoxo, Best Bags 2016

  • Reply jillian January 12, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Those dishes look so yummy! Hope you had a great time.
    xo, jill

  • Reply Hayley January 12, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    That food look amazing! Loving your blog:) xx, Hayley

  • Reply Nada January 12, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    This food look amazing !!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Neha Bhatt Bhagat January 12, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    lovely post

  • Reply mainou January 12, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    the food looks delicious!

  • Reply Elifnaz January 12, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    The food looks so yummy!

  • Reply Mademoiselle Coconath January 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    The food looks so delicious! Great photos!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Reply Marta Bespi January 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Nices post πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Sara Q. January 12, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Wow, this place looks amazing! <3

    Followed you on bloglovin πŸ™‚

  • Reply Francesca Giagnorio January 12, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    This place looks amazing! Nice plates


  • Reply Vale January 13, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    Gorgeous pics my dear Natali, and this food looks even healthy which is a plus, my dream is to visit one day and to go on a restaurant spree with you ! πŸ™‚ As well as on a shopping spree of course ;-))
    Thank you for all your love and support, I was so amused that we even got ourselves the same croatian planner, I thought you might know it when I saw it was from Croatia ! Many, many kisses to you, princess

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion blog

  • Reply kelsey bang January 13, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    what beautiful food! looks so delicious!

  • Reply Kristen January 13, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Looks delicious and such beautiful photography! xxx

  • Reply Larissa January 13, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Cool blog, dear!

  • Reply Larissa January 13, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Getting so hungry seeing this. Love it!

  • Reply Melissa Benhoff January 13, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    My mouth is watering!!! I feel some culinary inspiration coming on… πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing!

    Xo Melissa

  • Reply Annie Abbey January 13, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    OMG this all looks so delicious and like just the right thing to warm you up on a cold day (not as cold here in Columbus as it is in Finland)! Enjoy Croatia!
    xoxo Annie

  • Reply Hanna Marie January 17, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Looks really good! –Hanna Lei

  • Reply Zorica Miteva February 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Very nice place

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