Just a little bit off the city centre, Martićeva street has quite a few interesting cafes and bars. A new addition is Program, which opened just recently, in June 2017 during Design Week. It’s located just by the cult cafe and club Booksa. The interior is spacious and translucent, with high ceilings, and the terrace is tranquil, next to the small park. The emphasis is on coffee, so you can enjoy Lavazza super crema or kafa (100 % arabica from Ethiopia), and there is caffeine-free coffee as well. Also, it’s one of the few cafes with options for vegans, who can order coffee with soy milk or almond milk. The tea selection comes from the famous House of Green Tea, all cakes are gluten-free (which is quite a novelty in Zagreb), and you can also try some of the Croatian craft beers and vines.
Since it opened, this cafe quickly entered my list of favourite cafes where I go with friends for long and relaxing coffee sessions in a pleasant and atmospheric ambient. The visual aesthetic is at the same time simple and offbeat: tables made of sand bags, trowel-shaped menus, a tree stretching all the way to the ceiling, ensembles of pictureless frames, chairs attached onto the wall in an interesting installation… It’s a curious mix of industrial and warm homey, made with impeccable taste.