Back in the Middle Ages, on the place of the today’s Tkalciceva street was a stream that flowed trough a valley dividing the two oldest Zagreb settlements – Gradec and Kaptol. All surrounding landowners erected mills around the stream, which were for years the reason of various disputes between the settlements – they fought over water use and further construction of the mills. The constructed mills covered the need for flour all over Zagreb until the second half of the XIX. century when many manufactures opened in the vicinity in order to use the stream (soap makers, paper, liquor, leather factory…). Due to contamination of the stream by all the shops around a need raised for one of the largest community-based projects – the construction of the city sewage system. The stream was vaulted and diverted and all the bridges were demolished by 1899 – forming the first street, “Potok” (Croatian for stream). In 1913, Ulica Potok’s name is changed to Tkalčićeva Street in honor of the 19th century Zagreb historian Ivan Tkalčić.
Today Tkalciceva continues a century-old tradition of Zagreb craftsmen and traders and is one of the most attractive streets in the city, where the liveliness is felt in front of bars and restaurants until late at night. The street is lined with numerous restaurants, cafes and boutiques and numerous outdoor events organized on a regular basis give a special sparkle and attract many tourists.
Today in Tkalčićeva street you can see the old sundial that shows the right time, the statue of Mary Juric Zagorka, big Zagreb journalist, or you can enjoy the many cafes, galleries and restaurants.