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Spatial aspects of café bar visitation in Zagreb: age and gender differences

Dinko Skočir orcid id ; Geografski odsjek, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
Laura Šakaja ; Geografski odsjek, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu

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In examining the phenomenon of the café bar in terms of its location, this paper continues earlier research aimed at understanding the underlying causes for the spatial distribution of catering establishments. In analysing the age and gender structure of visitors to city café bars, this paper contributes to study of understanding the roles of age and gender in determining urban spatial practices. This paper is based on a study conducted in 2017 that included 224 café bars in the Lower Town and Novi Zagreb quarters of Zagreb, and also refers to earlier research (2007) conducted on café bars in the city. Methods used included interviews, mapping, observation and surveying. The study found that visitation to Zagreb café bars showed a spatial differentiation. The social and spatial dichotomy of centre vs. periphery that is present in Zagreb was reflected both on the spatial distribution of café bars and on the age and gender structure of patrons. The Lower Town quarter had a higher spatial density of café bars than the Novi Zagreb quarter, and café bars in central locations had higher numbers of visitors than those in the periphery. The higher number of visitors to the Lower Town café bars could also be associated with the fact that visitors were primarily of younger age groups, who prefer to spend their free time in the city centre than in its peripheral areas. The study also showed the relatively higher share of women among visitors to the centrally located and more expensive café bars, while men were more numerous in the less expensive café bars in peripheral locations. The interviews conducted suggest that the gender differentiation in the selection of café bars can be associated with other gender-based phenomenon, above all the tendency of women to seek out places with greater visibility and security, that also offer a central location, strong visitation base and open spaces.

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café bars, spatial distribution, age differences, gender differences, central location, periphery, City of Zagreb

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