Hey there, have you already chosen your Slovenian destination and looking for some inspiration in terms of where to eat and what to do? Well, look no further – I got you covered!
As with the rest of the quick-list series, this is just a quickfire list of tips and recommendations. But if you want more details, you can find my posts on Ljubljana (here and here) and day trips from Ljubljana here.
Where to eat in Ljubljana?
- Pop’s Pizza & Sport – For the best pizzas!
- Monstera Bistro – For the most creative dishes
- Landerik – For a fancy meal in a casual setting
- Gostilna Vida – For the most eclectic cuisine and chilled setting
- Ek Bistro – For breakfast/brunch
- Güjžina – For traditional Slovene dishes
- Restavracija Julija – For a wide selection of Slovene and continental dishes and a lovely atmosphere
- Restavracija Atelje – For a Michelin starred dining experience
- Kolibri Cocktail Bar – For the best cocktails & ambience
- Wine bar Šuklje – For an elegant tasting experience and gorgeous boards to accompany them
- Dvorni Bar – To explore the wide variety of Slovene wines on offer
- Sisters Kurtos – For the most colourful, beautiful and delicious chimney cakes
- Gelateria Romantika – For the best ice creams
- Cafetino – For a sitdown coffee in the centre (with bookstore Knjigarna Beletrina nearby)
- Stow Coffee – For takeaway coffee
- Špica Caffe – For a relaxed coffee or cocktail by the river; try Mango Hugo.
- Kavarna SEM Lounge Bar – For some ice cold beers you can enjoy outside on the lawn of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum (SEM)
What to do in Ljubljana?
- Watch the sunset at Ljubljana Castle (with some wine from Grajska Vinoteka)
- Enjoy the wide variety of the tours offered by the city’s tourist information centre
- Check out the events and festivals on the calendar – summer months are particularly busy
- Give standup paddleboarding a go with SUP Ljubljana and enjoy the city from the unique perspective of the Ljubljanica river
- Visit Metelkova Mesto, a squat in former army barracks turned urban enclave / autonomous social and cultural centre that really comes alive at night
- Chill in Tivoli Park with a book/coffee or go for a little walk
- Shop at Butik lePotica, Trgovina IKA, Parada/Lifestyle Shop, tipoRenesansa, Sunday flea market and stalls by the river.
Bled & Surroundings
- Visit the Bled Island – get there by rowboat or pletna and ring the bell in the church and make a wish.
- Hike to Mala Osojnica or Ojstrica for the best views of the lake
- Visit the Bled Castle
- Take a stroll around the lake, or take a moment to get your tan on, swim, rent a rowboat or a paddleboard.
- Indulge in Blejska kremšnita (Bled cream cake)
- Visit nearby: Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj and Savica Waterfall (Slap Savica)
- Stay at the beautiful eco-resort Garden Village Bled
- Visit the subterranean marvels that are Postojna Cave and Skocjan Caves
- Check out the Predjama Castle perched at the mouth of a cavern halfway up a 123-metre cliff
- Visit Lipica, famous for its Lipizzaner horses
- Try the Idrijski žlikrofi (traditional Slovenian dumplings originating from Idrija) and Kobariški štruklji (or Kobarid dumplings; a traditional dessert made of walnuts and served warm) at Hisa Polonka
- Enjoy a lunch/dinner with an overnight stay at Hiša Franko by Ana Roš who was named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.
- Check out beautiful Glavni trg – Maribor’s medieval marketplace dotted with cute cafes and restaurants
- Walk by the waterfront Lent district
- Enjoy some Slovenian wine at Old Vine House (home of one of the oldest vines in the world), or LeVino Wine Bar.
- Try the food, wine and cocktails at City Terasa with views over the Drava river
- Visit the hilltop St George’s Cathedral, and enjoy the views of the sea and the town below
- Try the seafood at Fritolin Pri Cantini or Pirat
- Stop for a little handmade souvenir at Nika’s Tiny House or Piran salt at Soline
Worth a visit
- Bovec and Soča Valley – For water adventures, kayaking and rafting on the River Soča
- Goriška Brda – Try the wines from the “Tuscany of Slovenia”
What would be on your Slovenia quick list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Lots of love,