A Dreamy Getaway to Ljubljana, Slovenia

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  • International Travel

  • Slovenia

  • Boutique Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Solo Travel

  • Sightseeing

  • Foodie

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

Ljubljana offers travelers the charm of a big city in a small package. There is so much to do without being overwhelmed. Spend the day sampling delicious traditional dishes, exploring the museums or getting outside in nature. It will not take long to acquire its easy-going lifestyle to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. I am excited to be able to share my love for the city with you, and I hope to spark a curiosity that inspires you to visit this beautiful city in Slovenia.

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Where to stay in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Grand Hotel Union Eurostars

Art-forward luxury hotel steps from Prešern Square and Old Town, Ljubljana

Hotel Heritage

Refined boutique hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia set in restored townhouse from the 16th century.

Zlata Ladjica Boutique Hotel

Bright boutique hotel with airy rooms, a restaurant and bar and in Ljubljana.

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Things to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Hike to Ljubljana Castle - For a nature fix in the center of town, head up the hill across from Central Market to enjoy nature and stunning views from the castle. If you don’t feel like walking, you can take a funicular that will take you up to the top and back down.

Wander the Streets of Old Town - Ljubljana has so many charming streets just waiting to be discovered. Must-see sights are Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge and the iconic Dragon Bridge. Fact: Ljubljana is known for its bridges and has an impressive 17 total. It’s a fun game to count how many bridges you can cross while you're out exploring.

Tivoli Park - The park is a popular well-kept green getaway for individuals with acres of green space and beautiful gardens. It’s a perfect place to escape for some hiking trails and nature.

Nebotičnik Skyscraper - Catch the best views of Ljubljana while enjoying a drink or appetizer. It’s the perfect spot for a photo op at sunset.

Explore Central Market - One of the best markets in Ljubljana, here you can pick up some fresh produce and flowers or stop in for lunch at one of the many food stalls. You can always find something that enriches your senses.

Plečnik House - If you love architecture and history, you’ll love visiting the house of Jože Plečnik. He is Slovenia’s most significant architect, and his work can be seen all over Ljubljana.

River Boat Tour - Take a tour on a handcrafted wooden boat called ‘Ljubljanica’ by Barka Ljubljanica. It’s a great way to learn more about Ljubljana while relaxing and enjoying the views.

Where to shop in Ljubljana

Textile House Vintage - My favorite vintage shop in Ljubljana, with an amazing selection of vintage clothing at even better prices.

Tartufi Deli Shop - If you plan on bringing any Slovenian products home, this is the place to go for the best quality and prices. Must buy products from Slovenia: honey and pumpkin seed oil.

GUD Shop and Trgovina IKA - These two shops are some of the best gift shops in Ljubljana, where you can find cute gifts like mugs, water bottles, hot chocolate, and stationery. They both offer a wide selection of products from Slovenian designers and artists.

Day Trips from Ljubljana

Škofja Loka: This little village is well worth the drive. Škofja Loka is located about 35 minutes from the center of Ljubljana. What you’ll find is a charming little village surrounded by lush hills and beautiful skies. Making it the perfect destination to spend the afternoon wandering around the alleys to find a hidden cafe for the perfect cappuccino. A short hike to the Church of the Holy Cross, located on a hill just outside the city center, provides the perfect view of Škofja Loka in the distance.

Places to eat & drink in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Druga Violina (Second Violin) - Druga Violina is a must when visiting Ljubljana. Not only is the food excellent, but you’ll also be supporting a business with a heart and purpose that employs individuals with special needs.

Moji štruklji - In Slovenia, one dish you must try is štruklji. A dish made of boiled strudel – with creamy or classic fillings and yummy toppings. Here they serve more than 20 different types of štruklji, with a variety of flavors ranging from traditional to modern, savory to sweet.

Slovenska Hiša-Figovec - Wanting to get your fill of Slovenian food? This is a great choice to stop in for any meal of the day. They have two locations, which makes it super convenient for when you are out exploring.

Raw Pasta - The wonderful thing about Slovenia is that it’s a melting pot of cultures and great food from the surrounding countries. The pasta here is to die for. I was recommended this place by an Italian, who said their pasta is the best they’ve ever had.

Julija Restaurant - Julija is a great place to stop and try Slovenian food for the first time. It's in a fantastic location with wonderful food, so if you plan to dine here for a meal, I recommend making a reservation beforehand.

Barbarella Juicebar - This was hands down my favorite place to start the day off right or grab something healthy. They have an assortment of smoothies, sandwiches and “healthier” sweets.

Pekarna OSEM - OSEM is dangerously good and quickly became a favorite of mine. I loved having a routine, waking up early to get to the shop right when it opened. When the bread was warm and fresh straight from the oven, and I had my pick from the beautiful assortment of baked goods. I’m getting nostalgic just writing this. If you take my advice and visit OSEM, be sure to get there early. They sell out, and you want to have the ability to choose from the many mouthwatering baked goods.

Linda Bistro - Aesthetic dining in a beautifully designed interior with a modern menu, that not only looks pretty but tastes good too.

Gelateria Romantika - Serving a mix of traditional and local flavors, you'll have trouble choosing which one/ones to get, or you might have to keep going back until you've had them all.

Cafe Čokl - One of my favorite cafes in Ljubljana to sit back, read a book, drink a delicious cappuccino and feel like a local.

Tri Marije Coffee Trailer - This little gem is unlike anything else you'll find in Slovenia. It’s a converted travel trailer that sells coffee to go, which is very uncommon in Slovenia. It’s located in the central market, making it the perfect place to grab a cup of fuel and head out to explore the market and the rest of the city.

Need to Know

Old town is pedestrian-only, so plan accordingly. Ljubljana does offer an electric-powered vehicle referred to as Kavalirs, available for free in the city centre. They run from 6:00–22:00 daily. Two summer Kavalirs run from 1 April to 31 October, and the two winter Kavalir (glazed and heated during the cold months) throughout the year.

Slovenia doesn't have Uber, but they do have an app only available in Ljubljana called TaxiMetro Ljubljana. I recommend using this app for getting to the airport if your hotel doesn't offer a shuttle.

Getting around:

Bus - FlixBus is the cheapest but not available in all destinations. One would have to be strategic about planning on taking a bus everywhere.

Car - Fastest way to get around and personal favorite way to explore the country.

Train -Available in some places, but I wouldn’t recommend. It’s not as popular, more expensive and is not as time efficient.

If you are looking to plan a Slovenian getaway of your own and have questions, feel free to reach out! I love to share my passion and knowledge of the country.

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