Slovenia’s sophisticated capital, Ljubljana, is a confection of beautiful churches, bridges, leafy squares and funky riverside cafés and restaurants. With influences from neighboring Italy and Croatia, the restaurant scene flourishes with traditional, seasonal and contemporary joints. Check out our full 4 day itinerary here.
Here is a sample of our favourite restaurants in this charming city. On weekends, especially during the summer months, its advisable to make reservations in advance.
Karst style Tapas bar, with fabulous wines. Everything on this menu was great, but our favourites from the smorgasboard below were: Fried Octopus, Garlic Chilli Prawns, TaBurger
Great place for a casual dinner. Good wine list too. They don’t take reservations, but the queue tends to move very quickly. Plus, you can order drinks at the bar once you’ve put your name on the list. Must try: Istrian pasta
A tiny, casual hole in the wall place which serves traditional Slovenian sausage. There are only seats for about 5 – 7 people, so be prepared to get food on the go. A good place to stop for a snack.
A nice blend between casual and high-end. The menu changes regularly, but our favourite was the Veal with potato mash.
Gostlina As (€€€)
A high-end restaurant, which also has a large bar with good music. Great for drinks, dinner and some good music. Must try: Adriatic Fish
We were pleasantly surprised as to how nice Slovenian wine is. If time permits, be sure to stop at one of these wine bars.
Dvorni Bar (€€) – largest wine bar in Ljubljana with a nice wine selection.
Movia (€€) – a little more intimate but also great place to sample some traditional Slovenian wines.
If you want to learn more about Slovenian cuisine, an option would be to join Ljubljanajam’s food walking tour. We did this on our first day in Ljubljana, where we strolled through a local market and small hole in the wall places where we sampled Štruklji (traditional dish made of cottage cheese wrapped in dough), Slovenian Chilli Schnapps liquier, traditional Cviček wine, Istrian pasta among many other goodies.