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Watermelon and Feta Salad at Luda - Ljubljana Restaurants

Where to Eat in Ljubljana Slovenia – The Best Ljubljana Restaurants, Cafes and Markets

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Wondering where to eat in Ljubljana Slovenia? Check out our Ljubljana food guide for the best Ljubljana restaurants, cafes, and markets.

Watermelon and Feta Salad at Luda - Ljubljana Restaurants

Blessed by its enviable geographic location and a long history of culinary excellence, the Ljubljana food scene is exciting at all price points. Drawing inspiration from nearby Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, restaurants in Ljubljana take advantage of readily available artisan meats like prosciutto and pork, incredible fruits and vegetables including some of the world’s best wild mushrooms and uber-fresh seafood from the Adriatic.

In Ljubljana, seasoned chefs cook traditional Slovenian food with a modern twist and younger chefs are returning to Slovenia’s capital city armed with fresh ideas acquired in some of the best kitchens in Europe and beyond. The result is a blending of traditional flavors and modern techniques at the best Ljubljana restaurants.

Why Visit Ljubljana

Ljubljana Street Scene

Travelers flock to the Ljubljana’s triple bridge.

The fairytale city of Ljubljana has a lot to offer travelers. Upon our arrival, we immediately identified essential Ljubljana food experiences as well as cultural destinations like the Ljubljana Castle, the National Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Arts and the Museum of Illusions. We enjoyed exploring the city’s architecture, designed by architect Jožef Plečnik, as well its riverside cafe culture.

When you visit, we recommend that you head into the center of town, wander past the dragons and breathe the atmosphere around the compact but genius, neoclassicist triple bridge. There’s nothing quite like it. Plečnik’s architecture may not be as grandiose as Gaudi’s in Barcelona but, in some ways, Plečnik’s simplicity and functionality make his designs more special.

Ljubljana Bridge

Grey skies don’t hide the charms of Ljubljana.

Ljubljana is the kind of city where tourists can find activities all day and night. It’s also the kind of city where a traveler can spend hours wandering through the cobblestoned streets or chilling by the Ljubljanica River with a coffee, beer or glass of wine. (FYI – we fit into the second category (and a little of the first after doing the second.)

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Ljubljana Food Guide

Cold Corn Soup at Monstera Bistro - Ljubljana Restaurants

A modern take on Slovenian food, this cold corn soup at Monstera Bistro included exotic flavors like coconut milk and lemongrass.

An ideal base for exploring Slovenia and its food, Ljubljana has a surprising number of restaurants for a city of its relatively small size. The challenge in this city isn’t finding good spots to eat; rather, it’s narrowing down the choices. Read on to find out our picks for the best places to eat in Ljubljana.

Fine Ljubljana Restaurants

Veal at Gostice Gric in Slovenia

Michelin may not have bestowed stars on Slovenia’s better restaurants yet, but Ljubljana’s finer restaurants shine brightly nonetheless as evidenced by this veal dish at Gostisce Gric.

Although the experts at Michelin are slowly dipping their toes into the Ljubljana dining scene, the finest Ljubljana restaurants are serving food comparable to starred restaurants in Europe’s other capital cities. In Ljubljana, though, the finest restaurants offer unique experiences, none more so than Strelec Restaurant and Gostilna na Gradu, both of which are situated inside the Ljubljana Castle.

As a bonus, a meal at a top Ljubljana restaurant costs less than comparable meals in cities like Paris, Prague and Vienna. With this value proposition in mind, we recommend the following two restaurants for those who want to experience some of the best Ljubjana fine dining experiences:

JB Restaurant

Chef Janez Bratovz at JB Restaurant - Ljubljana Restaurants

Acclaimed Chef Janez Bratovž rules the roost at the groundbreaking JB Restaurant in Ljubljana.

After meeting legendary Chef Janez Bratovž at Ljubljana’s weekly Open Kitchen (see below), we had no qualms about accepting his generous invitation to stop by JB Restaurant to try a plate or two. Little did we know, by plate or two he meant an epic six-course meal that would serve as a touchstone for our Ljubljana dining experiences.

Recognized by San Pellegrino and helmed by Bratovž, the stately JB Restaurant occupies a 1920’s Plečnik designed, secessionist-style building. The vaulted ceiling, white tablecloth dining room is a bit formal for our tastes but Bratovž’s food would taste good in any setting. Each dish during our meal was a revelation and snapshot of the cross-current of cultures that make the food in Slovenia so special.

Ravioli Stuffed with Ricotta and Pistachio at JB Restaurant - Ljubljana Restaurants

The Pistachio ravioli at JB Restaurant was pure Slovenia and pure magic.

Bratovž’s Adriatic tuna stuffed with seaweed and ginger cream and young fried green onions celebrated Slovenia’s proximity to the sea while his ricotta and pistachio ravioli stuffed with meat sauce, licorice foam, foie gras and pear gelee defined the rooster-shaped nation with its convergence of earthy, peasant-style recipes and luxurious epicurean flavors.

Serving Slovenian Mangalitsa Pork at JB Restaurant - Ljubljana Restaurants

As initially plated, JB Restaurant’s Slovenian Mangalitsa Pork Cracklings looked pretty good…

Slovenian Mangalitsa Pork Cracklings at JB Restaurant - Ljubljana Restaurants

But the dish looked even better once we broke the egg.

Other highlights included Slovenian Mangalitsa Pork Crackling with egg yolk and two creams. With this dish, Bratovž brought dramatic culinary prowess directly to the table when he personally poured sizzling hot pork cracklings along with their molten fat over the dish to cook the egg.

Pro Tip:  Splurge on one of JB Restaurants’s multi-course tasting menu. This type of meal is the best way to fully experience Bratovž’s culinary mastery.

JB Restaurant is located at Miklošičeva cesta 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Gostišče Grič

Chef Luka Kosir

Chef Luka Kosir runs Gostisce Gric with quiet humility and impressive kitchen skills. He posed for this photo during our lunch.

Considering that we previously deemed lunch at Gostišče Grič to be our best meal of 2017 – not just in Ljubljana but in the three continents we traversed during the year – it’s fair to say that we approve of this restaurant located 20 kilometers from Ljubljana. We get that Gostišče Grič isn’t officially in Ljubljana, but it’s so close that Chef Luka Kosir is a key participant at Ljubljana’s Open Kitchen (see above). Solidifying the Ljubljana connection, Kosir worked at JB Restaurant (see above) when he was a young chef.

Egglplant at Gostice Gric - Ljubljana Restaurants

Kosic prepared this eggplant dish with fermented beans, truffle sour cream and black garlic. With its silky texture, it was like no eggplant we’ve eaten before or since.

Košic exclusively cooks with products that he grows in the restaurant’s gardens, forages in the forest or procures from local farmers. The only exception is the seafood which he sources from the Adriatic Sea. But where Košic really shines is with his culinary artistry. During our leisurely lunch, he transformed each plate into a work of art that almost looked too beautiful to eat and tasted even better.

Potato Pumpkin Soup at Gostice Gric - Ljubljana Restaurants

Loaded with fresh ingredients like sour cream and bacon and then topped with an edible flower, this potato pumpkin soup was good to the last drop.

As we sat in the restaurant’s simple dining room with a rustic design and cozy decor, Košic’s sister served us a cavalcade of dishes that knocked us off our feet. (Yes, Gostišče Grič is a family affair. ) Though we opted to share a tasting menu with seven plates, we now wish we had tried even more. Our imaginations soar when we think about the possiblities.

Rainbow Trout at Gostice Gric - Ljubljana Restaurants

Served with tomato pie and a surprising nasturtium cram, Kosic’s rainbow trout was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We forgive him for importing it 500 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea to our plate.

Pro Tip:  You can either drive a rental car to Gostišče Grič or take the 56 bus. The bus stop is a short uphill walk to the restaurant. Either way, the journey should take you under an hour.

Gostišče Grič is located at Šentjošt nad Horjulom 24d, 1354 Horjul, Slovenia.

Modern Bistros

Beef Tartare at Luda - Ljubljana Restaurants

Bistros in Ljubljana push the envelope like this beef tartare with burrata and anchovies at Luda Restaurant.

Exciting. There’s no better word to describe the modern Ljubljana bistros where cutting-edge chefs are eschewing traditional restaurants for small spaces where they can flex their culinary muscles on a daily basis. Reminding us of the Le Fooding movement that we first experienced in Lyon, these young chefs are taking Slovenian food to the next level in casual venues that are affordable for most diners. Eat at the following restaurants to experience some of Slovenia’s finest modern cuisine:

Luda Restaurant

Red Risotto at Luda - Ljubljana Restaurants

This plate of red risotto with beetroot and blackberries is a prime example of their Luda Restaurant’s approach to modern dining.

We hustled to get into Luda Restaurant after Chef Luka Kosir personally recommended the bistro to us during our meal at Gostišče Grič (see above). At Luda, Chefs Urška Dvoraček and Luka Narobe take advantage of the restaurant’s close proximity to the Central Market by serving a seasonal menu based on the best available products on that day

Our dinner was a series of hits starting with a colorful salad featuring watermelon, ricotta cheese and walnuts to beef tartare with burrata, anchovies and brioche. Add vibrantly red risotto with beetroot and blackberries to the mix and the result is some of the tastiest and most beautiful food in Ljubljana for the price. Luda offers both three and five and course menus – both are a tremendous value.

Pro Tip:  Luda Restaurant is only open for dinner and does not take reservations.

Luda Restaurant is located at Poljanska cesta 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Monstera Bistro

Roasted Pork Belly at Monstera Bistro - Ljubljana Restaurants

Teriyaki ramped up the flavor of this roasted pork belly while celeriac, broccoli and carrots added color and crunch.

Chef Bine Volčič achieved culinary fame before he opened Monstera Bistro in 2016 as a celebrity chef on Slovenian TV. His restaurant’s open kitchen serves as a lab space where Volčič can experiment with hyper-local, seasonal ingredients, taking them beyond traditional boundaries. We experienced this during our lunch at tiny Monstera with satisfying dishes like foie gras with raspberry chutney and roasted beef cheeks.

Locals and tourists line up for a chance to eat the trendy bistro’s Ljubljana Breakfast as well as for multi-course meals offered at both lunch and dinner. With meatless options for vegetarians, organic wine and craft beer, Monstera is a fine, chef-driven option for food in Ljubljana and Volčič is one of the culinary scene’s finest standard bearers.

Pro Tip:  Be sure to make an advance reservation. The restaurant was full during our weekday lunch.

Monstera Bistro is located at Gosposka ulica 9, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Traditional Food

Potica

Potica is one of the many traditional foods that we enjoyed in Slovenia.

Though small in size, Slovenia has an impressive diversity of food options ranging from slow-cooked savory dishes to sugary sweet desserts featuring the country’s agricultural bounty. Štruklji, dough stuffed with fillings like cottage cheese, apple and walnuts, may be the most famous traditional Slovenian food, but the options are endless from rolled potica cakes to kranjska (the Slovenian version of smoked sausage.) If these dishes don’t ring a bell, visit Ljubljana for a culinary crash course at the following restaurants:

Moji Štruklji Slovenije

Moji Struklji Slovenije - Ljubljana Restaurants

Moji Struklji Slovenje serves traditional Slovenian food with an emphasis on struklji.

With a name that literally translates to My Dumplings of Slovenia, it’s no surprise that Moji Štruklji Slovenije serves štruklji, Slovenia’s most popular comfort food. Common sense would lead one to assume that the restaurant serves the iconic Slovenian classic with traditional flavors like cottage cheese and apple. But that assumption is only half correct.

The creative team at Moji Štruklji Slovenije takes the simple štruklji to new mind-blowing levels with over 20 flavors on offer at any time. Beyond three dough options, Moji Štruklji Slovenije serves an array of freshly prepared savory, fruity, chocolate and gourmet štruklji variations in addition to traditional štruklji. After tasting several, we recommend the version with dark chocolate, orange cream, juicy oranges and melted dark chocolate.

Pro Tip:  In addition to štruklji, Moji Štruklji Slovenije also serves Slovenian standards like hearty soup and sausage.

Moji Štruklji Slovenije is located at Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Klobasarna

Lunch at Klobosarna - Ljubljana Restaurants

What do you get when you add one sandwich, one roll, one bowl of soup and two glasses of Slovenian wine? The correct answer is lunch for two at Klobasarna.

If štruklji is the most famous traditional Slovenian food, then Kransjska Klobasa may very well take the second spot. With that in mind, it only makes sense to try this savory sausage specialty at the aptly named Klobasarna in the center of town. Soup and wine are optional at the casual eatery.

Pro Tip: Add mustard and horseradish to your sandwich for extra oomph.

Klobasarna is located at Ciril-Metodov trg 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Slovenska Hiša – Figovec

Spela Vodovc

Cook Eat Slovenia’s Spela Vodovc advises that Slovenska Hiša – Figovec is the best restaurant in Ljubljana for traditional Slovenian food.

We posed the question of where to find the best restaurant for traditional Slovenian food in Ljubljana to Špela Vodovc, local food expert and operator of Cook Eat Slovenia. Without hesitation, Vodovc responded with just one restaurant name:  Slovenska Hiša – Figovec. Open since 2017 in a historic Ljubljana inn, the restaurant serves a variety of Slovenian food and wine favorites including options for vegetarians. We have now added this restaurant to the top of our dining list for when we return to Ljubljana.

Pro Tip:  When in doubt – ask a local for tips on where to eat the best local food.

Slovenska Hiša – Figovec is located at Gosposvetska cesta 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ljubljana Cheap Eats

Hood Burger - Ljubljana Restaurants

As in the rest of Europe, hamburgers are quite the rage in Ljubljana.

Ljubljana has plenty of options for travelers on a budget as well as for those in the mood for a casual meal. From kabobs to burgers and even pizza, we found many dining options that didn’t break the bank. Our favorites were the city’s burger selection that we found to be far superior to those we ate in Zagreb and other Central and Eastern European cities. These are our recommended Ljubljana cheap eats options:

Hood Burger

Le Brie Hamburger at Hood Burger - Ljubljana Restaurants

Hood Burger’s big and juicy Le Brie Hamburger is quite a mouthful.

We headed straight to Ljubljana’s original burger joint to satisfy our fast food cravings for burgers, fries and coleslaw. We returned a few days later with our Canadian vlogger friend Chris Rudder in tow and he agreed. (Since we had been eating mediocre burgers in Europe for so long, we needed a fellow North American to verify our opinions.)

Open since 2012, Hood Burger prepares American-style burgers to order using Slovenian ingredients like organic beef from grass-fed cows and Belaroasa potatoes grown on a Dolenjska farm, but their secret weapon may be the homemade potato buns reminiscent of our beloved Martin’s Potato Rolls back home. In addition to the Classic Burger, popular burgers include the La Brie with mushrooms arugula and Brie cheese and the Jake ‘n’ Jay, a smashburger with two patties and cheddar cheese.

Pro Tip:  You can also try Lars & Sven Burgers, another popular American-style burger joint in Ljubljana; however, their locations are not in the center of town.

Hood Burger has multiple locations in Ljubljana. We ate at the Nazorjeva ulica 4, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia location twice.

Pop’s Place

Original California Classic Hamburger at Pop's Place - Ljubljana Restaurants

Pop’s place is a great spot to chill with burgers and beer in the center of Ljubljana.

Although we initially visited Pop’s Place to try their hamburgers (no surprise there!), we stayed for the casual eatery’s extensive craft beer menu. Sure, we enjoyed scarfing down the burger bar’s loaded Original California Classic burger with its custom beef blend, secret sauce, aged cheddar cheers and garnishes. However, finding Põhjala beer on the menu was a true treat. We originally discovered the excellent Estonian craft beer during our trip to Tallinn and were thrilled to drink Põhjala’s brews one more time in Ljubljana.

Pro Tip:  If you’re not in the mood for burgers and beer, Pop’s Place has a varied menu with foods like ribs and chicken as well as drinks like cocktails and wine.

Pop’s Place is located at Cankarjevo nabrežje 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ek Bistro

Shaksuka at Ek Bistro - Ljubljana Restaurants

We ate this shakshuka at Ek Bistro.

Serving one of the most popular brunches in Ljubljana, Ek Bistro has a global menu featuring Israeli Shakshuka and French pastries. After walking by Ek every day during our visit to Ljubljana, we finally squeezed our way into the chic restaurant for brunch so we could eat the aforementioned Shakshuka with tomato and pepper sauce, poached eggs, sour cream and coriander. We also ordered the special Smoked Royale with smoked salmon, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and matcha for “research purposes”. In all honesty, the shakshuka could have been spicier, but Ek is a good brunch option with seats available both in their modern, stylish, exposed brick dining space and their outdoor dining area overlooking a quiet stretch of the Ljubjanica river.

Pro Tip:  Ek Bistro has a comprehensive drink menu that includes third wave coffee, smoothies and cocktails.

Ek Bistro is located at Petkovškovo nabrežje 65, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Gelateria Romantika

Gelato at Gelateria Romantika - Ljubljana Restaurants

Gelateria Romantika serves traditional Italian gelato in its Ljubljana storefront location.

Although Gelateria Romanitika serves an array of traditional gelato flavors like chocolate and pistachio, the boutique gelateria shines with flavors that incorporate Slovenian food classics like potica cake and pumpkin seed oil. Taking the concept of thinking global and acting local, this popular gelateria prepares Italian style gelato with ingredients from countries as varied as Tahiti and Madagascar as well milk from local dairy farms. The results are positive as evidenced by the number of locals and travelers who line up for cones every night of the week.

Pro Tip:  Beyond gelato, Gelateria Romantica serves a range of desserts including sorbetto, popsicles and waffles.

Gelateria Romantika is located at Dvorni trg 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Markets & Specialty Stores

Tomatoes at the Ljubljana Central Market

Tomatoes abound at the Ljubljana Central Market right in the center of the city.

Ljubljana has a surprisingly diverse food culture that dates back thousands of years and reflects the cuisine from former rulers like the Romans, Slavs and Hungarians. Some of the surprises hit you in the face like horse meat and milk vending machines, while others are more subtle like the city’s focus on both food quality and conservation. These are our favorite markets and specialty stores for experiencing Ljubljana’s food culture in intimate settings surrounded by locals.

Central Market

Mushrooms at the Ljubljana Central Market

We bought these mushrooms from a farmer at the Central Market and cooked them in our Airbnb apartment.

Ljubljana’s Central Market is busy every day of the week except for Sunday when it’s closed. Locals come with recyclable shopping bags to purchase local, seasonal produce, fish, meat and grains to use to cook daily meals and often linger over lunch purchased from on-site vendors.

Fishmonger at the Ljubljana Central Market

Fishmongers sell all kinds of seafood inside the Central Market,

Beyond the outside stalls, the Central Market has an indoor section where fishmongers and butchers sell their wares. This is where we purchased prosciutto and polenta to recreate one of the dishes we learned to cook during our Cook Eat Slovenia cooking class.

Knifemaker Joze Krmelj in Ljubljana

Artisan knifemaker Joze Krmelj sells stunning knives and other handcrafted products at Ljubljana’s Central Market.

Though busy on the weekdays, the Central Market hits its stride on Saturdays when organic farmers come out in full force and are joined by vendors selling Slovenian handicrafts. We met Jože Krmelj, an artisan trained in Austria but 100% Slovenian, on a rainy Saturday at the market and were tempted to buy one of his unique knives to accompany the Japanese knife we had previously purchased in Tokyo. Sanity ruled and we instead left the market with a handcrafted pear cutting board that Krmelj generously gifted to us during our conversation.

Pro Tip:  Bring an empty shopping bag and a healthy appetite when you shop at the Central Market. You will need both.

Central Market is located at Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Open Kitchen (Odprta Kuhna)

Crowd at Open Kitchen - Ljubljana Restaurants

The crowd spills beyond Open Kitchen boundaries as diners indulge in a cornucopia of food choices.

Every Friday (weather permitting) from March to November, Pogacarjev Trg next to the Central Market comes alive with locals and tourists of all ages who convene on the square with one singular goal – to eat as many small plates as possible at Lior Kovacahy’s weekly Open Kitchen event. Prepared by the country’s top chefs and sold at affordable prices, these plates represent a cornucopia of Slovenian food specialties as well as global offerings more typically eaten in faraway countries.

Pro Tip: Arrive in the mid-afternoon to avoid the inevitable lunch and dinner crowds.

Open Kitchen is located at Pogačarjev trg, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Pekarna Osem

Bread at Pekarna Osem in Ljubljana

Pekarna Osem sells artisan bread six days a week in Ljubljana.

We discovered Pekarna Osem while drinking cappuccinos at Črno Zrno (see below) right across the street. The enticing aromas drifted over to us and drew us inside the tiny artisan bread bakery like flies to sugar. We couldn’t resist trying baker Andrej Gerželj’s baguettes on the spot and returned to buy more later in the week. Easily winning the award for the best baguettes in Ljubljana, Pekarna Osem sells eight types of bread each day until each sells out one by one. Ironically, Pekarna Osem literally translates to Bakery Eight.

Pro Tip:  Although the shop officially closes at 6 pm on weekdays (earlier on Saturdays), shop early in the morning for a full bread selection.

Pekarna Osem is located at Gornji trg 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dobrote Dolenjske

Wine at Dobrote Dolenjske in Ljubljana

Dobrote Doenjske sells the best Posavska products in the center of Ljubljana.

A visit to Ljubljana would be incomplete without exploring the lush Slovenian countryside. If that’s not possible, a trip to Dobrote Dolenjske is the best next thing. This specialty shop sells over 300 culinary products from the Posavska wine region. Though its Slovenia’s smallest wine region, Posavska produces 10 million liters of wine each year as well as cheese, meat, honey and liqueurs – all for sale in this Ljubljana shop.

Pro Tip:  Not sure what to buy at Dobrote Dolenjske? The friendly staff will provide samples to assist you with the decision.

Dobrote Dolenjske is located at Mestni trg 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Coffee

Outside Cafe Cokl - Ljubljana Restaurants

As digital nomads, finding good coffee is our top priority when we arrive in a new city.

The Ljubljana coffee scene failed to impress us at first. We weren’t so into the traditional cafes found that were serving Italian blends with a side of attitude, and we assumed that Ljubljana didn’t have a third wave coffee scene. Once we stumbled into Črno Zrno the world was a brighter place. As it turns out, Ljubljana has several excellent coffee shops hiding in plain sight. These are our favorites:

Črno Zrno

Cappucino at Crno Zrno - Ljubljana Restaurants

This cappuccino at Crno Zrno was the first good cup of coffee we drank in Ljubljana but not the last.

It’s no coincidence that Črno Zrno sports both a sleek design and excellent coffee – owner Alex Niño Ruiz is a native of Colombia with a background in architecture. He brings his Colombian heritage and eye for design to Črno Zrno, a cool coffee cafe whose name translates to Black Bean.

Alex Nino Ruiz at Crno Zrno in Ljubljana

Alex Nino Ruiz doesn’t just own Crno Zrno, he also makes a mean cappuccino.

Ruiz exclusively sells locally roasted Colombian coffee drinks at Ljubljana’s ultimate third wave coffee shop. He also sells beans like the Florida beans he ground for us to brew in our Airbnb apartment with a Turkish coffee pot. Though small in size, Črno Zrno is a big player in the burgeoning Ljubljana coffee scene.

Pro Tip:  You never know who you’ll meet at third wave coffee shops like Črno Zrno. We had the good fortune of meeting British coffee shop owner Ed Yarnton whom we later visited at Blighty Cafe in London.

Črno Zrno is located at Gornji trg 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Stow

Stow - Ljubljana Restaurants

Located on the ground level of Ljubljana’s City Museum, Stow is a great spot for a coffee break.

Bucking the trend of mediocre museum cafes, Stow is a modern coffee shop that serves single-origin coffee drinks as well as tempting baked goods and alcoholic beverages. Don’t hold its museum location against Stow – baristas here use modern coffee technology and sleek equipment from the likes of La Morzocca and Chemex to deliver coffee worth a break.

Pro Tip:  You will find Stow once you walk down the flight of stairs at the back of the City Museum.

Stow is located at Gosposka ulica 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Kavarna Moderna

Jure Likeb at Kavarna Moderna in Ljubljana

Jure Likeb joined us for some coffee talk at Kavarna Moderna, a bi-level cafe in Ljubljana’s Museum of Modern Art.

As it turns out, Ljubljana has not one but two excellent museum cafes, the second being Kavarna Moderna in the Museum of Modern Art next to Tivoli Park. We enjoyed chilling on the upper level of the cafe’s mod space while sipping cappuccinos. The cafe also serves a range of desserts including ice cream in the summer.

Pro Tip:  Check the museum’s opening hours before trekking to Kavarna Moderna. The cafe was closed on our first try though open on our second.

Kavarna Moderna is located at Cankarjeva cesta 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

TOZD

Tozd - Ljubljana Restaurants

The atmosphere is sleek and modern at TOZD.

Appealing for its artistic design and riverside locale, TOZD serves a solid selection of drinks including third wave coffee made with beans roasted by Escobar, a Slovenian roastery. With a funky Australian vibe, TOZD is a great to spot to drink the cafe’s signature cold brew in the summer or a hot drink in the winter.

Pro Tip: Sit outside to enjoy your coffee with a view of the Ljubljanica River.

TOZD is located at 1000, Gallusovo nabrežje 27, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ziferblat

Tilen Prasnikar at Ziferblat - Ljubljana Restaurants

Tilen Praskinkar introduced us to the unique coffee culture at Ziferglat in Ljubljana.

Though we’ve enjoyed different coffee experiences all over the world from Cape Town to Hanoi, Ziferblat’s vibe was new to us with its unique pricing structure and chill co-working vibe. Originally started in Russia but now also operating in the UK, Ukraine, Mongolia and Slovenia, Ziferblat charges by the minute instead of by the drink or snack. During our visits, the cost was €3 per hour (maxed daily at €7) for all the coffee and cookies we could ingest.

Pro Tip:  In addition to a stocked kitchen, Ziferblat also has board games, a piano and free Wi-Fi.

Ziferblat is located at Vegova ulica 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Drinks

Nibbles at Vinoteka Movia Cenik - Ljubljana Restaurants

After enjoying afternoon aperitivos in Bologna, we embraced the culinary concept yet again in Ljubljana.

Beyond coffee, Ljubljana has a cafe culture that serves copious amounts of Slovenian wine and local craft beer. If you’re not sure where to drink, we recommend the following watering holes:

Cafe Čokl

Inside Cafe Cokl - Ljubljana Restaurants

Though tourists tend to sit on the outside terrace when the weather allows, we preferred drinking inside with the locals.

We noticed Cafe Čokl at the base of the funicular when we visited the Ljubljana Castle during our wine tour and made a mental note to return. We’re glad we did since the hip cafe goes beyond the norm with its selection of fair trade coffee and craft beer. Though we enjoyed drinking cappuccinos on the cafe’s well-positioned terrace, we actually preferred sitting inside while drinking local HumanFish straight from the tap during our second visit.

Pro Tip:  Cafe Čokl is located near the Central Market should you need a break before or after a shopping expedition.

Cafe Čokl is located at Krekov trg 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Movia

Inside Vinokeka Movia Cenik - Ljubljana Restaurants

The wine selection at Movia is nothing short of impressive.

Located in Ljubljana’s historic City Hall building, Movia sells and serves an impressive selection of wine from its vineyards in Slovenia’s Primorska region. Part wine store and part wine bar, Movia provides a great introduction to Slovenian wine varietals like Malvazia, Krebula and Tehran. The food’s good too.

Pro Tip:  Order locally sourced pancetta and cheese to pair with your wine.

Movia is located at Mestni trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Wine bar Šuklje

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It’s no hardship to spend a rainy afternoon inside Wine bar Suklje.

A surprise rain storm kept us at Šuklje longer than we expected. No worries – the rain gave us an excuse to share an afternoon bottle of Bagueri Chardonnay from Goriška Brda in Slovenia’s Littoral region near the Italian border – not that we needed an excuse to enjoy great wine in the wine bar’s elegant setting.

Pro Tip: In addition to its vast Slovenian wine selection, Wine bar Šuklje also serves wine from counties like France and South Africa.

Wine bar Šuklje is located at 10, Breg, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.


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