Finding something good to eat in Ljubljana is a really - piece of cake, whether you like a bit of Croatian cuisine, Hungarian goulash, a simply pizza, or breakfast & juice.
The foods that are most likely to have you coming back for seconds probably won't be the traditional Slovene options. The city is slap bang in the middle between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans, so nobody here has had to look very far for inspiration.
Mencigar - Nobile restaurant
Find a taste of the Prekmurje region and its tradition just a short walk from the open market square. The interior of the restaurant is carefully chosen with wood and natural colours prevailing, while sitting outside on the terrace is also possible. Try typical Prekmurje dishes like Bograch, Tunka or homemade pork sausage with sour turnip, while for dessert the famous Gibanica is a must, though we were told that guests return for pumpkin ice cream also. You can rent Mencigar-Nobile also for private events.
Zarnikova ulica 3
Founded in 1996, Pizzeria Foculus soon became one of Ljubljana's most popular places, and not without good reason. Not only do they serve pizzas made the traditional way, which gives them that delicious crust, the place itself is something worth seeing also. Foculus is located only steps from the old town walkway by the river, close to architect PleÄŤnik's most famous work The National University Library. Pizzeria´s newly remodelled historical interior includes an original pillar designed by grand master PleÄŤnik himself and an inspiring hand painted arched ceiling, supported by historical pillars.
Gregorciceva 3, Ljubljana
If we tell you that even an old Slovenian folk song sings about Sestica, then you can imagine how old it really is. It has served delicious food to Ljubljana citizens since 1776! Even Preseren used to drink here and Plecnik had his seat by the window. If you wish to experience tradition in any aspect, Sestica is the place. Domestic Slovenian food is served in a traditional setting of wood, greenery and carnations. Famous prsut for starters would be a good choice, continue with pecenica with sauerkraut and zganci. Struklji or a Farmer’s platter is a great option as well and prekmurska gibanica for dessert. Not ordering a glass of a first class Slovenian wine, would be a shame. See folk dances in national costumes every Friday night or join to dance with live music on Saturdays. If you are a group, book seats in advance.
Slovenska cesta 40
Zlato Runo - Georgian Restaurant
Amongst all the international restaurants in Ljubljana, Zlato Runo is certainly one to try out. The place has an original feel and is decorated with ethnic Georgian motifs such as carpets, paintings and instruments. The food is delicious and is based on beans, cheese, nuts, meat and mushrooms. As the welcoming owner Tamazi says, the food is prepaired with both heart and soul. Do you accept a challenge to drink out of a ram's horn? Gaumarjos!
Stari Tisler is not just a restaurant, it´s a monument. Established more than 100 years ago, Stari Tisler's walls whisper tales of coachmen that stopped by for warmth or out of curiosity for the town. Even today the house features the old entrance arch, high ceilings and horse berths on the outside facade. Stari Tisler has retained its level of hospitality throughout the century. It offers a place to stay for travellers and cooks traditional domestic food as it used to do in the past.
The Ribca bistro is situated in the main food market, the masterpiece of the famous Slovenian architect JoĹľe PleÄŤnik. Its close proximty to the largest fish market in Slovenia, makes it an interesting location for visitors, as well as locals. Their cooperation with the fish market assures a daily offering of fresh fish, crab, squid (calamari) and fish salads. A vast range of grilled fish such as swordfish, John Dory, scorpion fish, gilthead seabream and trout is offered. A selection of fried sardines, anchovies, hake, calamari, prawns, octopus salad, sea fruits and fresh salads are available throughout the year. In the spring and summer time you are invited to have a meal in one of the most romantic places in town - by the river with a view of the main square.
AdamiÄŤ Lundrovo nabreĹľje 1
Pizzeria Foculus Ljubljana
The only Hard Rock Cafe style pub in Ljubljana offers a view of the Ljubljana Castle from the outside garden and original photos of rock stars in the inside. In the morning Roxly feels like a pleasant bar with coffees, cocktails, though carefully chosen wines and international and Slovenian food (with the famous “struklji” and “gibanica”) makes it a restaurant throughout the day. In the evening Roxly transforms into a music venue with a DJ or live rock or blues band playing until 3 in the morning. On two floors, premises are available for rent for private events. Find it in the centre between City Hotel and Trubarjeva street.
Mala ulica 5
Juice Bar Juicebox
Juicebox is a juice bar, where you can choose your own smoothie. Juicebox offers fresh juices and smoothies, squeezed in front of you. You can enjoy dairy or non-dairy smoothies, with cereals or nuts, you may also consider adding soy milk, honey or natural boosters like aloe vera, guarana, carrot essence, etc. Britney Pears, Nelly Fruitado or Plums N` Roses, the choice is yours. Daily on Juicebox's dance floor you can hear Pink, Eros Apricotti and many others. We tried it and it was worth it. If you are bored, surf the Net while sipping your smoothie.
Slovenska cesta 38
A good location, well chosen music and a bohemian atmosphere make this place special and it is very popular among arty types and students. Parties take place in the evenings, while during the day it serves as a café and a restaurant. Although this L-shaped bar seems relatively small, it is constantly full, although despite that it doesn’t feel crowded since smokers occupy the outside part. Open until 1 am. Very recommended!
La Storia is an Italian restaurant located in a quiet street in the city centre. With a well chosen interior and ambient atmosphere, La Storia is perfect for a romantic dinner or a business lunch. If you are in a group, the restaurant can take up to 50 people but make sure you make your reservation in plenty of time.
This place is nothing special by itself but the people certainly make it cool, as it has a very bohemian crowd and relaxed atmosphere. Since it's quite small it's a nice place to hide and read a book. Occasionally a daily soup or a stew is offered and it's known for its good coffee and cocoa. Wireless internet is available.
Zidovska steza 2
The café of the Grand Hotel Union is a coffee shop with a story. Its a place to discuss 100 year old memories of our forefathers sitting on the same chairs. A place to discuss politics, to do business or simply to have a chit-chat with the waiter over coffee served in a Balkan “dzezva”. The place is the same as it used to be 100 years ago just the smoke of cigars is gone. A café during the day, it becomes a stage of culture in the evening.
Stara Macka Steak House
The concept of the steak house is to provide it's visitors with a top quality, complete steak dinner at an affordable price, served in a warm, comfortable atmosphere with friendly service. The restaurant is an urban escape in the very centre of the city, suitable for business a meeting or romantic date.
Close to the Metelkova district and part of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, SEM café is a 5-10 min walk from the very centre of town. We have not tasted them yet but delicious cakes are said to be offered to. SEM café is also a place for exhibitions, book presentations, literature evenings or dance nights (swing on Tuesdays and Salsa on Fridays).
Zlata ribica (Golden Fish) is placed in one of the oldest houses in Ljubljana. Although the interior is pleasant, we recommend sitting outside by the river where you can expect candles on the tables and a light river breeze. The restaurant is known for variety of first class wines, both Slovenian and foreign. You can choose from traditional Slovenian and Mediterranean dishes. For details and prices please see the menu on their web page. You can even rent a bike (1€/2h).
Cankarjevo nabrezje 5-7
The only sushi bar in Ljubljana is worthy of the name, styling itself as 'Modern Japanese Cooking'. This funky central restaurant does not disappoint and there are also meat dishes such as beef teriyaki on the menu. One of the few places in town serving Japanese beer, the perfect way to tone down the fire of some of the spicier dishes. The window seats are the place to see and be seen on this busy city centre thoroughfare.
River House is a funky member of the Ljubljana dining scene, located right down by the river in the Old Town. Chic décor is backed up by friendly service and a fresh, creative menu that turns its eyes firmly towards the Mediterranean. Truffles in season (autumn and early winter) are a highlight, usually worked into creamy sauces that come with fish or red meats or simply shaved over dishes.
Gallusovo nabreĹľje 31
A family-run bistro (okrepcevalnica) welcomes you for traditional Slovenian food, including thick soups and grilled meats a la carte. This is a recommended place to have your breakfast. They serve very good Italian espresso coffee and croissants. As an appetizer we recommend you order a bruschetta, a toast based pizza. Sitting on the terrace you will enjoy watching people passing by on the charming Trubarjeva street. The special menu is available everyday, and can be received daily by a mailing list.
This is an excellent Mexican restaurant with huge portions of food big enough for the hungriest man! Any dish such as chilli con carne or chicken salad is more than enough for any human, not to mention a big rumpsteak with hot sauce. Spicy stuff is marked on the menu, so think about your preference in advance. The terrace is a perfect place to show off as well as to meet beautiful girls. The numerous service is fast and efficient, except for one slow wanna-be-chef who did not allow us to take pictures inside, so unfortunately you cannot see it.
Wolfova ulica 4 - passage
A Bosnian restaurant situated just off the tourist track, with excellent Sarajevo cuisine at very affordable prices. The menu is very simple - you can choose from 5 or 10 cevapi pieces, and pleskavica (a Balkan hamburger-like meat). The best choice restaurant for a "cevapi and beer" evening!
Vrtna ulica 8
This is a bar just off the tourist trail. It's a walk from the city centre along the river, past the traffic lights. They offer various tapas, olives and beer.
Krakovski nasip 1
Romantic and expensive, take your chic girlfriend here, if you can afford it. Although a glass of wine comes to some 5 euros, I bet you can't stop yourself drinking one or two.
Mestni trg 2
Situated near Congress square, in the summer it has a terrace outside, but it is next to the road. If you don't like the busy street, you are welcome to sit inside amongst pleasant modern interior. The place is famous for its sea-fruits salad at €6, but also offers a diverse choice of lunch and breakfast options and has a wide range of sandwiches as well. If you are vegetarian or like it spicy, go for it. The service is fast and the prices are fair (even for students) which makes Tomato a great alternative to any other fast food. Outlet.
Worth the walk away from the Old Town along the Ljubljanica's right bank, this excellent-value pizzeria boasts a rustic interior and tasty thin-crust pizzas. These come in small and large varieties, through the small one is enough for two so think carefully before ordering one of the gargantuan large ones. Myriad toppings brighten up the perfectly baked thin-crust bases, and draught beer is an ideal accompaniment. Tables outside too for sunny days.
Grudnovo nabreĹľje 21
Sokol, Slovenian restaurant
This is a budget restaurant popular with tourists, it also has a terrace situated next to the busy main road.
Ciril Metodov trg 18
Le Petit Cafe
Is situated near Krizanke monastery and the National Library, the cafe is an ideal choice for breakfast. They offer a breakfast menu and fresh juice.
Trg francoske revolucije 4
Hostel Celica restaurant
This popular hostel also houses a restaurant with a terrace, which is open to the public. The menu offers soups, main dishes and salads. A popular place for students to eat, as well as a place to meet fellow travellers.
Metelkova ulica 8
If you've got a sweet tooth, you should mark Zvezda Café on your map as somewhere to stop and rest while sightseeing. The home made cakes they bake are said to be the most delicious in the city. A coffee with a cake is a must, of course. One Café is located in the city centre just by the Congress Square, the second in Hotel Slon, while the third is in BTC shopping district.
Proclaimed itself the first Arabian fast food venue in Slovenia and try their falafel because it's the best. Order maxi size coz the small one will disappear quickly. Ask for special sauces etc.
Gostilna and pizzeria Marn
Recommended for visiting during lunchtime. Since there are student halls nearby, this also a pizza place for students. You might consider visiting after a relaxing afternoon in the Tivoli park, because it's not far from there.
Rozna dolina cesta II/3
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