If you have been reading this blog for awhile you may of gathered something, I am not the biggest fan of big cities. I will take being out in the countryside exploring then in a crowded city shuffling my way between buildings any day.
But some cities, they have a charm to them that makes it impossible not to love, and Ljubljana is one capital city that I would happily visit again and again.
From the castle overlooking the city to the colorful buildings lining the river right through downtown there was something special about Ljubljana.
After our week in the city one thing was defintely certain…
I was completely charmed by Ljubljana.
When I travel to new places I like to take my blogger hat off and just enjoy taking it all in. Sometimes I like to create a guide to share on the blog, or if I have learned some great tips or places to visit you can bet I will share them, but for the most part I just want to wander a new place with my camera in hand and my eyes open to take it all in.
And that is exactly what I did while in Slovenia.
While I don’t want to make a full out guide for Ljubljana (I will leave that to the lovely Isabel!) I do want to share a few things that we did and ate that we absolutely loved so that if you are venturing over to this charming capital city you can enjoy to.
What to Do
While we were in Ljubljana our favorite thing to do was to just wander around the city and see what we stumbled on. We explored tiny streets, stopped into some beautiful shops, and made a few wine pit stops along the way. (Slovenia wine is delicious!) My favorite thing about Ljubljana was that it was such an easy city to navigate so you didn’t have to worry about getting lost!
Aside from our wandering adventures a few highlights of the the things we did in Ljubljana:
Walk up to the castle | Overlooking the city is the beautiful Ljubljana Castle. You can reach the castle by walking up the hillside, or by taking the funicular railway for a fee. We walked up to the castle in the early evening to take in the city from above at dusk, highly recommend doing the walk at this time!
Browse the small shops | There are a ton of really cute shops around town that I loved browsing around. H and I picked up some fun handmade nik naks to add to our flat and if my suitcase was bigger there would of been several more purchases made!
Visit the quirky area of Metelkova | For something different head over to Metelkova for some unique art displays. This is definitely one of the more unique artistic collectives you will find in Europe, everywhere you look there is colorful and unique art to take in!
Where to Eat
Everything we ate in Slovenia, it was delicious! The fresh fish, all of the comfort food meat dishes H enjoyed, and the desserts, my goodness it was good! Every meal we had was memorable, (make sure you come to Slovenia hungry!) and these three spots were some of our favorites.
Gujžina | A charming restaurant right in downtown everything our group ordered was amazing. Make sure and try the unique Slovenia dessert, prekmurska gibanica “over Mura moving cake”, it was seriously so delicious and yet I still don’t even know how to describe it!
Manna | If you are in Ljubljana and want to have an unforgettable dinning experience go here! The Viking and I both have this meal in our top 5 dining experiences, it was amazing.
TaBar | A fun spot for some tasty tapas and wine!
And the most important dining tip, stop for a glass of Slovenian wine at any of the cafes along the river!
A few other favorites from our trip:
The Open Kitchen | The Open Kitchen runs every Friday from mid-March to October, it was just our luck that we happened to be in Ljubljana on the first Friday of Open Kitchen for the year! There is all different kinds of food to try, wine to taste, and desserts to enjoy. If you are in Ljubljana while the Open Kitchen is running be sure to stop by.
Our day trips from Ljubljana | Ljubljana was the perfect base for us to take a few day trips so we could explore more of Slovenia. We spent on day at the coast visiting Koper, and another in the mountains and visiting Lake Bled. I loved that we could make a short hour or two drive out of the city and be out in the countryside exploring!
All of the dogs | Okay, maybe not exactly something for the list, but I loved all the dogs around the city! Any place that is as dog friendly as Ljubljana is a gem in my book.
Ljubljana was never a place on my radar, and I think it took me the first few days of the trip to learn how to properly pronounce Ljubljana, but it was a city that has left a lasting impression on me.
If you have the chance to visit this charming capital city, GO! And take me with you:)
Some cities, they are worth dealing with the crowds for :)
Want more Slovenia fun?! Check out this post about the gorgeous Lake Bled. How about a castle post? Yup, Slovenia has castles to, and probably one of the most unique castles around! One thing is for sure, Slovenia is one gorgeous country!
Question of the Day?
What is your favorite big city to explore?