Country: Slovenia, a country in Central Europe. Ljubljana is the hero & capital city.
Currency: The Euro (€) is the only reliable currency you can use in Slovenia.
Language: In Slovenia, the official language is the Slovenian language. Many Slovenes speak English very well, some use German and Italian as foreign language.
How We Pronounce Ljubljana: loo·bee·aa·nuh
The city of Ljubljana is one of the ten smallest capitals of Europe, but it’s huge in terms of the variety of what you can do, see and taste there all year round and it never disappoints whatever the season is.
It offers a picturesque destination with a hint of humanity, urban culture, arts, festivals, events, and green trails of natural wonders.
The spectacular Slovenian capital of Ljubljana echo’s so many modern urban vibes and hidden local gems. It’s a beautiful combo brimming with art, décor, coffee shops, bookstores, and medieval streets. It is so breath-taking that it feels like a treasure hunt.
You might stop and find yourself browsing through entertaining comics at Striparna Stripolison store on your way to the most popular hiking trail in southwestern Slovenia, Nanos.
In case you don’t simply wander aimlessly, we have handpicked a list of places that will help you experience the laid-back local vibes of the city and its people. The places that we are going to mention in this article have not been much covered since their origin.
These tips will inspire you along the way to discover the city’s vibes.
10. Striparna Stripolis
A comic book store that opens its doors at 10.30 am. Yes, you have read it right. Striparna Stripolis is a comic store that has been started by four artists. The most beautiful part about this store is its firewall against all the digital platforms in the world. How?
They believe that technology is not a scavenger of old traditional business. Instead, technology is the perfect BFF for traditional businesses to flourish. They have a pretty cool website and the link is down below.
They are not just a store but a community that co-organises the ‘Tinta Festival’, where comic lovers meet, create and promote the love of comics. Know more about them through the link.
9. Metelkova Art Center
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What can happen to a spot which was the military headquarters of the Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which was later renovated to the Slovenian headquarter of the Yugoslav National Army and finally abandoned as lonely army-barracks?
Welcome to Metelkova, a social point where you can witness the artistic and graphic skills of Slovenian handworks. It is a joint, full of human lively souls, where you can find live music and lively strangers with good food. Who does not love that, right?
8. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church
They say “after sin comes confession” and what better place can it be other than Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church of Corpus Christi. This holy shrine serves more than 3000 families from Ayers, Gollihar and numerous families within and outside its boundaries. You can bless your eyes by making your way towards this vibrant parish settlement.
7. Tivoli park
If you happen to change your definition of typical Indian parks that we mostly see around our localities then you must visit Tivoli park, the largest park in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
The city’s largest green space is a sweet retreat from the hustle-bustle of the city of Slovenia. If you are wanting to look for a corner where you want to spend a few hours in silent retreat and nostalgic auditing to how far you have reached in life, then we guess this place will be a perfect fit.
6. Mala Pražarna
It’s coffee time!
Mala Prazarna is a coffee roaster as well as a coffee shop that presents freshly roasted Arabica coffee for you. It is settled in a sweet spot and their grandeur lies not in the length of their architecture but the smile they put when you enter their premise. Do not worry about the location, we got it for you.
You can also check their Facebook page and guess what? You get to take back a coffee pouch with you if you want.
5. Čajnica Gallus
When there is coffee, tea cannot be far behind. Čajnica Gallus is a tea room so for all the tea-lovers, we feel you and this can be a perfect spot to try the Slovenian tea.
We hope you have not misread it as ‘nachos’ instead of Nanos, the first time because we did. Nanos is a limestone plateau at the eastern border of the Inner Carniola in southwestern Slovenia.
At an elevation of 1250 m, it is an independent spot for tourists who longs for long treks. Mountain biking is a common sport out here along with the blasphemous natural beauty, exclusively handcrafted for you by the Gods around. Trust us because we mean this.
3. National Museum of Slovenia
Located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, the National Museum of Slovenia is the historical database for those who want to know about the history of Slovenia.
You have to keep this under your ‘Places to visit’ list because it was founded in 1821 and it has not aged a bit (thanks to the dedicated management of the Government of Slovenia). The country’s oldest cultural and scientific institution boosts historical supremacy with the following branches:
- Archaeological Department
- Numismatic Cabinet
- Department of Prints and Drawings
- Department of History and Applied Arts
- Conservation and Restoration Department and a library (geek alert)
2. Ljubljana Castle Vineyard
Are you a lover of wine, the history of castles and nature walks around the city? Yes, yes, yes….! You read it, right.
Probably you won’t believe and are not aware that the Ljubljana castle has its own vineyard on a castle hill, a descendant of the oldest vine in the world growing by the castle walls and the excellent Castle Wine Bar and Shop with selected wines from all over Slovenia. Ljubljanski Grad covers everything you want to see and experience. This mighty castle delights even the most demanding tastes of connoisseurs and lovers of a good wine drop.
1. Culinary Workshop
There’s always a plus point of visiting European countries because you can get on board with culinary interactive sessions, where you can cook a whole slice, stir, season, and eat with a local chef, then sit back and enjoy the food you’ve created.
Cooking Class Ljubljana will take you on a journey within Slovenia’s rich culinary history alongside the most popular classical dishes. Whether you just prepare the food or watch people preparing the feast, one thing is guaranteed that you’ll have some good laughs, good memories, and lots of good food to indulge yourself into.
Juhi Chakravertty & Dr. Arindam Ballav