I’ll be honest-I hadn’t heard of Ljubljana until I started researching our Croatia trip and decided to start it in Slovenia, but I’m so glad we spent a few days here soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the city.
It seems like the cafes along the river through Ljubljana are always full and you’re really spoilt for choice with bars, cafes and ice cream stands with seats overlooking the water on either side. Our hotel was right by the river and we enjoyed sitting outside with a drink and doing a bit of people watching. We also enjoyed people watching from above, as our hotelm Vander Urbani Resort, had a rooftop infinity pool. (It was a bit of a birthday treat).
We toured Ljubljana castle as well, which involves taking a funicular up to scenic views of the city. Though the castle is more for public functions and restaurants, you can get an audio guide of the historically relevant parts.
There was a food festival going on in the market, and it seemed like every restaurant in the city had a stall selling amazing smelling food or mixed drinks in plastic bags to go. We spent half an hour wandering through the stands trying to decide what to eat, before deciding on some craft beer, a burrito and ribs. We spent the evening on the steps of the market square sampling local beer and enjoying the music before heading to a craft beer bar by our hotel, Pop’s Place where we tried a sampler full of even more Slovenian beer.
While we did wander through city streets to see the highlights of Ljubljana (though the only museum we visited was the Ethnographic museum, where sadly, the most interesting parts were not in English), the majority of our time there was spent relaxing and enjoying the city’s atmosphere, and I’m definitely not sad about that.
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