The first time I visited Ljubljana, one of the biggest surprises to me was this:
It’s a foodie town.
No one told me before I went that Ljubljana is an up-and-comer when it comes to European culinary scenes. Nobody told me about the endless food festivals or the Michelin-starred chefs.
And when I arrived, I was thrilled.
By the Friday food fest and the sprawling fresh market. The mid-summer burger and beer festival and the tiny tucked away Indian takeout near the river. The artisanal gelateria in the center and the pastry shop with an ice cream stand where you’ll find good vegan ice cream.
Every few days, we stumbled upon something else that left us satisfied and grinning madly.
As our time in Ljubljana drew to a close, we went on one more big culinary adventure: a food tour with Ljubljananjam–and found even more restaurants we loved and wished we had time to circle back to.
If you’re planning your own Ljubljana foodie adventures, it’s a tour very much worth booking. And I recommend going early in your trip so that you can circle back to the hidden-away indoor parts of the massive fresh market and several of the excellent restaurants and cafes later.
Standout favorites for me included the beef tartare (both gorgeously presented and deliciously prepared), the fresh market finds (in season while we were there were plums and grapes!), and the gorgeously light gelato.
Going to Ljubljana? You can book your own food tour here.
All photos taken with my Sony a6000.