It's sometimes tough to be trapped in an office when the sun is shining, but once you're finished for the day then there's nothing better than catching up with a friend and enjoying some outdoor time together - perhaps with a pint or cocktail. Ljubljana spoils us with a superb choice of bars and cafes, so here's a few of our other favourites that are stylishly out of the centre of town but still attract the cool crowd.
Set beside a pond in the south west part of Tivoli Park, this popular café is a calm oasis walking distance from the city centre. Open all day, Čolnarna offers something for everyone. Relax with a coffee and muffin in the morning, grab a sandwich for lunch or indulge in a delicious sweet treat for afternoon tea. Especially well-suited for families and children, nearby are outdoor play areas, there’s a kid’s corner inside and Čolnarna has ice cream - the ultimate treat (bribe). Not just for families, it’s also a romantic spot to catch the sunset with a cocktail and look out for the regular live music nights.
A bustling café frequented by a battalion of clients from students to pearl-laden old ladies, Zvezda’s décor leans in the direction of clean and sophisticated with some really beautiful touches and plenty of light streaming in from the outside. Not the cheapest café in town, your money is at least well spent with coffee strong enough to wake the dead and some of the best and stickiest cakes and ice cream in town. They also have a few more cafés around town, so if you need a sweet fix while shopping at BTC City, coffee and cake at the National Gallery or a quick pick-me-up on the ground floor of the Hotel Slon this is the place to go.
Close your eyes, and try to imagine a café called Le Petit that happens to be sitting on a square named after the French Revolution. Le Petit café will match your imaginings and then some. Our first thought was adorable, but there is so much more to it than this. An excellent choice for breakfast or an afternoon coffee, Parisian chic abounds with added elegance and grace, whether you choose to sit outside or in the none-more-romantic inside.
After being shuttered for nearly a decade, the best views in the city are once again open to the public. Occupying the top floor of Ljubljana’s famed Nebotičnik building, the highest residential structure in Europe when it opened in 1933, the terrace’s 360° views from the Alps to the castle to the mountains in the south are truly breathtaking, and the coffee, cocktails and homemade cakes are worth trying as well. This is an absolute must for all visitors to the city.
Located just a few steps away from the pretty Koseze pond at the outer edge of Tivoli Park, this cute little café welcomes visitors with great coffee, teas, light bites and a well stocked bar. There’s a children’s play area close by plus wide open spaces for little ones to enjoy. Lokus is the perfect spot to recharge the batteries after a long walk or bike ride, or just to catch up with friends. You’ll find ample seating in the stylish interior plus plenty more out on the terrace, which is just the ticket for those wanting to escape the city for a while. Pull up a deckchair, mute your phone and relax with the sounds of nature.