With our apologies to the French and their national obsession with the “coagulation of the milk protein casein”, there's objectively no better use for milk than the production of glorious, creamy ice cream! And in our humble opinion, you can't find a better selection of world-class ice cream east of the Soča Front than in Ljubljana. Many of the local purveyors serve up Italian-style gelato, while in recent years the variety has grown to include various organic offerings and even Thai-style ice cream rolls. Did your favourite spot get left off the list below? Please let us know in the comments!
Now without further ado, here are the Top 7 places to get Ice Cream in Ljubljana, as voted by our local readers in our most recent Best of Summer in Ljubljana competition:
Boasting an unbeatable location just steps from Ljubljana's famed Prešernov Trg, Cacao is the city's top destination for ice cream lovers - overwhelmingly voted as having the best ice cream in town in each and every In Your Pocket Best of Summertime competition to date. It's large tree-shaded terrace along the banks of the Ljubljanica also gets top marks for atmosphere, while the laid-back chocolate brown interior is a great place to chill out with a mouthwatering slice of gourmet cake or freshly prepared fruit smoothie. One of our, and seemingly everyone else's, favourites.
Ljubljana has seen a raft of excellent ice creameries open up in recent years, and foremost among them is Vigò. Located between Mestni Trg and Tromostovje we salivate every time we walk past this elegant gelateria-cum-café with continuously flowing taps of dark and white chocolate tempting from the window. Apart from stunningly good gelato - we like it sandwiched in a brioche - Vigò also offers cakes and excellent coffee. Upstairs is a chic space to relax over coffee and your sweet treat of choice, or grab a table on the pavement and people watch with a cocktail.
Once again voted the best gelato in town by locals and, according to Lonely Planet, the best ice cream in the world. Gelateria Romantika is an example of a genuine boutique gelato parlour featuring not only classic Italian but also unique Slovenian gelato flavours. Discover pistachio di Bronte, the flavour that won the hearts of the locals, or indulge yourself in their famous, multi-times awarded roasted pumpkin seed oil gelato. All flavours are additive-free and made by hand right in front of you, using only unprocessed ingredients, non-homogenized fresh Slovenian milk and real fruits. Not sure you fancy gelato before summer? Top it up with their crispy hot Belgian waffles or homemade hot chocolate, or simply order an authentic Neapolitan espresso for which Gelateria Romantika is also famous for.
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.
Ljubljana’s contribution to arguably the most popular fast food chain in the world offers a reliable and strangely soothing menu for when you want a taste of home, wherever that may be. With plenty of locations around the city, all offering free WiFi, friendly service and smiles for the whole family, keep an eye out for their local specials and don’t forget that the ketchup has to be ordered as an extra and the code to open the toilet door’s printed on your receipt.
Ljubljana is full of good ice cream options, and Fetiche Patisserie on Cankarjevo nabrežje is without doubt one of the best. An impressively wide selection is enhanced by the dedication to natural and genuine flavour. You’ll find nothing less than 100 per cent fruit here. Fetiche also possesses a mouth-watering array of sweets that are as good as impossible to resist. Indulge yourself, there's no such thing as a bad time for ice cream. Fetiche also finds itself frequently on the right side of awards, this year winning a first prize at the International Fair of Tastes.
A great place serving high quality artisan chocolates, desserts, natural ice cream along with excellent coffee (Illy espressos and Iconic Specialty Coffee) and a tasty fusion of modern French and traditional Slovene, also find light lunches and snacks and their trademark great hospitality. Čokoladni Atelje Dobnik is a fine place to spend any time of the day, complete with a spacious interior with a fireplace when it's cold outside and a terrace by the river when it's not. They also serve selected alcoholic drinks, including cocktails and craft beers.
If your hunger for the frozen stuff is so severe that seven of the best options in town aren't enough to satiate it, then you can find a dozen or so more options in our section that includes all of Ljubljana's ice cream.