Best of 2024 Winners

15 Jan 2024

Best of 2024 Winners

On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the "Best of 2024" awards ceremony took place at the Španski Borci Culture Centre. For the 13th year in a row In Your Pocket has organised a vote for the best Ljubljana providers in six categories covering the fields of culture, cuisine, shopping, experiences and café offers. This year, we added a new all-Slovenian category, "Best of Speaker", or the selection of the best speakers, was added to the voting and the selection of the new category was upgraded with the 1st Festival of Decisions, which took place in the morning part with the desire to become an annual traditional event.

Every year, Slovenia is more recognised as a hidden tourist gem, where lovers of authentic experiences, culinary excesses and architectural attractions meet. In Your Pocket encourages providers and tourism stakeholders to introduce themselves to a wider domestic and foreign public - while recognising the efforts, work and achievements of providers, who are repeatedly recognised by foreign visitors and travellers.

The "Best of" recognition raises the profile and continues the tradition of evaluation, which consists of an expert panel and the general public, who can vote for their favourite provider in selected categories.

In Your Pocket editors prepared a set of categories and suggestions of providers for voting by individual lots, with which they wanted to make the choice easier for readers. The range of providers brought together those who are extremely interesting, recognised and highly valued among domestic and foreign visitors to the capital. Such a range of providers also makes it easier for visitors to the capital to choose when they are looking for specific service providers and want to opt for proven excellent ones.

This year, we had a total of six categories and further divided them into 46 subcategories. Voting began online on October 1st and attracted as many as 44,757 votes from Slovenia and beyond.

So who are the best of the best, whom the public awarded with a plaque and the title BEST OF 2024? Let’s find out!

Former head of protocol and author Ksenija Benedetti celebrated in the new all-Slovenian Speakers category, where the Top 20 finalists were selected.

Minister of Culture, dr. Asta Vrečko, presented awards to the Best in Culture winners:

Best Museum: National Museum of Slovenia
Best Gallery: Cukrarna
Best Festival: Ljubljana Festival
Best Events: Film under the stars
Best Cultural Experience & Venue: Kino Šiška
Best Cultural Place of Interest around Ljubljana: Arboretum Volčji potok
Best Architecture in Ljubljana: Cukrarna
Best Cultural Ambassador of Ljubljana: Bojan Cvjetićanin - Joker Out
Best of Culture winners

Plaques were awarded to the Best of Cafes category by Janža Pavlin, sales manager at In Your Pocket.
Best Cafe: POLO Cafe & Bar & STOW
Best Ice Cream: VIGO
Best Desserts: Čopomana
Best Coffee in Slovenia: ILLY
Best of Cafes winners

Melinda Rebrek, the executive producer of LJFW, presented the awards to the winners of Best of Shopping.
Best Fashion Store in Old Town: IKONA Ljubljana
Best Shopping Centre: Aleja
Best Home & Design Store: Rogaška Crystal
Best Concept & Gift Store: 1001 gifts
Best Culinary Shop: Dobrote Dolenjska
Best Artisan Bakerie: Pekarna Ana
Best 2nd & Vintage Store: Humana
Best Optic Store: Optika Clarus
Best Accessories & Jewellery Store: Zlatarna Celje
Best Global Brand Monostore: Tommy Hilfiger
Best Real Estate: Stoja Trade
Best Slovenian Designer: Matea Benedetti
Best of Shopping winners

The category of the Best of Ljubljana Experiences was presented by Niko Slavnić, director of the brand In Your Pocket Slovenia.
Best Outdoor Activity: Bananaway SUP Adventures
Best Indoor Fun: Woop! Izzivi (and Supernova)
Best Tours & Experiences: Ljubljana Castle Tour
Best Artisan Handicraft Experiences (by Visit Ljubljana): Print your own poster in an old print shop
Best Getting Around: BicyclesLJ
Best Attraction in Ljubljana Region: Velika Planina
Best Attraction in Ljubljana: Open Kitchen
Best of Ljubljana Experiences

In the category of Best of Restaurant, newcomers were also celebrated, and plaques were awarded by Niko Slavnić.
Best Slovenian Food: Hiša pod Gradom
Best Business Lunch & Dinner Restaurant: Cubo
Best Bistro in Ljubljana: Le Petit Cafe
Best Pizza In Ljubljana Old Town: Pop's Place Pizza
Best Pizza Around Ljubljana: Antica
Best Pizza in Ljubljana: Parma
Best World Cuisine: Cantina Mexicana
Best Burgers: Hood Burger
Best Vegan or Vegetarian Restaurant: Barbarella BTC Bistro
Best Asian Restaurant: Sushimama
Best Street Food: Burek Olimpija
Best Balkan Restaurant: Gostilna Čad
Best Inn Around Ljubljana: Gostilna Pr' Kopač
Best Chef in Ljubljana: Luka Jezeršek - Gostilna na Gradu
Best Gluten-Free Restaurant in Ljubljana: Dežela Okusov
Best of Restaurants Winners

So that wraps up another great year, be sure to swing by and congratulate our winners and enjoy their winning efforts and establishments, and of course, all our other excellent Best of 2024 nominees who each deserve a huge congratulations and your continued support.

Photographer: Sunčan Stone, source: In Your Pocket

Click here to see all of our 2023 winners


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