Many people would argue that no single place in Ljubljana encapsulates the heart and soul of the Slovenian people more than Prešeren Square. However, with all due respect to the famed tragic poet and the indisputably lovely square that bears his name just across the Ljubljanica river, for our proverbial money this distinction can only go to Central Market, which is the most direct connection between the vibrant rural areas that cover most of Slovenia and the more urban and cosmopolitan capital city. While strictly speaking the Central Market (or Centralna Tržnica in Slovene) is the building found to the west of Vodnik Square, the square itself is the heart of the bustling action, and the beautiful Plečnik Arcade running along the river to the north is also an integral part of the magical atmosphere. Fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce can be found outside, while meat, cheese, preserves, alcohol and countless other domača (or homemade) products can be purchased within. Rain or shine the various stalls are open every day except Sunday, with Saturday mornings traditionally being the busiest and most exciting time to visit, while it's also worth noting that the action usually dies down by early- to mid-afternoon on weekdays. Definitely a must on any trip to Ljubljana!