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Top Choice Castle in Ljubljana

Ljubljana Castle

Crowning a 375-metre-high hill east of the Old Town, the castle is an architectural mishmash, but most of it dates to the early 16th century when it was largely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake. It’s free to r…
Top Choice Square in Ljubljana

Prešernov Trg

The centrepiece of Ljubljana's wonderful architectural aesthetic is this marvellous square, a public space of understated elegance that not only serves as the link between the Center district and the Old Town but as…
Top Choice Market in Ljubljana

Central Market

Central Market is Ljubljana's larder and worth a trip both to stock up on provisions or just have a good snoop (and sniff) around. Go first to the vast open-air market (Tržnica na Prostem) just across the Triple Bri…
Top Choice Slovenian in Ljubljana

Strelec

This is haute cuisine from on high – Ljubljana Castle's Archer's Tower, no less – with a menu that traces the city's history chosen by ethnologist Janez Bogataj and prepared by Igor Jagodic, recognised as one of the…
Top Choice Architecture in Ljubljana

National & University Library

This library is Jože Plečnik’s masterpiece, completed in 1941. To appreciate this great man’s philosophy, enter through the main door (note the horse-head doorknobs) on Turjaška ulica – you’ll find yourself in near …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Ljubljana

Postaja Centralna

This classy place tries — and largely succeeds – at being just about everything to everyone. It’s a slightly louche cocktail bar, with street-art tags on the walls and lots of dazzling neon, a club with DJs at the w…
Top Choice Seafood in Ljubljana

Taverna Tatjana

This charming little tavern bordering Old Town specialises in fish and seafood (though there's beef and foal on the menu too). Housed in several vaulted rooms of an atmospheric old townhouse with wooden ceiling beam…
Top Choice Slovenian in Ljubljana

Druga Violina

Just opposite the Academy of Music, the 'Second Fiddle' is an extremely pleasant and affordable place for a meal in the Old Town. There are lots of very Slovenian dishes like ajdova kaša z jurčki (buckwheat groats w…
Top Choice Bar in Ljubljana

Klub Daktari

This rabbit-warren of a watering hole at the foot of the funicular to Ljubljana Castle is so chilled there’s practically frost on the windows. The décor is retro-distressed, with shelves full of old books and a play…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Ljubljana

Slovenska Hiša

Our favourite new boozer along the river is so cute it's almost twee. Sourcing only Slovenian products makes the cocktails that much more inventive (gin – yes, tonic – no), meat and cheese plates (€4 to €7) are wort…