Most of Ljubljana’s eating and drinking is done on the riverside Cankarjevo Nabrezje or on the cobbled Mestni Trg.

Slovenian food is high quality and good value. Try Most on the river for a long, lazy lunch and (confusingly) the Lunch Café on Mestni Trg for an excellent evening meal.

For food on the hoof, pick up a horse burger (yes, really) from the Red Hot Horse fast food joint. For more conventional fare try a slice of pizza – this close to Italy it’s guaranteed to be good.


Café culture is in full swing in Ljubljana, thanks in part to its large student population. You could spend hours over a cappuccino by the river.

Slovenian wine is fabulous – try it while you’re in the country. Look out for the red Refosco and white Malvasia varietals, both grown locally.

The local beers are Lasko and Union, both with a light, tangy taste. Borovnica (blueberry schnapps) is a fiery local tipple commonly served as an aperitif.


The tap water is safe to drink in Ljubljana and across Slovenia.