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The Travel Mob’s Guide to Ljubljana
A (self-proclaimed) sophisticated night owl, if you want to explore the best of Ljubljana’s bar scene with just a dash of culture by day, check out Duncan’s top tips…
A stylish traveller and lover of luxury, Jaillan handpicks some of her favourite upmarket eats and decadent spas in her Ljubljana highlights, as well as some unique things to do and see.
As a caffeine-addicted urbanite, Pola can track down a good cup of coffee anywhere in the world. She loves authentic and original places, so if sipping a cold brew in a funky hip locale is what you’re after check out her Ljubljana hotspots…
Hipster is the leitmotif that follows Adam on his travels, so check out his tips for some of the most intriguing galleries, cafes and hangouts in the Slovenian capital.
Cosy bookshops and jazz clubs feature highly on Monica’s list of favourite venues in Ljubljana. If you like relaxing in places full of character and panache, check out her top tips.
With a videographer’s eye, Brian has selected places with the best panoramas in the city, along with some essential activities and sights for any first time visitor to Ljubljana.
Tours, Trips & Activities
Aside from checking out our favourite haunts and hang outs (above), there’s a wealth of fun things to do in and around Ljubljana. A number of creative tour operators offer diverse activities ranging from epicurean (for example craft beer tasting) to adventurous (such as stand up paddle boarding). Many of the best experiences we blogged about in our Stories section, so be sure to check it out! Otherwise we suggest you visit the individual websites of companies such as Watermelon Bike Tours, Ljubljananjam (food & drinks tours), Slocally (local experiences), Sightrunning Ljubljana, Luxury Slovenia, Bananaway (SUP and outdoors) and Roundabout (day trips to other parts of Slovenia). You can also find a comprehensive list of tours and trips on the Visit Ljubljana website.
More Useful Information
Both Easyjet and Wizzair offer affordable direct flights from London, whilst Adria airlines also offer flights from Manchester, plus 20 more European cities. By taking advantage of the clever GoOpti services you can also easily reach Ljubljana by flying to one of Zagreb, Bergamo, Milan, Bologna, Munich or Vienna airports (all are relatively nearby) and taking an affordable shared transfer. To check which routes work out cheapest for you try Momondo’s flight engine, which compares prices on different routes/airlines.
Those on a backpacker budget should investigate Tresor, Alibi M14 or Celica Hostel, whilst those searching for a bit more luxury should book into Hotel Meksiko, which has everything you need for a pleasant stay. Further upmarket and Sheraton recently opened a Four Points on the outskirts of the city. Apartments-wise and you can choose from local companies like Fine Ljubljana Apartments or Central Apartments, whilst global operator Only Apartments offer a smart platform for booking locally-owned flats.
Do check out our stories page, which includes the likes of a hipster’s guide, stylish travel guide and gay guide to Ljubljana, all of which feature some fantastic insider tips. In Your Pocket also do a great guide to the Slovenian capital, and of course Visit Ljubljana has oodles of info, including a festivals and events section. They also have several tourist offices you can drop by. To book a good tour guide check out Get Your Guide. For something hip and alternative check Ljubljana Magazine (in Slovenian with some English entries).