One day in Ljubljana, Slovenia: a female-focused itinerary

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A Day in Ljubljana, Slovenia: Itinerary to Visit Ljubljana in ONE Day

A day in Ljubljana, Slovenia, may be enough to explore the historic center of the Slovenian capital and soak up its atmosphere.

Start from the main square, Prešeren Square.

From this point, the view is drawn in every direction by something fascinating.

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Immediately noticeable is the grand Church of the Annunciation, with its pink and white facade.

In front of it, Tromostovje – the Triple Bridge – stands out for its unique structure, with two lateral bridges joining the central one, stone balustrades, lampposts, and the green touch of the poplar trees.

Along the river, right next to the triple bridge, a long arcaded structure houses the covered market, with bakeries and shops selling meat and fish.

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The ideal day to visit Ljubljana is on Friday when, in the market spaces, Open Kitchen takes place, an event where various chefs perform show cooking.

It’s the perfect opportunity to taste local specialties.

Right in front, the market square opens up, as always the focal point of city life.

Choose some fresh fruit for the day and then stroll down Ciril-Metodov, in the heart of the old town, for a pleasant walk among the shops.

A DAY OF SHOPPING IN LJUBLJANA. WHERE AND WHAT TO BUY IN LJUBLJANA

You’ll immediately come across Zakladi Slovenije, full of very cute souvenirs. You can take home small handicrafts or food products like chocolate, spices, and wines.

Just after that, stop by Ika and step into the colorful world of Slovenian design. Some clothing pieces and accessories are exclusively produced for the shop, alongside a selection of creations by young local designers. It’s a project that brings together mother and daughter – Ika and Iva – in a quest fueled by passion and dedication, respect, and love for life and for a better future.

Una giornata di shopping a Lubiana dove e cosa comprare - Trgovina Ika shop - thestylelovers.com

Another address rich in locally designed items is Slovenika, where you can find innovative products with a green soul, handmade and made from natural materials. The home accessories, wooden bracelets, vintage-style bags, and wool slippers are all very beautiful.

A gem, still on the topic of woodworking, is Devur. Original accessories and a whole wall dedicated to bow ties. Whether classic or completely unusual, for example, themed around music or nautical themes, Devur’s bow ties are all handmade by the owner with local wood, mainly walnut. The pocket square is made of fabric that matches the bow tie knot fabric. Very cool.

Also, stop by Piranske Soline to discover the world of salt from the salt pans of Piran. An excellent product, recognized as PDO and PGI, Piran salt is not ground or refined and is rich in marine minerals. Purchase a jar of fleur de sel, salt crystals for regenerating peeling, and the precious mother liquor that aids in toxin elimination when added to the bath.

TIVOLI PARK, WHERE TO GO JOGGING IN LJUBLJANA

At the end of this shopping walk in the historic center of Ljubljana, cross the river and head towards the museum area.

Then reach Tivoli, the vast city park.

Very well-maintained, it has a large initial area adorned with tree-lined avenues, statues, and fountains, and a more external wooded area, which at times becomes hilly and is crossed by trails equipped for jogging.

In the central part, take a walk along Jakopič Promenade, embellished with a pleasant display of photographs of Slovenian landscapes.

Tivoli Park in Ljubljana is the perfect place for jogging, cycling, or simply taking a break in the greenery.

 

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TAKE A SWEET BREAK IN LJUBLJANA’S CHICEST PASTRY SHOP

Head back towards the center, crossing Slovenska cesta, the avenue of luxury brands, and continuing until you reach the Triple Bridge again.

For a chic pastry along the river, stop by Lolita.

This hyper-feminine pastry shop, named after Nabokov’s novel, is a delightful surprise, both for the variety of small sweet masterpieces, perfect, colorful, making it hard to choose which one to try, and for the chic and contemporary atmosphere.

High ceilings completely decorated, large windows, a color palette ranging from pink to purple, on a white base.

Some black accents give even more character to the environment, like the black of the Black Cherry maxi lamps by Nika Zupanc, a famous local designer.

The stylistic impact of the place, rich in design details, caught the attention of Lolita even at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards a few years ago.

VISIT LJUBLJANA CASTLE

It’s now sunset, and the best way to end the day is to climb up to the castle.

A stone’s throw from the historic center, Ljubljana Castle dominates the city from the top of a hill.

Reach it on foot or with the quick (and steep) funicular and enjoy the view of the city from the panoramic tower.

The medieval castle is now home to exhibitions and events, cafes, and restaurants.

 

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METELKOVA, LJUBLJANA’S ALTERNATIVE DISTRICT

But Ljubljana is not just about buildings ranging from baroque to Art Nouveau.

Outside the historic center, the city shows clear signs of Soviet socialism, with much more Spartan and sometimes damaged buildings.

Near the train station, the area of the former barracks was saved from demolition in the early 1990s by a group of two hundred volunteers who peacefully occupied it and transformed it into Ljubljana’s artists’ quarter.

Now Metelkova is an alternative area in constant transformation, where you can attend music evenings and artistic performances.

Drop by in the evening to mingle with the city’s underground culture, or visit during the day to see the sculptures and murals that adorn its buildings.

Some doors lead to the studios of young creatives, who will give you the opportunity to take a look at their works.

 

One day in Ljubljana Slovenia Metelkova - thestylelovers.com

WHAT TO DO IN LJUBLJANA AT NIGHT

At night, Ljubljana is bustling with life, and spending the evening in the city center is extremely enjoyable.

Along the river and in the adjacent streets, you’ll find numerous small restaurants offering traditional Slovenian cuisine, as well as others with a more international flavor, ranging from tapas bars to Mexican taverns.

The meeting point for young people is always Prešeren Square, with its beautiful riverside promenade designed in the 1920s by the architect Joze Plecnik, who shaped the city into the European capital we admire today.

Even if you think you’ve seen all of the historic center, you’ve probably missed the location we’re suggesting. It’s an internal street, which is a bit of a world apart, a small corner of tranquility perfect for the evening.

The address is As Aperitivo, a venue with a large veranda that wraps around a big tree. You’ll love the location, and if the cocktails and music make you want to stay, you can also stop for dinner.

It will be the perfect conclusion of a day in Ljubljana.

 

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| Image credits: The Style Lovers – Trgovina IKA – As Aperitivo |

 

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