Ljubljana is an undiscovered jewel among European capitals. Slovenia‘s capital city has a rich history and culture that can be explored in museums and galleries all over the city. Streets are full of bars, restaurants, unique shops, and friendly locals. It would take weeks to see and partake in everything that Ljubljana has to offer. However, if you are only able to stop by Ljubljana for a short visit, this is a great way to spent 24 hours in the Slovenian capital.
Start your day with a breakfast. Le Petit Café & Restaurant is a charming place to enjoy a delicious breakfast every day of the week. Le Petit menu offers eggs, pancakes, waffles, and even French classics like Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur. After breakfast, head up to Ljubljana Castle. This magnificent 16th-century castle offers the best views of Ljubljana and its surroundings. The “Time Machine” guided tour at Ljubljana Castle, will take you back in time to the five most significant historical periods in Ljubljana’s history. The Castle’s courtyard houses a café and a restaurant. Relax for a moment and enjoy a cup of coffee before heading back downtown.
In the afternoon, walk the cobblestone streets in Old Ljubljana (the medieval part of the Ljubljana city center). Enjoy the beautiful architecture and charming shops and restaurants in the area. Take a photo by Robba Fountain, one of the most recognizable symbols of Ljubljana. Stroll through the Central Market where you can find traditional souvenirs to take home. Cross the Ljubljanica River on the famous Triple Bridge, and you will find yourself in Prešeren Square named after the greatest Slovenian poet Dr. France Prešeren – this square is a popular meeting point for visitors and locals. At lunchtime, find your way to Monstera Bistro. This modern bistro is run by one of Slovenia’s most famous chefs, Bine Volčič. The ever-changing menu of this Bistro offers dishes made from top-quality ingredients and food that is in season. Continue your afternoon exploration of Ljubljana, by stopping by one of the many museums or galleries located downtown. A visit to the Slovenski Etnografski Muzej (Slovene Ethnographic Museum) is a great way to learn more about Slovenian culture, history, and traditions. The big garden of the Museum’s Coffee Shop is a perfect location to rest after an afternoon of exploring Ljubljana.
Dinner is an excellent time to indulge in traditional Slovenian cuisine. At restaurant Pri Žabarju you can start your dinner with Beef Soup, then have a taste of Kranjska Klobasa, and enjoy Slovenian trout for the main course. Continue your evening by attending a show at the Mladinsko Theater. Though Ljubljana is home to many theaters, the Mladinsko Theater is the only one that offers English captions for every show. After the show enjoy a drink or two at one of Ljubljana’s bars. Beer lovers can enjoy a great selection of beers, and the friendly staff at the Premier Pub. Once the downtown bars close, Metelkova Mesto is a great place to continue your night. This Autonomous Cultural Center is a perfect spot to catch a late concert, meet new local friends, or dance the night away.