The 10 Best Cafés in Ljubljana

Courtesy of Zvezda Café
Courtesy of Zvezda Café
Andreja Posedel

Ljubljana is a great spot for coffee lovers. With numerous cafés located all over the city, it is easy to find something for every taste. There are cafés for nature lovers, architecture fans, cat people or those just trying to enjoy a good cup. Whether you are a coffee snob or just need a daily dose of caffeine, Ljubljana is the place for you.


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©Matic Bajželj / Courtesy of TOZD

This is one of the more popular cafés in Ljubljana to meet with friends or enjoy people watching. TOZD offers fair trade coffee that can be enjoyed while sitting under the giant trees that provide shade on sunny days. If it’s cold or rainy, sit inside, where the walls are adorned with photos taken by contemporary Slovenian artists. There is also a small library located in the back of the café.

2. Zvezda Café

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Zvezda Café, Ljubljana
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Zvezda means star, and this café has been a star since its opening in 1999. Coffee, pastry, cakes, and ice cream made from the best ingredients are just a few reasons why this café is so popular among locals. Zvezda’s Chocolate Dream Cake is a must for all chocolate lovers who are visiting Ljubljana.

3. Špica Caffe

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Just a couple of steps from the city center, Špica Caffe is located on the bank of the Ljubljanica river. This area has always been a favorite place for locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Green surroundings, peace and quiet, and a good cup of coffee are just a few reasons to stop by and recharge your batteries.

4. Cafétino

Cafe, European, Coffee, Vegetarian

Coffee Beans
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Located in the old part of the city center Cafétino is well known among those who want more from a cup of coffee than just a dose of caffeine. Cafetino offers, grinds, pours, and serves 26 types of fair trade coffee. The café is not only well known for its coffee, but it is also a famous meeting point for gin lovers since they offer the largest selection in town.

5. Nebotičnik Café

Bar, European, Beer

Neboticnik skyscraper rooftop cafe terrace, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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This café is located inside Nebotičnik, one of Ljubljana’s most iconic buildings. When built in 1933 it was the ninth largest building in Europe, despite only having thirteen stories. Nowadays Nebotičnik is a multipurpose building with a café and a restaurant on the top floors. On a clear day, the terrace of the café offers views that reach all the way to the Alps.

6. Cat Caffe Ljubljana

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The best place for cat lovers to enjoy their cup of coffee in Ljubljana. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the seven beautiful cats that rule this café. For all the guests that have already had their daily dose of coffee, but would still like to play with these balls of fur, Cat Caffe offers other drinks and their house specialty Cat Cola.

7. Café Čokl

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Café Čokl
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Conveniently located next to Ljubljana’s public market, Café Čokl is a perfect place to rest tired feet after browsing the market shops. The staff of this small and cozy café is knowledgeable and always prepared to help the guest select a perfect cup of coffee.

8. Čolnarna

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Tucked away in Tivoli, Ljubljana’s largest park, Čolnarna feels like an oasis with its beautiful scenery. This café has a great indoor and outdoor play area, making it a great place for parents to enjoy a cup of coffee while their children play. Despite being very family friendly, this is not just a café for parents. It can also be a great location for a first date.

9. Café Moderna

Cafe, European, Coffee, Beer

Museum of Modern Art
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Located in the Museum of Modern Art, this café lives a double life. It is not only a relaxing place to stop by for a cup of coffee, it also hosts opening parties for art exhibitions. Running into a local artist while enjoying the offerings of Kavarna Moderno’s espresso or brew bar is not out of the ordinary.

10. Ziferblat Ljubljana

Cafe, European, Coffee

Coffee here is free. Ziferblat follows the trend of cafes opening around Europe that wish to work as extensions of people’s homes. This is a place to have coffee with a friend, come to create, read a book, or meet new people. The only thing Ziferblat charges for is time. After finishing coffee or tea, guests pay for the time spent there instead of the drinks they had.

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