24 hours in Ljubljana
As my home town I love writing about Slovenia and showing people what a great destination it is for a European break. I spent a couple days travelling around Slovenia this June along with spending 24 hours in the countries capital, Ljubljana, where I stayed at the gorgeous Intercontinental Ljubljana, located just a few minutes from the city centre. And if like me your trips need to include a luxury stay then this hotel is perfect for you and Slovenia is your perfect Summer destination.
Reaching Ljubljana from the UK is super easy, flights are under 2 hours and airlines like EasyJet and WizzAir are probably the best and cheapest options to travel. Skyscanner is always the best place to start your search.
Where to stay
Ljubljana has been without a luxury hotel and the Intercontinental Ljubljana has filled the much needed gap offering a place in the city that’s the perfect location for a short break with a hint of luxury. Located only 30 mins from the airport the hotel is based near the Old Town so the perfect place to explore the nearby museums and shops. The heart of Ljubljana is now pretty much car-less so you can walk peacefully alongside the Ljubljanica river which is lined with cafes, shops and restaurants, and just watch people go by.
I stayed in a Classic room, which is complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a large wardrobe, desk and views of the city. The bathroom is gorgeous and perfect for those relaxing nights after a long day of exploring, there’s a large marble bathtub. separate rainfall shower and circle mirrors with lamps. Depending on which room you get you’ll also get amazing views of the city, it’s probably best to ask about this upon reserving! If you don’t manage to get a room with a great view, the B-restaurant where breakfast is served and the B-Bar has a roof terrace with views over the Old Town and the castle. So these spots in the hotel are perfect. There’s also a really nice gym, which was super empty when I stayed that has all glass windows so you can check out the scenery whilst you’re working out.
Designed for the ultimate in pampering comfort, Saruna Wellness on the 18th-floor, features three saunas, a gym, massage rooms, pool and smoothie bar. It’s the best location to take a morning out from exploring and enjoy a soothing massage treatment whilst taking in views of Tivoli Park and the Julian Alps.
Where to eat in Ljubljana
Kurtoš which means “chimney cake” is a Hungarian dessert or snack, basically a roll of dough that is buttered, baked on a spit and coated with sugar or cinnamon – so a little bit like a doughnut. At Sisters Kurtoš they fill the inside and outside with different combinations like Nutella, peanut butter, crushed biscuits and then you can also upgrade and top your dough cone with ice cream too. They also come in sweet and savoury so there really is something for everyone. The savoury ones can be filled with different salamis, cheese and vegetables. They also have monthly specials to watch out for, previous flavours have been Raffaello, Black Forest and Strawberry Chocolate.
Is a cute little breakfast and brunch spot located just alongside the river near the Grain Bridge. With all of the typical brunch favourites like Eggs Benny, Eggs Florentine, French Toast. As well as every morning they have freshly baked cinnamon buns and croissants served with home-made marmalade.
A great spot for vegans and vegetarians in the city centre. They make amazing juices and smoothies and also have a fresh selection of smoothie bowls, porridge and organic bread sandwiches to start your day. It’s the perfect place to grab a healthy lunch too with a nice selection of soups, salads and rice bowls. Of course, their dessert offering and coffees are reason enough to stop by and visit.
If you want to taste some traditional, local food then this is a great place to start. If its your first time in Slovenia you probably have no idea what “štruklji” are, they are boiled or baked rolls of pastry that are served with a variety of sweet or savoury toppings. You can treat yourself to their classic traditional ones or spice it up with the meat, fruit or chocolate flavours. They have so many different varieties. Moji štruklji is the first dumpling house of its kind in Slovenia, n an idyllic location, surrounded by white Ljubljana, under Plecnik’s Arcades.
One of the best spots in the city to stop off for a cake, coffee and ice cream. Cacao is unmissable and in an unbeatable location just steps from Ljubljana's famed Prešernov Trg. They are open late into the evening, so perfect when you fancy dessert al fresco teamed with a quick cocktail alongside the river. I personally love their hot chocolate and Nutella Hot Chocolate, and the fact that they do an iced hot chocolate for Summer. Their cake and ice cream offering are also amazing too!
I’ve been going to this place for years and I promise you, it never gets old! I’ve never actually tried their Mexican food menu but for pancakes and cocktails it’s 10/10. They’re also open until 12 or 1am so when you’re looking for a late night sweet treat, this is the perfect place to go!
Pop’s Place Pizza
A new addition to Ljubljana is this gourmet Neapolitan pizza housed in chic New York interiors. Pops Place couldn’t have chosen a better location, in the Old Town, with beautiful interiors and a lovely exterior seating space. The menu is simple yet has everything your pizza needs desire, burrata, pizza, aperol spritz! The dough is kneaded by hand and left to rise for up to 48 hours, is no more than 3mm thick and is only baked for 90 seconds, there’s definitely a science to it tastes so good!