The Best Cafes in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana happens to be Slovenia’s largest city and capital, but you wouldn’t know it. It has been named the greenest European city and features the largest pedestrian city center that is just brimming with life. Citizens and tourist alike love to drink coffee by the gorgeous riverfront. Our first day in Ljubljana we spoke to a local who described her city as “a little girl who likes to play dress-up in her mother’s clothes. She’s beautiful and has refined elements, but should never be taken too seriously.” The city center is brimming with cafes serving up the local specialty drink, a white coffee.

Café hopping in Ljubljana is a year-round affair, even in the winter when they roll out fur chairs, blankets, and heaters; it is hard to resist sitting outside when you have as beautiful of a waterfront as Ljubljana.  With a student population of 50,000, it’s easy to understand why the city is filled with bars, coffee shops, and bookstores. Seriously, I’ve never seen more bookstores for a city of its size. The white coffee may not be for coffee aficionados, but it’s a shot of espresso topped with lots of milk and frothy foam. Pair the white coffee with a tasty cake and the European café culture is alive and well here. The only real problem is the abundance of cafes, so how do you choose? We took a break from our backpacking adventure around Europe to bring you a list of our favorite cafes in Ljubljana.

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Best Coffee and Cafes Shops in Ljubljana, Slovenia


Cajna Hisa

Cajna Hisa: This café is for all those non-coffee drinkers that still need their caffeine fix. (Not to worry  they have some of the best coffee in town too). Cajna Hisa also offers breakfast, sandwiches, and cakes to fill your appetite while you enjoy your tea. If you feel like some tea to go, the café is attached to their tea shop with plenty of loose-leaf teas to take home. Drink to try: Matcha Cappuccino


Le Petit Café

Le Petit Cafe:  Across the street from the University of Ljubljana, this café is filled with college students and professors looking for a break from their studies.  It’s made to look like a classic European café with French posters plastering the wall and featuring classic wood tables. The café, like many in Ljubljana, has a large outdoor seating area perfect for catching some fresh air while reading a book. Le Petit café also turns into a great restaurant at night offering good food and wine. Drink to try: White Coffee

Coffee Time!


Centralna Postaja

Centralna Postaja: Is it a coffee shop? A Radio Station? A bar? A restaurant? Or is it a shop? The answer would be all of the above. Centralna Postaja is hip, cool, and a little eccentric, but with a clear panache for a well-designed layout. They offer a full bar along with some great bar food staples. Burgers anyone? What to order: A Union Beer and a cheeseburger.

Cafe Hopping Ljubljana

Tozd Bar

Tozd Bar: Relaxed atmosphere with a cozy design. Tozd Bar has several bikes decorating the small cafe, adding a great element of quirkiness. Tozd Bar serves a nice selection of beers and wines complimented with a number of tapas. Most importantly, they offer cold brew coffee, which is simply awesome. What to order: Ruster Cold Brew (duh)


Caffetino

Caffetino: This trendy coffee shop has no sign out front, but you can’t miss the selection of coffee roasting equipment in their window display. With a wide selection of worldly coffee beans, this is place is for those who take their coffee seriously. They offer a nice selection of baked goods to compliment your coffee. What to order: Turkish Coffee (Cappuccino for a more mild palate)


Kavarna Macek

Kavarna Macek: This eclectic bar is situated right along Ljubljanica Riverfront. I wouldn’t say they specialize in anything, but they make up for that in fun. There is a large outdoor seating area and a lively crowd sipping out of kitschy cat mugs. What to order: Whatever you want

Kavarna Macek: Cafe hopping in Ljubljana

We loved trying out all these cafes in Ljubljana. Don’t forget that tipping 10% is common in many European cities. Check out our guide to tipping in Europe for the lowdown.


How to Get to Ljubljana


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Blaž Plogacnik

Ljubljana is an easy city to travel as it well connected. The main transportation hubs are the airport Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), Ljubljana railway station, and a bus station. We arrived from the border of Italy via bus which was easy. It’s also easy to arrive via train from the more popular European city of Budapest. If you’re planning a backpacking trip around Europe read our post on the cost and check out our post on the best backpacks.


Where to Stay in Ljubljana?


Antiq Palace – Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

We love Small Luxury Hotels of the World! They are so….luxurious! Antiq Palace is a former aristocratic residence turned boutique hotel. It’s located in a great spot in the city and still maintains many 16th century details.

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon

Another well located hotel is the Best Western on Slovenska Cesta. This hotel has stylish and comfortable rooms that fall in line with the Best Western Brand. A great buffet breakfast is included before you head out to take on the city!

Kva Hostel

For those on a budget Kva Hostel offers dorm and private rooms that cater to all travelers. It’s well located, clean, and has rave reviews!


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Plan and Pack for Slovenia


Travel Insurance

We don’t travel without travel insurance and neither should you. You never know what can happen in a foreign country and it’s best to be prepared. World Nomads provides good short term coverage

SafetyWing is perfect for digital nomads. See our full review here!


Accommodation Around the World

To feel more at home we use Airbnb you can check out some tips and read more about getting an Airbnb coupon code hereOr just take this coupon for your first stay!


Camelbak
Hiking/Daypack Backpack

You’re going to need something to carry your belongings in while you’re traveling around the world. Even if you’re not doing extensive hikes you need at least something small for day trips. My favorite daypacks are from Camelbak. You can see all our other backpack recommendations below:


Best Down Jackets
Down Jacket

I ALWAYS have a down jacket with me when I’m traveling in the winter, fall, or even spring. They aren’t just good for hikes, but doing anything outside.

Down jackets pack up light and small so there is no reason NOT to have one in your bag. Seriously it could save your life in a bad situation. We wrote a whole post on our favorites (hint –Feathered Friends, Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hooded JacketPatagonia Down SweaterREI Coop Down Jacket)


Packable Rain Jacket - Arcteryx Women’s Beta SL Gore-Tex Jacket
Goretex Rain Jacket

We’re building up a collection of shell jackets. We always carry one in our pack and they’ve come in handy many times. Weather around the world can be iffy in October, so it’s best to be prepared. They are lightweight, durable, packable, waterproof, and windproof and really a great travel rain jacket. We have a bunch of different shell jackets after several years, but my favorite right now is from Arc’teryx.

Any jacket can do the job, but the top dollar ones will hold up and really help in inclement weather.


Kindle Paperwhite

I love real books, but for traveling it can be easier to carry a lighter and more compact item like a Kindle. Plus, then you can download new books on the go!


Best Travel Water Bottles
Waterbottle

Please consider purchasing a travel water bottle before your trip! We hate to see one time use plastic bottles ending up in the ocean. The tap water is so good here – seriously please don’t be one of those tourists that buys plastic water bottles. It’s a waste of money and plastic!


Travel-Adaptor
Adapter

Many adapters around Europe are interchangeable, so make sure you find a good one like the one I have to keep you charged.


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