Sustainable, green and socially responsible tourism is what Ljubljana.info team fully supports and hopefully inspires you, dear reader, to shoulder local, ethical, green and fair trade businesses that are aiming for a better tomorrow.
Resposible consumerism helps prevent negative impacts of tourism and globalization and generates economic benefits for local people with which their well-being is improved.
Please find some socially responsible local stores, products and services in this section.
3Muhe – Fair Trade Shop
This charming shop, curiously named 3Muhe, or 3Flies in English, is the only Fair Trade shop in Slovenia and is located in the heart of the historic city centre of Ljubljana.
The shop sells various products from all over the world including food products, natural cosmetics, musical instruments, jewellery, toys, fashionable accessories and so on.
As a part of the global Fair Trade movement, the 3Muhe shop aims to assist marginalised producers and workers in developing countries achieve a decent standard of living.
It significantly contributes to sustainable development of our environment by encouraging handicraft, environmentally sound farming and the use of natural and recycled materials.
Open Mon-Fri from 10 am to 7.30 pm, Saturdays until 2 pm.
The cultural-ecological fellowship known as Smetumet combines art, ecology and design. They re-evaluate our attitudes towards nature, consumption, waste and our overall way of life.
The products are carefully designed, handmade, locally produced and carry a strong message of awareness. Through collecting and examining waste, new ideas are born.
You can purchase their recycled products online from their website or head to the fair trade shop 3Muhe on the Ljubljana`s Old Square.
Fair Trade promotes a trading system that focuses on people and champions social, economic and environmental justice, strives for a safe and healthy work environment for producers, and builds on long-term work co-operation and fair wages.
Gostilna Dela Restaurant
It is the creation of the Job Factory project whereby youth that is threatened with long-term unemployment and social exclusion are helped to enter the world of work.
An important goal of the project is developing a model for social integration for vulnerable groups of young people through training and employment.
Gostilna Dela employs youth between 17 and 25 years of age and they offer meals and snacks in a pleasant environment at affordable prices.
The cuisine is prepared in an open kitchen and is consistent with the principles of a healthy diet. Open from Monday to Friday until 4 pm.
Address: Poljanska 7, 1000 Ljubljana
Second Violin Restaurant
Second Violin is a restaurant that employs mentally handicapped people and thus involves them in a majority society.
It is a project that has been working since 2012 and is aimed at sensitizing both groups – the minority and the majority. It enables users to retain and expand new work skills, acquire social and working habits, realize their own ideas and creativity, stimulate a sense of usefulness and self-confirmation.
It’s hard to leave this restaurant completely indifferent. Not only for quality and tasty dishes but also because of the warmth and positive energy that the project encourages.
They offer biologically-produced food, simple dishes of home-made Slovenian cuisine, also non-sugar dietary snack foods and gluten-free food.
Not only the Second Violin contributes to social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, it also facilitates access to physically disabled, has toilet facilities for the disabled, hearing loop and the menu for the blind for example.
Address: Stari trg 21, 1000 Ljubljana
Address: Krekov trg 8, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)41 837 556
The coffee here is not only about caffeine. It is also about taste and about social and ecological awareness as all the coffee prepared and sold here is a subject of fair or direct trade only.
They grill it by themselves so it is always fresh and mixtures are a subject of their current offer.
At our visit, we were offered a mixture of Ugandian and Mexican.
Coffee is prepared with different techniques and in a variety of ways here. Cold brew, Turkish brew, Chemex, … Feel free to ask the staff what are the options.
Different equipment for coffee making and coffee beans can be purchased too but make sure you bring your own jar as the cafe follows the zero waste principles. The place is fairly small and the atmosphere is warm.
Direction: castle funicular, opposite to the Puppet Theatre.
Address: Stari trg 24, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (01) 320 44 88
Zebra Gre Na Luno is a bookshop and store of the Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Ljubljana. It is located in a beautiful house from 1710 in the Old Town.
With the store they want to alert the half-hearted and lay public that there are deaf and hard of hearing among us, people with speech-linguistic disorders and people with autism disorder who carry wonderful
They sell the products crafted by their children, pupils and students. These are simple and unique objects that arise during the play in the kindergarten, at the time of artistic creation in elementary school and during practical training at their high school.
The products are also thematically connected with Ljubljana and can be a great souvenir!
They also conduct workshops on various manual skills in the shop for the interested public and for the children and youth of their institute.
A Sustainable Ljubljana Itinerary
- Have a morning coffee at Cafe Cokl
- Nibble your breakfast at Druga Violina or Gostilna Dela
- Tour the city`s sights walking or by bicycle or take one of the walking or bicycle tours
- Quench your thirst at a nearby drinking fountain and try to avoid buying soda or bottled water
- Head for the city market to satisfy hunger and to taste some of the local commodities
- Get yourself a souvenir from Zebra Gre
naLuno or fair trade shop 3Muhe or thrift shop Stara Roba – Nova Raba
- Direct to a local craftsmen market or designers` shops to buy gifts or to satisfy your shopping desires
- Have a lunch or dinner at Druga Violina or Gostilna Dela
- Finish your day with a glass of local beer or local wine, you can also join a Craft Beer Tour
Ljubljana is one of the few European capitals with very high-quality drinking water. Tap water is completely natural as it is not processed with any prior chemical treatments and is safe to drink.
We encourage you to refuse bottled water in bars and restaurants and to order a tap one. There is no need for bottled water to be sold in Slovenia and no need for you to spend more money than you should.
There are also drinking fountains scattered all around the city centre.
Green Means of Transport
You would make the nature, birds, daisies and people of Slovenia, Ljubljana and the world the happiest if when possible you try to use green means of transport: walking, cycling or a public transport at worst.
Ljubljana is a bike-friendly city and of just the right size to see it by bike. It is also relatively flat so you should not worry if you do not feel too fit.
There are more possibilities for bicycle rental, one of them is public and free bike hire scheme called BicikeLJ, which is serviceable for locals and visitors alike.
Ljubljana Farmers` Market
Instead of going to a supermarket to buy food, head to the main market. Products may be slightly more expensive here than in a casual grocery store but you will help the farmer, environment and yourself with your purchase. Besides, products here taste way better and are healthier than those bought in supermarkets.
Many farmers from around Ljubljana and Slovenia bring their produce to be sold on the Ljubljana market. These are often biologically produced, organic, fresh and have not
The main city market works every day but Sunday until 4 pm.
Thrift Shop – Stara roba nova raba
Address: Poljanska 14, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0) 590 10 075
This thrift shop is run by the homeless. It all started in 2008 when a group of homeless, professional workers and volunteers began volunteering at a stand in the
Since then they have been shaping the guidelines of social entrepreneurship.
The basic idea of the project is to sell excessive, used things that are donated by their supporters.
They are sold at low prices and the earnings are appointed to the integration and employment of homeless people and people from related target groups.
They are also ecologically oriented because things that are discarded are returned for reuse.
It is worth taking a peek in this shop as the items sold here are also witnesses of the past….. books, travel souvenirs, clothes, glass, pottery, even cassette tapes with old Slovenian and Yugoslavian music etc.
You can also find yourself a souvenir here and help the project survive.