LJUBLJANA BARS & CAFÉS
LJUBLJANA BARS AND CAFÉS
Ljubljana boasts a very special and dynamic cafe culture. For Slovenes, bars and cafes are places to meet, to chit-chat, to make business. As soon as the sun comes up the numerous gardens of the pubs are full of people enjoying their company by a glass of local beer or wine. Which gives the city a particularly vibrant beat. Slovenia produces lots of great wine, craft beer and excellent coffee has always been brewed here. Please find information about best bars and cafes in Ljubljana here below.
During our visit, we were offered a mixture of Ugandan and Mexican. They promote it under »Buna coffee« brand. What makes it even tastier is the fact that it is a subject of a fair and direct trade.
Coffees are prepared with different techniques and in a variety of ways. Feel free to ask the staff what are the options. Different equipment for coffee making could be bought here too. The place is fairly small but the atmosphere is warm. As they say: »The place is small but the coffee is big«.
Direction: castle funicular, opposite the Puppet Theatre.
Please find more about sustainable businesses and practices in Ljubljana HERE.
Pritlicje Bar with its music, space and events addresses and questions a visitor from an urban environment.
It is not only a bar or café. It is also a gallery of comic books and a spot for lectures and public debates about contemporary social and cultural phenomena. In addition, it is also very LGBT community supportive. Concerts of urban electronic music are frequent.
Pritlicje Bar should also be added to your “places to visit” list, if you do not see your day without a pint of a local brew. They are well stocked with some of the best Slovenian craft beers.
For best craft beer experience in Ljubljana, welcome to book Lju-BEER-ljana tour!
CAFÉS & BARS IN LJUBLJANA
The bars and cafés below are listed in alphabetical order
Colnarna is a café with probably the greenest and the most beautiful setting in Ljubljana.
It is placed right by a pond in Tivoli Park. So it is a place to enjoy the sun and nature while sipping your coffee or tea. With an adjacent meadow it is perfect for children to freely run around.
Beside drinks, they also serve delicious cakes and ice cream. For the hungriest they will make fresh toasts and sendwiches,
Cutty Sark Pub
Cutty Sark is an English style pub worth visiting.
They offer wide selection of international beers and, in addition, a number of big screen TVs will very possibly screen your favourite match.
Expect crowds at evenings, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, when the place becomes a popular party venue for locals and tourists alike.
Located in a hidden alley by the Preseren Square.
Vintage furniture, books, a piano.
Daktari can be your living room for a morning cup of tea or coffee. It can also be a place where you bring your kid for a glass of juice. After all, Puppet Theatre is just beside it.
However, at evenings concerts, lectures and other cultural events are frequent.
The place can quickly turn into a retreat, where old friends meet over a pint or five of local brew and discuss life until forever.
They serve snacks and a wide selection of Slovenian craft beers.
Dvorni Bar is probably the most popular wine bar in Ljubljana city
You can leaf through a newspaper, organize a party or just relax in the pleasant ambiance after a hard day over a glass of local Cabernet or Rebula.
Since it is a family friendly bar with a play area for children, parents can relax. If you are lucky you may hit on one of many cultural events organized in this wine bar, like a book or musical presentations or concerts.
Every second Wednesday there are promotions of recognized Slovene and foreign winemakers.
Gallus Tea House offers 80 different sorts of white, green, black, fruit, herbal and red teas. Probably the most special one is sunflower tea and Plecnik`s herbal tea, prepared the exact way the great architect used to enjoy it.
Their ice teas with ginger or orange juice are natural and home-made. They feel refreshing on hot summer days. Snacks like toasts, croissants, and pastry are also on the menu, while home-made cakes and macrons are definitely worth trying, too.
If you are not a tea expert, don’t worry. Just follow waiters` advice about choice and ways of preparation.
There is a lovely summer garden under chestnut and wild cherry trees with a view of the river.
Open every day until midnight.
The café of the Grand Hotel Union is a café with a story and tradition.
It is a place to discuss 100-year-old memories of our forefathers sitting on the very same chairs. A place to discuss politics, to do business or simply to have a chit-chat over a cup of coffee served in a Balkan “
The place is the same as it used to be 100 years ago just the smoke of cigars is gone.
A café during the day becomes a stage of culture in the evening.
There is a lovely summer terrace just outside the hotel.
This is a bar slightly off the tourist trail. It’s a walk from the city centre along the river, past the traffic lights.
They offer international beers, various tapas, olives and the famous Kranjska saussage.
There is a super lovely summer garden under tree tops with a view of the river. Occasionaly the bar hosts an exhibition of a local artist.
Le Petit Café
It is an ideal choice for a cup of coffee, fresh orange juice or a glass of wine.
They also serve breakfasts. There is a lovely garden in front of it for warm spring and summer days.
Movia Wine Bar
Romantic and expensive, take your chic girlfriend here, if you can afford it.
Although a glass of wine comes to some 5 euros, I bet you can’t stop yourself drinking one or two.
Located just next to the Town Hall in the center of the Old Town.
Lepa Zoga Sports Bar
This is a bar for all sports fans. On numerous TVs, they screen all the important sports events from the world of football, tennis, hockey, basketball etc.
Beside a wide selection of local craft beers, they also offer snacks. There is also a summer garden available where occasional where DJ evenings happen at times.
The bar is located by the Tivoli Park.
LP retains the character of the building it is in – Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts.
The interior is equipped with books, there is also a computer to use. Its walls are not only to hold the building but they also give space to occasional exhibitions.
They have a nice selection of wines and serve home pies and croissants. DJ evenings on Friday nights.
This bar and café are worth visiting if you like your coffee with a view.
It is placed on the top of Neboticnik building in the center of town and has an open terrace with an amazing 360 view over Ljubljana.
Open until 1 am, at the end of the week until 3 am.
SEM Café is about 5-10 min walk from the very
We have not tasted them yet but delicious cakes are said to be offered to. They serve great coffee, teas and there is also a selection of craft beers to choose from.
Probably the best part of this café is a big lawn in front of it with comfortable chairs. Lay down, enjoy sun rays and let your kids freely play around. SEM Café is also a place for photography exhibitions, book presentations, literature evenings or dance nights (swing on Tuesdays and Salsa on Fridays).
Open every day until 1
Welcome to check about other dance events in Ljubljana HERE.
Sir William`s Pub
Ljubljana’s beer paradise. There are more than 150 different home and international beers on offer in this neat pub, about 10-15 on tap. They also have a wide selection of teas and wines.
If you are eager to taste some of the best Slovenian craft beers, Sir William`s Pub is the right address.
You can also join us on a Lju-BEER-ljana Tour, where we introduce you to very different local craft beers and their stories.
The carefully designed interior of TOZD Bar feels homey and pleasant and every item in the bar is available for purchase.
In the morning they visit a farmers` market to make a soup or a sandwich for their customers. A place to visit if you have a soft spot for craft beers or good coffee.
This LGBT friendly bar has a relatively small inside but a good-sized terrace outside. Besides, it is located directly by the river side.
Zvezda Café Ljubljana
If you’re a sweet tooth, you should mark Zvezda Café on your map as a place to stop and rest while sightseeing. The home-made cakes are said to be the most delicious in the city here.
There are also gluten-free and sugar-free options to choose from. Their ice-cream is pretty famous too.
Zmauc is one of those cool bars of Ljubljana. A good location, well-chosen urban beat music
Parties take place at evenings, while during the day it serves as a café and a restaurant.
Although this L-shaped bar seems relatively small, it can treat a crowd. Given that it probably doesn’t feel crowded since smokers occupy the outside part.
You didn’t hear it from us. But locals tend to sense a smell of some special herbs occasionally. What could that smell be, we wonder?!
Open until 1