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LJUBLJANA June - July 2009

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Contents Basics

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Transport, language, customs

Quick Pics

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The best of the best

Culture & Events

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Music 14 From Balkan to electronic music Artistic events 18 Entertainment and culture Sports 23 Watching and participating in physical activities

Where to stay

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Business suites to hostel bunks

Dining & Nightlife

Relaxing in Congress Square

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Where to eat 35 Find something to your taste Cafés 47 Sip up some coffee and enjoy a piece of cake Nightlife 52 Dance and drink the night away

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What to see

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Bridges, museums and the castle

Bled

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A picturesque lake on the sunny side of the Alps

Portorož

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The Port of Roses is king of the coast

Getting around

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Buses, trains, cars and planes

Where to shop

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The best of what and where to buy

Mail & Phones

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Keep in touch by post, phone and internet

Directory

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Lifestyle Business

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Maps & Index

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Foreword

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While there is no such thing as a bad time to visit Ljubljana, you, dear visitor, have picked a very good one. While July can sometimes see temperatures soar above 30 degrees Celsius, both June and July retain a coolness – especially in the evening, on a terrace down by the river - that August can’t. That’s why the city usually waits until then before, en masse, taking a month off. As such, over the next eight weeks you can enjoy a huge number of concerts, special events and bizarre goings on. Try our increasingly indispensable Culture & Events pages (from page 14) for full details. In putting together this latest edition of Ljubljana In Your Pocket we pulled together a crack team of writers, both old (one of the most experienced Pocketeers came to look around) and new (a dynamite Seattleite who has the entire city at his fingertips and knows every move it makes) in order to make sure you got the latest lowdown on what’s happening in Slovenia’s capital. In a city that punches well above its weight you need every piece of information you can get, and we at In Your Pocket have been delivering urban information for almost 20 years. This, the sixth issue of Ljubljana In Your Pocket, is the best yet. And if you heading off to the coast or to the mountains, make sure to look out for our other In Your Pocket guides: we now cover Portorož, Bled, Maribor and – very soon – Koper. In a nutshell, In Your Pocket has Slovenia covered.

Cover story This kind of shot that gives Ljubljana its fairytale image: street cafes and Italianate houses lining the embankment of the Ljubljanica river. Every visitor to the city should live this moment at least once: sit on a terrace by the river and simply enjoy the view. Our favourite place to do so include Maček, see page 48 and Stara Mačka (see page 54).

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Jože Plečnik

Jože Plečnik remains to this day Slovenia’s greatest architect. A leading mover in the creation and development of the Viennese Secession (or Art Nouveau), Plečnik (who died, aged 84, in 1957) was a prolific designer whose legacy to his home city is as great as any Slovene before or after. Plečnik served his apprenticeship in Vienna, as was the case those days of empire, at the architectural offices of the great historicist architect Otto Wagner, designer of the peerless Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest. Setting up his own practice in Vienna, in 1900, Plečnik’s first commissions were for private homes. His first major work was the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vienna, built from 1910-1913, and which is remarkable for its innovative use of concrete as both structure and exterior surface, and also for its abstract form. Plečnik next moved to Prague, and in the 1920s oversaw (much in absentia) the renovation of the Royal Castle, allegedly at the personal request of Czech Prime Minister, Tomáš Masaryk, long an admirer. One of the castle’s principle banqueting halls now carries his name. By the middle of the decade however, Plečnik had permanently returned home to Ljubljana, at first to teach at the city’s university, and later to begin what can only be described as the complete transformation of the city centre. At once architect, site manager and urban engineer, almost everything we lay eyes on in modern, central Ljubljana bears the mark of Plečnik. The embankments of the Ljubljanica are his work, most of the bridges that cross it are his, the lock at Ambrož Sqaure is his, as are the University Library and the National Bank. He also designed the national stadium and a number of churches, including the Church of St. Francis, and St. Michael’s. Perhaps most impressively of all is the astonishingly ornate multi-ethnic, multi-religious Zale cemetery (see page 58), a feat few could have pulled off. Fittingly, Plečnik is himself buried at the cemetery. His last project before his death was the renovation of the Križanke monastery on Trg Francoske Revolucije. Yet perhaps the greatest monument to the man’s vision is the house on ul. Karunova which he designed, and then lived in from 1921 until his death. It is today a museum of both Plečnik’s life, and of Slovene architecture in general. See page 61

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Basics Arriving in Ljubljana

Arriving by plane Ljubljana’s cosy little Jože Pučnik Airport is 26km northwest of the city, near Brnik. A taxi to Ljublana will cost €35-45 taking about 25 minutes, buses to town run between 05:00 and 20:00, take about 35 minutes and tickets (purchased on the bus) are €4.10. Arriving by train Once you’ve worked out the tunnel and stair system and made it to the main train station building, find everything you need including an ATM and press stand selling top-up cards (but alas no SIM cards) for prepaid SIM accounts. Left luggage is provided courtesy of 80 coin-operated lockers with instructions in English on platform Nº1, with the toilets conveniently located next door. The station also boasts a surprisingly good Tourist Information Centre, a train information bureau immediately to the right and currency exchange opposite (open daily from 10:00 - 19:00, saturday 08:00-15:00, sunday closed). Getting to town depends as always on where you’re planning to stay and how fit you are. Many central hotels are within reasonable walking distance. Alternatively, find taxis outside, and make sure the meter is running before you depart. Arriving by bus All national and international buses arrive at the central bus station which is located directly in front of the main train station. The temporary prefabricated station building, serving passengers until the opening of the new combined train and bus station in 2010, features little in the way of facilities for the recent arrival, making a trip to the train station almost compulsory. Perhaps the only one of its kind in the world, the bus station does however contain a Sixt car rental kiosk, with the only other useful facility being a small internet café for which tickets can be acquired from ticket window Nº1. Getting to town is the same as described above.

Basics If Things Go Wrong The emergency number is 112 for fire, rescue and andambulance and 113 for police. If possible, find someone who speaks Slovene to help you make the call since there is no guarantee of finding an English speaker on the other end. The nearest Casualty Unit (Emergency Room) to the city center can be found at University Medical Centerat Zaloška cesta 2, Ljubljana (D-2) and emergency treatment is free for members of EU, EEA, andSwitzerland. We also list local pharmacies, dentists, andother services in the directory. You can find it here. If you find yourself in trouble with the police, call your embassy immediately. The numbers for all embassies can be found here under Foreign Representation in the directory (page 90)

Drinking

Religion

Alcohol is only sold to people over 18, and after 21:00 it cannot be bought in stores.

Although Slovenians are traditionally Roman Catholic, the most recent Eurobarometer Poll in 2005 found that only 37% of the population believe in a god, with 16% atheists and the rest of them believing in ‘something’.

Electricity Like most European countries, Slovenia’s voltage is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz, and the country uses European two-pin plugs.

Language Slovenian is a Southern Slavic language with a 25-letter alphabet. It is closely related to Serbian and Croatian, and shares many words with other Slavic languages. Many Slovenes also speak English, Italian, or German embarassingly well.

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Useful Emergency Words NA POMOČ! (NAH POH-MOCH) - HELP! gasilci (GAH-SEELT-SEE) - firemen policija (POH-LEET-SEE-AH) - police bolnišnica (BOW-NEESH-NEET-SA) - hospital Arriving by car Driving to Ljubljana is a joy due to the good roads and excellent signposting. The city is circled by a highway ring from where it’s easy to get to the centre. Simply follow the parking signs for convenient places to leave your car near the city centre. Once in the city, it’s best to walk the short distances rather than drive through the heavy traffic and narrow streets.

Disabled travellers Slovenia is increasingly well-adapted for the disabled. Information is available from the NSIOS, tel. 430 36 46, www.nsios.si.

Slovenia temporarily swapped the Yugoslav dinar for the tolar in 1991, and adopted the euro in January 2007. Euro coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, 1 and 2 euros, while banknotes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The Slovenian side of the euro coins are decorated with among other things storks, Mount Triglav, Lippizaner horses, a man sowing stars and a Jože Plečnik design.

Smoking Cigarettes can’t be sold to people under 18. Slovenia recently banned smoking from public indoor spaces except in special smoking areas in offices, hotels and bars.

Tipping It’s not traditional to tip in Slovenia, though a reward of about 10% for good service in a restaurant or bar is always appreciated.

Toilets Clean and pleasant public toilets can be found at the Dragon Bridge (Open 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun), in the Plečnik Passageway (Open 07:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun) and at the Triple Bridge (Open 07:00 - 21:00).

Politics

Visas

The Republic of Slovenia is a parliamentary democracy. The president, Dr DaniloTürk, was elected in 2007. Borut Pahor has been the prime minister since 2008. The next parliamentary elections will be in September 2012. The government consists of the PM and 15 ministers, of which two are without portfolio.

Many foreigners simply need a passport or ID card to enter Slovenia. Those requiring a visa will be able to travel freely between the Schengen-agreement countries for a limited amount of time, usually 90 days. Always check these details with a Slovenian embassy or consulate. Further information can be found at www.mzz.gov.si.

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Major Currency Cross Rates U.S. $ 1. U.S. $ 1. Euro € 1,35 1. U.K. £ 1,49 1. Swiss Franc 0,89

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Market values Prices in Slovenia are still fairly competitive despite increases over the last couple of years particularly in the prices of cigarettes. Here are some typical everyday products and prices. Product Price (€) McDonald’s Big Mac €2,40 Snickers €0,59 0.5ltr vodka (shop) €13, 85 0.5ltr of local beer(shop) €0,99 Loaf of white bread €2,74 20 Marlboros €2,80 Public transport ticket €0,80 Roll of Kodak 200 speed film, 24 exposures €4,09

Basic data Population Slovenia 2,019,406 (2007) Ljubljana 266,845 (2004) Area 20,273 square kilometres

Začutite bližino narave. Okusite harmonijo raznolikosti.

Ethnic composition Slovenian 83% Former Yugoslav minorities 5.3% Hungarian, Albanian, Roma, Italian and others 2.8%

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Euro € 0,73 1,10 0,66

Official languages Slovenian Italian Hungarian Local time Central European (GMT + 1hr) Longest river Sava (221km in Slovenia)

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Vinjeta - A (new) Ticket to ride As of June 2009, Slovenia now requires all motor vehicles travelling on Slovenian highways to have a vinjeta (veen-yeh-tah) sticker. This system now exists in lieu of paying tolls, and the vinjeta can be easily obtained at nearly all gas stations and kiosks. A yearly/15-day sticker is €95/15 for cars and €27.50/17.50 for motocycles.

Highest mountain Triglav 2,864m.

Street smarts

Borders Austria 318km Italy 280km Hungary 102km Croatia 670km

Slovenians usually leave out the word for street in conversation, so while your destination may officially be called ‘Poljanska ulica’, you can survive by just saying Poljanska

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Avtocesta (aw-toh-ses-tah) Highway Cesta (tses-tah) Boulevard Most (mohst) Bridge Nabrežje (nah-breh-dgee-eh) Embankment Trg (teh-rg) Square Ulica (oo-leet-sah) Street

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history Evidence suggests that people first populated the area known today as Slovenia as far back as 250,000BC. People were known to have settled in the area around Ljubljana by around 400BC when the Celts started arriving. Roman times With the expansion of Julius Caesar’s empire comes the establishment of the Roman town Emona on the left bank of the Ljubljanica, of which some remains can still be found in today’s Ljubljana. Thriving for a relatively short period of time, Emona is abandoned some time during the 6th century AD, and the region is invaded several times by the Huns and other early Germanic tribes.

quick pics Between the wars After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Slovenia becomes par t of the State, and then the Kingdom of the Slovenes, Croats and Serbs on December 1, 1918, which subsequently becomes the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. The Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) builds many of his most important buildings in the capital between the two World Wars. Slovenia is occupied by the Italians, Germans and Hungarians during WWII. In 1945, Croatian-born Tito, whose mother was born in Slovenia, establishes the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

16th to 18th Centuries Protestant influence grows with the Reformation and continued Austrian occupation. The first book in Slovenian is published in 1550. The city is seriously damaged by the earthquake of 1511 and much of the city is rebuilt in the Baroque style.

Socialism & Yugoslavia Slovenia develops as the richest and most Westernised of the Yugoslavian states. After the so-called Tito-Stalin split of 1948, Yugoslavia becomes much less oppressive. Yugoslavs enjoy many freedoms and are even allowed to travel out of the region and work in the West. Tito dies in Ljubljana on the afternoon of May 4, 1980. Relative freedom and prosperity doesn’t stop the region from suffering the same blows as the rest of the Communist world, and Slovenia becomes the first country to declare independence from Yugoslavia, officially becoming independent on June 25, 1991 after the population votes in a referendum in favour of the move on December 23, 1990.

19th Century Napoleon visits the city in 1809 and makes it the capital of the Ilirske province. As with many occupied countries in this part of the world, a national awakening takes place during the 19th century. Slovenian becomes Slovenia’s official language, the first college is founded, and the city grows into the shape and form it more or less is to this day. Ljubljana’s importance is boosted by the arrival of the first railway in 1849. After much of the city is destroyed by the huge earthquake of 1895, the city is almost completely rebuilt at the start of the 20th century. The Old Town is preserved practically intact.

Independence & Beyond After a slightly shaky start, Slovenia establishes itself as the tiger of the former Yugoslavia. A shrewd combination of nationalist pride and business acumen keeps much of the country’s industry in local hands. Slovenia joins the UN on May 22, 1992 and the EU on May 1, 2004, several weeks before joining NATO. The local currency, the tolar, is replaced by the euro on January 1, 2007. At the end of the year, Slovenia becomes a member of the Schengen countries, and in 2008 proudly takes over the EU presidency for half a year.

Medieval Ljubljana Ljubljana is first mentioned in writing in 1144. The now primarily Slavic city is invaded by the Habsburgs, who control the city and Slovenia almost uninterrupted up until WWI. The city expands during the first few hundred years of this period and the basic shape of the Old Town as it is today is laid out.

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Pr’ potic (p 45) Looking for lunch in Ljubljana? Want to go somewhere specialising in local dishes? Then you could do much worse than taking advantage of Pr’ Potic’s set lunch menu where you can enjoy a choice of two soups, two mains, salad and desert, all eaten at either one of the outdoor tables or in the cosy red and white interior. The a la carte menu has a range of hot and cold starters, soups, sides such as dumplings and grilled vegetables.

Cafe Plato (p 49) a stylish and quite new cafe, they offer a wide selection of great ice creams, cakes, and tiny tarts in their small and clean inside space or outside on the slightly unpleasant concrete slabs of terrace facing the major thoroughfare. There is also a nice menu of small dishes and larger meals, depending on whether you are passing through or staying in for a while, but alas you’ll have to get one of the constantly annoyed waitstaff to translate it for you. We recommend just coming for the sweets.

Do what most locals do in the long summer evenings, or at weekends, and head for the enormous Tivoli Park. Almost as big as the city itself the park strectches for kilometers into the hills and is packed with things to do. You might also consider a trip out to the Postojna Cave (see page 58) of which locals are rightfully proud: it is the largest cave of its kind in Europe.

On the Cheap

Slast (p 36) There’s nothing quite as disturbing as watching grown men simultaneously smile and slice meat. If you can handle it, these friendly folk with their grins and grubby aprons serve some fine burek as well as the usual extra fast food offerings including pizza, hot dogs and kebabs. Soft drinks too.

Kavarna in slaščičarna Zvezda (p 49) a bustling café frequented by a battalion of clients from students to pearl-laden old ladies. Zvezda’s décor leans in the direction of your classic Buddha lounge, with a scattering of Oriental statues and some fine brown velvet wallpaper. The coffee is strong enough to wake the dead, and the cakes are some of the best and stickiest in town.

With the Ljubljana card (€12.52) you get 3 days worth of free rides on the city bus (normally €1 a ride) as well as free admission to the city museums and galleries. You’ll be thanking yourself all the way to the bank.

With The Family

A great choice for families looking to get away from the heat and bustle of the city centre is the Polna Skleda restaurant at the Mons hotel and conference centre. It offers a massive buffet which means that the kids will be bound to finf something that they like (as will the mums and dads). The fact that it is in an almost forest-like setting is another bonus for families with kids that have boundless energy..

SEM Kavarna (p 48) a trendy, industriallook café attached to the Ethnographic Museum featuring a glass floor, lots of wacky art, coffee, cakes and booze. Too pretentious for some perhaps, but a charming place all the same and certainly a place to meet some of the city’s more interesting characters.

Ljubljana’s fantastic zoo will keep the kids happy for hours. There are places to pet certain animals (not the lions of course though) and all in all there might well be more animals in here than there are people in Ljubljana (probably…). The zoo’s superb layout makes it easy to navigate. You will find it on the far side of Tivoli Park.

Over The Top

If you are looking for fine dining in the heart of the city, Valvasor (p 45) may be just the place for you. ‘Elegant’ and ‘tasteful’ are adjectives that could be used to describe both the décor and the menu. With an extensive wine list selected from all over Slovenia, Valvasor is open for lunch and dinner.

Stara Mačka (p 54) Like all the restaurants and cafes along the Ljubljanica the focus here is on the outside experience and this restaurant/bar aims to create a sort of Miami vibe in their area along the river; with Latin music blaring on the stereo, a drink list featuring tropical cocktails and cigars, and a staff of attractive waiters. The food here is pricey steakhouse. You can also enjoy light meals, like various salads or sea food and then top them with tasty desserts. They are the only restaurant where serve food till 01 hour.

Cankarjev Dom (p 20) is host to many premier national and international musical acts, dance companies, and theater ensembles all year-round. Check out our culture & events section (page 18) and find a great show.

Slightly Strange

Eating horses may horrify most British visitors, but that’s only because they’ve watched too much Mr Ed and have never tried it. It’s low in fat, rich in proteins and easy to digest - so swap your steed for a car and get grilling. Hot Horse (p 36) serves healthy horseburgers from a small kiosk in Tivoli Park and just outside BTC.

Get yourself to Cupiterija, just about the best little café/bistro in Ljubjana right now. It’s great location down on the river makes it perfect day or night and the bistro food - with a great list of daily specials marked up in chalk on a blackboard is as off-beat and varied as anywhere in the city. Don’t miss the home made lemonade - a great thirst quencher - before hitting the serious cocktail list.

Metelkova Mesto (p 20) is an autonomous social centre created when artists took over former army barracks. The place is decorated in colorful graffiti and artwork and serves as the home for a number of art organizations and rock clubsGromka and Klub Channel Zero.

Language Language Slovenian is a Southern Slavic language with a 25-letter alphabet. It is closely related to Serbian and Croatian, and shares many words with other Slavic languages. Many Slovenes also speak English, Italian, or German embarassingly well. Special Pronunciations c – as in bicycle e – as in egg g – as in go j – like y in yogurt č – as in cello š – as in ship ž – as in pleasure Basics Do you speak English? – Govorite angleško (Goh-voh- REEtay Ahn-GLESH-ko) ? I don’t understand – Ne razumem (Nuh ra-ZOO-mehm) Where is the toilet? WC? - Kje je stranišče (Key-yay strahnEESH-chay) ? WC (Vay-tsay)? Good Morning – Dobro Jutro (DOH-broh YOO- troh) Good Day – Dober Dan (DOH-behr Dahn) Good Night – Lahko noč (Lah-koh noh-ch) Yes – Ja (Yah) No – Ne (Nay) Hello – Živjo (Jeeve-yoh) Excuse me/Sorry – Oprostite (Oh-PROS-tee-tay)

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Culture & Events Festivals

Viva Mexico - festival of Mexican culture Cankarjev dom , Prešernova 10 3 March to 18 July, 2009 Overflight: 3rd Mladinsko Theatre Festival Slovensko mladinsko gledališče / Mladinsko Theatre 9 May to 1 June, 2009 25th International Druga Godba Festival various venues 18 May to 7 June, 2009 16th Live Literature Festival In front of the Galerija Škuc, Stari trg 21 12. to 19 June, 2009 Museum Summer Night Ljubljana’s museums and galleries 21 June, 2009 Mini poletje / Mini Summer - international puppet festival Mini teater 28 June to 30 August, 2009 50th Ljubljana Jazz Festival various venues 29 June to 4 July, 2009 Ana Desetnica 2009 - street theatre festival streets, squares and parks in the city centre 2. to 5 July, 2009

1st International Equestrian Festival in Slovenia From June 18-21, the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre will host Saeta Equina, a festival of horsemanship, and the first of its kind to take place in Slovenia. The festival aims to present the horse both as man’s friend and helper, and will feature a number of fine breeds, including the peerless Lippizaner horses, bred in Slovenia but most famoulsy employed at the Vienna Riding School.

Film under the Stars - summer cinema at Ljubljana Castle Ljubljanski grad / Ljubljana Castle 30 July to 20 August, 2009

Music Lila Downs (Mexico) - world music Cankarjev dom 1 June, 2009, 20:15

Let’s Meet in Front of the Škuc 2009 In front of the Galerija Škuc / Skuc Gallery, Stari trg 21 17. to 26 July,2009

Oto Pestner, Uroš Perić & Sheila Raye Charles accompanied by Big Band RTV Slovenia: Elvis Meets Ray Poletno gledališče Križanke / Križanke Summer Theatre 1 June, 2009, 20:30

Trnfest 2009 KUD France Prešeren (arts and cultural centre) 28.7. to 31 August,2009

Prljavo kazalište (Croatia) - rock Poletno gledališče Križanke / Križanke Summer Theatre 4 June, 2009, 20:00

Open air events

Matev ž Lenarčič: The Alps as Seen by Birds photographs In the front of The Tivoli Park 16 April to 15 June, 2009 Ar t Market - sal e o f fi n e ar t i tems an d creati ve workshops Cankarjevo nabrežje embankment, Cobblers’ Bridge (Čevljarski most), Hribarjevo nabrežje embankment 6 June, 2009 09:00 - 16:00 13 June, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 20 June, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 27 June, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 4 July, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 11 July, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 18 July, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 25 July, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 25 July, 2009, 09:00 - 16:00 16th Live Literature Festival In front of the Galerija Škuc / Skuc Gallery, Stari trg 21 12. to 19 June, 2009 Moon Festival - programme of children’s events The Tivoli Park 13 June, 2009, 10:00 - 18:00

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Ljubljana Festival 2009 6 June - 27 August, 2009

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Culture & Events Radio-Television Slovenia Big Band - jazz Hotel Mons 6 June, 2009, 20:00 The Killers (USA) - rock Hipodrom Stožice hippodrome 7 June, 2009, 20:00 Don Vito (Germany), Magic Barbecue (France), Deti Deste (Czech Republic), Schnaps (Slovenia) - alternative rock Klub Gromka (Metelkova mesto alternative culture centre) 7 June, 2009, 22:00 Lenny Kravitz (USA) - rock Dvorana Tivoli (sports hall) 8 June, 2009, 21:00 La Vie en Rose - international evening of chansons Cankarjev dom 9 June, 2009, 20:00 The Killers (USA)

DJ Duo Nonsense - club night Klub Gromka (Metelkova mesto alternative culture centre) 13 June 2009, 22:00 ROYKSOPP Poletno gledališče Križanke 14 June 2009, 20:30 Brijantina Poletno gledališče Križanke 17, 18, 19 June 2009, 21:00 Destinées Machinales - concert marking the 75th birthday of the composer Vinko Globokar Cankarjev dom 22 June 2009, 20:00 Gulo Čar (Czech Republic) - traditional gypsy music Cankarjev dom 23 June 2009, 20:00

Lenny Kravitz (USA)

Simply Red (UK) - pop, soul Dvorana Tivoli 24 June 2009 Rock Otočec 2009 Novo mesto 26 June -28 June 2009, 23:59 Ensemble 56 (Poland, Hungary) - jazz Cankarjev dom 2 July 2009, 18:00 David Byrne & Brian Eno (USA / UK) - rock Poletno gledališče Križanke 10 July 2009, 21:00 The RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra & The Orchestre de Picardie (France) - classical music Cankarjev dom 13 July 2009, 20:00

Simply Red (UK)

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The Prague Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic) - classical music Slovenska filharmonija

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Culture & Events Galleries

Cankarjev dom, Prešernova 10 2008 - photographs 13 May to 21 June, 2009 Barbara Jakše (Slovenia) & Stane Jeršič (Slovenis) - photographs 23 June to 20 July, 2009

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Han Bennink (Netherlands): Tempo comodo - fine art 29 June to 20 July 2009

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20:00 Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal: Stravinsky evening Scenes de la Terre & Compagnie 111 (France): Les Sept Planches De La 20:30 Ruse / The Seven Boards of Skill - acrobatic ballet performance Scenes de la Terre & Compagnie 111 (France): Les Sept Planches De La 20:30 Ruse / The Seven Boards of Skill - acrobatic ballet performance Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber 20:00 of Sevilla - opera Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber 20:00 of Sevilla - opera

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Impressionism and Symbolism: Polish Painting Around 1900 17 April to 7 June, 2009 Masterpieces - international poster exhibition 15 May to 14 June, 2009 An Artistic view of Prekmurje region 9 June to 20 Sep, 2009

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1st International triennial of ceramic UNICUM 09 16 May to 28 Sep, 2009

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Pre - Columbian Mexico: Eternal Life - the latest archaeological finds from western Mexico Cankarjev dom, Prešernova 10 10 March to 26 June, 2009 Napoleon Says: Illyria Arise! Mestni muzej Ljubljana Gosposka ulica 15 12 May to 30 Oct, 2009 Gurina: An ancient sacred ground in the Koroška region Mestni muzej Ljubljana Gosposka ulica 15 14 May to 14 June, 2009 The Ljubljanica: A River and Its Past Narodni muzej Slovenije, Muzejska ulica 1 26 Feb to 27 Sep, 2009

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The Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company (Italy): Pink Floyd Ballet - ballet Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata - opera Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata - opera F. J. Haydn: The Apothecary - opera buffa F. J. Haydn: The Apothecary - opera buffa

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Forest Secrets Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije, Muzejska ulica 1 30 Nov 2007 to 19 June, 2009 Glass Case of the Quarter: Beavers have returned to Slovenia Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije, Muzejska ulica 1 2 Feb to 30 June, 2009 Maja Šubic: Darwin through the eyes of an artist Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije, Muzejska ulica 1 19 March to 30 June, 2009 Non-Native Species: An Overlooked Threat Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije, Muzejska ulica 1 22 April to 22 June, 2009

Dance

Zagreb’s Komedija Theatre (Croatia): The Full Monty - musical Poletno gledališče Križanke / Križanke Summer Theatre 15, 16 July 2009, 21:00 Director: Igor MešinConductor: Dinko AppeltMusic by: David Yazbek

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Different Views: European Elections 2009 - exhibition House of European Union, Breg 14 8 May to 7 June, 2009, 10:00 - 18:00 Free admission

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Culture & Events

culture & Events Cinemas Foreign films are screened in the original language with Slovenian subtitles, except for children’s films which are sometimes dubbed. Tickets cost approximately €5.

Kino Dvor C-2, Kolodvorska 13, tel. 239 22 13, info@

kinodvor.org, www.kinodvor.org. Kinoklub Vič A-3, Trg Mladinskih Delovnih Brigad 6, tel. 241 84 11, www.kolosej.si. Recently renovated, this is a charming cinema to visit for a mix of Hollywood and other films. Kolosej J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 520 55 00, www. kolosej.si. A big multiscreen cinema showing popular films inside the BTC shopping area.

Concert halls

Cvetličarna Mediapark J-1, Kranjčeva 20, tel. 902 63 27, info@tntevents.net, www.tntevents.net.

Exhibition and Convention Centre (Gospodarsko Razstavišče) C-1, Dunajska 18, tel. 300 26 00, fax 300

26 28, info@gr-sejem.si, www.gr-sejem.si. Congresses, fairs and other large events. Festivalna Dvorana H-2, Vilharjeva 11, tel. 234 82 00, tajnistvo@pionirski-dom.si, www.pionirski-dom. si. A large concert and event hall built by none other than local lad Plečnik. Hala Tivoli A-1, Celovška 25, tel. 430 67 50, justina. gosak@zavod-tivoli.si, www.zavod-tivoli.si. Philharmonic (Slovenska Filharmonija) B-3, Kongresni Trg 10, tel. 241 08 00, info@filharmonija.si, www.filharmonija.si. A century old in 2008, the esteemed Philharmonic Orchestra performs regularly with Lebaneseborn chief conductor George Pehlivanian and various guest conductors. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00.

Cultural centres

Cankarjev dom A-3, Prešernova 10, tel. 241 71 00,

info@cd-cc.si, www.cd-cc.si. This complex from the early 1980s is a major venue for concerts, theatre, dance, film, exhibitions and congresses.

Instituto Cervantes (Spanish cultural institute)

C-4, Privoz 11, tel. 421 06 84, fax 421 06 85, aula. liubliana@cervantes.es, www.cervantes.es. The Spanish institute has no library but does offer language courses and organises events. QOpen 12:00 - 18:00, Fri 12:00 - 15:00. Closed Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute) B-3, Kongresni Trg 13, tel. 241 56 40, www. italcult.slo.it.tt. Language courses and a library with books, films and music from Slovenia’s most important neighbour. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. KUD France Prešeren B-4, Karunova 14, tel. 283 22 88, kud@kud-fp.si, www.kud-fp.si. A venue for concerts, theatre, exhibitions and other events. QOpen 10:00 - 22.00, Sun 13:00 - 22:00. Metelkova Mesto (Alternative Culture Centre) D-2, Masarykova 24, www.metelkova.org. Ljubljana’s famous artists’ colony (see Whacky Ljubljana) hosts a number of clubs, most of which play thrash style music to a dreadlocked blackclad audience of all ages. Unfortunately little of the website is in English so it would be a case of try it and see, but what we can say for sure is that it provides a refreshing and alternative alternative to the dance music found in most other clubs and attracts a crowd who probably care more that you’re ‘cool’ as in non-judgmental than ‘cool’ as in what you’re wearing and how you sip your drink. Well worth checking-out both for itself and for the philosophy behind the whole set-up.

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Galleries

Mestna galerija 1 B-3, Mestni Trg 5, tel. 241 17 70,

mestna.galerija-lj@siol.net, www.mestna-galerija.si. The largest fine art exhibition space in Ljubljana, next to the Town Hall. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Mon. Škuc Gallery B-3, Stari Trg 21, tel./fax 421 31 40, www.galerija.skuc-drustvo.si. One of the cities most popular and important galleries, Škuc holds numerous culture events and exhibitions throughout the year featuring some oft he most important people in contemporary art from throughout the region and the continent. QOpen 12:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon.

Theatres Most plays are in Slovenian, though every now and then there’s a company visiting from abroad. Times given are the box office opening hours.

City Theatre (Mestno Gledališče Ljubljansko)

B-2, Čopova 14, tel. 251 08 52, info@mgl.si, www.mgl. si. The MGL has two stages that are the home of modern, progressive drama since the Yugoslav era. QOpen 12:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Kavarna Union B-2, Miklošičeva 1, tel. 308 17 63, www.gh-union.si. The stage of the Kavarna Union coffee house, inside the Grand Hotel Union. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Križanke Open Air Theatre B-3, Trg Francoske Revolucije 1, tel. 241 60 26. A beau tiful open air theatre with great accoustics for various summertime concerts and events.

National Drama Theatre (Narodno Gledališče Drama) B-3, Erjavčeva 1, tel. 252 15 11, drama@

drama.si, www.drama.si. With its roots reaching back to the 1860s, Slovenia’s national theatre stages plays from all eras. Q Open 14:00 - 17:00 and 18:00 to showtime, Sat 18:00 to showtime, Sun closed. Puppet Theatre (Lutkovno Gledališče) C-3, Krekov Trg 2, tel. 300 09 70, www.lgl.si. Slovenian National Opera & Ballet Theatre B-2, Cankarjeva 11/1, tel. 241 17 66, info@opera.si, www. opera.si. A beautiful neo-Renaissence theatre in the city centre that’s used for various classical performances. QOpen 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Tickets Tickets for events can usually be purchased in advance at the venue, but also via one of the ticket agencies.

ESITI C-1, Trg Osvobodilne Fronte (OF) 6, podpora@

esiti.com, www.esiti.com. The events ticketing office inside the railway station. Q To 31 May: 10:00-19:00. From 1 June: 8:00-22:00 Eventim A-1, Celovška 25, tel. 430 24 05, info@ eventim.si, www.eventim.si/portal/en. Online ticket sales for more than 3,000 events per year, including concerts, sports, and cultural events across Slovenia and Central Europe. Check the offer of events and buy tickets before you even arrive in Slovenia. Tourist Information Centre C - 3, Adamič Lundrovo nabrežje 2 , tel. 306 1 2 15, tic@ ljubljana -tourism.si, w w w.ljubljana -tourism. si. Tickets for concerts, shows and other events. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00.

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Culture & Events Slovenians love to enjoy the great outdoors, and from tennis to football to golf to yoga there are a number great of choices to enjoy sport (or watch someone else strain themselves will you sip on a beer) inside and outside, and around Ljubljana.

Kodeljevo F-3, Gortanova 21, tel. 520 13 00, slovan@ siol.net, www.slovan.si. Q Outdoor pool open 09:00-

- 23:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 23:00.

19:00 in Aug. Admission €6/4,50. Laguna Spa & Fun H/J-1, Dunajska 270, tel. 568 39 13, laguna@gpl.si, www.laguna.si. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00. Admission €13/11. Plavalni klub Ilirija A-1, Celovška 3, tel. 439 75 80, pkilirija@siol.net, www.plavalniklub-ilirija.si. Recreational Center Tivoli A-1, Celovška 25, tel. 431 51 50, justina.gosak@zavod-tivoli.si, www.zavodtivoli.si. QOpen 06:00 - 11:00; 18:00-23:00, Mon 18:00 - 23:00, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. Outdoor pool open 09:00-19:00. Admission €6/4,50.

Bowling

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1/2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 520 55 80, info@kolosej.si, www.arenalive.si. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00, Fri 12:00 - 02:00, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 10:00 - 24:00. Klub300 H-1, Regentova 35, tel. 510 39 40, info@bowlingklub300.com, www.bowlingklub300.com. QOpen 14:00 - 24:00, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 10:00 - 23:00. In summer bowling is available every day from 17:00.

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Badminton, Squash

Bit Center Hotel F-3, Litijska 57, tel. 548 00 55, hotel@ bit-center.net, www.bit-center.net. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00. Millenium J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 585 15 00, millenium@btc.si, www.millenium.btc.si. Q Open 07:00

Arena Vodafone live! - Gladiator (BTC Center) J-

Dance School

Salsoteca A/B-1, Celovška 175, tel. 031 31 48 05, www.salsoteca.si. QOpen 17:00 - 19:30. Closed Sat.

Fitness

Biosfera B-4, Karunova 6, tel. 280 16 07, info@biosfera.

Tennis

Breskvar Tennis Academy J-1, Tesovnikova 74, tel. 568 38 19, tennis.breskvar@siol.net, www.tenis-klubbreskvar.si. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. Gradiant J-1, Pot K Savi 45, tel. 537 30 47, info@gradiant.si, www.gradiant.si. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00. Kodeljevo sports park F-3, Gortanova 21, tel. 520 13 00, slovan@siol.net, www.slovan.si. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00.

Events

Fit&Fun Center B-2, Dalmatinova 2, tel. 239 61 74, info@fit-funcenter.si, www.fit-funcenter.si. QOpen 07:00

- 23:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 22:00. Konex center G-2, Cesta na Brdo 109, tel. 241 40 00, info@konex-center.si, www.konex-center.si. Q Open 07:00 - 23:00, Sat 09:00 - 22:00. Sokol Group d.o.o. H-3, Koprska 72, tel. 200 27 50, fax 200 27 57, uprava@sokolgroup.com, www.sokolgroup.com. Operates three fitness centres in Ljubljana with aerobics, saunas and tanning facilities. The gym near the city centre, located in Tivoli Park, also features a swimming pool and a sports nutrition shop. It’s the perfect place to go if your muscles need some pumping or you want to find a swimming pool close to work. Sokol Tivoli Fitness center A-1, Celovška 25, tel. 300 37 55, sokoltivoli@sokolgroup.com, www.sokolgroup. com. QOpen 06:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. Sunny H-1, Regentova 37, tel. 513 44 44, www.sunny. si. QOpen 07:30 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 21:00.

Golf

Golf klub barje Dunajska 156, tel. 568 70 07, gcbarje@ golf-klub-barje.si, www.golf-klub-barje.si. Golf Trnovo Wolfova 12, tel. 041 76 64 40, info@ golftrnovo.com, www.golftrnovo.com.

Outdoor Activities

4th European Universities Handball Championship various venues 15. to 21 June, 2009 Ljubljanica Triathlon & Water Men Run The Krakovo and Trnovo districts 17 June 2009, 18:00

Swimming

Zelena Jama Open Gymnastics Tournament Športni park Kodeljevo (sports park) 30 June, 2009

Atlantis Water Park J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 585 21

00, vodnomesto@btc.si, www.atlantis-vodnomesto.si. QOpen 09:00 - 23:00. Admission €7,90/6,50.

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28th International Franja Marathon - recreational road cycling competition BTC City 13 June, 2009

SKOK ŠPORT d.o.o. Marinovševa 8, tel. 1 512 44

02/040 217 000, info@skok-sport.si, www.skok-sport. si. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00, 15:00-18:00.

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Not surprisingly for a popular tourist and business destination, Ljubljana provides a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. As you’d expect, prices creep up the closer you get to the centre, but the cost of a night here still remains relatively low in comparison with western Europe. The city’s popularity does mean however that places do book up for the summer. Ensuring you get yourself the room the want in the location you want and for the price you want during the summer is highly recommended.

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Central B-2, Miklošičeva 9, tel. 308 43 00, fax 230

11 81, central.hotel@gh-union.si, www.centralhotel.si The classic four-star hotel experience, the Garni is the little brother of the three Union hotels in the city, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a weakling. Geared up exceptionally well for the tourist market, the reception is crammed with the latest useful information about the city and surrounding region, plus there’s bicycle hire during the summer. The combined bar-restaurant isn’t too bad either, and the rooms feature everything you need for a good value stay right in the heart of the city centre. Excellent value accommodation indeed. Q 74 rooms (singles €90-167, doubles €100-197, suites €286-343). PJHAR6FGKDXCW hhhh

Grand Hotel Union Business B-2, Miklošičeva 3, tel.

308 11 70, fax 308 19 14, hotel.business@gh-union. si, www.gh-union.si. Attached to its sibling Executive hotel and sharing some but not all of the facilities on offer, accommodation comes in a choice of rooms and suites with a slightly feminine touch, but not enough to put off the serious male business traveller. Shared facilities include a grand total of 21 conference and banqueting rooms, secure parking and the pleasing fact that the best sights and leisure activities in the city are all close at hand. Check out their extensive website for further information. Q 327 rooms (singles €178-212, doubles €193-227, suites €372-446). PJHAR6UFLGKDXCW hhhh

Grand Hotel Union Executive B-2, Miklošičeva 1, tel.

t +386 0(1) 4702 700 www.hotel.mons.si

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308 12 70, hotel.union@gh-union.si, www.gh-union.si. In a great location in the heart of the city centre, the Executive offers fine accommodation in a range of tastefully decorated rooms, suites and apartments. Complete with a lovely old world, Art Nouveau ambience, expect an excellent choice of facilities for both business and leisure. Extras include two decent restaurants, a small bar, airport shuttle service and a decent gift shop. In keeping with its reputation, the hotel also hosts the local bridge club, who meet every Monday at 18:00. Q 327 rooms (singles €194-233, doubles €209-248, suites €455-546). PJHAR6UFLGKDXCW hhhh

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Where to stay €100-170

Austria Trend H-1, Dunajska 154, tel. 588 25 00, fax

588 25 99, www.austria-trend.at/lju. Two kilometres north of the city centre near the highway, this vast business class hotel that also caters to the better standard of tourist provides high quality rooms in four different categories from good to exceptionally good, plus a range of other excellent services and facilities including wellness centre, top notch conference amenities, restaurants, a fine cocktail bar and a fun oyster and sushi bar. Popular for both relaxing business stays as well as a variety of different functions, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better hotel of this type in the city. Q 214 rooms (singles €100-125, doubles €140-220, suites €130210, apartments €225). POHAUFGKDXW

Best Western Premier Slon B-2, Slovenska 34, tel.

470 11 00, fax 251 71 64, sales@hotelslon.com, www. hotelslon.com. On the site of the oldest hotel in Ljubljana, the Slon is the best value stay in the city. For a very reasonable price you get a ton of luxury, from a pillow menu (yes, really) to sheets of only the purest cotton. The breakfast - served in a large, light and airy dining room - is a buffet affair of the highest quality: you should turn up early if you want to have time to taste everything. Add in a small fitness centre and sauna, free Wifi, home entertainment centres in every room, tremendous service and a location in the very heart of the city, and you have one hell of a package.Q 171 rooms (singles €75 - 134, doubles €110-160, triples €165-180, suites €201335). PJHAR6UIGKDXW hhhh

City B-2, Dalmatinova 15, tel. 239 00 00, fax 239 00 01,

Lev B-2, Vošnjakova 1, tel. 433 21 55, info@hotel-lev.

si, www.hotel-lev.si. Ljubljana’s only five-star hotel started business in 1964 and boasts a pedigree that’s managed to entice such notable celebrities as Agatha Christie, Kirk Douglas and Sting in its time. A glistening marble lobby serves as a fine overture to over 170 high quality, air-conditioned rooms from singles through to some exceedingly posh suites, all complete with facilities including soundproof windows, cable television and a choice of internet connections. Extras include popularbusiness and conference services, a restaurant specialising in some fine Mediterranean dishes and a large gambling hall in the basement Q 173 rooms (singles €200, doubles €240, business rooms €250, suites €300). POJHARUFGKXW hhhhh

Mons G-2, Pot Za Brdom 55, tel. 470 27 00, fax 470 27

08, info@hotel.mons.si, www.hotel.mons.si. Along the highway to the west of the city and close to the zoo, Mons is the city’s only combined hotel and congress centre, and a very good one it is indeed. From the magnificent works of art in the lobby (indeed, Mons markets itself as the country’s first designer hotel) to the glorious rooms, this place really is just what the doctor ordered. Indoor facilities are many, including shops, a travel agency, gym, sauna and library. The congress facilities are state of the art. Q 110 rooms (singles €112-250, doubles €177-330, suites €312-435). PTHAR6FLGKDXW hhhh

Hotel Listings Policy Hotels are listed strictly by price band, and then by alphabetical order within that band. The price band refers to the rack rate for a double room.

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info@cityhotel.si, www.cityhotel.si. With a reception like a studio set for a children’s television programme complete with bright colours and lots of comfortable furniture, the City Hotel provides a pleasing atmosphere and lots of wonderful added extras for a most satisfactory stay in the city. A combination of standard and superior rooms with lots of pleasing cream colours and hardwood floors in the latter, other goodies include free LAN internet in every room, a small library on the ground floor, and bicycle hire for the fitter section of the community. Good location too, smack bang in the city centre. Q 200 rooms (singles €69- 140, doubles €138-290, suites €373888). PTJHAR6UILGKXW hhh

Grandvid Hotel Dolenjska cesta 336, tel. 360 22 00,

fax 360 22 10, info@grandvid-hotel.com, www.grandvid-hotel.com. Despite being located in a village just south of Ljubljana proper, a massive development of apartment blocks sprouting up across the traffic-choked road gives the surrounding area about as much charm as an industrial zone, which would seem to defeat the purpose of staying outside the city in the first place. The rooms themselves are comfortable enough and have all the standard amenities, though the prominently displayed four-star rating seems a bit of a stretch. Although the hotel can hardly be faulted for the actions of its neighbours, there are much better options both in and out of the city centre. Q 21 rooms (singles €80, doubles €100, suites €120). PTHAULGBKW hhhh

M hotel H-2, Derčeva 4, tel. 513 70 00, fax 513 70

90, info@m-hotel.si, www.m-hotel.si. Five minutes out of the centre on the road to Bled, this fine, modern business class hotel comes with over 150 well appointed rooms, all with cable television, en suite bathrooms, free wireless internet access and 40 extra-length beds for those who need it. Excellent value for what you get, extras include restaurant, summer terrace, car rental and a hairdresser. Q 154 rooms (singles €61-135, doubles €77-168). PHAR6ULGKXW hhh

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Ahotel H-3, Cesta Dveh Cesarjev 34d, tel. 429 18

92, fax 429 12 54, reception@ahotel.si, www.ahotel. si. A rather fabulous-looking endeavour for a three-star, heavy on the cool brown tones, woods and wickerwork, find it not far from the centre and aimed at both the business and independent traveller. The rooms are nicely decorated each coming with en suite bathrooms, flatscreen televisions and wireless internet access. Other facilities include secure parking, two conference facilities for 80 people, a nice bar, and the opportunity to borrow a laptop if yours is broken or lost in transit. Q 26 rooms (singles €70-110, doubles €80-150). PTALGKW hhh

Antiq B/C-3, Gornji Trg 3, tel. 421 35 60, fax 421 35

65, info@antiqhotel.si, www.antiqhotel.si. A superb location in the heart of the old town with a host of rooms to suit all tastes and budgets. Featuring a welcoming little lobby with lots of nice feminine touches, the rooms have been given a distinctly boutique hotel feel, with huge wooden beds, patterned carpets, interesting paintings on the walls and some really smart pieces of furniture. Even the small budget economy rooms have been approached with a tasteful eye, whereas at the other end of the spectrum the superiors come with bags of space, lovely chandeliers and magnificent bathrooms. Room 13 on the other hand takes a different, more modernistic approach, with wooden floors and minimalist furniture. Q 16 rooms (singles €61-135, doubles €77-172, extra bed €48). PJAR6IGW hhhh

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Kavarna Maček Rooms B-3, Krojaška 5, tel. 425

37 91, macek@lj-kabel.net. With rooms this beautiful and a location this fantastic, you’ll be the envy of other travellers. These rooms are along the river and above the popular Maček cafe and are beautifully renewed in a tasteful modern style. The rooms are mostly singles and doubles for couples, but is also space for the travelling family. In the morning, head down to the cafe for a coffee and breakfast and at night grab one last drink before heading up to your glorious temporary apartment. Q Open 09:00 - 00:30. 4 rooms (singles €55, doubles €96). PTJA6GBKS

Park D-2, Tabor 9, tel. 300 25 00, info@hotelpark.si,

www.hotelpark.si. The brightly coloured tower block that is Hotel (and Hostel) Park conceals a number of good value standard, comfort, family rooms and suites, all providing different amenities depending on the cost. All of the rooms in hotel come with en suite facilities,TV, telephone, hairdryer, the comfort one also including a LAN internet connection, air conditioning and mini-bar. There’s a restaurant and bar as well, and a free internet connection in the lobby. Daytrips around Slovenia plus airport pick-up also available on request. Q 200 rooms (singles €60-110, doubles €80-150, apartments €150-180). PTJHAR6GXW hhh

Stil K-2, Litijska 188, tel. 548 43 43, hotel@hotel-stil.si,

www.hotel-stil.si. On the edges of the eastern city limits, Stil’s appeal is geared towards those who like there surrounding bucolic rather than urban and who don’t mind driving in and out of the city for their business. This rather odd-looking building houses a range of rooms and apartments. All facilities are air conditioned, coming with en suite bathrooms, minibars and wireless internet. A small meeting room is also available. Q 24 rooms (singles €72, doubles €75-90, triples €108, apartments €90-170) . PHARLG hhh

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Emonec B-3, Wolfova 12, tel. 200 15 20, fax 200 15

21, hotelemonec@siol.net, www.hotel-emonec.com. This clean and slightly hidden hotel actually gives you front row seats to the city as it sits right inside the Prešernov trg area. The accomodations are sparse and while they have no restaurant there are no shortage of options as soon as you walk out of the door. A great choice for the traveller on a budget. Q 39 rooms (singles €59, doubles €67-77, triples €90, apartments €105). JHAR6UW hh

Medno Medno 54, Medno, tel. 362 61 00, fax 362 61

16, recepcija@hotel-medno.si, www.hotel-medno.si. Nine kilometres out of Ljubljana on the road towards Kranj, the Medno provides good accommodation in a range of rooms. This good-value hotel also gives the business traveller opportunities to unwind with the massage and Jacuzzi services. Q 93 beds (singles €54-69, doubles €68-88, suites €88-108). PHAR6LGKXW hhh

Airport hotels Dvor Jezeršek Zgornji Brnik 63, tel. 4 252 94 00, www.

dvor-jezersek.si. Just 2km from Ljubljana Airport (and only 4 kilometres from the Krvavec ski resort) this spacious familyrun hotel that’s been in business since 1768 hotel makes for a good night’s sleep before an early departure or after a late arrival. Apart from decent rooms, there are several romantic apartments for hire and there’s both a gostilna (tavern) on site as well as an elegant restaurant. The large conference rooms allow you to fly in, do business and fly out without even having to go to Ljubljana. Q 18 rooms (singles €80-90, doubles €120-130). PTHRUILGKW

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Stari Tišler C-2, Kolodvorska 8, tel. 430 33 70, fax

430 33 75, info@stari-tisler.com, www.stari-tisler.com. Cheap and cheerful budget accommodation in a charming old building in the city centre. There are six rooms, which you will find at the top of a glorious staircase, and which, while they share bathroom facilities, do come with televisions. The triples are great value. There’s a good breakfast included, which in the summer is served outside in the courtyard, and an internet corner. Q 2 rooms €22. PJALGBK

Vila Minka G-1, Kogovškova 10, tel. 031 66 54 31,

minka@vilaminka.si, www.vilaminka.si. Several modern rooms and apartments ranging in size from 30 to 55 square metres, Vila Minka’s family-run accommodation has been thoughtfully designed with lots of wooden floors, big comfortable beds, plenty of interesting art on the walls and free wireless and cable internet access. The smaller rooms have shared kitchen facilities. Some 3 kilometres west of the city centre near the highway exit, also reached on buses Nº5 and 22. Q 20 rooms (singles €50-60, doubles €65-80, 1-5 person apartments €60-179). PTAR6LGXW hhh

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Slamič B-2, Kersnikova 1, tel. 433 82 33, info@slamic. si, www.slamic.si. An excellent value bed and breakfast in the heart of the city with the added bonus of a fabulous in-house café. The rooms are spacious and modern, all with their own en suite facilities, large comfortable beds and free LAN internet access. Simple breakfasts are served in the aforementioned café, which also has a delightful terrace. Within easy walking distance of Tivoli Park and the old town. Q 11 rooms (singles €65-95, doubles €80-107, suites for 1-7 people €135-280). JHARLG hhh

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Kolodvorska 8, 1000 Ljubljana Tel.: +386 1 430 33 70, 230 14 76 Fax.:+386 1 430 33 75 e-mail:info@stari-tisler.com http://www.stari-tisler.com

Hostels Ljubljana has a surprising amount of quality hostels, meaning you’ll have no problem finding that elusive combination of an affordable but good place to sleep and meet other travellers. On the outskirts, there’s also a youth hostel inside the Bit Centre Hotel.

for disabled guests, plus a huge range of oth er facilities such as kitchen, laundry, internet access, tourist information and bicycle hire. The hostel’s café serves an excell en t valu e set lun ch ever y day. Q 29 rooms (ro oms €23-25 p er b e d, d orms €16-18 p er b e d). PJHAR6ULGKW h

Alibi B-3, Cankarjevo Nabrežje 27, tel. 251 12 44, fax 25

Orka C-2, Kotnikova 25 (3rd floor)/041 44 40 63. White

11 245, info@alibi.si, www.alibi.si. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better located hostel in Ljubljana. Right in the heart of the centre of the city, Alibi is a hostel that is actually a lot bigger than it originally seems. In here you’ll find all types of room. You can choose how many people you want to share the room with depending on how much you enjoy snoring. All of them decorated in different graffiti motifs. The staff is super friendly and always at hand if you need something. Try to get the cooler rooms. One has a great balcony overlooking the river and there’s another one that’s a separate apartment on the top of the building. There’s a locked room next to it with metal doors that looks like a prison cell, but it actually adds to the atmosphere. Q Open 24 hours. 106 beds(double bed €20, four bed private €17, six bed private €20, dormitory €17). PJAR6LEGW h

Celica D-2, Metelkova ulica 8, tel. 230 97 00, info@

souhostel.com, w w w.hostelcelica.com. Ljubljana’s legendary Celica hostel and surrounding buildings close to the stations and the city centre star ted life in the 19th century as an Austro-Hungarian military barracks. Once a prison, many of Celica’s rooms have been kept almost as they were, providing a cheap and definitely quirk y place to spend th e nigh t b ehind bars. O th er rooms are also available as well as dormi tories to sleep from four to 12 people. Th ere’s even a room

Stari Tišler is an old traditional guesthouse, existing since 1905. It is situated in the center of Ljubljana, at Kolodvorska street 8. It’s between the main bus and railway station on one side and city center on the other, both less than 5 min. walking distance. In the restaurant you will be served with the traditional, local way prepared food.

bunk beds with a slightly clinical feel, wooden floors and all the usual budget limitations of a city-centre hostel, the renovated and enlarged Orka now has rooms with balconies to add to other facilities including free internet access. Tours and trips can also be arranged on request. Find it just southeast of the train station just around the corner from Metelkova. Q 2 rooms (doubles €40, triples €51). R6LGX hh

Park D-2, Tabor 9, tel. 300 25 00, fax 300 25 18, info@hotelpark.si, www.hotelpark.si. Located inside the same building as the Park Hotel and offering the same communal facilities, Hostel Park provides a range of decent quality communal rooms for two to four people, some coming with en suite bathroom facilities and some having to share. Q 42 rooms (twin €23-29, quad dorm beds €19-23). JAGKXW

Rooms4Young G-2, Dolomitskega Odreda 90/031 82

17 08. Hidden away in the far-flung western suburbs of the city, this small, three-roomed hostel in a smart white house with a lovely garden provides excellent budget accommodation with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities plus laundry, parking if you need it, and an internet connection. Pick-up from the bus and train stations for new arrivals is also available. Q 3 rooms (double room beds €19, triple room beds €17) P6LGW hh

You can also rest in the airconditioned, comfortable cozy rooms. Stari Tišler offer beds in triple bedrooms and double bedrooms. Working hours: Monday-Friday 06.00 - 21.00 Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 11.00 - 19.00

Simbol H-3, Gerbičeva 46, tel. 041 72 08 25, info@

simbol.si, www.simbol.si. We couldn’t figure out whether this hostel was in the process of being remodeled or newly built, as we walked past the dry wall and wires sticking menacingly out of the wall, searching in vain for the receptionist. By all accounts it’s a comfortable and convenient hostel in a very nice part of town with a welcoming front lawn lounge area, rental bikes for easy access to the center, and a side yard with available barbeque grill, should you be so inspired. Q Open 24 hours. 2 rooms(four, six bed rooms €15). PTJA6UIGBXW

Vila Veselova A-3, Veselova 14, tel. 059 92 67 21, desk@v-v.si, www.v-v.si. Owned by the same people who run the excellent Žmauc bar, this fairly new hostel in a lovely old villa in the western part of the city centre is aimed at the young travelling crowd who like to relax. Simply furnished with a range of rooms and dormitories, some with and some without en suite facilities and all named after a different colour, extras include nice big balconies and free internet. Q 8 rooms (singles €28, 4-bed dorms €22per bed, 6-bed dorms €20 per bed, 8-bed dorms €17 per bed). JARLGW hh

Zeppelin B-2, Slovenska 47, 2nd floor, tel. 051 637

436, info@zeppelinhostel.com, www.zeppelinhostel. com. Snug inside a famous building of the name Evropa from the XIX century, this friendly and social hostel is just a few steps out of the old town and within walking distance of the train and bus stations. Zeppelin is the perfect reside for the budget traveler, with everything you may need in terms of entertainment and tourist attractions in immediate locality. Breakfast is included with your stay. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00. Double room 24.99 €, 4-bed room dorms 21.49€, 6-bed dorms room 19.49 €, 8-bed room dorms .49 €. JGW

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Apartment rental All the benefits of a private apartment without the costs of a hotel, plus you get to shop for your own breakfast too.

Asdom Apartments C-2, Vidovdanska 5, tel. 041 662

928, info.asdom@gmail.com, www.asdom.si. Rents out studio apartments in the centre of Ljubljana for both short and extended stays. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet and cable television. Excellent service, especially if your survival language is English. Q 7 aparments (€55). PJAW

Couchsurfing Who says that beggars c a n’ t b e c h o os e rs? There are literally hundreds of sociable Slovenes currently offering their (or their parents’) spare rooms, couches and floors for free to fellow travellers. The site, which combines social networking with hostel booking, is a great option for anyone interested in hanging out with locals and saving some cash on accommodation. It can obviously be a hit-or-miss experience, but the exhaustive member profiles will give you a good idea of what to expect from your prospective hosts. Info www.couchsurfing. org/mapsurf.html

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Pod Rožnikom H-2, Cesta Na Rožnik 18, tel. 251 34

46, www.gp-vic.si/roznik-eng.asp. Small, rustic, and surrounded by greenery, this gostilna is situated by Rožnik hill, near Tivoli Park. Specialising in spit and grilled dishes, the beefsteaks, grilled peppers and raznjici skewer all come highly recommended. Easy to combine with a trip to the zoo. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. (€5-15). PTJA6ILGBX

Portal J-2, Zaloška 110, tel. 540 01 66, portalm@siol. net, www.portal-m.si. Step into this cavernous old gostilna or stay out on the terrace and watch the river flow by at this great restaurant tucked away from the traffic. While they offer pizzas and pastas, the parking lot stays full with people here for real grilled Serbian food, and those options abound. They also have a long list of good Slovenian wines to drink alongside. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 01:00. Closed Sun. (€7-20). PTAULEGBXS

Pri Jovotu E-3, Poljanska 99, tel. 520 30 00, gostilna@

prijovotu.com, www.prijovotu.com. It might not get any more homey than this, this ill-kempt restaurant bares a striking resemblance to grandma’s house replete with bad lawn furniture and a pet parrot sitting in the middle of the dining room. A regular stop for students and laborers, the food, a mix of steaks, pizzas and grilled Serbian meat dishes, comes fast and greasy. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00, Fri 10:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. (€5-9). TA6ULEGBXS

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Shambala B-3/4, Križevniška 12, tel. 426 30 14/031

843 833, info@shambala.si, www.shambala.si. Great value Asian food in a quiet, side street location. Head out back to the covered garden and order any of the tremendous stir fries, though do not forego the starters: tempura made with shrimps make great nibbles. There is plenty for vegetarians on the menu (not always the case in these parts). QOpen 09:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. €3,50-9,50. PTJAGBK

90, info@agencija-smer.si, www.sax.si. The restaurant bills itself as “grill based food” and indeed the pleasant aromas of the grill permeate the air as your approach. The restaurant is a stylish and incredibly simple place, and the food is a mix of grilled meat dishes, as expected, but also quite a wide range of grilled vegetable skewers. A good choice if you’re looking to dine on the quiet side of the river. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 24:00. (€5,80-16,50). PTJA6UGBXSW

Sofra B/C-1, Dunajska 145, tel. 565 68 00. For a well-

prepared taste of Bosnia without the long train ride, this restaurant offers intimate and classy surroundings and a reasonably priced menu featuring mostly Bosnian grilled, roasted, and sometimes spicy specialties. The vegetarian among you might find something in the burek offerings, and for the adventurous there are a few beef tongue delicacies. There is also a sizeable room of to one side that can be closed off for large private parties. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Sat 12:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€4-7). PAULEGBXS

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Restaurants Buffet express If you’ve just read the entire restaurant section of this guide and you still haven’t been served, stay calm, collect your belongings and pop into somewhere where the food is served piping hot, and straight from metal containers.

Restaurant 2000 B-3, Trg Republike 1, tel. 476 69 25.

A vast underground filling station for budget-conscious city slickers such as construction workers, Korean businessmen and of course the obligatory sprinkling of students. Grab a tray, throw on some meat, mashed potato, rice, salad, whatever, don’t forget to pick up a soft drink, pay and eat. The food isn’t going to win any awards, but it’s more than good enough especially for the price. Find it deep inside the bowels of Maxi Market. QOpen 07:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€5-7). PJGBSW

Chinese

Cesarsko mesto K-2, Litijska 76, tel. 544 45 00, ce-

sarsko-mesto@siol.net, www.cesarsko-mesto.si. A big, brightly-colored, and certainly kitschy beacon on a stretch of industrial nowhere, this Chinese restaurant keeps its parking lot full as their ever smiling wait staff serves a steady stream of hungry locals. The menu focuses on Mongolian and Tibetan specialties and offers Slovenian beverages as well as Chinese and Tibetan drinks. If you’re passing through the area or staying in the BITCenter nearby, this is a quite good option. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. (€7-20). PAUGBS

China Fast Food C-2, Kotnikova 5 (Ledina Center), tel. 031 56 82 78. Six little tables inside a small restaurant on the ground floor of Centar Ledina, constantly busy at lunchtime with locals tucking into food cooked in a single wok by a Chinese man visible through a large plate glass window. Reasonably priced, fast, and with vegetarian options as well, the food is pretty good, and worth investigating if you find yourself here with an empty stomach and not a lot of time. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. (€4,70-6,80). PJAUGS

Kitajska Zvezda C-4, Hrenova 19, tel. 425 88 24.

We’ll need a second viti to establich if it’s a tradition to have the waitresses’ toddler grab your leg as you step over him on the way to the bar, but if you don’t mind eating in a Chinese kindergarten this shouldn’t really bother you. The menu of this quirky place not far from the old town features everything you’d expect to see, with no great surprises in store. Average Chinese food in a slightly more than average environment. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. (€5-20). PTJAGBS

Zhong Hua C-2, Trubarjeva 50, tel. 230 16 65. Apart from the fact that they also sell a range of beds, this bustling little Chinese restaurant close to the river provides the perfect Chinese restaurant experience as you’d expect to find any where in world these days. A charming Chinese family, some of whom speak very good English, are on hand to dish up a range of classic Chinese dishes both spicy and plain and including four vegetarian options. Quite possibly the best full Chinese restaurant experience in the city centre. Q Open 11:00 - 22:30. (€57). PTJA6GBXS

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Restaurants Burek Burek is the universal and ubiquitous Balkan snack that simply has to be tried when you’re in the region. From the Turkish word bur, meaning to twist, burek comes in all manner of shapes and sizes but are essentially a baked filo pastry snack with a savoury filling, usually flavoured minced beef, cheese and/or spinach, best enjoyed with the addition of lashings of plain yoghurt. Burek can be found ready to eat, cheap and piping hot in bakeries and speciality places operating out of little more than an open window, especially around the bus station. Variations on the burek theme can be found as far and wide as Israel, where they have the burekas, and even in Lithuania where they eat something not unlike a burek that they call a čeburekai. Enjoy.

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Nobel Burek C-2, Miklošičeva 30, tel. 232 33 92.

A small kiosk close to the train and bus stations churning out steaming hot burek as well as pizza for those who like to do their fine dining in the street. Excellent value, excellent burek. Q Open 24hrs. (€1-2). J6UXS

Slast C-3, Poljanska 7, tel. 114 56 05. There’s noth-

ing quite as disturbing as watching grown men simultaneously smile and slice meat. If you can handle it, these friendly folk with their grins and grubby aprons serve some fine burek as well as the usual extra fast food offerings including pizza, hot dogs and kebabs. Soft drinks too. QOpen 06:00 - 24:00. (€2-4). J6UGXS

Fast food

Ajda C-1/2, Trg Osvobodilne Fronte (OF) 13, tel. 43 91

440. One of a number of identikit fast food outlets opposite the train and bus stations, this one serves up the same collection of hot food as the others and works around the clock without a break. Q Open 24hrs. (€1.40-4.50). PJGS

Delikatesa Ljubljanski Dvor B-3, Kongresni Trg 11,

tel. 426 93 27. The acclaimed Ljubljana restaurant’s fast food outlet offers such tantalising takeaway options as good value slices of hot gooey pizza, meat, salad, lasagne and cold drinks. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. (€2-25). PTJAGBS

Falafel C-2, Trubarjeva 40/041 64 01 66, www.alja-

shaar.com/falafel.htm. A tiny little place churning out delicious falafel-based delicacies plus the usual array of pizzas and burgers. An excellent choice for vegetarians on the move, expect long queues during the busy lunchtime period. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00, Sun 13:00 - 22:00. (€1-7). JA6UGS

Hot Horse A-1, Tivoli Park kiosk, tel. 521 14 27, master@

hot-horse.si, www.hot-horse.si. Eating horses may horrify most British visitors, but that’s only because they’ve watched too much Mr Ed and have never tried it. It’s low in fat, rich in proteins and easy to digest - so swap your steed for a car and get grilling. Hot Horse serves healthy horseburgers from a small kiosk in Tivoli Park and just outside BTC. QOpen 09:00 - 06:00, Mon 10:00 - 06:00. (€1-3).J6UBXS

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Kantina Peperončin J-2, Šmartinska 152b, Cit-

20, gostilna.krpan@siol.com, www.gostilna-krpan.si. A nicely designed Slovenian fish restaurant with a stunning variety of fresh fish specialities on offer. The menu comprises everything from oysters and squid to scorpionfish and lobster. Naturally, there’s a good selection of wines to make the fish swim. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. (€4-43). PTA6ULGBXS

the size of a coffin, to the right a fast food outlet bashing out basic fare including sandwiches and pizza. The snackbar, for reasons beyond comprehension, also has a computer with an internet connection for public use. Q Open 05:30 - 22:30, Sat, Sun 07:00 - 17:00. (€1-3). 6UGBS

ypark, BTC City, tel. 585 22 02, fax 585 22 04, inf o@teman.si, w w w.peper oncin.si. I f you n e e d som ethin g qui ck to sa tia te your growlin g stomach after hours of shopping madness, you could do worse than this. Kantina Peperončin is one of the shopping center cafe/snack shops and while it effects little charm it does serve fast and cheap sandwiches, pizza slices, hot dogs, and kebabs to give you energy for another round of mad dash shopping. Q Open 09:00 - 22:00, Sat 08:00 - 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. (€1,30-5,90). PTYAULGS

Konkurenca C-1/2, Trg Osvobodilne Fronte (OF) 14,

tel. 430 52 26. Kebabs, burgers and burek to eat in or take away around the clock just southwest of the train and bus stations. Q Open 24hrs. (€1-5). J

McDonald’s B-2/3, Čopova 14, tel. 426 32 26,

Info@si.mcd.com, www.mcdonalds.si. It’s McHere if you McNeed it. Also inside the train station (open 07:0023:00), in BTC (open 08:00 - 24:00, Friday-Saturday 08:00 - 24:00) with a drive-in nearby, (open 08:00-03:00, Sunday 09:00-24:00) and in several other locations in Ljubljana. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Sun 10:00 - 24:00. (€1-5). PTJNGBSW

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Gostilna Krpan F-2, Ob Ljubljanici 24, tel. 521 12

Operna Klet B-2, Zupančičeva 2, tel. 252 70 03.

Tucked away just off the main road and down a flight of steps, those in the know who enjoy fine fish dining are apt to totter down the aforementioned stairway and feast in simple surroundings on an extensive menu including octopus salad, scampi and Dalmatian squid. The décor has a aquatic theme too, and you’ll not hear a lot of English spoken. Recommended for both its unpretentiousness and the quality of the food. Be warned though, the place can fill to bursting at lunchtime during the week. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Sat 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. (€6-20). PJA6UGB

Taverna Tatjana C-4, Gornji Trg 38, tel. 421 00 87,

laura.b@siol.net. Every kind of vaulted ceiling imaginable from brick to plaster to wood inside one of the city’s favourite restaurants. Bedecked in dried flowers and folk-art tablecloths, the speciality of the house is fish, but there are plenty of other choices available including lots of traditional Slovenian grilled meat dishes and one or two vegetarian options. A good choice if you’re in town for a short time and want to keep everybody happy. Q Open 17:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. (€8-50). PT� JA6UGBSW

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Restaurants As B-3, Čopova 5/a, Knafljev prehod, tel. 425 88 22,

gostilna.as@siol.net, www.gostilnaas.si. Exquisite presentation and service mark the legendary As out as one of the most expensive dining experiences in the city. Brimming with antiques and well-behaved waiters, sit amidst opulent detritus and feast from a menu including more fancy dishes than you could eat in a year including baked potatoes with caviar, lamb cutlet with honey and truffles plus a battalion of fabulous desserts. And if that’s not enough, the wine list includes everything one could possibly need to accompany the rich and varied food. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (€4.50-31). PJAGB

Bachus Center B-3, Kongresni Trg 3, tel. 241 82 48,

info@bachus-center.com, www.bachus-center.com. Subterranean dining opposite the Philharmonia in the heart of the city, eat a wide range of international dishes under vaulted ceilings. As well as changing specials, the menu includes a fixed list of treats including beef with truffles, octopus and a few vegetarian options. QOpen , Mon 08:00 - 23:00, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 06:00. Closed Sun. 18:00 - 06.00holidays (€7-20). PJAEGBSW

Café Romeo B-3, Stari Trg 6, tel. 426 90 11, romeo. plus@siol.net, www.caferomeo.si. Red vinyl pvc seating with some very strange lighting indeed and the pinkest walls you ever did see. A great place for good value Mexican and fusion food for all the family during lunchtime or, later on, for a buzzy little cocktail adventure with the great and the good of the city. Q Open 11:00 - 01:00. (€2-8,50). PJA6UGBXSW

Cubo J-2, Šmartinska 55, tel. 521 15 15, info@cubo-

Indian

Namaste B-3, Breg 8, tel. 425 01 59, www.restavracijanamaste.si. Lots of greens, oranges and golds and some nice exotic touches create a relaxing atmosphere inside a super restaurant specialising primarily in dishes from Rajastan and the Punjab. Using the best spices imported directly from India, the owners stress the fact that the dishes, both meat and vegetarian options are made individually from mild to extra hot. By all accounts the food is excellent. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Sun 11:00 - 22:00. (€5-21). PTJA6UGBXS

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A-la carte restavracija Atrium G-2, Pot Za Brdom 55, tel.

47 02 700, fax 47 02 708, info@hotel.mons.si, www.mons. si. The menu at the flagship restaurant of the Mons Hotel and Congress Centre is a sublime mix of the traditional and the contemporary. Classic dishes are brought to life with modern twists, such as the saddle of lamb served with pears and polenta. The wine list is one of the city’s best, and the forest setting perfect for escaping the city centre heat. An absolute gem.QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. €16. PTHULGKW

Angel A-1, C. Ljubljanske brigade 33, tel. 518 74 54,

angel@bid.si, www.angel-kaval.si. Located in the big Mercator center on Cesta Ljubljanske Brigade, Angel is more of a lunchtime eatery though it does stay open until 11 pm. Along with a varied menu of appetizers, soups, pastas, pizzas and mains, it has a nice new look to it, and also sells its own brand of oils, vinegars and marinated olives. If you need to duck out to Mercator for a spot of grocery shopping, you might just want to then duck in here for a spot of lunch or something more substantial. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00. PTAULGW

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ljubljana.com, www.cubo-ljubljana.com. Cubo’s difficult location doesn’t stop those foreigners and locals who appreciate good food and atmosphere from turning up here in droves every day. Taking the very best of the dining experience from décor to service to of course the food, they’ve come up with a truly inspiring place indeed. Opting for a minimalist approach with lots of dark woods and cool greys, the setting attracts everyone from business professionals to families who come to feast on a regularly changing menu of dishes including many inspired from Italy and the Mediterranean. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00, Sat 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. (€360). PAULGW New

Čupiterija B-3, Mestni Trg 4, cupiterija@gmail.

com. Indoor/outdoor bar and café that on the river that recently branched out into food. Check the blackboard for the daily specials, such as artichoke risotto or the big, Florentine-style beef steak. Great big glasses of refreshing home made lemonade cost €2.50.QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. TJAUGBK

Julija B-3, Stari Trg 9, tel. 425 64 63. A tasteful Ba-

roque-look interior with lots of gilded mirrors, distressed white furniture and some extraordinary blue and white tiles on the wall at the back, the fine international menu is packed with interesting food including octopus, pasta in many shapes and sizes and an impressive dessert menu. The wine list is also worth a mention, boasting a range of good value and painfully expensive bottles from home and abroad. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. (€3-19). PTJA6UGBXSW

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Exquisite culinary and wine pleasures for all palates of the world. Open: Monday-Friday: 12.00 - 18.00, 19.00 - 23.00 Saturday: 12.00 - 16.00 Maxim Restaurant, Trg republike 1, Ljubljana, Slovenia Phone: +386 1 47 66 982, www.klubmaxi.si


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Jurman F-2, Zaloška 151, tel. 051 358 358, pizzeria. jurman@siol.net, www.jurman-sp.si. Far beyond where nearly any buses go, this standard family pizza place stands full of hungry local customers. The logo features a waiter sprinting hands full to someone’s table, and true enough the waiters are hurrying around making sure everyone is seen to quickly whether they are inside or out near the children’s play area on the astroturfed patio. It’s a good budget-conscious family-friendly place. QOpen 11:00 - 22:00. (€5-36). PTAULGBS

Ljubljanski Dvor B-3, Dvorni Trg 1, tel. 425 15 18. Downstairs for vast pizzas served by a mixture of indifferent and pleasant waiters to a mixed clientele sat both inside and out. Upstairs for more of the same, only with the addition of grilled meats and other classic Slovenian dishes. Now an institution, the terraces get thoroughly clogged with business professionals and tourists alike during the summer. QOpen 10:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. (€5-10). PTJA6UGBSW New

Madeira H-1, Litostrojska 52. Inconspicuously located on

the edge of one of the city’s ever-expanding commercial districts, this offspring of the more upscale Chez Eric caters mainly to the business lunch crowd, and clearly benefits - in both style and substance - from its lineage. The international fare, which changes weekly, is more or less limited to a daily four-course set menu along with a handful of à la carte dishes. Although the namesake wine is curiously absent from the menu, the place is a decent value if you’re keen on escaping camera-toting tourists and don’t mind the trek.Q €2-25. TAUGK

Manna B-4, Eipprova 1a, tel. 283 52 94, info@kuli-

narika-manna.com, www.kulinarika-manna.com. This high-class and expensive restaurant bills itself as heavenly food here on earth, and as soon as you enter the interior positively glitters. The menu features some of the most rarefied ingredients Slovenia has ever seen such as Japanese wagyu beef as well as a full selection of both Slovenian wines and some of the best wines and spirits from around the world. Every detail is just so in this beautiful space and it was thus no surprise when the restaurant recently had the distinction of being visited for lunch by American First Lady Laura Bush., you’ll see the picture commemorating the event as you enter the door. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. (€10-30). PTJA6UGBS

Maxim B-3, Trg Republike 1, tel. 476 69 80, info@

maxi.si, www.maxi.si. In the heart of the city centre this modern, business-orientated restaurant provides a fine menu of dishes including duck breast with mashed potatoes, soups, seafood, and a gala xy of fabulous puddings. There’s a huge wine list too, and a nice terraced area complete wi th water features for quali ty outdoor summer dining. Popular with professional locals and foreigners alike. Q Open 12:00 - 18:00; 19:0023:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. (€40 and more). PJA6LEGBS

Most C-3, Petkovškovo nabrežje 21, tel. 232 81 83,

most@t-2.net, www.restavracija-most.si. As soon as you arrive to this restaurant you’ll notice a framed food quality award next to the door. That gives a hint of what this restaurant has in store for you. It’s fairly obvious that a lot of thought went into the décor of this place. The pictures had wooden frames that had deliberately not been polished. Underneath them there was beautiful handwriting on the walls. It all gave the place a very rustic and cosy ambiance. Even the music was soothing. Very romantic. The cutlery

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hanging from the lamps marred the effect a bit, but that’s really nitpicking. The best part was, of course, the food. Simply exquisite and very well decorated. It’s great. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. PJAGK

Plato B-2, Ajdovščina 1, tel. 230 84 80, www.plato.si.

Located right in the centre of town next to one of Ljubljana’s most recognisable modern buildings - a twisting white office tower that takes some interesting architectural liberties - this newer restaurant is something of an oasis above the bustling square below. The lunch-time only menu is international with a focus on light and healthy Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and can change daily depending on what is in season or just especially fresh that day at local markets. If you’re not too keen on the day’s set menus you can also order à la carte, although if you haven’t had a chance to brush up on your Slovene you may need one of the attentive waiters to translate. QOpen 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€4.5 - 22). PTJAGBXSW

Polna skleda G-2, Pot Za Brdom, tel. 470 27 00, www.

mons.si. The Polna Skedla restaurant at the Mons hotel and congress centre is a buffet-style place (unique, we think, in Ljubljana) whereby you can take your pick from a vast variety of goodies displayed on an impresive counter in the centre of the dining room. The various offerings and dishes of the day change regularly and give you the opportunity to try out differnet cuisines. For something a bit different or for a casual lunch or dinner it can’t be too highly recommended. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00. €18. PTHAUGBK New

Pri Vitezu B-3/4, Breg 20, tel. 426 60 58. Exquisite restau-

rant, widely recognized as one of the city’s best. Though expensive (and we mean expensive, you can spend a fortune here) it still offers great value for money to people for whom high class food is paramount. We recommend everything on the menu, as well as the daily lunch menu which your waiter will recite to you. We especially like the Caesar Salad: slightly different to what you might be used to and all the better for it. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€8-50)TJA6UGBXS

River House B-3, Gallusovo Nabrežje 31, tel. 425 40

90, river@siol.net, www.riverhouse.si. Billing itself as a combined music, cocktail and restaurant bar, River House’s international ambience is helped along with some intriguing filigree lamps over the bar, cocktails to die for and freshly squeezed fruit juices. The atmosphere is fast and friendly, and the menu comes packed with everything you could ever wish for from fried egg on toast to truffles. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. (€10-20). PTJA6UGBS

People have been wining and dining at the Pri Vitezu (At the Knight) restaurant for over 300 years. The restaurant, located on 300 square meters is divided into a tavern with a bar and an à la carte restaurant. There are 4 rooms, first Brasserie for 20 people, then is Vinska soba for maximum 8 people, Viteška soba with 4 tables for 16 guests and the biggest one named Salon for 55 guests. The menu of the restaurant changes seasonally as it is based on fresh produce from Ljubljana’s market. Waiters and sommeliers offer the best local and foreign wines to accompany fish or meat dishes. Beside the owner Luka Lesar, a well-known founder of numerous Ljubljana restaurants, the restaurant is run by Janez Šetina.

Skriti kot B-2, Ajdovščina 4, tel. 430 22 06, skriti.kot@ siol.net, www.skritikot.com. The name translates to “Hidden Corner”, and this restaurant, which is hidden deep under the SKB building, certainly is. Serving pasta and Slovenian standards to a regular flow of local workers and students, this windowless nook is just the right place for tucking in to a reasonably-priced meal while hiding from your tour group. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€7-32).TA6UGBXS New

Slon B-2, Slovenska 34, tel. 470 11 00, fax 251 71 64,

sales@hotelslon.com, www.hotelslon.com. Officially one of the best restaurants in the city (they have an award to prove it), the eatery at the Best Western Slon is well worth your time. The central location, the delightfully simple - mainly Mediterranean - menu and the outstanding service all help to make it special. Try and bag one of the tables overlooking the lounge: among the most sought-after in the city.QOpen 08:00 24:00, Sun 11:30 - 24:00. PTJHAULGKW

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Restaurants La Storia C-1, Linhartova 3, tel. 234 45 92, info@ lastoria.si, www.lastoria.si. This large and lovely trattoria sits inside a bustling but decaying old shopping center not far from the center, and caters to a daily horde of office workers and students with its authentic pizza and pasta offerings. While other restaurants serve pasta and Italian dishes as an afterthought, true Italian food is the focus here, and the ample staff will make sure you get yours fast and hot. QOpen 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€5-10). PTJA6GB

Tartuf C-2, Trubarjeva 5, tel. 431 01 81. Tucked away

up a small alley way, Tartuf offers a couple of sparsely decorated yellow rooms and a summer courtyard to the usual collection of students and local office workers. The menu is far from revolutionary, featuring such well-known dishes as pizza, lasagne, and that well-known Italian favourite, goulash. The dessert pancakes on the other hand can be pretty special, although the service can be a little on the slow and indifferent side of diplomacy. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 12:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. (€5-6). TJA6GBS

Japanese

Sushimama B-3, Wolfova 12/40 70 20 70, www.su-

Smrekarjev hram B-2, Nazorjeva 2, tel. 308 19 75,

www.gh-union.si. Another of Ljubljana’s upscale eateries, Smrekarjev Hram features a wide menu and a long wine list, made up of exclusively local bottles with the sole exception being French champagne for those particularly special occasions. Make sure you leave room for a main and a dessert, where you can select from a range of fish or meat dishes such as grilled sea bass or beef in goose liver sauce, finishing off with raspberry pie or baked fig with vanilla ice-cream. The elegant interior of Smrekarjev Hram is offset by the funky multi-colored straw sculptures which add a touch of fun to somewhere with more than a touch of class. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. (€14-50). PTJA6ULEGBSW

Union Garden B-2, Miklošičeva 1, Grand Hotel Union,

tel. 308 12 95, www.gh-union.si. Every year from June onwards, the Union Garden - in the shade of century-old chestnut trees - serves up an al fresco offering of international, Mediteranean and traditional Slovene cuisine for lunch or dinner. If you’ve eaten elsewhere, you can simply indulge yourself with a dessert, made by the in-house confectioners. QOpen 09:00 - 23:30. (€14-25). PTJA6UGBXS

XXI (425 20 29) B-3, Rimska cesta 21. Upon walking into

XXI, you are sure to notice two things: the deliciously fresh aroma wafting from the kitchen, and the sleek ambience conveyed by the subtle lighting, arched ceilings and minimalist decor. The waiters, though somewhat uninterested in speaking English, are certainly knowledgeable concerning the menu, which offers everything from Sicilian Caponata to Argentine beef, as well as a variety of seafood. A bit on the expensive side, but you pay for what you get; a a superb dining experience. QOpen 12:30 - 24:00, Sat 12:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. JA

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Italian

Al Capone J-2, Šmartinska 152b, Citypark, BTC City, tel.

541 00 61, fax 585 22 04, info@teman.si, www.al-capone. si. Located in the food court of City Park, this spaghetti and pizza cafeteria does its best to affect a rustic feel with brick walls and rustic “aged” chairs, but if you’re there for ambience you’ll be sorely disappointed. This should only be considered for the quick and greasy family lunch. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Sat 08:00 - 22:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. (€6-10). PTAULGW

Kavalino C-3, Trubarjeva 52, tel. 232 09 90, www.

kavalino.si. Hidden in a downhill cobblestone alley, you’ll find a quaint Italian restaurant that specializes in Tuscan food. Enter and the first thing you’ll see is a tasteful dining area with an indoor tree in the corner that rises up to a skylight. Venture further and you’ll encounter the second dining area in a beautiful wine cellar. Follow up the stairs and you might be disappointed by a third and final dining area with furniture and a color scheme that just seem out of place. In Ljubljana there are many restaurants that offer “lunch specials” to lure customers in. Unfortunately they are usually degraded versions of regular dishes, both in price and quality. This one seems to be the exception to that rule, offering great food independently of the time of day, and the service might not be the friendliest, but at least it’s efficient. Definitely worth finding.QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€6-18). PTJA6GBXSW

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shimama.si. The first - and for a long time only - Japanese restaurant in Slovenia, the small and intimate Sushimama’s interesting little touches beyond the actual food include a subscription to Wallpaper magazine and the brave act of putting the sushi chef on display as he works in the restaurant. The extensive menu features every Japanese favourite from soups to noodle soups, a number of delicate rice- and noodle-based dishes to of course the sushi itself. Complimented by an extensive list of cocktails and wines, the restaurant is marking its territory as the first and finest of its kind. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€11-24). PJARGBXS

Lunch

Luka Gourmet Lunch Cafe B-3, Stari Trg 9, tel. 425

01 18, info@lunchcafe.net, www.lunchcafe.net. Acres of stripped pine and one of the best kitchen smells in the city, lunchtime feasts include some truly memorable home-made soups, large and tasty salads and a few restrained yet delicious pasta dishes. Be warned though, the place is immensely popular, and waiting for a table or simply having to go somewhere else is a common occurrence.QOpen 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 23:00. (€3-19). PJA6UGBXSW

Pasta Nona B-2, Gosposvetska 2, tel. 438 24 24.

Scrubbed pine tables and an air of casual sophistication await those looking for one of the finest lunch spots in town. Drop by this magnificent little eatery for big plates of steaming pasta, wonderful sauces, some great salads and, best of all, a dustbin-sized help-yourself barrel of couscous. Tucked up away from the action in the heart of the city-centre business district, this place fills up fast. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€5-10). PTJAGSW

Stari Tišler C-2, Kolodvorska 8, tel. 430 33 70. To the

right an old-fashioned, working class canteen with a fabulous stainless steel bar, men with moustaches slurping cheap soup and little else. To the left, a more updated and pleasing environment serving basic Slovenian fare in posher but less interesting surroundings. A communal courtyard out the back provides an opportunity for both worlds to collide under the hot summer sun. QOpen 06:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. (€5-20). PTJA6UGBXS

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Mexican

Cantina Mexicana B-3, Wolfova 4, Knafljev prehod,

tel. 426 93 25, ftdoo@siol.net, www.cantina-mexicanarestaurantes.si. Fun on two floors in one of the city’s most popular courtyards, Cantina Mexicana is positively aglow with bright colours, strange sculptures, grass growing on the ceiling and some nice lighting tricks behind the long groundfloor bar. If nothing else, this is one of the quirkiest and silliest places in the city centre and even if you’re not hungry is well worth a visit for a drink or two. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 03:00. (€4,90-16,90). PTJA6GBSW New

Imperio Mexicano J-2, Šmartinska 152/G, tel. 523 31

65, fax 523 31 66, info@imperio.info, www.imperio.si. Decent and good value if not award winning Tex-Mex food, where our only gripe would be that the cheddar used on the nachos was not the best. Great cocktails, an outsdnaing house white, and great big portions of all your Tex-Mex favourites: the chicken tortillas were particularly good.QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. PTAULGSW

Pizza

Foculus B-3, Gregorčičeva 3, tel. 421 92 95, www. focuus.com. Magnificently decorated once you’re through the quirky electric sliding doors, with autumn leaves painted on the vaulted ceilings and red, yellow and orange plates built into the roof of the large wood-fired pizza oven, the large and busy Foculus currently specialises in 66 varieties of pizza, including 20 for vegetarians and eight with seafood. The salads are also particularly good. The service can be a little slow at times, but the wait is generally more than worth it. Recommended. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (€5,7-8,4).PTJAUGBS

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Restaurants menu is closer to the Slovenian idea of what Russian food should be like. A few shots of original vodka will do much to keep you focused on what Russians do best. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00, Sat 14:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€4-10). PTA6ULGBS

Sandwiches

Paninoteka B-3, Jurčičev Trg 3, tel. 425 00 55,

www.paninoteka.si. The first sandwich bar in Ljubljana and still by everyone’s accounts the best. Using the best ingredients stuffed inside large, delicious pieces of Italian bread, eat in or take out, hot or cold. One of the city’s latest institutions and a highly recommended one it is too. Q Open 08:00 - 01:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. (€1-7). J6UEGBXSW

Slovenian

Gostilna Kovač J-1, Pot k Savi 9, tel. 537 12 44, info@kovac-co.si, www.kovac-co.si. Well out of town near the Tomačevo roundabout, Gostilna Kovač has been serving up Slovenian cuisine with traditional kindness since 1840. There’s plenty of emphasis on meat and fish. Inside, antiques and wooden beams create a rustic atmosphere, while there’s a lovely porch and terrace for al fresco dining. Ver y popular with wheeling and dealing business types. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€10-100). PAUBW

Gostilna Lovec A-3, Trg Mladinskih Delovnih Brigad 1,

Parma B-3, Trg Republike 2, tel. 426 82 22, www. picerija.net/parma.htm. A quirky little one, this. As well as a couple of ordinary tables, most dining here is done at the large bar from where the food is cooked and served. Find an empty stool, make your order and away you go. And while you’re waiting for your pizza to arrive, take a look at the large photographs on the wall of the construction of the area you’re eating in. Find it hidden away down the stairs and on the right at the southern end of Maxi Market. QOpen 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. (€4-6). TJA6ULGBXSW

Trnovski Zvon B-4, Eipprova 17, tel. 283 94 64,

www.pizzerijatrnovskizvon.com. An interesting option if you’re in the area, this local-geared pizza place has a nice intimate room at the front and a larger space out the back. Décor comes courtesy of a few stuffed animals and some interesting bits of art on the walls, whilst the people who come here run the gamut from youngsters out for a bit of a treat to husbands whose wives have run away without leaving anything in the oven. As well as a large list of pizzas in two sizes, the (sadly Slovenianonly) menu also has a few other dishes including fish, pasta and a couple of vegetarian options. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00, Sat 11:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. (€4-8). PTJA6ULGBXSW

Russian

Ruska Pravljica J-1/2, Kranjčeva 26, tel. 534 50 87, pult@ruska-pravljica.si, www.ruska-pravljica.si. As far from the city centre as Slovenia now is from the Soviet sphere of influence, Ruska Pravljica does a good first attempt at bringing Russian cuisine to Slovenia. The interior and staff costumes are appropriate, but you can’t help feeling the

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tel. 426 91 36. One of the more interesting and individual gostilnas in town, Lovec provides a labyrinth of rooms with plenty of brick archways, some really fine old green ceramic stoves, a broken piano on the wall, scores of students of course, and something you don’t see in a gostilna every day - a salad bar. The food’s as good as you’ll get anywhere like this, there are a few vegetarian options, and, for that ultimate gostilna experience with an interesting twist, this one wins hands down. QOpen 11:00 - 19:00, Sat 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€3-13). JAGBS

Mencigar Nobile D-3, Zarnikova 3, tel. 439 70 40,

info@mencigar-nobile.com, www.mencigar-nobile.com. Across the road from St Joseph’s Church, Mencigor Nobile is a wonderfully unpretentious restaurant specialising in traditional food from the Prekmurje region of northeast Slovenia. The three dining areas, known as the Glažar, Janc and Goričko rooms are decorated with classic folk motifs and cooking utensils and are, as are the clientele that frequent them, as a diverse as it gets. A popular place for coffee and a break with teenagers and workers during the day, the evenings see a slightly classier crowd descending for the excellent, good value food and occasional folk-related nights of entertainment. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00, Sat 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Sun. (€6-21). PTAGB

Fruit juice Juicebox B-3, Slovenska cesta 38, tel. 051 645

930, info@juicebox.si, www.juicebox.si/index. html. An experimental juice bar that mixes up glasses upon glasses of 100% fruit juices, soya milk, milk, yogurt and nuts. That’s enough to get anyone’s mouth water. Definitely, a pleasant place for an invigorating start to the day or a mid day refreshment and you can bring your laptop along to make use of its WIFI facility. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 8:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. GW

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Pizzicato C-4, Gornji Trg 33, tel. 251 11 18, marko.

rucman@amis.net, www.pizzicato.si. A house of traditional Slovenian cuisine in the old town with beautiful and well-restore interior, Pizzicato serves traditional Slovenian standards, pasta made fresh and with care. The staff is exceedingly helpful and tourist-friendly, and devoted to making sure to they have happy guests and repeat visitors. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€5-9). PTJAGBX

Pr’ potic B-3, Stari Trg 21, tel. 425 43 37, prpotic@siol.

net. Looking for lunch in Ljubljana? Want to go somewhere specialising in local dishes? Then you could do much worse than taking advantage of Pr’ Potic’s set lunch menu where you can enjoy a choice of two soups, two mains, salad and desert, all eaten at either one of the outdoor tables or in the cosy red and white interior. The a la carte menu has a range of hot and cold starters, soups, sides such as dumplings and grilled vegetables. Factor in the wine list, friendly service and the good location on the square at the end of Stari trg and you have an eatery that offers a budget option with the frills still attached. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. (€11-17). PTJA6EGBXSW

Pri Vodniku H-2, Vodnikova 65a, tel. 505 59 07, info@ privodniku.si, www.privodniku.si. Set in the building where the poet Vodnik was born in 1758, now this pleasant Slovenian restaurant serves a la carte meals as well as several set menus. Each of the menus offers a different overview of local specialities. For something special, take the time to try the 8-course slow food menu accompanied by good wine. For a really relaxed visit, you can stay on after dessert and sleep in one of the guestrooms.QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00. (€10-20). PTA6ULGBXSW

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Stara Mačka B-3, Krojaška 8, tel. 251 17 49, info@

staramacka.si, www.staramacka.si. /Like all the restaurants and cafes along the Ljubljanica the focus here is on the outside experience and this restaurant/bar aims to create a sort of Miami vibe in their area along the river; with Latin music blaring on the stereo, a drink list featuring tropical cocktails and cigars, and a staff of attractive waiters. The food here is pricey steakhouse. You can also enjoy light meals, like various salads or sea food and then top them with tasty desserts. They are the only restaurant where serve food till 01 hour. From a crisp cocktail before dinner to a full course meal without ever having to leave the comfort of the house. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. (€5-20). TJA6UEGBXW

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Špajza B-3, Gornji Trg 28, tel. 425 30 94. An exceedingly

classy affair with chunky, creaking wooden floors, a number of different rustic-feel rooms to eat in, an extensive menu of Slovenian and international dishes, an excellent salad bar and an antique silver cash register in the entrance. Popular with many people including business professionals, tourists and romantic couples, prices are high but still relatively affordable if you don’t come here every day. Q Open 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. (€7,50-10). JAGBS

Valvasor B-3, Stari Trg 7, tel. 425 04 55, info@valvasor. net, www.valvasor.net. If you are looking for fine dining in the heart of the city, Valvasor may be just the place for you. ‘Elegant’ and ‘tasteful’ are adjectives that could be used to describe both the décor and the menu. Seafood features heavily in both the appetizers and mains sections though for the completely carnivorous there is also a good range of mouth-watering red meat options. If you find yourself spoilt and confused by choice you could take advantage of the degustation menu and try a little of a lot. With an extensive wine list selected from all over Slovenia, Valvasor is open for lunch and dinner though it’s definitely best to book for an evening excursion to avoid the disappointment of being politely told there is just no room for you tonight. QOpen 12:00 - 22:30. Closed Sun. (€16-24). PTJAGBXS

Vodnikov Hram C-3, Vodnikov Trg 2, tel. 234 52 60, vodnikov.hram@gmail.com, www.vodnikov-hram.si. Between the Puppet Theatre and the old market place, near funicular to Ljubljana Castle, featuring large vaulted brink ceilings, bright yellow walls and a colourful cast of characters, the menu contains much to be considered including Slovenian dumplings, veal, Slovenian potstickers, good salads and a wide choice of vegetarian meals. QOpen 07:30 - 24:00, Sun 09:00 - 24:00. (€5-50). PTA6ULGSW ljubljana.inyourpocket.com

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Bangkok Street J-2, Šmartinska 152/G, tel. 523 31

65, fax 523 31 66, info@bangkokstreet.si, www.bangkokstreet.si. Settle into a table with views of an artfully-lit perforated metal structure just beyond the ceiling-high windows at the back of this stylish new eatery, and you just might be able to forget that you’re staring at the façade of a parking garage from a shopping mall. While the food won’t have you sprinting to the nearest telephone to call home and sing its praises, it’s better than you might expect given the location and you’ll be hard-pressed to find better value in terms of ethnic food - the portions are huge and there’s also a relatively inexpensive allyou-can-eat buffet. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. (€4-16). PTAULGKW

Da bu da B-3, Šubičeva 1a, tel. 425 30 60, info@dabuda.

si, www.dabuda.si. Opened last fall as a modern and multileveled Thai restaurant, the overpriced and underwhelming Thai menu soon fell flat with the locals, so the owners overhauled and re-emerged early this spring as a “fusion” restaurant. While what they’re “fusing” isn’t quite certain, it seems to involve white rice, slimy noodles, and the faint memory of what Thai food should taste like. Nonetheless, this centrally-located restaurant draws endless crowds of hip young locals for dining and slurping signature syrupy cocktails at the bar. QOpen 11:30 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. (€4-13).PJAGBXSW

Thai Inn Pub B-2, Rimska cesta 17. /With its tuk tuk at the entrance, the jungle wallpaper all over the place, adornments and pictures, you’ll get a good taste of what visiting a real restaurant is like in Thailand. Thai Inn Pub foregoes the ultra elegant, westernised take on their food. The result is Thai food that tastes like Thai food. If you’re concerned about having food

that’ll leave your mouth on fire, you need not worry. The menu clearly explains to what degree the dish will make you beg for water, from nothing to really, really hot. It’s very refreshing to see an ethnic restaurant that doesn’t dumb down its offering for Westerners, but instead gives you the real thing. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00, Sat 08:00 - 24:00. JAG

Coffee culture is very pronounced in this part of the world, with time standing still a few times a day while people relax and sip their coffee in a café or on a terrace.

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vegedrom.com, www.vegedrom.com. A vegetarian can certainly stuff themselves on vegetable pizzas and side salads in the center of town, but if it is real healthy vegetarian meals you are after then head to the outskirts and try Vegedrom. The restaurant creates vegetarian, organic and vegan meals inspired by Slovenian and Indian cuisine, with daily specials and special lunch sets that include soup, salad, and a sweet. A worthwhile trek for something healthy and delicious. QOpen 11:00 - 19:00, Sat 12:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun. (€4-10). TA6ULGBXS

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Vegedrom H-2, Vodnikova 35, tel. 513 26 42, info@

Cacao C-2, Petkovškovo Nabrežje 3, tel. 430 17 71. If

you like ice-cream, and who doesn’t, then this is your place. Along with the usual coffee, tea, wine and beer, Cacao serves up scoops of ice-cream which you can enjoy indoors or out on the terrace. Fruit and ice-cream is around 5€ a serve and if you want a bit of a kick with your cream, go for one of the alcohol-spiked varieties such as Rio (Baccardi and blue curacao) or Brasil (tequila, minus the worm). There are also plenty of child-friendly shakes and servings available but if you are planning on going to Rio you might want to bring the babysitter. QOpen 08:00 - 22:00. PTJA6UGBSW

Café Open C-4, Hrenova 19, tel. 041 391 371, info@

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open.si, www.open.si. Some places try too hard to attract a specific group of people. This coffee shop is not one of them. While it does cater to the gay community, it strays from some of its more cliché aspects. You won’t find anything here that can’t be found in other coffee shops, but it’s perfect for people who appreciate the aforementioned style. Also, make sure you check the beautiful design that covers most of the back wall. It depicts a woman whose hair is blowing with the wind and merges with the autumn leaves. QOpen 09:00 - 24:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. J6LEGBXW

Tomato B-3, Šubičeva 1, tel. 252 75 55, fortuna.

Cafetino B-3, Stari Trg 5, tel. 422 29 50. Chaotic on

fortuna@siol.net, www.tomato.si. Two colourful dining areas with plenty of hard-wearing furniture, on which you’ll find a galaxy of equally bright students tucking into excellent value food including fish and chips, hot sandwiches, pasta and other treats. Next door to the wacky Yugoslav statues scattered around immediately to the west of it, why not combine the two and experience the best of both worlds. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. Closed Sat, Sun. (€1,50-2). PTJA6GBXS

Saturday afternoons and not much quieter during the week, Cafetino’s split-level design provides ample seating for the city’s caffeine connoisseurs to imbibe on a range of coffees made from freshly ground coffee beans. A small shop at the back sells the beans in question to take away plus a few sweets including packets of delicious English fudge and assorted biscuits. QOpen 07:30 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00, Sun 09:00 - 14:00. TJA6UGBXS

Caffe Ljubljana B-2, Gosposvetska 7, tel. 041 89 03

41/426 32 26. A cute curved café-bar, convenient if you’re staying at the Slamič, with a nice little courtyard out the back and a huge dragon for a door handle. This far from exclusive establishment is a decent enough place for a pick-me-up espresso or something a little stronger amidst a mixed clientele including hip young students and retired Party officials. QOpen 06:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. From 28. July to 15. August open from 08:00 to 16:00. (€3,70-4,85).PTJGBXS

CN7 B-3, Cankarjevo Nabrežje 7, tel. 252 72 07, cn7@

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volja.net, www.cn-7.com. A pleasant enough café on the waterside, nothing too special but full of interesting things and people to look at all the same. The clientele runs the entire range of local folk and tourists from teenagers to geriatrics. The coffee is better than many in the area. QOpen 08:00 - 01:00. TNGB

Bachus Lounge B-3, Kongresni Trg 3, tel. 241 82 42,

Corso Bar B-3, Cankarjevo Nabrežje 13, tel. 041 623

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info@bachus-center.com, www.bachus-center.com. Buzzing pretty much any time of the day, Bachus’ ground-floor lounge area features good-looking clients, good-tasting coffee, a year-round garden for sipping cocktails under the stars, and a whole host of other fancy attractions. A popular Ljubljana A-list classic, handy for both the attached international restaurant or as a pre-club venue for its hugely popular nightlife venue. QOpen 08:00 - 06:00, Mon 08:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€3.30-42). PAEG

Bife Jež C-2, Resljeva 44, tel. 232 17 60. A tiny little cafébar in the middle of nowhere, good for a pick-me-up coffee or something a little stronger if you’re stranded hereabouts. A small outside seating area provides a safe haven for those who find the idea of being stared at by everyone too much to handle. Q Open 05:30 - 22:30. Closed Sat, Sun. (€2 sandwich), (€1 coffee). JBS

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379, corso@siol.net. Industrial overtones and a bunch of trendy young things behind the bar, heaps of arty people drinking coffee, wine and beer and the added bonus of outside seating. Take your pick on an indoor experience with lots of funky metal piping and black pvc furniture or chance your arm under an al fresco umbrella. QOpen 08:00 - 03:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. J6UGBS

Grajska Kavarna C-3, Ljubljanski grad (Ljubljana Cas-

tle), tel. 439 41 40, www.grajska-kavarna.si. Swanky, cool and chic in equal measures, Ljubljana Castle’s very own café is housed inside a dismal-looking 1980s concrete monstrosity well overdue for a facelift. Retaining much of its original communist-era look, the interior is fun if you’re in the area, and is a good place to stock up on fruit juice, wine, coffee, beer, sandwiches and a Harry Potter ice cream. QOpen 10:00 - 21:00. PTJA6GBSW

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CAFÉS Coffee & Cakes Cakes take a special place in Slovenian daily life, and slaščičarnas (cake cafés) provide that shot of coffee and sweet sweet pastries that can keep you going for a few more hours.

Čolnarna A-2, Tivoli Park (near the Ribnik, lake), tel.

251 11 60, www.colnarna.com. Once upon a time this old café sold the best homemade cakes and sweets in town in the most beautiful setting around, but it is now 120 years in, and we all know age can make it hard to keep up. These days while the surroundings are still quite lovely, the cakes are not bad and ice creams are delivered in a truck. Nonetheless, it merits a stop for a cake, a coffee, and a peaceful moment in the park. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00. TJ6UGBXS

Café Plato B-2, Ajdovščina 1, tel. 230 84 80, plato@

siol.net, www.plato.si. A stylish and still relatively new café offering a wide selection of great ice creams, cakes and tiny tarts in a unique glass-walled space right in the centre of town, its outdoor seating area is a fine place for some people watching on a sunny afternoon. There’s also a restaurant upstairs, so if you’re feeling like a bit more than a snack you may want to inquire about what’s on offer that day. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€2-3). PTJA6GBXSW New

Le Petit Café B-3, Trg Francoske Revolucije 4, tel. 251

Maček B-3, Krojaška 5, tel. 425 37 91, w w w.

macek-lj.si. Reassuringly scruffy after so many goodlooking places in the area, gurgle down some tea, coffee or something a little stronger in the safe confines of four bright orange walls decorated with some nice black and white photographic portraits of both people and Ljubljana itself. Extremely popular with families toting young children durin g th e weekends. Q Open 09:00 - 00:30. TJA6GBSW

Malina B-2, Dalmatinova 2, tel. 041 750 669. Coffee, cakes, and delicious ice cream. You will not miss this place when walking by: the pink and orange chairs that from the al fresco part of this café can be spotted a mile away. Inside there are four or five small tables, all decked out with very comfortable black armchairs. Very popular with business types who work in the surrounding offices. Q Open 07:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 22:00. PTJAUGBS

Pr’ Fotru C-1/2, Trubarjeva 18. A tiny strip of a cafe and

bar, the terrace outside provides a great front row seat to the flow of the, sometimes hip and other times strange, traffic heading up and down Trubarjeva. A tiny television inside promises to be tuned to a game whenever one is going. QOpen 07:30 - 01:00, Sat 09:00 - 01:00, Sun 11:00 - 01:00. J6UGBXSW

Randevu B-3, Mestni Trg 19. Yet another trendy café in

an area already addled with them. This one, however, wins points for its sprawling patio overlooking the river. They serve a mix of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and a small array of sweets which you can order if ever one of the dizzy and inattentive waiters comes your way. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. PYR6GBXW

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SEM Kavarna D-2, Metelkova 2 (Ethnographic Muse-

um), tel. 300 87 00. A trendy, industrial-look café attached to the Ethnographic Museum featuring a glass floor, lots of wacky art, coffee, cakes and booze. Too pretentious for some perhaps, but a charming place all the same and certainly a place to meet some of the city’s more interesting characters. QOpen 08:30 - 23:00. PTJA6UGBXSW

STA Travel Cafe B-2, Ajdovščina 1, tel. 1 439 16 90, fax 1 439 16 95, info@staljubljana.com. There are a lot of pluses to this place despite the clinical sounding name. Set on a big terrace with a good view and lots of tables it offers free Internet for patrons. When all that virtual surfing results in hunger pangs you can sate them with your choice from a wide range of sandwiches. The TV is set to the travel channel so you can look at where you’ve been, where you’re going or where you want to head off to next, and every second Wednesday you can attend the travel presentations and wash all the free information down with beer, wine, coffee, tea or a soft drink. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. PJ6UGBXW New

Top: Eat & Party A-3, Tomšičeva 2, tel. 040 177

775, info@klubtop.si, www.klubtop.si. While this aptly named establishment makes no attempt to belie the fact that it’s a club first and foremost, don’t let that dissuade you from taking the glass elevator up to the roof during daylight hours. Even as an afterthought the café still has the best views in the city. Ljubljana’s almost too picturesque castle is perched on the leafy hilltop only a few hundred metres away, and more steeples than you can (or at least would want to) count dot the sky above the old town. A perfect place to linger on a sunny afternoon. QOpen 08:30 - 22:00, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 08:30 - 05:00. Closed Sun. PJAEGBKW

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25 75. On a leafy yet bustling square, tables of bubbly locals and clued-up visitors drink coffee, tea and look utterly Parisian without even trying. Every other cafe in Ljubljana wants to be this place, and it is easy to see why. What’s more, it is not even expensive: big omelets and tasty toasted sandwiches all come in at around €3.50.QOpen 07:30 - 24:00. PTJA6UGBS

Slaščičarna Pri Vodnjaku B-3, Stari Trg 30, tel. 425 07 12. Teddy bears, Cuban flags, accordions, cakes, icecream and lots of friendly people of all ages, some of them wearing funny hats. One long thin room and a larger space out the back for coffee and sweet treats hold a fascinating array of colourful characters. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. (€1-5). TJ6GBXS

Zvezda B-2, Wolfova 14, Slovenska 34 (in Hotel Slon),

tel. 421 90 90, kavarna.zvezda@siol.net. A bustling café frequented by a battalion of clients from students to pearl-laden old ladies. Zvezda’s décor leans in the direction of your classic Buddha lounge, with a scattering of Oriental statues and some fine brown velvet wallpaper. Not the cheapest café in town, your money is at least well spent. The coffee is strong enough to wake the dead, and the cakes are some of the best and stickiest in town. QOpen 07:00 - 23:00, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. Slovenska 34 open: 08:00-22:00, Sun 10:00-20:00. (€2,80-3). PTJAUGBSW

Zvezda - House of Pastries features its own boutique workshop offering: • cakes, pies, croissants • ice cream • warm and cold beverages • cookies and bite sized chocolate treats • sandwiches • a gi� shop programme with different types of teas and candies 100% fruit ice cream and rice milk ice cream (cholesterol free, lactose-free, saccharose-free, gluten-free and contains no animal products). Drinks and desserts that do not contain any products of animal origin. You can visit Zvezda at three different locations in Ljubljana: in city centre on Wolfova 14 and Slovenska cesta 34 (Hotel Slon) or in BTC Shopping centre, Hala 12, Šmartinska 152.

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Ljubljana likes to party hard, and party late. The place goes positively Mediterranean during the summer, with cafés, bars and restaurants staying open well into the early hours as locals and visitors alike simply forget to go home. All of the city’s squares bustle into the early hours too, with the city’s main square, Prešernov Trg, often still packed with revelers until 03:00. Indeed, Prešernov Trg is something of a focal point for Ljubljana nightlife, with most of the city’s best bars, clubs and cafés nearby.

Bi-Ko-Fe B-3, Židovska Steza 2, tel. 425 93 93. A sloppy,

Personal current favourites include tiny little Conestoga for live music, Čupiterija for light eats and cocktails, and Ultra for shaking our thang. There are tons of other places of course, so browse our thorough Ljubljana nightlife listings at your leisure.

seating area dominates Bavarski Dvor, the city’s de facto financial centre. With the Ljubljana Stock Exchange right next door and various banks, brokerage firms and insurance companies occupying the surrounding office buildings, a steady stream of white collar types flock here throughout the day in order to tend to their seemingly insatiable appetite for caffeine and nicotine. QOpen 06:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 04:00. PJB

Also note that this is by and large a very easy going city, and is no such thing as a no-go zone. Do not worry about walking home on your own late at night.

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Aperitiv Bar B-2, Miklošičeva 1, tel. 308 19 96. A

pleasant, small and simple café-bar on the ground floor of the Grand Hotel Union Executive with a well-stocked bar and a few nice Art Nouveau touches. A decent place for business travellers to start the evening, meet informally with colleagues or to simply network with other like-minded executive types. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. PJ6UG New

Atrium G-2, Pot Za Brdom 55, tel. 47 02 700, fax 47 02 708, info@hotel.mons.si, www.mons.si. The elegant bar at the Mons hotel is a cocktail lovers delight. There’s bar food too, as well as a cracking selection of desserts. For an after-conference quick one it’s a must. The difficult bit is not ending up staying the whole evening.QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. PHLGKW new

Bar Gaj H-1, Dunajska 103, tel./fax 534 11 30. The

name - which is Slovene for ‘grove’ and pronounced ‘guy’ - is a slightly exaggerated reference to the modest row of trees shading the large outdoor seating area. Inside, a small ground-level bar with stained-glass windows, brass railing and dark green everything else, does a commendable job of concealing the colourfully funky lounge downstairs, which is popular with students from the university across the street. If you fancy striking up a conversation, a good icebreaker could be the bar’s past reputation as a hangout for some of the city’s more nefarious characters. QOpen 06:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 07:00 - 24:00. PAULGBW

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messy kind of bar full of art students lounging around on the windowsills or sitting at the extraordinary plastic orange bar. Much talked about and extremely good fun to look at, our last visit entailed standing at the aforementioned orange counter and being ignored by everyone until the barmaid appeared to ignore us as well. A resounding victory for form over content indeed. QOpen 07:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 01:00. PJUGBXSW

Cezar Bar B-2, Slovenska 56. Its expansive outdoor

Compañeros Café B-2, Slovenska 51. Head down a toolong bright orange hallway and dive bar, that clearly caters to a youthful crowd looking to drink cheap and fast while listening to the daily DJ set. The day we went the bar was plastered floor to ceiling with dirty handwritten signs advertising drink deals. If you’re under 25, or just act like you are, this is the place for you. QOpen , Mon, Tue 07:30 - 00:30, Wed, Thu, Fri 07:30 - 02:30, Sat 10:00 - 02:30. Closed Sun. No admission. JAGBXS new

Conestoga C-2, Trubarjeva 43, conestoga@email.it.

Doesn’t look all that much from the outside: only a barrel or two gives away the fact that this a drinking den, and nothing that this is in fact a live music venue par excellence. The tiniest stage in Ljubljana (Europe even) hosts live acts most evenings playing blues, jazz and rock. Take home a souvenir t-shirt, a bargain €9. QOpen 08:00 - 01:00. JRUEGB

Čupiterija B-3, Mestni Trg 4, cupiterija@gmail.com. If

you fancy a good coffee in a very big cup and a street-side seat from which to watch folks wandering along Mestni trg then make your way to Cupiterija. Outside, the décor is a mix of bamboo and wrought iron while inside is a small’ish and funkily decorated space. Along with the coffee came a spiced, oven-warm biscuit, studded with raisins and peel which was melt in the mouth delicious. Friendly staff, a variety of teas and a wide range of smoothies make this a good spot for a bit of r + r until you’re ready to launch back into Ljubljana all again. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. YJG

Fétiche B-3, Stari Trg 25/040 70 03 70, www.fetiche.

si. A dark and moody, space-age cocktail bar on two levels complete with everything a cocktail bar should possess. Sit in the company of wannabe supermodels and young boys with their expensive trousers falling down and gaze in wonder at the vast model pictures, retro furniture and the obligatory huge mirror ball. There’s outside seating too, and, rather oddly, a small boutique selling expensive designer fashion upstairs. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00. PJA6GBXW

Kolovrateater C-3, Ciril Metodov Trg 14. Kolovrateater trades from 09:00 to 01:00 but unless you want a quiet coffee it is really more of a night-time place, especially on the weekends when it shakes off the café mantle and dons that of a club. And, it’s not just any old club, planned regular events include live music, stand-up comedy and literary readings, with no cover charge for these eclectic entertainments. If after all that culture you should feel a little hungry don’t be alarmed by the fact that the only snacks listed on the menu are bubble-gum and croissants - sandwiches are available too. And if a quiet daytime drink is all you are after, the coffee’s pretty good here. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. PJA6EGBXW new

Lar’s Bar C-3, Gornji Trg 23. Sleek lines and more than a mod towards Scandinavian design at this sublime little bar on a quiet central side street. Owned and run by the eponymous Lars, expect a wide range of Scandinavian cocktails, many of which are mixed to perfection on the biggest vodka cocktail list we’ve seen this side of Oslo. Offbeat nights in Ljubljana should both begin and end here. QOpen 15:00. - 01:00, Sat 11:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon, Sun. PJGB

Lepa žoga A-1, Celovška 43, tel. 432 31 09. Ide-

all y si tuated for basketball and hockey fans wi thou t tickets for the events in neighbouring Hala Tivoli, you can grab a drink at this sports bar and cheer on your team in action on three TVs and a big screen. With autographed T-shirts of local sports heroes, this is can be any fan’s local. Q Open 07:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. A6GBXW

Opera Bar B-2, Cankarjeva 12, tel. 421 03 90, info@

opera-bar.com, www.opera-bar.com. A bright, large, colourful space popular with many of the city’s more wellheeled residents, including those who like to attend the opera house across the street, Opera Bar is your classic café-bar. It brims with good-looking types drinking coffee during the day and something a little stronger later on. The Australian-Slovenian ownwership explains the huge Aborigine-style painted ceiling and walls. QOpen 07:00 - 02:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 07:00 - 00:30, Sun 10:00 - 18:00. PJHAEGBXSW

Playa J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 040 57 35 72, bar@

playa.si. This fancy bar inside of BTC center gained notoriety for being co-owned by one of Slovenia’s better pop stars, Jan Plestenjak. They serve hot and cold drinks from a full bar as well as a tasty selection of pricey cocktails. They also organize regular music nights from national and international acts. The bar is nice, but as cars steadily pass

through the maze like parking area it makes it hard to relax and party at the shopping mall. QOpen 08:00 - 00:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. No admission. PAULGBXSW

Pr Skelet B-3, Ključavničarska 5, tel. 252 77 99. Look for the skeleton hanging in a cage on the corner of the street, dip up the alley and down the skeleton-riddled staircase, over the skeleton lying under the glass floor and enter what may well be the strangest cocktail bar of them all. As sharp-witted readers may have already guessed, the theme here is a skeletal one. They’re every where - some still wearing their clothes, and even a dominatrix skeleton complete with a whip and naughty little skeleton. Not content with this, expect to find a bony handle on your cup should you order a coffee. Q Open 10:00 - 03:00. J6GBX

Kamera Klub C-2, Kolodvorska 6, tel. 432 50 29,

kamera@amis.net. A particularly interesting local bar for local people containing some of the best and worst examples of interior design in the city. There’s sport on the television, men with berets and large moustaches, and, strangely, a personal computer with internet access in case nobody wants to talk to you. QOpen 06:00 - 23:00, Sun 07:30 - 23:00. PJAUGW

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nightlife Roxly C-2, Mala 5, tel. 041 399 599, info@roxly.si,

www.roxly.si. It’s all in the timing so they say. Spread over two floors, the Roxly provides a dual function by offering meals by day and music by night. The coffee bar and restaurant is popular during the daylight hours, with a good wine and cocktail list, a menu made up of local and international dishes and a view of the castle from the outdoor dining area. By night, DJs and live music, mainly of the blues and rock varieties, keep this place rolling along until three in the morning, providing a welcome alternative to the ubiquitous dance music found in most late-night venues. So whether you want a coffee with a view, a long lunch, or cocktails and rock and roll, the Roxly can meet your needs - just make sure you get your times right. QOpen 07:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri 07:00 - 03:00, Sat 10:00 03:00. Closed Sun. (€6-18). PJAEGBXSW

Slon Lounge B-2, Slovenska 34 (Best Western Slon), tel.

470 11 55, www.hotelslon.com. If Ljubljana were a village, this would be the village pub. This legendary bar in the legendary hotel of the same name is the kind of place where people arrange to meet, and where they can sink back in comfortable armchairs, chatting while they knock back a devilishly good coffee or cocktail in an atmosphere that’s at once businesslike and relaxed. An almost circular affair with huge windows overlooking the busy street outside, this is most people’s first choice for informal get togethers. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Sun 10:30 - 24:00. (€7-15). PTJAUGBKXSW

Stara Mačka B-3, Krojaška 8, tel. 251 17 49, info@sta-

ramacka.si, www.staramacka.si. The ground floor space of this combined cocktail bar and steak house restaurant has opted for something along the lines of a Cuban vibe, with plenty of Cuban cocktails on the menu to accompany the Cuban music and cigars also on offer. Upstairs find a small restaurant with lots

Turbo Folk En Pub H-1, Celovška 150, tel. 514 11 26, info@

enpub.si, www.enpub.si. The true sounds of the suburbs echo around the walls of this extraordinary little place practically non-stop. Leave your gun in the car, clear security and the metal detector, and you’re free to indulge your wildest wishes. Every night is different, from hopelessly sentimental romantic nights of ballads to all-night DJ parties featuring the classic Turbo Folk girls. Refreshment features everything from bottles of ice-cold local beer to cocktails to ice cream, and they even do sandwiches and coffee for party animals who’ve moved on to other places that stay open even longer and come back again early in the morning. For a totally different take on Ljubljana, En Pub simply has to be experienced to be believed. QOpen 06:30 - 24:00, Thu 06:30 - 03:00, Fri 06:30 - 05:00, Sat 09:00 - 05:00, Sun 09:00 - 24:00. PTA6ULGBXW

Klub 12 G-1, Prušnikova 95/041 67 85 77, info@

klub-12.com, www.klub-12.com. Turbo Folk’s classic Ljubljana after-party venue is a good few kilometres from the city centre and doesn’t see a single client until around 04:00, but that’s all part of the fun really. After the other venues have closed their doors the deal is to pile into this dark underground cavern with its strange red lighting, pictures of naked women with bows and arrows on the walls and excruciatingly loud music and carry on with the party. This is hedonism at its very best, to the point that many of the true hardcore followers of the faith scrabble out of here blurry eyed in the morning and start all over again. Unmisable for those who know and love how to party. QOpen 07:00 - 05:00, Sat, Sun 18:00 - 05:00. PALEGX

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nightlife of classic 60s-style red lampshades turning out a reasonable menu of appetizers, steaks, fresh salads and seafood dishes. For those who can’t be bothered to move too far from where they eat to where they end up drinking, Stara Mačka may well prove too tempting to resist. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Sun 09:00 - 23:00. (€4-15). PJA6UGBKXSW

Žmauc A-3, Rimska 21, tel. 251 03 24. Ask any tuned-in local

to make a list of their favourite bars and they’re almost certain to put this place on the list. Covered in quality graffiti outside and always featuring a huddle of interesting-looking individuals smoking suspiciously large cigarettes by the entrance, the exterior is but a mild prelude to what’s inside. A smallish L-shaped bar is packed day and night with more strange characters amidst an interior design scheme straight from the pages of a Manga comic. Excellent for coffee or something a little stronger. Highly recommended. QOpen 07:30 - 01:00, Sat 10:00 - 01:00, Sun 18:00 - 01:00.PJA6GB

Clubs

As Lounge B-3, Čopova 5, Knafljev prehod, tel. 425 88

22, www.gostilnaas.si. This fabulous lounge is the third string to the three-string bow that is As. Featuring lots of laidback browns and oranges with comfortable sofas and a mix of well-heeled clients, enjoy loads of cocktails and DJs in a chill-out environment that’s one in a million. Private parties also available. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. PAG

Bachus B-3, Kongresni Trg 3, tel. 241 82 44, info@

bachus-center.com, www.bachus-center.com. One of the longest running nightclubs in the centre of Ljubljana, this place accordingly bursts with people whenever there’s something good going on. Running the gamut of themed nights appealing to everyone from students to those looking for the best DJs in the city, this is currently the liveliest place in town for everyone to let their hair down and have some good old-fashioned fun. QOpen 08:00 - 06:00, Mon 08:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. PJAEG

Emonska klet B-3, Plečnikov Trg 1, tel. 421 93 00,

emonska.klet@siol.net, www.emonskaklet.com. As well as being a large subterranean restaurant-bar in the heart of the city centre serving traditional Slovenian food, this is also where scores of young and not-so-young people head for during the evenings and weekends when it doubles as a club venue. As well as rolling around on the floor drunk, other things to do under the large vaulted brick ceilings are listen to the occasional DJ or even a band or two, get stuck in a conversation with expats and dance like a complete idiot. Fun! QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00. Admission €1. PJAEG New

InBox J-3, Jurčkova 224, tel. 600 50 86/040 47 79 61,

info@inbox-club.si, www.inbox-club.si. This massive warehouse-style venue on the southern outskirts of town has been packing in Slovene clubbers, under one guise or another, for the better part of a decade. It generally attracts a younger crowd that always comes to party, and is where you’re most likely to to find big-name international DJs in Slovenia. From time to time it also hosts pop or rock acts and has random theme nights, such as the reoccurring Hawaii Party, where tropical attire is not only encouraged but obligatory. QOpen , Wed, Thu 21.00 - 4.00, Fri, Sat 21:00 - 05:00. Admission: Free to €26 depending on the event (check their website for details). PALEG

Klub 300 H-1, Regentova 35, tel. 1 510 39 40, fax

1 510 39 41, info@bowlingklub300.com, www.bowlingklub300.com. Celebrating a birthday? Graduating? Reunion? Organizing a business meeting or get together? If it’s a good time you need, Klub 300 is a friend indeed any day of the week. Order a ‘zirafa’ for the group (a 3 litre long tube of bubbling local beer which allows you to pour your own draught) and take on your friends or colleagues at one of the bowling alleys, or at a game of pool. El Toro, a Mexican restaurant attached to the complex, fries up a spicy dish for just under a tener and the cocktails are only a fiver. The VIP room is especially suited for business meetings who want to mix work with a bit of fun. QOpen 14:00 - 24:00, Wed 13:00 - 24:00, Fri 14:00 - 02:00, Sat 11:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. PALG

Klub K4 B-2, Kersnikova 4, tel. 438 02 61, mique@ klubk4.org, www.klubk4.org. If you’re staying in a hotel in this part of town and your bed starts bouncing across the room in the middle of the night, the chances are the culprit can be found inside Club K4. A very student-oriented club indeed, it’s hot and sweaty and the DJs play some of the weirdest, hardest stuff in the country. Brilliant stuff. Sunday is the pink party night, the only party night in town for the gay community. Q Open Tue from 22:00, Wed-Sat from 23:00, Sun from 22:00. Mon closed. Admission €7. PJAG Klub SubSub A-1, Celovška 54a, klub@subsub.si, www.

subsub.si. The oldest club in Ljubljana doesn’t really get going until about 1 am but when it does it doesn’t let up until 5 or 6 in the morning. Specialising in ‘good music’, with underground DJs and bands, SubSub attracts a mix of locals and tourists who want to hear the full gamut of alternative dance tracks from hip hop to funk to reggae. The cover charge depends on who is spinning or playing and once through the doors you’ll be part of a hip crowd ranging in age from their teens to their late 30’s. Check out the website for a glimpse at what’s upcoming and a taste test of the sounds you’re likely to hear. QOpen 17:00 - 02:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 05:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. (€3-16). PJALEGBXW

KMŠ A-3, Tržaška 2, tel. 425 74 80, info@klubkms.si,

www.klubkms.si. If you’re young and a student (or at least look like one), here’s a great place to have some fun with the rest of Ljubljana’s dynamic youth. Numerous concerts and DJ nights are programmed for the weekends and the occasional weekday. Drink to your heart’s content as the booze is by far the cheapest in town.QOpen 08:00 - 22:00, Sat 21:00 - 05:00. Closed Sun. Closed in August. Admission €0,5. PJA6EGW

Orto Bar E-1, Grablovičeva 1, tel. 232 16 74, info@

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crowd in leather jackets etc, drinking the night away and taking advantage of one of the few regular live music venues in the city. The bar is worth visiting on its own. Long and thin, there’s a line of old turning ventilators along one wall, giving the place a futuristic, Mad Max feel. QOpen 08:00 - 05:00, Mon, Tue, Wed 08:00 - 04:00, Sun 18:00 - 21:00. PALEGBX New

Top: Eat & Party A-3, Tomšičeva 2, tel. 40 17 77

75, info@klubtop.si, www.klubtop.si. Located on the top floor of a commercial building in the heart of the city centre, this recently-opened venue is already the odds-on favourite to win the prestigious “Most Literally Named Club in Slovenia” award, and is looking to compete internationally later this summer. Local DJs spin a good variety of music Wednesday to Saturday, running the gamut from live jazz and bossa nova to the latest house cuts. If you’re not in the mood for going out, at least try to stop by during the day for a coffee on the terrace and some great views of the castle and old town. QOpen 08:30 - 22:00, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 08:30 - 05:00. Admission: Free before 23:00 and €6 after. PJAEGBKW

Ultra B-2, Nazorjeva 8, tel. 031 56 07 13, info@ultraclub.si, www.ultra-club.si. If you find yourself painfully unprepared at the salsa night a few doors day, you can slink down to this fancy disco for something a little more freeformed. The bar features DJs and various theme nights from house to hip hop and the full bar also offers an assortment of cocktails whenever you take a break from the throbbing crowd. QOpen 20.00 - 03.00. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun. Admission €5. PJAG

Jazz clubs

Gajo Jazz Club B-2, Beethovnova 8, tel. 425 32 06,

jazzclub.gajo@siol.net, www.jazzclubgajo.com. Roll over Beethoven - this is perhaps Ljubljana’s most famous Jazz venue, with regula jam sessions (Monday nights), concerts by local and international artists and other events. besides listening to music, it’s a great place for a few beers too. The programme can be found on the club’s English-language website. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 24:00. PJAEGS new

Mons Jazz Club G-2, Pot Za Brdom 55, tel. 470 27

00, fax 470 27 08, info@hotel.mons.si, www.mons. si. One of the city’s top jazz venues. Every week or so the Mons hotel hosts top quality jazz featuring some of Europe’s finest performers. If you live in town or are a regular visitor, buy the season ticket” valid for all concerts over the year.Q PAULGW

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Pubs

Wine bars

guinnesspub.net. Enough Guinness mirrors to keep everyone in town high for a week, plenty of comfortable cubby holes and a splendid little summer courtyard in the heart of the student district. Draught beers include Guinness plus Kilkenny and that old English 80s favourite, Woodpecker cider. Friendly and different enough to be worthy of at least a little plaudits, put this one on your pub-crawl list for sure. QOpen 07:00 - 01:00, Sat, Sun 17:00 - 01:00. PJA6UGBX

nesspub@siol.net, www.dvornibar.net/. A large L-shaped adventure specialising in wine, particularly local wine, as well as functioning as more normal café at the same time. Highlights include a swanky, jazzy area at one end for the more wine-orientated punter plus at the other end a place to enjoy a beer and a sandwich in slightly less sophisticated surroundings. A good place, and a particular favourite with the kids thanks in part to the huge play area that also puts on the occasional children’s events and entertainments. Q Open 08:00 - 01:00, Sun 09:00 - 24:00. (€4,50-15). PTJHA6UEGBKXSW

Guinness Pub B-3, Gosposka 3, tel. 426 62 93, www.

Patrick’s C-2, Prečna 6, tel. 230 17 68. Smoking

bans can cause many changes to the fabric of a society, not least to the basic atmosphere of the classic Irish pub. Long gone now is the lingering nicotine smog that helped shape the style of this cellar bar, but the overall atmosphere remains more or less intact. Popular with locals, expats and tourists alike, the bar stocks all your favourite Irish tipples, served by a gaggle of cheery bar staff, plus there’s the usual live sport on a big screen. QOpen 10:00 - 01:00, Sat 12:00 - 01:00, Sun 17:00 - 24:00. (€5,50-7). PTJA6EGSW

Rugby Pub & Lounge B-3, Židovska Steza 6, tel. 426

40 62. Three floors of testosterone-filled entertainment for the lads, featuring rugby paraphernalia nailed wherever it can fit, lots of sports on large television screens, table football, Guinness and Pilsner Urquell on tap and the usual selection of young (and not-so-young) gentlemen with their encyclopaedic heads full of useless sporting facts and figures. Not to everyone’s taste for sure, but proof if ever it was needed that Ljubljana’s a serious European city up there with the best of them. QOpen 08:00 - 24:30, Fri 08:00 - 01:00, Sat 12:00 - 01:00, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. PJHAUGBXSW

Dvorni Bar B-3, Dvorni Trg 2, tel. 251 12 57, guin-

Movia B-3, Mestni Trg 4, tel. 425 54 48, movia@siol. net, www.movia.si. The Slovenian Movia vineyards have been producing quality plonk for longer than anyone can remember, and this, their little showcase wine bar in the old town, is a fine place to come and try some of their excellent products. Found slightly hidden away inside a little covered courtyard, Movia is barely bigger than a telephone box, features extremely friendly staff, and even serves a selection of food especially prepared to compliment the wines on offer. Recommended. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. PYJ6UGBX

Adult entertainment Although Ljubljana is a relatively small city, it does make space for sexy and sinful late night entertainment for adults, gays, lesbians, transvestites and so on. There are several strip clubs in Ljubljana that have recently sprung up around the city displaying a diversity of foreign girls for escorting, table-dancing, stripping or just to keep you company if you buy them an (expensive) drink, and we mean €100 for the cheapest bottle of champagne. Clubs usually provide a dance show, often being quite explicit. Escorts in Ljubljana are limited but your hotel can advise you where to find a companion for the night Prostitution is illegal in Slovenia and you would have to look very hard to find any girl working the streets. Of course, we don’t advise that you try as these girls do not necessarily undergo any medical examination. It is best to stick with the more ‘refined’ selection we have on offer in Ljubljana. There are several gay and lesbian bars that frequently organise events, including Monokel, K4, Roža and Open Caffe. One of Ljubljana’s two gay disco bars, Tiffany, is tucked into the Metelkova complex, nearly adjecent to a colourful youth hostel housed in a former prison.

Escape E-1, Grablovičeva 1, tel. 232 16 74. On the lowest level of the ever popular Orto, this club’s surroundings are consistent with the rock club atmosphere that is housed above it. There is a small stage for striptease, but lapdances and personal attention are the real focus here with private dances available at your table or in one of the back rooms. QOpen 21:00 - 04:00. Admission €16. PJAG

Hard Core Cafe G-3, Dolgi most 4, tel. 041 716 612, www.hardcorecafe.si. With a name like that you can’t help but smile and get in a taxi and head here. The concept is simple: outstanding erotic entertainment provided by prefessionals in a safe environment for groups of lads of all ages and backgrounds. Nobody pesters you to buy them extortionate ‘lady drinks’, there is always something worth watching on stage, and entrance is free. Drinks are reasonably priced - even the erotic ones - and the girls who perform here are on the whole of a far higher phwoar category then elsewhere. QOpen 14:00 - 04:00. Closed Sun. PJAG NEW

Latino Nightclub J-2, Šmartinska 152 (BTC HALA

18), tel. 59 95 21 21, info@latino-club.com, www. latino-nightclub.com. A strip club in a shopping centre/ industrial estate some distance from the city centre. How appealing is that? The usual selection of bored girls from a variety of countries will pester you to buy them expensive drinks while you watch other girls in their underwear perform perfunctory pole dancing routines.QOpen 21:00 - 05:00. PLG NEW

Tanga J-1/2, Brnčičeva 13, info@tangaclub.com, www.tangaclub.com. This club is quite a trek from the center of town, along a lonely stretch of railroad track so definitely bring a map. Once you get there, head upstairs from the bar café and find a neon-lighted multi-leveled space with a wide selection of international ladies and a menu full of drinks and services. QOpen 21:00 - 04:00. No admission. PALG

Wine Cellars of Slovenia (Vinske Kleti Slovenija)

C-1, Dunajska 18, tel. 431 50 15, vinskekletislovenije@siol.net, www.vks.si. The oldest and largest wine shop in the country naturally has a classy restaurant attached where discerning diners may sample some, or all, of the 80 wines on the menu. This is a place where the choice of good Slovenian dishes is based on the wine, rather than the other way round. Recommended. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00, Sat 17:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. (€6-20). PALGBKX

The Temptation of Wine in the Heart of Ljubljana Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 12.00 to 24.00

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what to see Ljubljana Castle is arguably the main attraction for visitors to the city, but all that lies beneath it from the Old Town to Ljubljana’s multitude of world class museums are more than worthy of further investigation. The extraordinary combination of treats, from the architecture of Jože Plečnik’s to the historic atmosphere of the Old Town to the occasional blast-to-the-past burst of retro-Yugoslav city planning all work together in harmony to create the most unique of cities.

Cemeteries

Žale Cemetery (Pokopališče Žale) J-1, Med

Hmeljniki 2, tel. 420 17 00, info@zale.si, w w w. zale.si. Built on the site of a much earlier cemeter y attached to the neighbouring (and still standing) Holy Cross Church, what’s arguably Plečnik’s Ljubljana masterpiece was completed in 1940. The grand arched en tran ce complete wi th B. Jakše & S. Jeršič stark white colonnades supposedly represents the gateway between the lands of the living and the dead. Between them and the cemetery itself are a series of peculiar buildings, chapels and monuments including the Žale funeral home. Architectural styles abound, reflecting Plečnik’s vision of equality among religions. The cemetery itself, once you get there, is a pleasure to behold and is worthy of a good hour’s stroll. The final resting place of many Slovenian greats including Plečnik himself, also find a small area given over to the Jewish population of the city. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00.

Essential Ljubljana There are too many good things to see in Ljubljana, but if you’ve only got a limited amount of time on your hands, the following all come highly recommended.

Cathedral (Sv. Nikolaja) C-3, Dolničarjeva 1, tel. 231

06 84. With its classic twin towers and trademark single, weatherworn green dome, the city’s cathedral, more properl y known as St Nicholas’ Church, encapsulates everything that is Ljubljana. Small and interesting, but not too exciting at first glance, a S. Rancov longer look at its history and finer details reveals its hidden charm and beauty. Built on the site of a much earlier church, the cathedral’s main structure and appearance dates from the first half of the 18th century. Inside the Baroque masterpiece’s pink shell is a cavalcade of classic creams and golds, littered with extraordinarily detailed frescoes and possessing that calming feeling that only a great church can bring. Of particular interest are the ornate choir stalls and Robba’s maginficent angels on the main altar. Don’t forget to check out the astonishing pair of bronze doors on the western and southern sides. Dating from 1996 and commissioned to celebrate John Paul II’s visit to the Cathedral, the former celebrates 1250 years of Slovenian Christianity, and the latter, depicting six cardinals in a row with the figure of Christ lying at the front, the history of the diocese of the city.

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what tosee see what to Tourist information L jub l ja n a To uri s t I n f o r m a t i o n C e n tr e (Turistični informacijski center) C-3, Adamič-

Lundrovo Nabrežje 2, tel. 306 12 15, fax 306 12 04, tic@ljubljana-tourism.si, www.visitljubljana. si. A small but extremely well equipped resource with plenty of maps, brochures galore in English, information about what’s on in the city and a range of information on what to see and do in the region. They also organise tours, can help with accommodation, and should be one of your first ports of call when you arrive. Their website is one of the best we’ve seen in Central Europe and is well worth further investigation. Friendly, informative staff too. Q Open 08:00 - 21:00, Oct-May 08:0019:00. Also at the bus and train station (tel. 433 94 75; open 08:00 - 22:00, Oct-May 10:00 - 19:00, saturday 08:00-15:00).

Slovenian Tourist Information Center (STIC)

C-3, Krekov trg 10, tel. 306 45 75, fax 306 45 80, stic@ljubljana-tourism.si, www.visitljubljana.si. Slovenia’s national tourism office. Maps, brochures and general information about travel throughout the country. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00. Open 08:00 - 21:00, Oct-May 08:00 - 19:00.

Cobbler’s Bridge (Čevljarski most) B-3. Another Plečnik creation, this elegan t 1930s bridge is named after the cobblers’ workshops located on its p re d e c e s s or. Pil l a rs of various sizes stand on the bridge, some suppor ting lamps, others simply holdT. Kunst ing stone balls in the air.

Mestni Trg B-3. The centre of medieval Ljubljana, the town’s main square was damaged in the 1511 earthquake and subsequently rebuilt in Baroque style. The square houses the Town Hall, City Art Museum, the decorated 16th century Lichtenberg house and the Souvan house with its Empire facade.

Prešernov Square (Prešernov Trg) B-3. Formally a

meeting place for several roads in front of one of the old entrance gates to the city, and a public square since Ljubljana’s original defensive walls were torn down in the middle of the 19th century, this is one of the city’s most important landmarks. Named after Slovenia’s national poet France Prešeren (German, Franz Prescheren, 1800-1849), it’s both a popular meeting place (notably under the large statue of the man after whom the square is named) and a site for concerts and events during the summer. The charming little public space is ringed by a number of interesting sights including the magnificent Art Nouveau façade of the Urbanc House, an extraordinary piece of early 20th-century flamboyance and site of the now sadly closed Centromerkur department store.

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Tivoli Park A-1/2. Tivoli is where the people of Ljubljana

who don’t leave the city spend the weekend. Laid out in 1813 as a place for the general health and recreation of the city’s popula tion, a t som e five square kilometres, Ljubljana’s gargantuan bucolic lung - literally two streets west of the city Mansion-LTB-archive centre - is so packed with good things to see and do that it’s almost worth visiting the Slovenian capital just to come here. Set amidst rolling hills, Tivoli Park is a pleasant mixture of lawns (picnics encouraged: something of a shock in this part of the world), pastures, wooded areas and fun adventure playgrounds for the kids (who will love the mini-golf best of all). The best way to enjoy the park is by bike, and bicycles are available for rent from various points throughout the park during the summer. You will need to leave ID as a guarantee you will bring the bike back. As well as its reputation as the top nature spot in the area, Tivoli Park also houses a number of cultural sights including the International Centre of Graphic Arts in the glorious 17th century Tivolski Grad (Tivoli Mansion; see page 60), the Museum of Modern History and, in the park’s far southwestern reaches, in an area designated as a nature reserve, the city’s half-decent zoo. Also look out for the monument to Primoz Trubar at the entrance to the park. Truboz was an early force in Slovene literature and the creation of a Slovene national identity.

Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) B-3, . Perhaps Ljubljana’s

most characteristic structure(s), the triple bridge is a curious merger of a 19th century road bridge (itself replacing a medieval wooden bridge), with two 1930s pedestrian bridges designed by Plečnik, who took the opportunity to do up the whole ensemble with lamps and stone balustrades.

Churches As you may have already noticed, the old town boasts a number of famous churches dating far back to the Baroque period under the influence of Venetian art. The big three must-see churches are Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolna cerkev sv. Nikolaja), the Ursuline Church (Ursulinska cerkev) and the Church of St. James (Sentjakobska cerkev).

Franciscan Church (Frančiškanski Samostan) B-3,

Prešernov Trg 4, tel. 242 93 00. Built in an instantly recognisable, mildly swirly Baroque fashion, Ljubljana’s mid-16thcentury Franciscan Church dominates Prešernov Trg like a big pink birthday cake. Part of a larger complex with an additional Franciscan monastery, if you’re lucky enough to find the doors unlocked expect a few treats inside including Robba’s 18th-century altar, some charming frescoes datD.Silpa ing from 100 years or so later and a chapel notable for containing a cross designed by none other than Jože Plečnik. For those who don’t appreciate the finer points of ecclesiastic architecture, the front steps do at least provide a nice place to sit and watch the world go by on a gloriously sunny day. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00.

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jska Planota 1, tel. 232 99 94, info@ ljubljanafestival.si, www.ljubljanafes tival.si/en/ljubljana_castle. Perched on top of Castle Hill (Grajska Planota) and dominating the city skyline to the south, Ljubljana’s magnificent castle stands on the D.Mladenovic site of several former defensive buildings in a hilly area of land stretching away to the south of the old town. The current ensemble of buildings originates from necessary 16th-century reconstruction work following the earthquake of 1511, with several later additions. Not unlike Kraków’s Wawel Castle in Poland, Ljubljana Castle has served as both a royal residence and a military barracks over the centuries. Undergoing extensive albeit slow renovation work, the current main points of interest for the visitor are both located inside the Outlook Tower (Razgledni Stolp), built in the 19th century and raised a further 1.2m by the communists in 1982. The tower’s Virtual Museum screens a 20-minute film in 3D, viewed with the aid of special glasses and a headset for an English translation, showing an interesting and informative history of the castle. On the same floor find a small door that takes you to the top of the tower up some 100 red cast-iron steps, each individually decorated with an image of the tower and the city’s dragon. A door at the top leads to a small viewing platform (not for the faint hearted) with wonderful views of the city. Underneath the tower and located down a small flight of stairs tucked away through a doorway in the corner of the courtyard is the diminutive St George’s Chapel (Kapela sv Jurija). Originally Gothic and remodelled in the Baroque style, the chapel is interesting for its 15thcentury wall paintings and not a lot more. The castle also has a small art gallery featuring temporary exhibitions, a café, souvenir shop and a branch of the city’s Puppet Museum. It’s also a popular place for local weddings, and during the summer puts on concerts and, in July, hosts a popular outdoor cinema. To reach it, several small paths lead up from the old town, or take the furnicular next to the Puppet Theatre.

Holy Trinity Church (Cerkev svete trojice) B-3,

Slovenska 21, tel. 252 48 64. Constructed to a design by Carlo Marinuzzi between 1718 and 1726 from a commission by local merchant Jakob Schell von Schellenburg, and with all the usual additions over the centuries, this imposing Baroque marvel dominates the area it’s located in not least for its unusual, gabled rooftop façade. Part church and part D.Silpa monastery, the former’s interior is somewhat restrained, its main outstanding feature being a Francesco Robba altar, carved from African marble around 1740. The main steps date from the 1930s and are the work of our old friend Plečnik.

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what to see Or thodox Church (Pravoslavna Cerkev) A-2,

Prešernova, tel. 252 40 02. Built alongside the southwestern perimeter of Tivoli Park in 1936 to serve the city’s Serbian community, this wholly unremarkable church complete with all the usual ostentatious details, is worth visiting during services, daily at 10:00.

St Peter (Cerkev Sv. Petra) D-2/3, Trubarjeva 80,

tel. 231 79 65. The heritage of the Roman Catholic St Peter’s Church goes back long before this building was completed in 1733, with a number of churches standing on this spot for some 500 years before Giovanni Fusconi’s superb Baroque designs were realised. Inspired by the great churches of Venice, much has b een changed M. Tancic over the centuries, including Neoclassical additions following the 1895 earthquake and the construction of a new façade, complete with interesting fish details over the doors between 1938 and 1940 by the local architect Ivan Vurnik. Many changes have been made inside as well, including much work by Vurnik’s wife, Helena. Points of particular interest include Franc Jelovšek’s magnificent frescoes and several altar paintings by Valentin Metzinger.

Monuments

France Prešeren B-3. Slovenia’s national poet France

Prešeren (1800-1849) stands in the square named in his honour at the foot of the Triple Bridge. As well as offering an interesting visual treat, the monument also serves as a focal point for people meeting in the city. Erected in 1905, the large monolith is the work of the architect Maks Fabiani and sculptor Ivan Zajc and D. Wedam features the Muse of poetry holding a small laurel of bay leaves over his head as well as extracts from his writing around the base.

Robba Fountain (Robbov Vodnjak) B-3, Mestni Trg.

One of the most famous landmarks in the city, this lovely 1751 fountain is named after its creator, the Italian Baroque sculptor Francesco Robba (1698-1757), and is also known as The Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers. It was the last of Robba’s Ljubljana creations. The eight years it took him to complete it essentially bankrupted the man, and he finally left the city for Zagreb. Based loosely on the grand fountains of Rome, the artist’s masterpiece features three river gods, supposedly representing the Krka, Ljubljanica and Sava rivers.

Museums Learn about Slovenia’s history and culture by visiting a variety of museums the city has to offer. A perfect activity for a rainy day.

City Museum (Mestni Muzej Ljubljana) B-3, Gos-

poska 15, tel. 241 25 00, info@mm-lj.si, www.mm-lj.si. A magnificent museum run by a team of historians who know how to show people a good time, showcasing Ljubljana in all its good and bad colours throughout history. Featuring both permanent and temporary exhibitions, this is the best place

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in Slovenian art from the 13th century up to the first half of the 20th century, including paintings by such notable artists as Ivan Grohar (1867-1911), Richard Jakopič (1869-1943) and Ivana Kobilca (1861-1926). The other permanent exhibition in the building focuses on European painting, and includes some really fine examples of the Renaissance-period Italian painting through to the more modernist work of the early 20th century. The gallery also contains a small gift shop, which has several good books and postcards. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Admission €7/3,50.

Around Ljubljana in town for a crash-course in city history. Find scale models of unfulfilled Plečnik creations, elaborate costumes, old photographs and much more besides. Check out the fabulous little website for upcoming exhibitions. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Admission €4/2,50. English-language guided tours Sun at 13:00.

Contemporary History Museum (Muzej Novejše Zgodovine) A-1, Celovška 23, tel. 300 96 10, uprava@ muzej-nz.si, www.muzej-nz.si. If you needed a reason to visit Tivoli Park, it’s here. This fascinating museum inside a wonderful 18th-century mansion presents the history of Slovenia from the period around the start of WWI until independence in 1991. Using a combination of wellMatthew Armstrong presented exhibits including old photographs, clothing and household items the museum charts the often wobbly path of the nation through and between the two world wars and the difficult and truly fascinating post-war communist years. The building itself is worth seeing alone, being a marvellous combination of original Baroque and the interesting modernist work of the Slovenian architect Jurij Kobe, dating from 1991. QOpen , Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. Admission €7/3,50.

International Centre of Graphic Arts (Mednarodni Grafični Likovni Center) A-2, Pod Turnom 3, tel. 241

38 00, info@mglc-lj.si, www. mglc-lj.si. Located inside the gorgeous 17th-century Tivoli Mansion, this must-see attraction for anyone with even a passing interesting in the visual arts contains a staggering 3,500 prints and over 400 books, mostly from the second half of the 20th century onwards and Nena including the work of many of the great masters of European graphic arts. Everything is represented, from painting to posters to book design. Private access to the museum’s archives is available on request in advance. QOpen 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Admission €3,40/1,70.

National Gallery (Narodna Galerija) B-2, Prešernova 24, tel. 241 54 18, info@ ng-slo.si, w w w.ng-slo. si. Inside Czech architect František Edmund Škabrout’s fabulous late 19th-century neo-Renaissance masterpiece with an additional modern wing thrown on for good measure, this above-average LTB-archive gallery features the very best

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Postojna Cave (Postojnska jama) Jamska 30,

tel. 700 01 00, fax 700 01 30, info@turizemkras.si, www.turizemkras.si. The largest cave in Europe, words on a page can hardly do justice to the majesty of Postojna. So far, more than 20 kilometres of galleries have been found, of which barely Franc Habe a fraction are open to the public. All the same, a visit here still takes up much of a morning or an afternoon, as you make your way through the most spectacular parts of the cave, at first by a dinky little narrow-gauge train, and then on foot. Formed over millions of years by the Pivka river, the cave was discovered in the 17th century, though never properly explored until the early 1800s. They opened as a tourist attraction in 1819, with Franz I, Emperor of Austria, among the first to visit. Bizarrely, so popular did the caves become that electric lights were fitted in 1884: some years before such technology was first deployed in Ljubljana itself. Highlights of the cave include the enormous stalactites and stalagmites, and the quite sensational concert hall, which can (and does) hold 10,000 people. The acoustics down here are said to be sensational. Note that the temperature of the cave is a chilly 10 degrees Centigrade, so bring a jumper. The caves are also home to olms (or white salamanders), a blind amphibian endemic to the subterranean waters of caves of this part of Europe. The olms can sometimes – though not always – be seen in some of the pools of water as you make your way around the cave. Though blind they are sensitive to flash photography and if you do spot one you should refrain from taking any photos. You will be well and truly told off if you do. To get to Postojna, take any train or bus from Ljubljana heading for the coast, and jump off at Postojna. Q August,September: every day at 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00 October: every day at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00 Children: €12, students: €16, adults: €19. Organised groups: €10-16.

Velika Planina Tel. 832 72 58/51 34 14 06, info@

velikaplanina.si, www.velikaplanina.si/Home. Rising 1666 metres into the Julian Alps, the Velika Planina nature park is only a short drive north of Ljubljana and makes a great day trip for outdoor enthusiasts. While the rolling hills are criss-crossed with hundreds of kilometres of scenic hiking trails and mountain cycling paths, the most unique attraction has to be a traditional dairy herdsmen’s settlement that is fully-functioning and open to visitors from June to September. A cable car will bear the burden of transporting you up the mountain, and there’s even a handful of traditional dining and accommodation options once your there.

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National Museum (Narodni Muzej) A-2/3, Prešernova

20, tel. 241 44 00, info@nms.si, www.narmuz-lj.si. Found lurking inside another of the city’s fine, late 19th-century neo-Renaissance buildings complete with fine painted ceilings and elaborate sculptures on the stairs, this is the oldest museum in country, founded way back in 1841. Permanent displays include an intriguing collection dediD. Wedam cated to the Slovenians and the Slovenian language alongside the usual bits and pieces of interest dug out of the ground, plus a large ensemble of almost 200 examples of carved stonework dating from Roman times excavated in the city and surrounding regions. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00. Admission €3/2,50.

Plečnik House (Arhitekturni Muzej, Plečnikova zbirka) B-4, Karunova 4, tel. 280 16 00, pz@aml.si, www.aml.si. The Slovenian visionary architect Jože Plečnik lived in this house from 1921 until his death in 1957, making this brilliant monument to the great man and his work poignant for both its immediate connection with him as well as being the building in which he did most of his work, much of it on the actual building itself. Organised into both a living recreation of how and where Plečnik lived and a fascinating insight into his often revolutionary ideas, exhibits include recreations of everything from his kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and countless examples of original drawings and models. The museum can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Q Tours hourly on Mon, Fri 10:00 - 15:00, Tue, Wed, Thu 10:00 - 18:00, Saturday 09:00 - 15:00. Book in advance by email or phone. Arhitekturni muzej (Pot na Fužine 2) Admission €4/2.

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what to see Railway Museum (Železniški Muzej) B-1, Par-

mova 35, tel. 291 26 41. Housed primarily in a wonderful semicircular brick locomotive shed, the current incarnation of this excellent museum dates from 2004 and offers an exceptional glimpse behind the history of the technology, culture and people of the nation’s railway heritage. In the shed find a chorusline of vast old steam locomotives, the oldest dating from 1861, whilst another building plays host to several rooms of signal equipment, railway eccentricities, uniforms, a recreation of old station master’s office and, up a wiggly spiral staircase, a small art gallery featuring the railway-related paintings of one of the museum’s former directors. Outside find even more exhibits from rusting trains to a small scale model of a viaduct. This highly recommended museum will keep boys of all ages occupied for a pleasant hour or more. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Admission €3/2.

Parks & Gardens

Botanical Gardens (Botanični Vrt) H-3, Ižanska 15,

tel. 427 12 80, botanicni.vrt@siol.net, w w w.botanicni-vr t. si. Nearly 200 years old, this garden is part of the biology department of Ljubljana University and has 2 hectares of protected landscape, with over 4500 species of native and foreign J. Bavcon plants. Guided tours of groups over 15 people are possible for a small fee and when booked 10 days in advance. Q Open 07:00-19:00, Jul-Aug 07:00-20:00. Admission free.

Ljubljana Zoo (Živalski Vrt) G/H-2, Večna Pot 70,

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Tours Almost every hotel in the city offers guided tours of one sort or another. Some are good, others just a way of making money. You should be able to spot the scams without too much difficulty. The Tourist Information Centre also offers several walking tours of the city, and can even, if you give them plenty of warning, organise an original one just for you. The Jewish Community of Slovenia (see Jewish Ljubljana) is the best place to contact for all Jewish-related tours of the city and Slovenia in general.

Boat tours (Izlet z ladjo) B-3, Ribji Trg pier, tel. 306

12 15. Organised by the people at the Tourist Information Centre, this is an ideal way to increase your knowledge of the city whilst messing about on the water at the same time. Boats leave from just south of the Triple Bridge at the so-called Ribji Trg pier on the Old Town side of the water and take a leisurely cruise up and down the Ljubljanica, passing under all the main bridges and sights. Q Tours in May at 17:30, Sat, Sun also at 10:30 and 17:30. Jun-Jul 18:30, Sat, Sun also at 10:30 and 18:30. Guided tours in English and Slovenian €10/5. Unguided tours €8/4.

tel. 244 21 88, info@zoo.si, www.zoo.si. A large complex with a good variety of native and foreign animals. An excellent day out for the kids, and educative for parents too. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00. Admission €6, various reductions for children, under 2 free.

Castle funicular (Turistični vlakec) B-3, Stritarjeva.

Places of interest

Digital Tour Guide C-3, tel. 306 12 15, www.vis-

Practically every street in Ljubljana has its own particular place of interest, providing plenty of colour for those visitors to the city who like to wander aimlessly in the style of an urban rambler. The following are by no means exhaustive, but do provide an insight into some of the more illustrious and talked-about sensations in the city.

Republic Square (Trg Republike) A/B-3, . The political centre of modern Slovenia, this square houses the brutalist 1960 parliament building, two equally delicate office towers and the Cankarjev dom centre.

Skyscraper (Nebotičnik) B-2, Štefanova 1. Believe it or not, this lovely little skyscraper was, at 70 metres, one of the highest buildings in Europe when it was built in 1933. The rooftop café sadly closed long ago.

Town Hall (Mestna Hiša) B-3, Mestni Trg 1. The 15th century Town Hall was dramatically altered over the ages, and given a Baroque facelift in the early 18th century. Note the original medieval coat of arms on the building. Inside, you can view the Grand Council Chamber, wedding hall and banquet hall. Tours are available by appointment at the tourist office. Q Guided tours €2.

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Spare yourself the slog up the hill by taking the funicular ride up to the castle while listening to English-language commentary. Q Departs regularly between 09:00 - 21:00. Return ticket €2-3. itljubljana.si/en/tours_and_excursions/city_tours/ special_experience_tours/77753/detail.html. Let your headseat tour guides Ben and Mandy take you on a two-hour trip past Ljubljana’s highlights. Or switch to their German friends Anna and Thomas, or the Italian duo Paulo and Oriana. With the mp4 digital tour guide player and map in hand, you’ll have explanations about the city’s history and sights, and can see pictures too. Rent the player at any of the tourist information centres. Q Player rental (5 hours) and map €10 (ID and €10 deposit required).

Ljubljana Night & Day Tel. 051 893 805, ljubljana-

bynight@gmail.com. Let pretty English speaking guides take you and your mates on an insider’s tour of Ljubljana’s best bars and clubs. Catering to groups of 5-20 people, pick any Friday or Saturday night for this experience, or go for daylight activities such as the adrenaline park, paintball, karting and excursions.

Medieval Mint B-3, Prešernov trg, tel. 41 826 340.

We present you the Medieval Mint, located at the Prešeren square in the heart of Ljubljana. Grab the exclusive opportunity to make your personal lucky coin with the motive of the Ljubljana castle and Slovenia. Welcome! Q From 1.May till 30.September

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bled As little as an hour away from the capital tucked up close to the Austrian border, getting to Bled by train (via Lexce Bled station), bus or car is a relatively painless experience.

Arriving in Bled

Arriving by bus Buses leave regularly from the main bus station in Ljubljana and take about 80 minutes to make the journey. Close to the town centre at the northeastern tip of the lake, Bled’s dinky little bus station (avtobusno postajališče) doesn’t offer much in the way of excitement beyond a kiosk outside selling chocolate, soft drinks and cigarettes. Inside is a combined Alpetour and ticket office. Toilets are in the same building and are free to use. The small waiting room has several luggage lockers against one wall, which we were reliably informed by the lady selling tickets were not for public use. To get the centre, walk south along Svobode until you hit the water. Good free maps are available from the Jelovica hotel, visible from the bus station. Arriving by train Although Bled itself has no train station, nearby LesceBled station on the main line is convenient for hopping onto one of the regular buses to Bled, 4 kilometres away. Arriving by car Take the A2 highway northwest out of the city and follow the signs for Kranj. Bled is well signposted once you’re out in the countryside. Journey time is around one hour depending on weather and traffic.

bled Bled Tourist Office Svobode 10, tel. 574 11 22, tdbled@telemach. net, www.bled.si. Follow the yellow footprints and be greeted by an above-average collection of information, maps, guidebooks, Bled T-shirts and helpful, friendly staff. An excellent place to drop by for topping up on the latest information, there’s also a computer providing free internet access and a superb view of the lake. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00.

Where to stay

Astoria Prešernova 44, tel. 579 44 13, astoria@vgs-bled.

si, www.hotelastoria-bled.com. Hotel Astoria’s exterior is decidedly of the bygone socialist era, but the interior has recently been renewed to bring it up to today’s basic standards for resort stay. The location is the key here, nearby you can take the foothpaths up to the castle and enjoy the views of the lake. Dinner is available at their restaurant, The Castle Bled, which is staffed by students from their nearby culinary school. Q 48 rooms (singles €69, doubles €109).Brekfast included. PTJHAULEGBSW hhh

Garni Hotel Jadran Cesta Svobode 12, tel. 579 13 65, fax 574 16 61, hoteljadran@hotelibled.com, www. hotel-jadran-bled.com. The Garni Hotel Jadran, with its distinctive large balconies entwined with thick green ivy, richly old-fashioned rooms and its architecturally pleasing structure is a gratifying choice of reside, not to mention its location being close to explore the beautiful surroundings Bled has to offer. Breakfast is served in a deliberately retro-style parlour and you can opt for dinner at its partner restaurant, the Panorama.Q 45 rooms (singles € 81-91, doubles €96116). TJHA6ULBK hhh

Grajski Hostel Grajski 22, tel. 041 36 50 08. Still fairly

new and accordingly exceedingly clean and tidy, complete with three spartan rooms full of bunk beds to sleep up to eight people, the cute little Grajski Hostel is located just out of the town centre up the hill from the bus station. Features are few and far between, but a mixture of unbeatable prices, friendly atmosphere and an attached bar make this one well worth considering for the easy-to-please budget backpacker.

Vila Bled Svobode 26, tel. 575 37 10, info@vila-bled.

si, www.vila-bled.com. One of Tito’s former residences, the superb white marble Vila Bled has recently been completely renovated yet manages to retain its grand Yugoslavian 1950s atmosphere. On the edge of the lake amidst a wealth of beautiful trees a couple of kilometres from the town centre, the hotel comes with everything you’d expect from such a classy venture. The rooms and suites have all been thoughtfully decorated with lots of brown touches and interesting carpets. Other attractions number such delights as the sumptuous Belvedere Pavilion & Café, idyllic places to relax outside plus top quality wellness and business facilities. Q 30 (doubles €210-230, suites €230-690). HAR6LGKDW hhhh

Where to eat

Bar in restavtacija Chilli Cesta svobode 9, tel./fax 574

Even the swans love Bled

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30 27. Just like the owner will tell you: ‘we just want to make our customers happy’. This restaurant looks like it originally wanted to sell Mexican food and then realized that it wouldn’t make everyone happy like that, so then decided to offer more. But that’s exactly what’s so special about it. Even though it’s the only restaurant that offers Mexican food in Bled, you can

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still get Italian and, in general, international dishes here. Having been a professional athlete, the owner travelled extensively and is now obsessed with having the same customer service he has seen around the world, and it shows. He also plans to organize different live events during the summer. Try to spot the giant calculator behind the counter if you order a drink! QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 02:00. AUGB

Gostilna Avsenik Begunje 21, tel. 533 34 02, www.

avsenik.com. While Slovenian music might not be sweeping the global charts, you can find a few international celebrities by heading to this restaurant. The Avesnik Brothers are the world’s reining kings of “Oberkrainer” polka (with gold and platinum records abounding), and their centuries-old family restaurant, in their hometown of Begunje, draws crowds from around the world not only for its homemade regional food but also for its regular polka performances, dance floor, and yearly festival (see Culture and Events). Avsenik is a great way to encounter Slovenia’s particular form of Alpine culture, but if you’re looking for a place to dine and chat, this isn’t it; the music is extremely loud and the sound of accordion pierces through everything. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. (€6-15). TAULGBX

Jasmin Cesta svobode 10, tel. 574 38 27. Jolly good kremšnita and a pot of tea for shirt buttons inside a modern albeit basic café next to the tourist office. The tea in question comes in lots of different varieties and is served in dainty little pots. An ideal place to bring your aged aunt. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sun 13:00 - 19:00. PAUGBX

Lectar Inn Restaurant Linhartov Trg 2, tel. 537 48

00, fax 537 48 04, info@lectar.com, www.lectar.com. The restaurant provides a special romantic ambience, serving a selection of deliciously Slovene cuisine and wines: an impressive opportunity for any occasion, event or business social. Folk music and dancing is arranged on most evenings for some light entertainment for the restaurant’s guests. The restaurant is adequately divided into several rooms which is perfect for those coming in larger gatherings, or with a family or just a couple. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Tue, Sun. JulyAugust open every day. PTJA6UGBK

PIZZERIA GALLUS

Location: TC BLED, Ljubljanska cesta 4, Open from 11.00 - 23.00, Saturday 11-24 www.pizzeriagallus.si

Grajski Pub 1004 Grajska 22, tel. 041 36 50 08. A fun

little bar attached to the Grajski Hostel and out of the town centre close to the bus station, it’s probably not worth hiking all the way up here unless you’re actually staying in the place, but if you do then expect to find a small bar kitted out in oak and a separate room with table football and electronic darts machine. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 08:00 - 01:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00. R6LGW

Pub Bled Svobode 19a, tel. 574 26 22. Bled’s top party

place, with over a hundred mixed drinks and cocktails on the menu and DJs every night, it attracts a varied mix of tourists, students, weekend lovers and local party animals. There’s also a big screen TV that more often than not is tuned to some live sporting event, and if you manage to stop by in the morning for a glass of your preferred hang over remedy you can enjoy nice views of the castle and free wireless internet.QOpen 09:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 09:00 - 03:00. PR6EGBXW

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Piz zeria Gallus Ljubljanska cesta 4, tel. 57 43 299/040 416 167, fax vinko.traven@siol.net, www.pizzeriagallus.si. Sure, you can come because of the view, which is beautiful. You might also come to enjoy the pizza, which is delicious and comes from a wood-fired oven. But the reason why we enjoy coming here the most is the lively service. Not only will you enjoy their traditional Tuscan food, but you will also be entertained by the waiters who will serve you kindly and take great pride in the restaurant’s food. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Sat 11:00 - 24:00. PA

Nightlife Bars

Art cafe Svobode 7a, tel. 574 34 11. A popular social

hangout for the younger clientele, especially students from the nearby IEDC Bled School of Management who like to stop by and mingle amongst themselves. When there’s an important sports event on TV, the place fills up fast and so do the glasses! The wide, open terrace that overlooks the lake also brings a steady flow of tourists. The gold-framed art work and old spiral staircase adds a touch of charm to its homely interior. Definitely, a satisfying choice for day and night time entertainment. QOpen 07:00 - 02:00, Fri 07:00 - 03:00, Sat 08:00 - 03:00, Sun 08:00 - 02:00. PJA6ILGBXW

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Casino Tivoli Hraška 21, Lesce, tel. 532 55 60, info@

casino-tivoli.si, www.casino-tivoli.si. Out near the gas station and a small shopping center in nearby Lesce, Casino Tivoli sits as a glittering bastion of gambling for the truly devoted. There are no croupiers or card dealers here, no VIP for high rollers, just two levels of electronic roulette and electronic slot machines. The price of admission gets you two free glasses of beer or wine, and they keep a chilled self-serve buffet off to the side in case you find you’ve spent your grocery money. Q Open 24hrs. Admission €5 (includes gambling ticket and 2 drinks). PAULEGX

What to see Essential Bled

Bled Castle Tel. 572 97 82, blejski.grad@zkbled.si,

www.blejski-grad.si. Perched quite dramatically high up on a cliff overlooking the lake and town, Bled Castle is the stuff of children’s dreams. Built and added to haphazardly over the ages since conception around 1000AD, the castle is a pretty mash of styles. You can visit period rooms, a 16th century chapel, the cellar, herbal gallery and restaurant. Q Admission €7/3.50.

Lake Bled Bled’s most famus feature is the crystal-clear lake which has an island crowned by the 55-metre tower of the Baroque Church of the Assumption. The backdrop of mountains makes this view especially irresistable. Visitors can take a boat tour to the island (€12, tel. 041 427 155) on characteristic pletna boats, which include half an hour to wander around or visit the church. Boats leave from the Health Park, at Hotel Park and at the rowing centre.

Churches

Church of the Assumption Bled island. Sticking out

of the island in the middle of the lake, the Church of the Assumption has been much battered by earthquakes and lightning over the centuries. Several churches have occupied this prime location since one was first built here in the 12th century. The current incarnation is from the 17th century. Inside, the impressive altar and the last surviving frescoes from an earlier Gothic church are worth a look.

St. Martin’s Church A white neo-Gothic beauty erected in 1905, St. Martin’s was designed by same architect who designed Vienna’s town hall, and it shows in the sheer verticality of the building. The church is surrounded by the walls which had to protect the earlier church from Ottoman incursions. The interior has frescoes from the late 1930s.

Sports Click on the left for a couple more reasons to leave the bustle of the capital and enjoy the relaxing opportunities Bled has to offer.

Pac SportsRibčev laz 50 Bohinjsko jezero 572 34

61, info@pac-sports.com www.pac-sports.com. Golf & Country Club Bled Kidričeva 10c, tel. 537 77 16, golfcourses@hotelibled.com, www.golfbled.com. 27 holes in stunning countryside, 4km from Bled. Wellness Živa Cankarjeva 4, tel. 579 17 02, ziva@ hotelibled.com, www.wellness-ziva.com. Živa means several things in Slovenian, one of them being ‘lively’ - and that’s just how you’ll feel after a full body and soul solution at this wellness centre. Using traditional massage techniques, it’ll leave you more refreshed than a dip in the lake. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. PTAULG

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Portorož

portorož Hotel Vile Park Bernardin A-3, Obala 2, tel. 695

Staro sidro E-3, Obala 55, tel./fax 674 50 74, starosidro@

Penzion Forma Viva Seča 159, tel. 40 369 003, fax

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5104/695 5106, fax 674 6410, booking@h-bernardin. si, www.h-bernardin.si. Slightly away from the town centre, these luxurious villas within the Hotel Bernardin complex are well connected to the Obala promenade. Nestled by the beautiful Mediterranean lagoon water park and adorned with lush vegetation, these quiet and self-contained villas are for those who like everything to be at their doorstep. Seven restaurants on the complex offer different cuisines and varied atmosphere. Q 217 rooms €110-145. POTHA6U� FLEGBKDXCSW hhh

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Turistično združenje Portorož

Arriving in Portorož

Arriving by car Portorož is accessible from the direction of Ljubljana by taking the A1 highway south to Koper. From Koper you will transfer to the 111 and go southwest to Portorož. Arriving by bus There are numerous buses every day to Portorož from Ljubljana’s main train station. The ride varies from 2 to 3 hours, and the bus drops you directly in the center of town. While there is no actual station, you are dropped across the street from the tourist information center (TIC), and before you cross the street there is also a fairly large supermarket for any last minute items.

Where to stay

Hotel Marita E-4, Obala 89, tel. 617 22 00, fax 617 22 17, info@hotel-marita.si, www.hotel-marita. si. From the outside, Marita’s glassy and bland-coloured appearance does not do her much justice. However, the greenery of her gardens and large swimming pools are a delight. Marita is situated just on the edge of town and very close to Lucija (Portoroz’s neighbouring town), which provides a calmer alternative to the crowded restaurants and beaches along Obala. Q 83 rooms (singles €150, doubles €190, suite €200-250). PTAULGBKXCW hhhh

677 04 66, formaviva.portoroz@gmail.com, www.formaviva-portoroz.si. If you would prefer to avoid the resort town atmosphere of the city’s crowded beachside area, but still want easy access to its restaurants and nightlife, this 23 room guest house in the leafy hills just south of Marina Portorož is a great option. With views towards the strangely exotic-looking Sečovlje salt pans, its pink-walled palm-lined courtyard has a distinctly tropical feel to it. The hotel is both pet and family-friendly, and the staff can arrange boat trips and recommend pleasant walks through the surrounding countryside Q €35-85. T6LG hh

Where to eat

si/Papa/Index.htm. Mexico is far away from Slovenia but this restaurant does its best to bring it a little closer. The entrance features a road sign pointing “gringos”into the place and a sleeping Mexican “statue” meets you at the door.Here you can slurp down a fantastic maragarita and taste a great Slovenian attempt at the cuisine. The back of the menu tells the story of Papa Chico, a parrot breeding eccentric, and also advises you to relax and accept the fact that service will be - in true Mexican fashion - quite slow.QOpen 09:00 - 24:00. Drinks: 09:00-02:00 In October: Daily: 10:00-24:00, drinks: 10:00-02:00 (€5,9016,30). PTA6ULEGBXSW

new coffee and cake place that also functions as a bar. Its done in the generic nouveau Euro style that you either love or hate, and the restaurant is part of what appears to be a growing chain. The bored looking staff are, nonetheless, attentive and fast. The coffee, cakes, and other sweets are good but skip the flavorless cocktails. QOpen 08:00 - 03:00.PTAR6UGBX

seafood lovers won’t need an address to find this place, you will smell it immediately strolling along the Obala promenade (and even at its second location opposite Alaya cocktail bar) and it will lead you straight inside to a table and an irresistible menu. The fish is of the freshest kind and the atmosphere of the restaurant is remarkably full of laughter. The grilled squid are a delight, especially with a jug of local Slovenian wine. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. (€7-26). PTA6LGBXS

Cafe Central D-3, Obala 43, tel. 696 10 20, www.lifeclass. net. This classy cafe in the Life Class center may well be the trendiest meeting place on the strip. The outside terrace area opens into an expansive atrium with more than ample seating for you and your group.Tell everyone to meet you back here for coffee. QOpen 07:00 - 24:00.PTA6ULEGBXS

Mignon D-3, Obala 33, tel. 674 90 40. This place is

Tourist Information Istriana - Tourist Service Portorož (Andreja Humar Fatorič s.p.) E-4, Podvozna 2, tel. 674 03

Mediteran

Ribja Kantina E-4, Obala 26, tel. 677 91 04. Fish and

Pizza & Spagetheria

Paco Pizzeria D-3, Obala 14 b, tel. 674 10 20. A grill,

pizzeria and trattoria found along the Obala promenade with a large terrace with tables shaded from the sun by large thatched umbrellas. The beach comes up directly to the restaurant’s terrace where you can eat and watch the sparkling panorama. The menu boasts a fine selection of pizzas, grilled specialities and seafood. A pleasant dining experience during lunch time or the early evening. QOpen 11:00 - 23:30. (€9-30). TA6UGBKXS

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60/080 2800, fax 674 03 61, tourist-portoroz@siol. net, www.istriana.si. Istriana tourism service can be found directly where the bus drops off in Portorož. While they don’t offer any direct tours or rooms, inside their brochure and souvenir-filled small office, their friendly staff can refer you and book you into a bed that fits your budget, and help you figure out how and where to enjoythe area. Q November - April: 9:00- 13:00, May, June, September, October: 9:00-15:00, 17:00 -19:00, July- August: 9:00-21:00

Ondina E-3, Obala 16, tel. 674 20 72, www.ondina.si.

Tourist Information Portoroz E-3, Obala 16, tel.

metropolgroup.si. This fashionable restaurant is situated within the Grand Hotel Metropol itself and offers a vast international and Mediterranean menu complete with a selective wine list. It’s a perfect location for business events,celebrations and wedding banquets. PAULGKX

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Papa Chico E-4, Obala 26, tel. 677 93 10, www.robot.

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rumored to have the best ice cream in the area and while we haven’t conducted a taste test through the entire town we certainly can attest to it being quite good. In addition to delicious home made ice cream they also have top quality cakes and a staff that’s quick and obliging when you, undoubtedly ask for one more. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00.PT6UGBXS

674 22 20, fax 674 82 61, ticpo@portoroz.si, www. portoroz.si. Q September to June from 09:00-17:00. July-August from 09:00-19:00.

siol.net. Walking up the steps of the old and abandoned Villa San Marco and heading in the direction of Staro Sidro, can feel like going into a time warp. The beautiful but decaying old restaurant seems to be frozen in another, simple time. Some of the staff seem to be frozen there right along with it, but it nonetheles offers a charming get away from the MTV beach madness. Its standard fare of sea food and meat dishes are reasonably priced and offered with a lengthy list of local wines. If you’re looking for an experience of classic old Portorož, this is your destination. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. (€7-21). PTA6GBXS

Coffee & Cakes

Cacao D-3, Obala 14, www.cacao.si. A stylish and modern

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This restaurant serves a wide range of typical seafood options in its Italian trattoria-style environment, but there are also meat and pasta options if you’re not in the mood for fish. While it makes great aims at being classy the constant flow of traffic outside their doors works against that effort; head to the side room for a bit more intimacy. Not very vegetarian friendly. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00. (€9-20). TA6UEGBXS

Latino Bar/Caffe F-4, Obala 114. A dark, rusty-coloured bar, and not really latino as its name suggests. The seating indoor and out on the terrace is exceptionally comfortable and you might find yourself there drinking with your friends for hours. A social joint, popular with the young crowd and chill out music on offer should be on your evening programme. Order yourself a Captain Morgan in the evenings and the next day come back for breakfast: the bruschettas are mouth-watering. PNGBKX

San Lorenzo E-4, Obala 77, tel. 690 70 00, www.

Mystica D-3, Obala 33, tel. 692 90 29. A classy cocktail and lounge bar, with an enormous terrace decorated with cacti and other interesting fauna which protrudes out into the sea view on Obala street. Evenings are buzzing with well-dressed holiday makers and business associates, many coming and going from the Casino Riviera beneath. PJAGBKX

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portorož Playa C-3, Fizine, www.playa.si. Little more than a tiny

cabana with a bar on one edge of the beach, this place still manages to pack in a full terrace of drinkers as it is the onlybar in the immediate area. It offers a standard mix of alcoholic drinks anda few panini sandwiches for famished sun bathers who can’t be bothered to pack it in and head for something better. QOpen 09:00 - 02:00. 6EBX

Rok Bar F-4, Obala 114, tel. 677 50 36. At the peak of

the night, just before setting off to the clubs along the Obala promenade, Rok Bar is an ideal joint which plays a variety of music good enough for all tastes and the booze is fairly priced. An ‘italiancik’, literally ‘a small Italian’ - 2 dcl of beer is €1.50. They serve superb sandwiches during the day and good cup of coffee. PNGBKX

Clubs

Paprika E-4, Obala 20a, tel. 651 41 02, www.paprika.si.

A cafe during the day, the uber-modern interior only hints at the debaucherous disco scene that the place transforms into during the evening with themed nights ranging from latin to house music. The nights are replete with scantily clad go-godancers and a rotating roster of local and travelling DJs. QOpen 08:00 - 04:00. Admission free. PAULEGBXW

Casinos

Adonis E-3, Postajališka 2. If you’ve been kicked out of every

other casino on the strip and still haven’t learned your lesson then this is the place for you. Up behind the supermarket this allelectronic gambling house is open 24 hours for all your needs, and it’s located conveniently steps away from the bus station, should you decide its time for you to get out of town. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00. Open 24hrs. PAULGX

Dancing

Alaya Cocktail Bar E-4, Obala 22, tel. 51 33 22

33/31 606 101, info@alaya.si, www.alaya.si. A Caribbean, tropically decorated beach bar which serves up cocktails of all colours of the rainbow. A worthy place for a stop over during a night out with friends and on some nights a beach party more than likely can fire up with occasional live music or a DJ. QOpen 09:00 - 03:00. Closed Sun. TA6ULBXSW

What to see

Forma Viva Seča, tel. 671 20 80, info@obalne-galerije.

si, www.obalne-galerije.si. Established in the early 60’s by two Slovenian artists, this sculpture park now serves as home to a large park full of mostly abstract pieces by aninternational mix of artists. Head inside and along the beautiful grassy area for ameditative walk, or perch yourself on one of the many benches and watch the boatssail by. A very unique treat! Q Open whole day. No admission fee.

Sečovlje Saline Nature Park (Krajinski park Sečoveljske soline) , tel. 672 13 30, kpss@soline.si, www.kpss.si. Hundreds of years ago, salt wasa commodity almost as valuable as gold and rulers fought to acquire and controlits means of collection. Sečovlje was one such rarified area and today it is preserved as a park with a visitors’ center and museum. A fascinating piece of history, the salt pans are not only an interesting public park, they are also awell-preserved natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife. The trek out to thepans is an interesting one but make sure to pack your insect repellant, not all of the inhabitants here are friendly. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. €3 adults, €2 students, seniors, free for children under age 6.

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portorož Beauty & Wellness

Paradise Spa A-3, Obala 2, tel. 695 51 04, paradisespa@h-bernardin.si, www.paradise-spa.si. Q Open 09:00 - 21:00. From €10.

Terme & Wellness Lifeclass D-3, Obala 33, tel. 692 80 11, rec.terme@hoteli-palace.si, www.lifeclass.net. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. From €6.

Biking

Atlas express E-3, Obala 55, tel. 674 50 77/674 67 72, atlas.portoroz@siol.net, www.atlasexpress.eu. Q (€8 for 2 hours, €22 for hole day).

Sailing and windsurfing

Jadro klub Pirat B-3, Obala 7, tel./fax 674 84 00, Matevz.Ravnikar.Cof@email.si, www.klub-pirat.si. Nemo divers - Diving & Watersport B-3, Obala 4, tel. 31 899 917, info@nemo-divers.si, www.nemodivers.si. Pro Yachting E-3, Letoviška pot 11, tel. 41 626 534, simcic.mitja@siol.net.

Shopping Art & Antiques

Darila, souvenir shop E-3, Obala 55, tel. 674 67 72,

atlas.portoroz@siol.net, www.atlasexpress.eu. Unikat Art & hobby E-4, Obala 114, tel. 677 51 77/40 880 636. QOpen 09:00 - 13:00, 16:30-19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Fashion

Max Mara Kempinski (Portorož) D-3, Obala 45, tel.

907 74 90/031 667 223, info@morris.si, www.morris. si. QOpen 10:00 - 13:00, 15:30-18:00. Studio La Perla D-3, Obala 33, tel. 674 01 86, info@morris.si, www.morris.si. From the people who brought you overpriced underthings, now find overpriced swimming things. The shop is a tiny sliver and as soon as you step in you are already face to face with the bored and confused sales girl. There are onl y a few swimsuits on offer here, and frankl y if you’ve forgotten your bathing suit at home, there are no shortage of other places to find one. Q Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 15:00. Closed Mon.

Markets

Souvenir D-3, Obala 14. Packe d wi th all thin gs

touristic, from great togarish, this place is a holidaymakers dream come true. A numb er of vendorsare packed into this cool warehouse space and provide one stop shopping for sou venirs, postcards, and all your beachside needs. This is an easy way to get all yourshopping done and get right back to having fun. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00.

Sport & Leisure

Intersport Portorož D-3, Obala 14 b, tel./fax 671 67 15, www.intersport.com. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sun 09.00 - 13.00.

O!bala Board shop E-3, Obala 57, tel. 674 80 52, www.obsession.si. Q Open 12:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.

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Officially part of the Schengen zone since late 2007 and nearly completely surrounded by other Schengenagreement countries, entering Slovenia has never been easier. With a well-developed system of buses, trains and highways throughout the country, getting around is also fairly easy. The centre of Ljubljana is relatively small, meaning public transport is rarely, if ever, needed when in town.

Public transport Ljubljana’s compact but excellent network of buses is easy to use - though most visitors get around most sights by walking. Buses run between 03:30 and 00:20. One-way tickets cost €0,80 when purchased at kiosks, the LPP ticket offices or at post offices; on the bus a ticket costs €1. Public transport passes cost €4 per day, €15 per week, €17-42.50 per month and €420 per year. See also the public transport map.

International train schedule From Ljubljana

Dep. 06:15 07:20 02:00 08:05 09:27 06:20 09:27 06:33 06:20 09:27 02:30 05:45 07:26 02:00 20:48

Arr. 15:46 09:30 10:58 11:23 15:35 08:51 23:50 10:51 08:51 13:48 07:16 12:05 09:06 04:18 08:20

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Dep. 05:50 10:10 16:35 06:34 08:27 13:08 07:14 18:10 12:57 01:34 21:20 07:56 04:07 05:00 21:40

Arr. 15:18 12:15 02:12 10:09 14:30 15:25 18:30 22:41 15:25 06:05 01:41 14:06 06:05 07:22 08:10

All trains depart daily. Schedule valid until December 12, 2009

From the 1st March 2009, you are able to buy a day train travel card, with which you can use for traveling in between Ljubljana’s 15 train stations (Ljubljana, Ljubljana Zalog, Ljubljana Polje, BTC, Ljubljana Rakovnik, Ljubljana Vodmat, Brezovica, Ljubljana Tivoli, Medno, Ljubljana Vižmarje, Ljubljana Stegne, Litostroj, Ljubljana Črnuče, Ljubljana Ježica and Ljubljana Brinje). The price is 2€ for an adult and 1€ for children between the ages of 6-12 years old. It is valid for 00:01 – 24:00 on the day of purchase.

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Getting around

56, tel. 430 51 74, mail@lpp.si, www.lpp.si. Ljubljana’s urban and suburban public transport company. There are LPP ticket sales offices at Slovenska 56, Celovška 160, Bavarski dvor and at the central bus station. QOpen 07:00 - 19:00, Sat 07:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Trains Slovenian Railways (Slovenske železnice) does an admirable job of running an efficient network with clean trains, which are usually on time. Their website at www. slo-zeleznice.si contains a wealth of information in English including live information on train delays as well as an online timetable. See the national and international train schedules in this guide for the main destinations.

Train Station (Železniška postaja) C-1, Trg

Osvobodilne Fronte (OF), tel. 291 33 32, potnik. info@slo-zeleznice.si, www.slo-zeleznice.si. Full of nice touches such as little conveyor bel ts for taking heav y bags up to the platforms, Ljubljana’s reasonably central train station just north of the main action is slated for demolition, to be replaced by a truly fabulous new building in 2010. See Arriving for information on several of the station’s facilities, plus, if you’re planning on leaving town, the ticket office straight out of a 1970s disco movie is to the left of the main entrance, with signs and departure screens in English.

Buses Dozens of regular bus connections are available to efficiently whisk you to all corners of the country. See also the national and international bus schedules in this guide.

Bus station (Avtobusno Postajališče) C-1, Trg

Osvobodilne Fronte (OF), tel. 234 46 00, fax 234 46 01, av tobusna.postaja@ap-ljubljana.si, w w w. ap-ljubljana.si. Essentially a large caravan without any wheels, Ljubljana’s temporary central bus station couldn’t be easier to use. Enter through one of the doors at either end, buy a ticket from one of the kiosks, and away you go. Some tickets can be bought directly from the driver, but you should always check in the bus station to make sure. The bus station operates many national routes as well as regular international services. QOpen 05:00 - 22:30, Sat 05:00 - 22:00, Sun 05:30 - 22:30.

Car rental The speed limit is 50km/hr in built-up areas, 90100km/hr on main roads, 130km/hr on highways. Cars must use headlights at all times and must have a spare wheel, warning triangle, spare lightbulb, first aid kit and, in winter, either snow chains or winter tyres. The alcohol limit is 0.05%. The traffic information centre has road webcams and maps of current traffic problems at www.promet.si.

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National bus schedule From Ljubljana

Dep. 06:00 10:15 05:10 06:30 06:00 05:30 06:30

Arr. 07:18 11:49 05:54 08:03 08:25 06:08 08:27

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City Dep. BLED 05:00 CELJE 04:50 GROSUPLJE 04:23 JESENICE 06:25 KOPER 07:50 KRAJN 04:55 KRANJSKA 05:20 GORA MURSKA 04:38 SOBOTA MARIBOR 06:52 NOVA GORICA 05:45 NOVO MESTO 08:09 POSTOJNA 06:10

Arr. 06:18 06:23 05:08 08:03 09:56 05:33 07:18 08:29 09:53 07:50 09:14 07:03

All buses depart daily. Schedule valid until July 1, 2009

07:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00, Sun 08:00 - 12:00. Airport office tel. (04) 201 69 99, open 08:00-22:00. Sixt C-1/2, Trg Osvobodilne Fronte (OF) 7, tel. 234 46 50, info@sixt.si, www.sixt.si. Cars from €34 per day. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00, Sun 08:00 - 12:00. Airport office tel. (04) 238 24 14, open 08:00-22:00. Thrifty Zgornji Brnik 130 A, reservation@subrosa.hr, www.thrifty.si. Q Airport office tel. (04) 236 57 50, open from 07:00-21:00. Cars from €33 per day.

Petrol BS LJUBLJANA (I-V) ,CELOVŠKA 226 CELOVŠKA CESTA 226 , LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 50 08 900 Fax: 01 50 08 905 Non stop BS LJUBLJANA DOLENJSKA DOLENJSKA CESTA 136, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 42 12 690 Fax: 01 42 12 691 Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 22:00 Sat: 06:00 - 22:00, Sun: 07:00 - 22:00 BS LJUBLJANA (I) ,DUNAJSKA 130 DUNAJSKA CESTA 130, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 56 53 490 Fax: 01 56 53 491 Non stop B S L JUBL JANA VIČ (II), TRŽAŠK A 131 A TRŽAŠKA CESTA 131A, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 42 36 560 Fax: 01 42 36 561 Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 22:00 Sat: 07:00 - 20:00, Sun: 07:00 - 20:00 BS LJUBLJANA RUDNIK (I-S), DOLENJSKA 157 A DOLENJSKA CESTA 157A, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 42 12 660 Fax: 01 42 12 661 Mon - Fri: 05:00 - 21:00 Sat: 07:00 - 21:00, Sun: 08:00 - 21:00

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BS LJUBLJANA (II) ,ŠMARTINSKA 101 ŠMARTINSKA CESTA 101 , LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 54 43 666 Fax: 01 54 67 000 Every day: 06:00 - 22:00 BS LJUBLJANA VIČ (III) TRŽAŠKA CESTA 130, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 42 36 570 Fax: 01 42 36 571 Non stop BS LJUBLJANA ,TIVOLSKA 43 TIVOLSKA CESTA 43 , LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 43 03 610 Fax: 01 43 03 615 Non stop BS LJUBLJANA ,POLJE 51 POLJE 51 , LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 54 91 040 Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 20:00 Sat: 07:00 - 20:00 BS LJUBLJANA (III) ,DUNAJSKA 70 DUNAJSKA CESTA 70, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 43 64 770 Fax: 01 43 64 775 Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 22:00 Sat: 06:00 - 22:00, Sun: 07:00 - 22:00 BS LJUBLJANA BARJE (I-S) CESTA DVEH CESARJEV 71, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 42 36 530 Fax: 01 42 36 534 Non stop

BS LJUBLJANA BARJE (II-J) CESTA DVEH CESARJEV 73, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 42 36 540 Fax: 01 42 36 540 Non stop BS LJUBLJANA ČRNUČE (II), ŠTAJERSKA 10 ŠTAJERSKA CESTA 10, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 56 35 610 Fax: 01 56 35 611 Mon - Fri: 05:30 - 23:00 Sat: 06:00 - 23:00, Sun: 07:00 - 22:00 BS LJUBLJANA, LETALIŠKA 38 LETALIŠKA CESTA 38 , LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 52 40 140 Fax: 01 52 40 139 Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 22:00 Sat: 08:00 - 21:00 BS LJUBLJANA ZALOG ZALOŠKA CESTA 255, LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 520 36 38 Fax: 01 520 36 82 Mon - Fri: 05:00 - 21:00 Sat: 07:00 - 21:00, Sun: 07:00 - 18:00 BS LJUBLJANA, KAJUHOVA 32 S K AJUHOVA ULICA 32S , LJUBLJANA Tel: 01 54 43 961 Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 22:00 Sat: 06:00 - 22:00, Sun: 08:00 - 20:00

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Getting around

Getting around Taxis

Travel Agencies

Ljubljana’s taxis are safe, clean and generally reliable. The starting rate is €1, the rate per kilometre between €1-1.70, with no extra charge at night. Waiting costs €15-20 per hour. Ordering a taxi by phone will get you lower rates.

Metro Taxi Tel. 080 11 90. Protocol Tel. 041 62 15 04, info@protocol.si,

www.protocol.si. Rumeni Taxi Tel. 041 73 18 31, info@rumenitaxi. com, www.rumenitaxi.com. QOpen 00:00 - 24:00. Taxi Društvo Ljubljana Tel. 234 90 00, info@ taxi-ljubljana.si, www.taxi-ljubljana.si. Taxi Intertours Tel. 520 97 04, info@taxi-intertours.si, www.taxi-intertours.si. Taxi Laguna Tel. 080 11 17.

Airlines

Adria Airways (JP) H-2, Kuzmičeva 7, tel. 369 10

Airport

Ljubljana airport (Letališče Jožeta Pučnika) Zgornji Brnik 130a, tel. 206 10 00, fax 202 12 20, info@lju-airport.si, www.lju-airport.si. Well connected to the Balkans and the main European destinations, Ljubljana’s tiddly Jože Pučnik Airport, 26km northwest of the city in Brnik, is as small and efficient as the rest of the country. There’s free wifi for internet addicts, a selection of restaurants and bars, banks, a currency exchange office (open 07:00 - 19:00) and a post office (open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 07:00-12:00, Sun closed). Getting there takes about 35 minutes, either by taxi (€35-45) or by bus (tickets €4.10, first bus 05:20, last bus 20:10). Q Open 24hrs, airport information from 07:00-23:00.

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00, fax 436 88 06, booking@adria.si, www.adria.si. Slovenia’s flag carrier. Direct flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Birmingham, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Instanbul, Kijev, London Gatwick, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Ohrid, Oslo, Paris-Charls de Gaulle. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Airport office phone: 04 259 43 38 Open: 05:30-24:00 Air France (AF) B-3, Igriska 5, tel. 244 34 47, fax 244 34 48, mail.cto.lju@airfrance.fr, www.airfrance. si. Flights to Paris CDG. Q Open 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Airport office tel. (04) 20 61 674 . Open two hours before flight. Austrian Airlines (OS) Ljubljana Airport, tel. 202 01 22, office.ljubljana@aua.com, www.aua.com. Flights to Vienna. QOpen 06:30 - 18:00, Sat 06:30 - 15:30, Sun 06:30 - 10:00. Brussels Airlines (SN) Ljubljana Airport, tel. 206 16 56, www.brusselsairlines.com. Flights to Brussels. QOpen 16:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Czech Airlines (OK) Ljubljana Airport, tel. 206 17 50, lju@czechairlines.com, www.czechairlines.com. Flights to Prague. QOpen 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Only by the time of flight is working on Saturday from 05:30-07:00 and Sunday from 13:00-15:00. Easyjet (EZY) Ljubljana Airport, tel. +44 87 06 00 00 00, www.easyjet.com. Flights to London Stansted. Q Airport office tel. (04) 206 16 77. Open two hours before flight. JAT Airways (JU) C-2, Slomškova 1, tel. 231 43 40, jat.airways@jat-lju.si, www.jat.com. Flights to Belgrade. QOpen 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Airport office tel. (04) 206 17 80. Open two hours before flight. Luf thansa B-2, Gosposvetska 8, tel. 434 72 46, luf thansa@adria.si, www.luf thansa.de. No Lufthansa flights to and from Ljubljana, but they do have an office selling airline tickets. Q Open 08:30 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Malév (MA) Ljubljana Airport, tel. 206 16 65, www. malev.hu. Flights to Budapest. Q Open 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Tel. 372 680 43 28, fax 372 668 00 82, www.flysas.com. Turkish Airlines (TK) Ljubljana Airport, thyljubljana@ siol.com, www.turkishairlines.com. Flight to Istanbul. Q Airport office tel. (04) 206 16 80.

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Avantura B-2, Slovenska 40, tel. 242 00 00, fax 242 00 04, info@avantura.si, www.avantura.si. QOpen 09:00

- 19:00, Sat 09:30 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Collegium B-2, Kersnikova 5, tel. 234 49 70/040 194 194, fax 234 49 78, info@collegium.si, www.collegium. si. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Kažipot B-2, Čopova 5a, tel. 425 44 91, info@kazipot. com, www.kazipottours.si. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:30 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Kompas C-2, Pražakova 4, tel. 200 63 33, prazakova@ kompas.si, www.kompas.si. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:30. Closed Sun. Mondial Travel B-2, Kersnikova 5, tel. 234 49 72/040 192 192, info@mondialtravel.si, www.mondialtravel. sI. QOpen 09. Relax B-2, Slovenska 51, tel. 234 56 90, relax.lj@ relax.si, www.relax.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Tao C-2, Petkovškovo Nabrežje 5, tel. 230 63 20, info@ taoturizem.si, www.tao-tt.si. TJ’s Travel Agency Pot Draga Jakopiča 6, tel. 041 786 168, fax 1 5611 039, info@roundabout.si, www.roundabout.si. QOpen 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Direct flights to over 30 destinations

Flight schedule From Ljubljana Days Dep. 12345–– 07:30 –2–4––7 12:45 ––––––7 18:20 1–34––– 10:30 12345–– 06:45 1–3–5–7 13:30 123456– 09:45 1––4––– 07:30 –––––6– 18:20 1234567 07:50 –––45–– 12:05 1 – – – – – – – 13:00 1234567 23:45 –2––––– 11:35 1–3–56– 07:25 –2345–– 17:35 –––––6– 10:35 ––3–––– 07:00 123456– 11:20 1234567 06:50 –2––56– 23:55 1234567 18:45 1234––– 13:20 123456– 06:30 1234567 13:15 1234567 15:00 1234567 13:25 –2–45–– 06:55 1––4––– 00:25 1234567 13:15 1234567 07:55 123–––– 07:30 1234567 07:45

Arr. 09:30 15:50 20:25 11:50 08:35 16:00 10:55 09:25 20:05 09:15 15:45 16:05 02:50 14:40 08:45 18:50 13:10 08:30 16:15 07:50 01:25 20:40 14:35 07:55 15:00 15:55 15:00 09:30 03:45 14:40 08:45 09:05 09:00

City AMSTERDAM (JP) ATHENS (JP) BARCELONA (JP) BELGRADE (JU) BRUSSELS (SN) BUCHAREST-OTP (JP) BUDAPEST (MA) COPENHAGEN (JP) DUBLIN (JP) FRANKFURT (LH) HELSINKI (AY) ISTANBUL (JP) ISTANBUL (JP) KIEV (JP) LONDON-LGW (JP) LONDON-STN (EZY) MADRID (JP) MANCHESTER (JP) MOSCOW-SVO (JP) MUNICH (LH) OHRID (JP) PARIS-CDG (JP) PODGORICA (YM) PRAGUE (OK) PRISTINA (JP) SARAJEVO (JP) SKOPJE (LH) STOCKHOLM-ARN (JP) TEL AVIV-TLV (JP) TIRANA VIENNA (OS) WARSAW (JP) ZURICH (JP)

To Ljubljana Days 12345–– –2–4––7 ––––––7 1–34––– ––––––7 1–3–5–7 123456– 1––4––– –––––6– 1234567 –––45–– 1234567 1234567 –2––––– 1–3–56– 1–––––– –––––6– ––3–––– 123456– 1234567 ––3––67 1234567 –––––5– 12345–7 1234567 123456– 123456– –2–45–– 1––4––– 1–3456– 1234567 123–––– 1234567

Dep. 10:15 16:35 21:05 08:20 23:50 16:45 08:05 09:55 20:50 10:15 09:45 05:40 05:40 15:20 09:45 14:00 13:50 09:15 17:05 08:55 05:40 21:20 13:40 11:45 05:00 06:15 05:30 10:15 04:55 05:00 09:55 09:35 10:00

Arr. 12:00 17:35 23:00 09:40 01:30 17:30 09:15 11:45 00:25 11:30 11:20 06:50 06:50 16:30 12:50 17:05 16:30 12:35 18:15 09:45 07:10 23:10 14:40 13:10 06:50 07:10 07:00 12:45 08:35 06:20 10:45 11:10 11:10

Seasonal flights

until 13.07

from 02/06

from 02/06

Full schedule at www.lju-airport.si Airline codes: AF Air France; AY Finnair; AZ Alitalia; EZY EasyJet; JP Adria Airways; JU Jat Airways; MA Malev; OA Olympic Airways; OK Czech Airlines; OS Austrian Airlines; SN Brussels Airlines; TK Turkish Airlines; YM Montenegro Airlines. Schedule is valid until August 1, 2009. The numbers indicate days of departure: 1 is Monday, 2 is Tuesday, etc. Check all details before flying.

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Shopping One of the great things about this city is the fact that you can shop old fashioned the way: strolling the city centre’s streets, ducking in and out of any number of high street stores, local brands and cute little boutiques. A number of stores have locations on the streets that abut the river, making this - if we’re honest- one of our fave shopping cities in Europe. The main shopping streets in the centre of the city are uls. Breg, Zidovska, Hribarevo and Petkovskovo Nabrezje. There are also plenty of stores on central Slovenska Cesta, and in the grid of streets between Slovenska Cesta and the river, and Mestni Trg on the opposite bank. Indeed, Mestni Trg is a cracking place to shop, with great little boutiques standing side by side next to cafés bars and restaurants; shop, then chill out! I f you like want a mall experience however, head out to BTC City, a couple of kilometers from the city centre on the road to Maribor. Besides an enormous mall (City Park) there are also a number of warehouse-like outlets stores, as well as a water park and entertainment city.

Art & Antiques For antique and art lovers, you will be glad to know that Ljubljana hosts its very own Antique Flea market, every Sunday by the Ljubljanica River at the Cankerjevo nabrezje embankment from 8am-2pm. Various objects include ornaments, furniture, books and paintings many of which are still fit for use. Art workshops and studios are also dotted about town displaying local works from Lubljana’s vibrant creative life.

Shopping Carniola Antiqua B/C-3, Trubarjeva 9, tel. 231 63 97. QOpen 10:00 - 13:00; 16:00-19:00, Mon 16:00 - 19:00, Sat,

Sun 10:00 - 13:00. Fortuna B-3, Gornji Trg 1, tel. 425 01 87. Idrijska čipka B-3, Mestni Trg 17, tel. 425 00 51, voncina.irma@siol.net, www.idrija-lace.com. The region of Idrija is particularly noted for its fine lace work, dating back to the 1600s, and Idrijska čipka showcases both traditional designs and more contemporary pieces. At the shop you can get an introduction to all things lace, including a demonstration from the shop assistant on the piece she is currently working on - she claimed that she is just a beginner, but it looked pretty perfect to us.QOpen 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00-19:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Laura C-3, Ciril Metodov Trg 20, tel. 433 83 70. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Porcelain Catbriyur iril-Metodov trg 19, tel. 459 594, porcelan@siol.net, www.catbriyur.net. This petite but elegant porcelain shop has a small collection of handmade items, mostly teacups and saucers but a few figurines as well. Ranging from 29 to 99 Euros per piece, you may want to stop in for a quick look if stylish, handcrafted porcelain is your thing. QOpen 10:00 - 13:00, 16:00-19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 13:00. Trgovina Ika C-3, Ciril-Metodov Trg 13, tel. 1 232 17 43, info@trgovina-ika.si, www.trgovina-ika.si. Shop Ika puts the creativity of local Slovenian artists and fashion designers in the forefront of her shelves, exhibiting a wonderful selection of products such as paintings, ceramics, jewellery and fashion. You can pick up a wonderful souvenir here as a lot of the products represent the beauty of Ljubljana in artistic forms, or if you like to be in possession of a unique garment or piece of art, you’ve come to the right place. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.

Books

Antikvariat B-3/4, Gallusovo Nabrežje 21, tel. 425 40 07. A small selection of second-hand books including a few novels in English. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 14:00. Konzorcij B-3, Slovenska 29, tel. 241 06 50, www. mladinska.com/konzorcij. Mainly Slovenian books, but there are regular events and there’s free wifi. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Mladinska Knjiga B-3, Čopova 3, tel. 244 26 56, www.mladinska.com. Good little book and gift shop, which, though it has just a tiny selection of English books, does stock a wide range of colourful guides to Ljubljana and Slovenia, and an outstanding range of Slovenia, Croatia and ex-Yugoslavia maps.QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 08:30 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Oxford Center C-3, Kopitarjeva 2, tel. 360 37 89, knjigarna.oxford@mk-trgovina.si. Lots of novels in English, plus a wide selection of dictionaries, maps and guidebooks. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Vale Novak B-3, Wolfova 8, tel. 422 34 10, knjigarna@ vale-novak.si, www.vale-novak.si. This is an excellent bookshop with friendly, helpful staff and a good selection of titles in English. The English language section has everything from classics to crime, but many other titles are scattered throughout the store in the areas dedicated to film and music, travel and art, sport and children’s books. There are also CDs and DVDs, postcards and books on Slovenia and a wide selection of magazines.QOpen 10:00 - 22:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun.

Cosmetics

Fresh Line B-2, Čopova 4, www.freshline.gr/default.

aspx. Homemade cosmetics, from soap that looks good enough to eat to bath bombs. For businessmen staying at the Slon a few doors away this is the perfect place to dash before checking out to get her indoors that last-minute present.

Fair Trade

3 Muhe B-3, Stari Trg 30, tel. 421 07 15, 3muhe@

umanotera.org, www.3muhe.si. Hippie colours, funky clothes, wooden statues, bongos and incense sticks are all on display at 3 Muhe, which is fair trade certified. There is always a chance of finding something unique to take back home with you, however nothing is the least bit Slovenian, so souvenir shoppers should probably look elsewhere.QOpen 10:00 - 19:30, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.

Fashion Ljubljana is home to a selection of renowned international brands, unique boutiques and its very own Slovenianmade designer clothing, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something surprisingly original.

Avantagarde B-3, Stari Trg 7, tel. 425 04 55. QOpen 09:00 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Boutique Lacoste B-2, Dalmatinova 10, tel. 431 50 68, info@florida-wellness.si, www.florida-wellness.si. There may not be any crocodiles in the Ljubljanica, but there are plenty in this Lacoste boutique. Find a massive range of gear from the French casual specialists, from the classic polo shirt to footwear. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun. Butik La Vision C-2, Prečna ul. 4, tel. 232 16 80, info@ la-vision.net. When I first heard about this place two things happened: I realized I needed a helpful female fashion expert and I immediately thought I’d feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Ljubljana In Your Pocket

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Shopping Woman with older women wondering if we could really afford their precious garments. My preconception was completely wrong. The tiara-wearing clerk was attentive, showed great style herself and lacked any hint of condescending attitude. According to my expert consultant the items on display were designer labels at very good prices, considering what you’re getting. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Calzedonia B-2, Cankarjeva 4, tel. 230 17 99, calzedonia@siol.net. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 08:30 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Cesare Paciotti B-2, Slovenska 46, tel. 439 85 70. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Dolce & Gabbana Outlet Cankarjeva 10. With its odd basement location, limited working hours and a sign reading “For members only” out front, we were surprised not to be asked for a password before being let in. However, once inside we were well taken care of. Definitely a unique shopping experience. QOpen 16:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Flat C-2, Miklošičeva 18, tel. 1 2322055/1 2322056, info@flat.si, www.flat.si. Sprouting creativity and a fresh new concept through the creation of innovative furniture and accessories for home or office. Browse through the selection of incredibly large wall clocks, hand crafted and painted bed side tables and hanging chairs made of bamboo. A unique, modern and humorous collection for a post-modern home. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Furla B-3, Mestni Trg 17, tel. 059 054 980, www.furla. com. Now this is a nice place. Handbags and coffee, or coffee and handbags. Equal amount of space is given other to both of these pursuits. Inside the café area has a great mini-library of books on fashion, so if you can’t afford one of the handbags you can at least read about people who can. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. H & M B-2, Čopova 2, tel. 241 04 20. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun.

Shopping Kipling Store B-3, Wolfova 1, tel. 251 10 10. Fine, mainly

leather, goods (luggage, handbags, purses) for ladies who lunch. Besides the headline leather there are also big print bags, which, as its summer in Slovenia, feature something of a nautical theme.QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. La Perla Studio B-2, Miklošičeva 7A, tel. 434 00 60, info@morris.si, www.morris.si. QOpen 10:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:30 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Lili in Roza B-3, Stari trg 30. Just one street away from the river in the old town, Lili in Roza is the only clothing store in the city to specialize in Oilily products. The staff is pleasant and helpful, even if they cram the shelves with a little too much merchandise. Dealing exclusively in women’s and children’s clothing, this little shop is a great place to pick up something for the kids, then take them for an ice cream right next door. Mandarina Duck B-3, Wolfova ulica 1, tel. 251 10 10. Exquisite handbags and leather goods for the glitterati. Look out for the trademark wooden ducks in the window: alas they are not for sale.QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Marella A/B-3, Slovenska 28, tel. 426 92 44, info@morris.si, www.morris.si. A slightly less expensive alternative to its upmarket sister, Max Mara, this spacious newly-renovated boutique on the city’s main thoroughfare always offers a fresh diversified collection of contemporary women’s wear. Mediterranean white is the dominant colour of the Spring/Summer ‘09 collection, which hails the triumphant return of sophistication while emphasizing the seductive powers of simplicity. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:30 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Marina Rinaldi B-2, Dalmatinova 11b, tel. 433 04 85, info@morris.si, www.morris.si. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:30 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Marjeta Grošelj B/C-2, Tavčarjeva 4, tel. 231 89 84. QOpen 08:30 - 12:30;15:30-19:00, Sat 08:30 - 12:30. Closed Sun.

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Max Mara B-2, Miklošičeva 6, tel. 426 58 80, info@

morris.si, www.morris.si. Located opposite the Grand Hotel Union just steps away from the city’s main square, this is the well-known Italian fashion group’s Slovenian flagship. Of course elegant Italian-made couture doesn’t come cheap, so you might want to start thinking now about how you can claim that must-have summer dress as a business expense. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Midas B-2, Ajdovščina 3, tel. 300 46 00, info@midas. si, www.midas.si. When Midas opened in October 2007 Ljubljana let out a sigh of relief. Finally the top international brands were available in Slovenia. Now you can find the latest collections from houses such as Giorgio Armani, Blumarine and Givenchy to the more fashion collections of Marc by Marc Jacobs, McQ by Alexander McQueen and See by Chloe. In Midas you can fully immerse yourself in your favorite brand from underwear, clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, sunglasses and perfumes. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Naf Naf B-2, Nazorjeva 2, tel. 241 56 90. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Oktober A-3, Tobačna 5, tel. 425 40 68, info@kabinet01.net, www.oktober.eu. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Peko Miklošičeva 14, tel. 59 089 068, ljubljana.miklosiceva@peko.si, www.peko.si. This new and nicely laid out shoe shop has everything for the feet, from flash trainers to leather boots to handmade Italian loafers, with stockings in stock as well. And because a new pair of shoes needs a new accessory to go with them, Peko stocks a range of handbags as well. So if you break a heel on the cobblestones or just feel the need for some retail therapy pop into Peko to invigorate your soles and your soul. Pletilni Studio Draž C-4, Gornji Trg 9, tel. 426 60 41, www.drazdraz.com. Slovenia counts Italy as a close neighbor and while Slovenians are becomingly increasingly more fashion conscious, Ljubljana has not emerged as a fashion capital yet. However, great fashion designers lihe those at Pletilni Studio Draž aim to change that. This small boutique features many of their inspired creations and you can often find the designers in the shop. QOpen 09:00 - 13:00;15:0019:00, Sat 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Rašica B-2, Gosposvetska 3, info@rasica.si, www. rasica.si. Q Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Stiefelkönig B-2, Cankarjeva 3, tel. 421 54 70. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Studio Hosiery B-2, Miklošičeva 10, tel. 430 25 77, info@morris.si, www.morris.si. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Urko B-3, Stari Trg 11, tel. 251 22 35, www.urko.si. QOpen 09:00 - 19:30, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Zara B-2, Cankarjeva 2, tel. 421 45 00, www.zara.si. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun.

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Gardenia B-2, Nazorjeva 1, tel. 251 03 56, gardenia@ gardenia.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Nova B-4, Levstikov Trg 7, tel. 426 04 10. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.

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Shopping Piranske soline B-3, Mestni trg 19, tel. 425 01 90,

www.soline.si. Times have changed since Roman soldiers were paid in salt but this mineral still ranks as one of life’s essentials. Here at Piranske soline the canvas bags that fill the windows and the shelves are full of the stuff. There is salt for cooking, including the famous Piran salt, hand-scraped from coastal deposits, along with salted chocolates and a wide range of salt-related accessories such as salt mills and containers. And, if all the walking, gawking and talking you’ve done has made you feel a little weary, pick up some pick-me-ups in the form of bath salts and scrubs where the cleansing and invigorating properties of salt are combined with soothing eucalyptus and rosemary oils. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 15:00. Rustika C-3, Ljubljanski Grad (Ljubljana Castle)/031 38 32 47. Everything from ghastly ceramic dragons to traditional paintings on glass to wooden spoons to jewellery inside the castle’s very own little gift shop. They also have a shop in the center (Stritarjeva 9, B-3) Q Ljubljana castle: daily: 09:00-20:00 (in the winter 10:00-19:00)In the centre: Mo.-Fr.: 09:00-20:00, Sa.: 10:00-14:00 , 15:00-19:00, Su.: 10:00-14:00 STIC Krekov trg 10, tel. 306 45 75, stic@visitljubljana. si, www.visitljubljana.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. Tourist Information Centre C-3, , tel. 306 12 15. Trinkets, T-shirts, mugs and more. QOpen 08:00 - 21:00. Vinoteka Vinarte Bled C. svobode 12, tel. 04 579 10 00, ghtoplice@hotelibled.com, www.vinarte-bled.com.

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Food & Drink Apart from eating out in Ljubljana’s best restaurants and drinking at its’ array of wine cellars, bars and pubs, excellent produce can also be found at markets and shopping centres. If you prefer to cook for yourself during your stay come here to stock up on food and drinks.

Gaj Zdravja B/C-3/4, Gornji Trg 17, tel. 423 42 52. A

small organic supermarket in the old town. Everything from peanut butter to cabbages to tinned baby food is on offer. QOpen 08:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 15:00. Closed Sun. Koželj B-3, Dvorni Trg 1, tel. 251 36 44, vinoteka.dvor@ siol.net, www.kozelj.si. Somewhere in the region of 85% Slovenian-grown and -produced wine, plus reds, whites and rosés from around the world. The gregarious chap who runs the place is an expert and will help you through the minefield of local plonk. QOpen 11:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Kraševka Ciril Metodov Trg 10, tel. 23 21 445, info@ krasevka.si, www.krasevka.si. ‘Food glorious food’ goes the song and you may well find yourself humming it as you scan the shelves of this tasty shop. A family-run business, Kraševka provides an outlet for local produce that until recently was only sold directly from the farmer to the passing food-a-phile. It started off specializing in produce from the sea but has now expanded to include all manner of Slovenian delicacies from pumpkin-seed oil to Tiran wines to jams, cheeses, vinegars and dried meats. Catering to the inner gourmet lurking in most of us, Kraševka well lives up to its mission statement of selling ‘home-made foods that are produced with love’. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. Mercator B-2, Cigaletova 2, tel. 234 21 90, info@ mercator.si, www.mercator.si. QOpen 07:00 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Oliviers&Co B-2, Slovenska 46, tel. 232 22 92, www. oliviers-co.com. Fine imported delicacies hard to find elsewhere in Ljubljana. Only the best mustards, pastas, pate and sauces from around the world are on sale here. It smells

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great and it’s difficult not to spend a fortune. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Spar C-3, Poljanski Nasip 8, tel. 282 18 03, sm13.kapitelj@spar.si, www.spar.si. A well-stocked supermarket. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Žak France Style Dalmatinova 1. QOpen 07:00 - 19:00, Sat 07:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Gifts & Souvenirs Take a little something of Ljubljana home with you or for your family. Keep an eye out for products carefully made by local artists and designers often depicting the beauty of Ljubljana within paintings, crafts, embroidery, ornaments, photography, clothes and much more.

Čokoladnica Cukrček B-3, Mestni Trg 11, tel. 519

92 86, info@benedict.si, www.cukrcek.si. A charming, family-run business with three shops in the city, Čokoladnica Cukrček has been delighting adults and making children happily sick for a decade and a half. Among the many fine examples of chocolate for sale include special Ljubljana dragons in souvenir wooden boxes, fruit covered in chocolate and even chocolate flavoured with salt. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00. Črna Luknja C/D-3, Poljanska 19, tel. 280 22 20, info@crnaluknja.si, www.crnaluknja.si. Slovenian geek heaven. A small shop selling role-playing detritus of all varieties. Interesting only for those who are already addicted to this strange little sub-culture, find boxes and boxes of classic games translated into Slovenian. QOpen 11:00 - 19:30, Mon 13:00 - 19:30, Sat 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. Ljubljanček C-2, Miklošičeva 1, (Grand Hotel Union), tel. 059 0 25 727, dusan.orel@amis.net. Attached to Grand Union Hotel, in Ljubljancek you can take a look through souvenirs of plates, photos, art and gadgets in relation to the town of Ljubljana. It is worth stopping by if you’re looking to buy souvenirs and gifts for your family back home. QOpen 08:00 - 14:00, 15:00-19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00-18:00, Sun 08:00 - 12:00.

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Baby center Šmartinska 153, pe2@baby-center.si,

www.babycenter.si. Filled with almost any and all toys and clothing items your child could ever dream of wanting, if you’re short on time, you’d think twice before entering this shop. From a play area in the entry way to an inside corner stuffed with oversized stuffed animals, this three-level shop will hold the attention of your younger ones for quite some time, probably much longer than you’ll want. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. Ristanc B-3, Gallusovo nabrežje 11, tel. 425 24 36. This tiny toyshop along the river is stocked with old-fashioned wooden toys, games, and puzzles which probably have littleto-no appeal to most video-game era children. With not much room to play or look around you’ll have no trouble clearing the kids out of here in a hurry. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00, Sun 09:00 - 13:00. To Je to B-3, Gallusovo Nabrežje 29, tel. 425 67 84, ristanc@volja.net, www.tojeto.info. This tiny toyshop along the river is stocked with old-fashioned wooden toys, games, and puzzles which probably have little-to-no appeal to most video-game era children. With not much room to play or look around you’ll have no trouble clearing the kids out of here in a hurry. QOpen 09:30 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00, Sun 10:00 - 13:00.

Musical instruments

Avtotehna Oprema B-2, Slovenska 64, tel. 474 80

85, www.glasba.at-oprema.si. Synthesisers, upright pianos, ukeleles, spares etc. A veritable little orchestra of a shop in fact. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Hartman B-2, Vošnjakova 16c, tel. 439 31 30. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00.

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fotograd.com, www.fotograd.com. A small but decent selection of accessories plus developing and passport photographs on request. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Foto Maxi A/B-3, Trg Republike 2, tel. 252 74 50, fotomaxi@siol.net, www.fotomaxi.com. If you can’t wait to get home to start going through your latest holiday photos, this photo shop inside the Maxi shopping center, offers fast and efficient services for digital and manual snappers. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Foto Tivoli B-2, Cankarjeva 7, tel. 422 36 30, info@ foto-tivoli.si, www.foto-tivoli.si. One of the better photographic shops in the city centre selling not only the usual supply of cameras and accessories but also a wide range of photographic paper and chemicals. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Nabrežje 13, tel. 251 10 18, spinvinyl33@masicom.net, www.spinvinyl.si. Ljubljana’s cult old town second-hand record shop not only stocks a magnificent collection of 12inch oddities including copies of what’s generally considered to be the first punk album released behind the Iron Curtain (from the legendary Slovenian outfit, Pankrti) but is also the best place to stock up on information concerning what’s happening in and around the alternative music scene in the city. Basically, it functions as Ljubljana’s alternative cultural information centre and is well worth popping in for a chat with the friendly proprietors if this is one of the things you’ve come here to discover. QOpen 10:30 - 19:00, Sat 10:30 - 14:00, Sun 10:30 - 13:00. Vom Second Hand B-2, Čopova 14, tel. 252 79 21, vom@vom.si, www.vom.si. A tiny shop found down an equally small alleyway and brimming with a large selection of mostly but not exclusively second-hand vinyl and CDs. Music on offer includes classic rock and some gems from some of the stars of the former Yugoslavia. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Foto Grad C-2, Miklošičeva 36, tel. 439 29 00, info@

Markets Slovenia’s fertile soil and mild Mediterranean climate makes it the perfect breeding ground for a variety of fruits and vegetables. The markets bring about the freshest produce from the local villages and farms along with dairy products and meats. Particularly the Central Market at Vodnikov trg and Pogacarjev trg, designed by the famous architect Joze Plecnik, is an excellent place both for shopping and socializing.

BTC Market J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 585 14 56.

A classic food produce market, modernised and brought up to date by the large BTC group. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 07:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. Central Market (Glavna tržnica) C-3, , tel. 300 12 00, info@lj-trznice.si. Food and local produce in a covered space and an open market square just northeast of the Dragon Bridge. Flea Market C-3, Cankarjevo Nabrežje. Held every Sunday morning along the riverside close to the Cobbler Bridge, find an extraordinary range of antique goods and bric-a-brac from stamps to sofas. Q Open Sun 08:00-14:00.

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Sex shops

Red Shop C-3, Gornji trg 24, tel. 425 32 29/41 62 46

08, www.redshop.si. Concentrating mainly on sex toys of all sorts, this store offers a great variety of accessories that will help you enrich your sex life. You can visit the establishment in the old part of town or shop online. Just don’t expect much help from the clerk, in English or otherwise. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Venera Shop C-2, Trubarjeva 43, tel. 432 41 83, www. venera-shop.si. Ever wondered about going a little crazier in bed? Well, what are you waiting for? In this sex shop you’ll find all the little toys your heart might desire. A large selection of videos, lubricants and all types of things that run on batteries. Check it out. QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Shopping centres Shopping centres are not hard to find in Ljubljana, but most of the big department stores and supermarkets are just out of town and are best found by bus or taxi.

BTC City J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 585 22 22, info@

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btc.si, www.btc-city.com. The biggest thing of its kind in the country, the positively humungous BTC features not only some 450 shops selling everything you could possibly imagine, but also boasts restaurants galore, bars, a post office, multiplex cinema, indoor go-cart racing, a comedy theatre, billiards, volleyball courts, an enormous water park, conference facilities and its very own business district housing some of the best known local and international companies. There’s free parking for more than 8,000 vehicles too, all just a couple of kilometres out of the centre of the city in the general direction of Maribor. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. Citypark J-2, Šmartinska 152g, tel. 587 30 50, info@ citypark.si, www.citypark.si. City Park is Ljubljana’s biggest shopping centre, and the only place in the city to find everything you want under one roof. Besides the massive variety of stores (every major high street brand is here) there is a terrific choice of places to eat: most of the restaurants here are far better than your shopping mall average. There’s parking for all, and so big is this place that even on the busiest of weekends it never feels opressively full. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00.

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Shopping Harvey Norman J-2, Letališka 3d, tel. 585 50 00, www.harvey-norman.si. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 09:00

- 20:00. Closed Sun. Maxi Market B-3, Trg Republike 1, tel. 476 68 74, info@maxi.si, www.maxi.si. The quintessential Yugoslavian shopping centre experience, dating from 1971 and brought slightly up to date but still retaining most of its original exterior charm. Maxi Market is perhaps the best one-stop-shop experience in the city centre. As well as a fairly good selection of clothes shops, it also has a number of other shopping surprises as well as a handful of interesting bars and cafés. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. M Center tehnike in gradnje Črnuče H-1, K sejmišču 32, tel. 560 61 00, info@mercator.si, www.mercator.si. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun. Mercator Center Ljubljana H-1, Cesta Ljubljanske Brigade 33, tel. 513 99 52, info@mercator.si, www.mercator. si. A huge, modern shopping centre with plenty of underground parking. Find all your favourite shops in here plus several restaurants and even some banks. In the north of the city, 15 minutes from the centre. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Modna Hiša B-2, Cigaletova 10, tel. 241 40 68. In the city centre. Famous for its huge range of textiles. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Nama B-2, Tomšičeva 1, tel. 425 83 00, info@nama.si, www.nama.si. Just southwest of the Slon hotel, this well established department store provides several floors of clothing for men and women, plus household items and somewhere to eat in the basement. QOpen 08:30 - 20:00. Closed Sun. Supernova J-3, Jurčkova 223, tel. 428 88 83, info@ supernova.si, www.supernova.si. Ljubljana’s newest shopping centre is located on the outskirts of the city in Rudnik, and offers plenty of space to leave your car while you go enjoy spending your hard-earned cash. Check out the all-you-can-eat sushi place, which is great value for your money.QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00.

Sports Intersport B-3, Šubičeva 2, tel. 242 77 57, inters-

port@mercator.si, www.intersport.si. Everything you need from table tennis balls to skis. Sports fashion too. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Marina Yachting (Mestni Trg 25) B-3, , tel. 590 38360. Everything, from sou’westers to sweaters, a yachtsman could need, and a few things he might not. Marina is a shop for sailors who actually go sailing; this is Slovenia after all, and the whole country appears to own a boat. Patrick Sport d.o.o. H-2, Celovška cesta 34, tel. 439 10 15, fax 439 10 10. Whether you are skier, you love hiking or any of the sport activities that are popular in Slovenia, you should check out this specialised store. A small sporting goods store with a wide selection of equipment for various activities. They concentrate on brands of very high quality like the Kelme brand of football apparel and Hi-Tech gear for the outdoorsy types. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Sun. Rogo Sport D-2/3, Trubarjeva 76, tel. 430 54 10. A small shop at the far western end of the street providing a limited choice of new bicycles, spare parts and full service options. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Seaway B-3, Igriška 12, tel. 425 44 13, www. aquas.si. Everything you could possible need before heading out sailing or fishing. From the latest Helly Hansen sailing fashions to the latest in harpoons and powerful distress flares. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

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Mail & Phones Debitel Tel. 306 01 00, center@debitel.si, www.

Postal rates Slovenia Abroad

Letters <20g € 0,24 € 0,45

Postcards € 0,20 € 0,40

Together with Estonia, Slovenia has the most advanced telecommunications system of any of the countries that broke free from the clutches of Lenin. So there’s no reason not to let your granny know how the trip is going.

debitel.si. Mobitel D-1, Vilharjeva 25, tel. 472 23 20, info@mobitel.si, www.mobitel.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:30. Closed Sun. Tušmobil J-2, , tel. 080 700 700, www.tusmobil.si. Vodafone Simobil B-3, Čopova 4, tel. 426 71 02, info@ simobil.si, www.simobil.si. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

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Express mail

Efficient and affordable, there’s little chance of your mailings getting lost.

pen 07:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. FedEx J-2, Ob Železnici 14, tel. 547 33 86. QOpen 08:30 - 15:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Kurirček , tel. 080 1881/051 444 555, narocila@ kurircek.si, http://www.kurircek.si/. QOpen 07:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Tine Express J-1, Ulica Nadgoriških Borcev 34, tel. 56 17 000, www.tine.si. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. TNT Express J-2, Šmartinska 152, tel. 587 83 00, info@ tnt.si, www.tnt.si. QOpen 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. UPS Intereuropa Ljubljana Airport, tel. 281 12 00, www. ups-slovenia.com. QOpen 07:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Main post office (Glavna pošta) B-2, Slovenska 32, tel. 243 19 60, www.posta.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat

DHL Špruha 19, Trzin, tel. 588 78 00, www.dhl.si. QO-

Laptop login Travellers can easily hook up to Slovenia’s wifi network by surfing to www.neowlan.net; there are hotspots allover the country, and payment is by prepaid NeoWLAN cards, for sale at kiosks and post offices, or by credit card. Charges are €3 per half hour, €9 per 2 hours or €15-19 per 24 hours. With a local Mobitel SIM card you can also connect via your mobile, charged at €0.21 per 5 minutes. Many hotels offer free wifi for their guests, but there’s also an number of free public wifi locations in Ljubljana, including at the airport and in the Konzorcij bookshop (Slovenska 29). See www.hotspot-locations.com for a full list of paid and unpaid hotspots.

Mobile phones There are several mobile phone networks in Slovenia, the most important being Debitel (all 041, 051 numbers), Mobitel (031, 041, 051), Tušmobil (070) and Vodafone Simobil (040). They’re pretty similar in price, quality and coverage. To avoid roaming costs from your foreign home provider or to have a handy local telephone number, travellers can purchase a prepaid SIM card to use in a GSM handset. SIM cards are for sale in all post offices, petrol stations and at 3Dva kiosks as well as at the providers’ shops listed below, with M-mobil cards sold in all Mercator shops. The SIM start-up costs for all companies are between €5-17, including some phone credit. After getting the SIM card you can top up the card balance with vouchers. ID is not necessary when purchasing a SIM card.

City codes When calling from abroad, prefix with +386 and drop the zero. Celje 03 Murska Sobota 02 Koper 05 Nova Gorica 05 Kranj 04 Novo mesto 07 Krško 07 Postojna 05 Ljubljana 01 Ravne na Koroškem 02 Maribor 02 Trbovlje 03

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Public internet access Internet cafés and similar ventures.

Drog-Art C-2, Kolodvorska 20, tel. 439 72 70. Internet access for €1,67 per hour. Q Open Tue 15:00-18:00, Thu 09:00-12:00. Oton Zupancic Library C-1, Train Station,Trg OF 10,

tel. 29 123 96, kolodvor@koz.si, www.koz.si. Internet access for €2/hour in the train station library. Become a member (€12,50) and it’s free. Q Open 08:00 - 20:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Xplorer C-3, Petkovškovo Nabrežje 23, tel. 430 19 91. Ten machines and a fridge full of cold drinks. Access for €4 per hour, €2.40 per hour if you buy a 5-hour voucher.

Public telephones Telekom Slovenije has card phones with English-language instructions dotted all over Slovenia. Phone cards are for sale at post offices and kiosks, and are available in four flavours: €2.92, €4.18, €7.09 and €14.61.

Telephone calls To make a call within Slovenia, dial the two-digit city code (if you are not in that city), or the mobile phone code, followed by the 7-digit subscriber’s number. From local mobile phones, the city code always needs to be dialled. To call to Slovenia, dial the international access code, the country code 386, the city code without the zero and the subscriber’s number. To call abroad, dial 00 followed by the country code, the city code and the subscriber’s number.

Country codes Albania 355 Australia 61 Austria 43 Belarus 375 Belgium 32 Bosnia-Herz. 387 Bulgaria 359 Croatia 385 Czech Rep. 420 Denmark 45 Estonia 372 Finland 358 France 33 Germany 49

Greece Hungary Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Netherlands Norway

30 36 353 972 39 81 381 371 370 389 373 381 31 47

Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey UK Ukraine USA

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CHAOTHAI masaže za boljše počutje F-3, Jana Husa 3, tel. 040 83 73 63, chaothai.si@gmail.com, www. chaothai.si. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. Massage Corner H-1, Dunajska 111a/040 97 14 67. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Sense Welness Club B/C-3, Dunajska 154, tel. 588 2600/030 388 388, administration.ljubljana@austriatrend.at, www.sense-club.com. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. Sončni studio body line C-3, Poljanska cesta 15, tel. 040 780 036. Sončni studio Sun vision J-2, Nove Fužine 47, tel. 040 165 031, info@bodyline.si, www.bodyline.si/. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 15:00 - 21:00.

Clinics

Barsos-MC B-3, Gregorčičeva 11, tel. 1 242 07 00, fax 1 242 07 44, barsos.ordinacija.net. Health Centre Metelkova D-2, Metelkova 9, tel. 472 37 00, www.zd-lj.si. Kirurški Sanatorij Rožna dolina H-2, Rožna dolina IV/45, tel. 477 94 00, info@kirurski-sanatorij.si, www. kirurski-sanatorij.si. University Medical Centre Ljubljana D-2, Zaloška 2, tel. 522 50 50, info@kclj.si, www2.kclj.si.

Dentists

Babit Kolezijska 25, tel. 283 23 73, info@babit.si, www. babit.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Dental clinic Zaloška 2, tel. 522 53 46. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun.

Health Centre center C-2, Kotnikova 36, tel. 300 96 74, www.zd-lj.si. QOpen 07:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun. Health Centre Metelkova D-2, Metelkova 9, www. zd-lj.si. QOpen 20:30 - 04:30.

Design

Ultimo Imerio J-2, Zaloška 24, tel. 041 512 565, fax 1 5401833, info@ultimoimperio.com, www.ultimoimperio.com.

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Femiks C-2, Kotnikova 18, tel. 230 18 20, femiks@amis. net. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Chemo Express B-3, Wolfova 12, tel. 251 44 04. QOpen 07:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Labod H-1, Cesta Ljubljanske Brigade 33, tel. 518 43

Tanning studios Nove Fužine 47, Ljubljana Poljanska c. 15, Ljubljana

26, labod.cistilnica@siol.net, www.cistilnica-labod.si. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Mehurček Viška 54, tel. 256 77 08, mehurcek@ mehurcek.si, www.mehurcek.si. QOpen 08:00 - 19:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Mega Center, Savska cesta 34, 4000 Kranj OTELO center, Breznikova ulica 17, 1230 Domžale

Hairdressers

Mič Styling B-3, Kongresni Trg 4, tel. 241 40 40, www. micstyling.com. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun.

Salon Mali C-2, Prečna 6, tel. 434 05 52, frizerski. salon.mali@gmail.com, www.salon-mali.com. QOpen

08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Simple, Ljubljana E.Leclerc J-3, Jurčkova cesta 225, tel. 428 98 98, info@simple.si, www.simple.si. QOpen 8:30 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Simple, Ljubljana SUPERNOVA J-3, Jurčkova cesta 223, tel. 427 40 98, info@simple.si, www.simple.si. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Stevo C-2, Trubarjeva 44, tel. 431 51 38, stevo@siol. net, www.stevo-sp.si. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Studio Christian B-2, Vošnjakova 1, tel. 041 98 77 17. QOpen 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Language courses

Ars Linguae C-1, Dunajska 10, tel. 300 27 11, info@

ars-linguae.com, www.ars-linguae.com. Much H-3, Koprska 94, tel. 423 78 60, darja.habjanic@ much.si, www.much.si.

Libraries

Knjižnica Otona Župančiča (Metropolitan Library) B-2, Kersnikova 2, tel. 600 13 00, info.koz@koz.si,

Bodyline d.o.o. Tomšičeva 16, 4000 Kranj, Tel: 04 23 82 950 E-mail: info@bodyline.si www.koz.si. The regional library for central Slovenia is the most popular library in the country, and has a wide range of English literature. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Narodna In Univerzitetna Knjižnica (National & University Library) B-3, Turjaška 1, tel. 200 11 88,

info@nuk.uni-lj.si, www.nuk.uni-lj.si. Home of Slovenia’s written cultural heritage, this well-organised library is every researcher’s dream. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 14:00. Closed Sun.

Media

Delo B-1, Dunajska 5, tel. 473 77 00, info@delo.si,

www.delo.si. Dnevnik C-3, Kopitarjeva 2 & 4, tel. 308 21 00, info@ dnevnik.si, www.dnevnik.si. Pro plus J-1/2, Kranjčeva 26, tel. 589 32 00, info@ pop-tv.si, www.24ur.com. Radio Slovenia International Ilichova 33, Maribor, tel. 02 429 92 79. Rtv Slovenija C-2, Kolodvorska 2, tel. 475 21 11, info@ rtvslo.si, www.rtvslo.si. Slovenian Press Agency B-1, Tivolska 50, tel. 24 10 10, desk@sta.si, www.sta.si. Svet & Ljudje F-1, Peričeva ulica 17, tel. 431 8170, savina.dreu@svetinljudje.si, www.svetinljudje.si. The Slovenia Times A-3, Trg Mladinskih Delovnih Brigad 12, tel. 520 50 84, info@sloveniatimes.com, www.sloveniatimes.com.

Opticians

Mestna optika B-3, Kongresni Trg 9, tel. 251 41 56,

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QOpen 08:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sun. Optika FELIKS A-3, Igriška 14, tel. 425 00 02/040

206 070, info@optikafeliks.com, w w w.optikafeliks.com. Q Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Optika FELIKS, PE: SUPERNOVA J-3, Jurčkova cesta 223, tel. 427 31 03/031 835 500, supernova@optikafeliks.com, www.optikafeliks.com. QOpen 09:00 - 21:00, Sat 08:00 - 21:00, Sun 09:00 - 15:00. Optika Zajec B-2, Puharjeva 3, tel. 252 72 82, info@ zajec-optika.si, www.zajec-optika.si. Q Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun.

Pharmacies

Central Pharmacy (Centralna lekarna) B-3,

Prešernov Trg 5, tel. 244 23 60, lekarna.ljubljana@ lekarna-lj.si, www.lekarna-lj.si. QOpen 07:30 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Lekarna Ljubljana D-2, Prisojna 7, tel. 230 62 30, lekarna.ljubljana@lekarna-lj.si, www.lekarna-lj.si. Q Open 24hrs. Lekarna Miklošič C-2, Miklošičeva 24, tel. 230 62 52, www.lekarna-lj.si. QOpen 07:30 - 19:30, Sat 07:30 - 13:00. Closed Sun.

Translators

Alkemist Obirska 4, tel. 514 16 78, info@alkemist.si, www.alkemist.si. Berlitz B-2, Gosposvetska 2, tel. 433 13 25, berlitz. ljubljana@berlitz.si, www.berlitz.si. MultiLingual Komenskega 6, tel. 430 48 27, prevajanje@multilingual.si, www.multilingual.si. Q Open 00:00 - 24:00.

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Banks

Abanka B-2, Slovenska 50, tel. 300 15 00, fax 230 26 40, info@abanka.si, www.abanka.si. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Bank Of Slovenia B-2, Slovenska 35, tel. 471 90 00, fax 251 55 16, bsl@bsi.si, www.bsi.si. Deželna Banka Slovenije C-2, Kolodvorska 9, tel. 472 71 00, fax 472 74 05, info@dbs.si, www.dbs.si. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00;13:30-16:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Hypo Group Alpe Adria B-3, Slovenska 29, tel. 580 41 40, fax 425 50 38, hypo-bank-ct@hypo.si, www. hypo-alpe-adria.si. QOpen 08:30 - 12:30;14:00-16:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Nova Ljubljanska Banka B-3, Trg Republike 2, tel. 476 39 00, fax 252 25 00, info@nlb.si, www.nlb.si. QOpen 08:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Raiffeisen Bank C-3, Pogačarjev Trg 2, tel. 234 98 18, fax 234 98 19, info@raiffeisen.si, www.raiffeisen.si. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sun. Skb B-2, Ajdovščina 4, tel. 471 59 58, fax 471 57 60, skb.net@skb.si, www.skb.si. Q Open 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Unicredit Banka Slovenija B-3, Wolfova 1, tel. 587 64 72, fax 587 64 81, info@unicreditgroup.si, www.unicreditbank.si. QOpen 08:30 - 16:30. Closed Sat, Sun.

Consultants

IQbator B-2, Drenikova 33, tel. 041690666, info@iqba-

tor.si, www.iqbator.si. MM-konto H - - 1, Devova 5, tel. 515 50 22, info@mmkonto.si, www.mm-konto.si. Par H-3, Tbilisijska 128, tel. 423 15 06, par@par.si, www.par.si. QOpen 07:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Pro-Eco H-1, Vodovodna 99a, tel. 565 45 67, info@ pro-eco.si, www.pro-eco.si. Tax-Fin-Lex C-1, Dunajska 20, tel. 432 42 43, fax 432 43 15, info@tax-fin-lex.si, www.tax-fin-lex.si.

Currency exchange

Menjalnica AŽUR C-2, Kolodvorska 2, tel. 786 08 80. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Primus Group C-1/2, Trg OF 6, tel. 432 10 14, menjalnica@siol.net. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Publikum FIN C-2, Miklošičeva 34, tel. 300 60 80, menjalnica@publikum.si, www.publikum.si. Q Open 09:00 - 19:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Foreign representations

Albania J-2, Zaloška 69, tel. 547 36 50, embassy. ljubljana@mfa.gov.al.

Australia (Consulate) H-2, Dunajska 50, tel. 425 42 52, fax 426 47 21, austral.cons.sloven@siol.net. QOpen

09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Austria A-3, Prešernova 23, tel. 479 07 00, fax 252 17 17, laibach-ob@bmaa.gv.at, www.bmaa.gv.at./laibach. QOpen , Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:00 - 12:00, Fri 8:00 - 10:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Belgium B-3, Trg Republike 3/ IX, tel. 200 60 10, fax 426 63 95, ljubljana@diplobel.org, www.diplomatie. be/ljubljana. QOpen , Mon 08:30 - 12:30 13:30-16:00, Tue 08:30 - 13:30 13:30-16:00, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 - 12:30 13:30-16:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

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Business Business centres Ljubljanski Univerzitetni Inkubator H-1, Vo-

jkova 63, tel. 620 34 80, fax 620 34 97, info@lui. si, www.lui.si. Tehnološki Park Ljubljana H-2, Teslova 30, tel. 477 66 13, fax 426 18 79, info@tp-lj.si, www.tp-lj.si.

The Business Center (Virtual Office and Business Center) B-2, Slovenska 34, tel. 1 4701 690, info@thebusinesscenter.si, www. thebusinesscenter.si. Now here’s a brilliantly simple idea. A business centre, complete with real secretaries, workstations and the like, all available by the hour. What’s more, they also have meeting rooms, which you can also rent by the hour. Located in the Best Western Slon hotel, this is your instant office in the heart of Ljubljana. Plug and play. World Trade Center Ljubljana H-1, Dunajska 156.

Bosnia & Herzegovina H-1/2, Kolarjeva 26, tel. 234 32 50, fax 234 32 61, ambihlju@siol.net. QOpen 09:00

- 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Brazil B-3, Kongresni trg 3, tel. 244 24 00, fax 244 24 20, ambassador@brazil.si. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Bulgaria H-2, Rožna dolina, cesta XV/ 18, tel. 423 24 51, fax 425 88 45, bgembassysl@siol.net. QOpen 8:30 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Canada (consulate) B-2, Trg republike 3, tel. 252 44 44, fax 430 35 75, canada.consul.ljubljana@siol.net. QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Croatia C-4, Gruberjevo nabrežje 6, tel. 200 44 01, fax 425 81 06, croemb.slovenia@mvpei.hr, si.mvp.hr. QOpen 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Cyprus B-2, Komenskega 12, tel. 232 15 42, fax 308 10 15, embassy.cyprus@siol.net. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Czech Republic A-3, Riharjeva 1, tel. 420 24 50, fax 283 92 59. QOpen , Mon, Wed, Fri 08:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Denmark B-1, Tivolska 48, tel. 43 80 800, ljuamb@ um.dk, www.ambljubljana.um.dk. Consulate: Komenskega 36, tel. 300 76 60. QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Egypt B-2, Miklošičeva 3, tel. 308 18 50, fax 308 18 43. Finland B-2, Ajdovščina 4/ VIII, tel. 300 21 20, fax 300 21 39, sanomat.lju@formin.fi, www.formin.fi. QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. France B-4, Barjanska 1, tel. 479 04 00, fax 425 04 10, info@ambafrance.si, www.ambafrance.si. QOpen 08:30 - 12:30. Closed Sat, Sun. Germany A-2, Prešernova 27, tel. 479 03 00, fax 425 08 99, germanembassy-slovenia@siol.net. Q Open , Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 09:00 - 12:00, Fri 09:00 - 11:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Greece C-4, Trnovski Pristan 14, tel. 420 14 00, fax 281 11 14, emb.gr.slo@siol.net. QOpen 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Hungary G-1, Ulica Konrada Babnika 5, tel. 512 18 82, fax 512 18 78, huemblju@siol.net. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Chile (consulate) G-2, Brdnikova 34b, tel./fax 423 96 70, matjaz.medvedsek@siol.net. QOpen 10:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. China E-2, Koblarjeva 3, tel. 420 28 55, fax 282 21 99, kitajsko.veleposlanistvo@siol.net. QOpen 08:00 - 12:00 14:00-16:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

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India B-2, Maurerjeva 29, tel. 513 31 17, fax 513 31 16. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Indonesia (consulate) A-3, Prešernova 11, tel. 200 51 77, fax 200 51 71, arne.mislej@almis.si. QOpen ,

Tue 14:00 - 16:00, Thu 10:00 - 12:00. Closed Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Ireland C-3, Poljanski nasip 6, tel. 300 89 70, fax 282 10 96, ljubljanaembassy@dfa.ie, www.dfa.ie. QOpen 09:30 - 12:30; 14:30-16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Israel (consulate) H-1, Dunajska 119, tel. 566 10 20, fax 566 10 21. QOpen 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Italy A-3, Snežniška 8, tel. 426 21 94, fax 425 33 02, amblubiana@siol.net. QOpen 09:00 - 11:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Japan B-3, Trg republike 3/ XI, tel. 200 82 81, fax 251 18 22, info@embjp.si. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00. Jordan (consulate) J-2, Zaloška 159, tel. 546 15 00/041 67 93 33, fax 546 15 05, samir.amarin@siol. com. QOpen 10:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Latvia B-2, Ajdovščina 4/040 22 91 71, juris.poikans@ mfa.gov.lv, www.mfa.gov.lv. Q Open 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Lithuania B-3, Kongresni Trg 3, tel. 244 26 11, Amb. si@urm.lt. QOpen 08:30 - 16:45, Fri 08:30 - 15:15. Closed Sat, Sun. Luxemburg (consulate) B-3, Slovenska 27, tel. 470 70 15, fax 476 29 30, joze.filipic@nlb.si. Macedonia A-3, Prešernova 2, tel. 421 00 21, fax 421 00 23, makamb@siol.net. QOpen 09:00 - 13:00. Malta (consulate) B-2, Kersnikova 11/041 44 40 14, sklesnik@yahoo.com. Mehico ((consulate)) B-3, Trg republike 3, tel. 470 70 35, fax 328 91 88. Montenegro C-2, Resljeva 40, tel. 439 53 64, fax 439 53 60. QOpen 10:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Morocco (consulate) H-2, Bizjanova 2, tel. 581 63 00, fax 581 63 40, riko@riko.si. Netherlands C-2, Poljanski nasip 6, tel. 420 14 61, fax 420 14 70, lju@minbuza.nl, www.minbuza.nl. QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. New Zealand (consulate) H-1, Verovškova 57, tel. 580 30 55, fax 568 10 86, janja.bratos@sandoz.com. QOpen 08:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Norway B-2, Ajdovščina 4/ VIII, tel./fax 300 21 40, emb.ljubljana@mfa.no, www.mfa.no. Consulate: Dalmatinova 10, tel. 232 74 10. QOpen 10:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Philippines (consulate) H-1, Ulica Bratov Učakar 50, tel./fax 518 15 84, kastelic.joze@volja.net. QOpen , Wed, Thu 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun. Poland H-2, Bežigrad 10, tel. 436 47 12, fax 436 25 21, ambpol.si@siol.net, www.lublana.polemb.net. QOpen , Mon, Wed, Fri 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Portugal B-3, Trg Republike 3/X, tel. 479 05 40, fax 479 05 50. QOpen 09:00 - 13:00; 14:30-17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Romania H-1, Podlimbarskega 43, tel. 505 82 94, fax 505 54 32, embassy.of.romania@siol.net. QOpen , Mon, Fri 09:00 - 12:00, Wed 12:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Russia A-2, Tomšičeva 9, tel. 425 68 75, fax 425 68 78, ambrus.slo@siol.net. Serbia C-2, Slomškova 1, tel. 438 01 10, fax 434 26 88, amba.srbije.lju@siol.net. Q Open 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Seychelles (consulate) Tržaška 19a, Logatec, 30km southwest of Ljubljana, tel./fax 754 29 46, marko. smole@artcom.si. Q Open 09:00 - 15:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Slovakia A-3, Tivolska 4, tel. 425 54 25, fax 425 05 24, embassy@lublana.mfa.sk, www.lublana.mfa.sk. QOpen Mon, Wed, Fri 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

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South Africa (consulate) C-2, Pražakova 4, tel. 200 63 00, fax 200 64 34.

South Korea (consulate) B-3, Trg Republike 3, tel.

252 71 17, fax 425 92 94. Spain C-4, Trnovski pristan 24, tel. 420 23 30, fax 420 23 33, emba.espa.eslovenia@siol.net. QOpen 10:00 - 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Sweden B-2, Ajdovščina 4/ VIII, tel. 30 00 270, fax 30 00 271, www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/2059. QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Swit zerland B-3, Trg republike 3/ VI, tel. 200 86 40, fax 200 86 69, lj.ver tretung@eda.admin. ch, w w w.eda.admin.ch. Q Op en 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Thailand (consulate) C-2, Pražakova 12, tel. 432 84 07, kokon@siol.net. Q Open 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Turkey B-1, Livarska 4, tel. 236 41 50, fax 436 52 40, vr turcije@siol.net. Q Open 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. UK A-3, Trg Republike 3/ 4, tel. 200 39 10, fax 425 01 74, info@british-embassy.si, www.british-embassy.si. QOpen 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Ukraine H-2, Teslova 23, tel. 421 06 04, fax 421 06 03, embassy.ua@siol.net. QOpen , Mon, Wed, Fri 09:00 - 12:00. Closed Sat, Sun. USA A-2, Prešernova 31, tel. 200 55 00, fax 200 55 55, usembassyljubljana@state.gov, www.usembassy.si. Q There is no opening hours, but you have to announce. Vatican C-3, Krekov Trg 1, tel. 433 92 04, fax 431 51 30. QOpen 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Insurance companies

Adriatic Slovenica C-2, Miklošičeva 20, tel. 439 81

80, adriatic.zara@siol.net, www.adriatic-slovenica.si. Generali H-2, Kržičeva 3, tel. 475 71 00, info@mail. generali.si, www.generali.si. Kd Življenje H-1, Celovška 206, tel. 58 26 522, info@ kd-zivljenje.si, www.kd-zivljenje.si. Triglav C-2, Miklošičeva 19, tel. 474 73 20, info-triglav@ triglav.si, www.triglav.si.

Lawyers

Odvetniška družba Mramor, Sorta, Bilić & Holec

C-2, Komenskega 4, tel. 059 93 77 00, info@msbh.si, www.msbh.si. Odvetniška pisarna Miro Senica in odvetniki B4, Barjanska 3, tel. 252 80 00, odvetniki.attorneys@ senica.si, www.senica.si. Peter Mele odvetniška pisarna C-2, Resljeva 25, tel. 430 04 61, mele.peter@siol.net, www.odvetnik-mele.si.

Ministries

Agriculture, Forestry and Food H-2, Dunajska 58, tel.

478 90 00, gp.mkgp@gov.si, www.mkgp.gov.si. Culture D-2, Maistrova 10, tel. 369 59 00, gp.mk@gov. si, www.mk.gov.si. Defence H-1, Vojkova 55, tel. 471 22 11, glavna.pisarna@mors.si, www.mors.si. Economy C-2, Kotnikova 5, tel. 400 33 11, info.mg@ gov.si, www.mg.gov.si. Education and Sport C-2, Kotnikova 38, tel. 478 42 00, gp.mms@gov.si, www.mss.gov.si. Environment and Spatial Planning H-2, Dunajska 48, tel. 478 74 00, gp.mop@gov.si, www.mop.gov.si. Finance B-2, Župančičeva 13, tel. 369 66 10, gp.mf@ gov.s, www.mf.gov.si.

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Business

Street register Foreign Affairs A-3, Prešernova 25, tel. 478 20 00,

info.mzz@gov.si, www.mzz.gov.si. Health B-2, Štefanova 5, tel. 478 60 01, gp.mz@gov. si, www.mz.gov.si. Higher Education, Science and Technology D-1, Kotnikova 38, tel. 478 46 00, gp.mvzt@gov.si, www.mvtz.gov.si. Interior B-2, Štefanova 2, tel. 428 40 00, gp.mnz@gov. si, www.mnz.gov.si. Justice B-2, Župančičeva 3, tel. 369 52 00, gp.mz.@ gov.si, www.mp.gov.si. Labour, Family and Social Affairs C-2, Kotnikova 5, tel. 369 77 00, gp.mddsz@gov.si, www.mddsz.gov.si. Public Administration H-2, Tržaška 21, tel. 478 83 30, gp.mju@gov.si, www.mju.gov.si. Transport H-2, Langusova 4, tel. 478 80 00, gp.mzp@ gov.si, www.mzp.gov.si.

NGOs

Amnesty International B-2, Beethovnova 7, tel. 426

93 77, amnesty@amnesty.si, www.amnesty.si. Cnvos F-3, Povšetova 37, tel. 542 14 22, info@cnvos. si, www.cnvos.si. Lic F-3, Povšetova 37, tel. 521 18 88, pic@pic.si, www.pic.si. Peace Institute D-2, Metelkova 6, tel. 234 77 20, info@ mirovni-institut.si, www.mirovni-institut.si. Red Cross (Rdeči Križ) B-4, Mirje 19, tel. 241 43 00, rdeci.kriz@rks.si, www.rks.si. Sonček H-1, Rožanska 2, tel. 534 06 67. Zveza AIESEC Slovenija B-2, Kersnikova 4, tel. 051 299 863, info@si.aiesec.org, www.aiesec.org/slovenia/. Zveza prijateljev mladine Slovenije B/C-2, Miklošičeva 16, tel. 239 67 20, info@zpms.si, www. zpms.si.

Notaries

Košak ml. Miro B-3, Trg republike 3, tel. 244 25 00, tajnistvo@notar-kosak.si. QOpen Mon, Tue, Thu 09:00

- 12:00, 13:00-16:00, Wed 09:00 - 12:00, 13:00-17:00, Fri 09:00 - 12:00, 13:00-14:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Nevenka Tory B-2, Beethovnova 14, tel. 242 96 80, nevenka.tory@siol.net. Q Open Mon, Tue, Thu 09:00 - 12:00, 13:00-16:00, Wed 09:00 - 12:00, 13:00-17:00, Fri 09:00 - 12:00, 13:00-14:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

Adamič-Lundrovo B/C-3 Ajdovščina B-2 Ambrožev trg D-3 Aškerčeva A-3/4, B-4 Avčinova C/D-1 Barjanska B-4, H2/3 Bavdkova F-1 Bazoviška F-1 Beethovnova B-2/3 Bernekerjeva E/F-1 Bezenškova E/F-1 Bogišičeva A-4 Bohoričeva D/E-2 Bolgarska D-1, E-1/2 Borštnikov trg A-3 Breg B-3/4 C. 27. Aprila A-3 Cankarjeva A/B-2 Cankarjevo B-3 Celovška G-1, H-1/2 Celovška cesta A/B-1, B-2 Cigaletova B/C-2 Cimpermanova C-4 Ciril-Metodov trg C-3 Čopova B-2/3 Črtomirova D-1 Čufarjeva C-2 Dalmatinova B/C-2 Dolenjska H/J-3 Društvena F-2 Dunajska B/C-1, H-1/2 Dvorakova B-2 Dvorni trg B-3 Eipprova B-4 Emonska B-4 Erjavčeva A/B-3 Finžgarjeva A-4 Frankopanska A/B-1 Gallusovo B-3/4 Gasparijeva E/F-2 Glonarjeva E-3 Gornji trg B/C-3, C-4 Gortanova F-3 Gosposka B-3/4 Gosposvetska B-2 Grablovičeva E-1/2, F-2/3

Gradaška A/B-4 Grajska planota C-3/4, D-4 Gregorčičeva A/B-3 Groharjeva A-4 Grudnovo nabrežje B-4 Gubčeva A-1 Hacquetova D-1 Hajdrihova A-4 Hradeckega D/E/F-4 Hrenova C-4 Hribarjevo B-3 Hrvatski trg D-2 Igriška A/B-3 Ilirska C/D-2 Ižanska C/D-4, H-3 Jakopičeva F-2/3 Jakopičevo sprehajališče A-1 Jamova A-4 Janežičeva C-4 Japljeva E-2 Jenkova D/E-2 Jurčičev trg B-3 Kajuhova J-2 Karlovška cesta C-4 Karunova B-4 Kavčičeva E/F-1 Kersnikova B-2 Klunova F-2 Knafljev prehod B-3 Koblarjeva E-2/3, F-3 Kolezijska A/B-4 Kolinska E-1 Kolodvorska C-2 Komenskega C-2 Kongresni trg B-3 Kopališka A-4 Kopitarjeva ulica C-3/4 Korytkova E-1/2 Kosovelova F-2/3 Koširjeva F-3 Kotnikova C-2 Krakovska B-4 Krakovski nasip B-4 Krekov trg C-3 Križevniška B-4 Kumanovska D-3

Langusova A-4 Lepi pot A-4 Levstikov trg B-4 Levstikova A-3 Likozarjeva B-1 Linhartova H/J-2 Lipičeva D/E-3 Litijska cesta F-3, J/K-2, K-3 Livarska B-1 Maistrova D-2 Majaronova E-1 Mala C-2 Malejeva F-2 Malenškova E-2 Malgajeva A-1 Mali trg C-2 Masarykova C-1, D-1/2 Medvedova A/B-1 Mencingerjeva A-4 Mesarska E-3 Mestni trg B-3 Metelkova D-2 Miklošičeva B/C-2 Mirje A/B-4 Močnikova E-2 Murnikova A-4 Nazorjeva B-2 Neubergerjeva D-1 Njegoševa cesta D-2 Novakova D-1 Novi trg B-3 Ob Ljubljanici E/F-2 Ob Zeleni jami E-1 Parmova B-1 Partizanska F-1/2 Perčeva F-1 Peternelova B-3 Petkovškovo nabrežje C-2 Pivovarniška B-1 Plečnikov trg B-3 Pleteršnikova B-1 Pod ježami E/F-1 Pogačerjev trg C-3 Pohlinova E/F-1 Pokopališka F-1 Poljanska C/D/E-3, H/J-2

Poljanski nasip C/D/E-3 Poljedelska F-1 Potočnikova E-3 Potrčeva E-2 Povšetova E-3, F-2/3 Praprotnikova C-4 Pražakova B/C-2 Prešernov trg B-3 Prešernova A-2/3 Prijateljeva C-4 Prisojna D-2 Privoz C-4 Proletarska c. F-1/2 Prule C-4 Prvomajska F-2 Pugljeva F-2 Puharjeva B-2 Resljeva cesta C-2 Ribji trg B-3 Riharjeva A-4 Rimska A/B-3 Robbova C-1 Roška cesta D-3/4 Rozmanova D-2/3 Ruska A/B-1 Salendrova B-3 Sketova E-1/2 Slomškova C/D-2 Slovenska cesta B-2/3, H-2 Snežniška A-3/4 Središka E/F-1 Stari trg B-3 Streliška C-3, D-3/4 Strossmayerjeva C-3 Stritarjeva B-3 Šlajmerjeva E-2 Šmartinska E-1, J-1/2,K-1 Štefanova B-2 Štihova D-1 Šubičeva A/B-3 Tabor D-2 Tavčarjeva B/C-2 Teslova A-4 Tivolska cesta A-2/3,B-1/2, H-2 Tomšičeva A/B-2

Topniška D-1 Tovarniška E/F-1 Trdinova B/C-2 Trg Fr. revolucije B-3 Trg mladinskih del. brigad A-3 Trg OF C-1 Trg Republike A/B-3 Trnovska B-4 Trnovski pristan B/C-4 Trubarjeva C/D-2 Tržaška A-3, H-2/3,G-3 Turnsko nabrežje F-3 Ul. G. Delčeva F-2/3 Ul. J. Husa F-2/3 Ul. St. Pravde C/D-4 Ul. Talcev C/D-4 Večna pot G/H-2 Vegova B-3 Veselova A-3 Vilharjeva cesta C/D-1, H/J-2 Vodmatska F-2 Vodnikov trg C-3 Vogelna B-4 Vošnjakova B-2 Vrazov trg D-3 Vrhovčeva D-2 Vrtača A-3 Vurnikova D-1 Wolfova B-3 Za gradom C/D-4 Zadobrovška K-1/2 Zaloška cesta D/E/F-2, J/K-2 Zarnikova D-3 Združna F-2 Zeljarska A-4 Zemljemerska D-3/4 Ziherlova B/C-4 Zoisova B-4 Zrinjskega C/D-4 Zvezna F-1 Zvonarska C-4 Žabjak B/C-4 Železna C-1 Žibertova A-1 Židovska B-3 Župančičeva B-2

Real estate

Abc Nepremičnine B-1, Tivolska 48, tel. 300 00 00,

abc@abc.si, www.abc.si. Agencia Zaloška 69, tel. 521 15 65, info@agencia.si, www.agencia.si. QOpen 09:00 - 17:00. Ljubljana Nepremičnine B-2, Cankarjeva 10, tel. 080 81 81, info@ljubljananepremicnine.si, www.ljubljananepremicnine.si. Luster H-2, Tržaška 124, tel. 200 49 54, fax 200 59 55, info@luster.si, www.luster.si. Royal Nepremičnine B-2, Cigaletova 5, tel. 300 73 70, Royal@Royal-nepremicnine.com, www.royal-nepremicnine.com.

Relocations

Relocations H-1, Vojkova 63, tel. 565 50 61, info@

sloveniarelo.com, www.sloveniarelo.com. Selitveni servis Repič H-1, Tesovnikova 47, tel. 565 69 50. Vatovec C-2, Čufarjeva 5, tel. 430 13 40, info@vatovec. si, www.vatovec.si.

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Street register 3 Muhe 77 A-la carte restavracija 38 Atrium 74 Adria Airways 72 AGIO rent a car 74 Air France 36 Ajda 70 Alaya Cocktail Bar 42 Al Capone 32 Alibi 38 Angel 77 Antikvariat 29 Antiq Arena Vodafone live! -Gladiator (BTC Center) 23 65 Art cafe 38 As 33 Asdom Apartments 54 As Lounge 73 Atet 23 Atlantis Water Park 70 Atlas express 52 Atrium 74 Austrian Airlines 73 AutoRent 73 Avant 81 Avtotehna Oprema 81 Baby center 54 Bachus 38 Bachus Center 46 Bangkok Street 52 Bar Gaj Best Western Premier Slon 28 52 Bi-Ko-Fe 47 Bife Jež 23 Biosfera 23 Bit Center Hotel 66 Bled Castle 62 Boat tours 62 Botanical Gardens 77 Boutique Lacoste Breskvar Tennis Academy 23 74 Brussels Airlines 73 Budget Rent a Car 90 Bulgaria 72 Bus station 77 Butik La Vision 47, 68 Cacao 68 Cafe Central 47 Café Open 49 Café Plato 38 Café Romeo 47 Cafetino 47 Caffe Ljubljana 78 Calzedonia 43 Cantina Mexicana 76 Carniola Antiqua 73 Carrent 62 Castle funicular 58 Cathedral 32 Celica 26 Central 82 Central Market 78 Cesare Paciotti 36 Cesarsko mesto 52 Cezar Bar 36 China Fast Food Church of the Assumption 66 28 City 60 City Museum 82 Citypark 20 City Theatre 47 CN7 58 Cobbler's Bridge 80 Čokoladnica Cukrček 75 Collegium 49 Čolnarna 52 Compañeros Café 52 Conestoga Contemporary History 60 Museum 47 Corso Bar 80 Črna Luknja 38 Cubo 38, 54 Čupiterija Cvetličarna Mediapark 20 74 Czech Airlines

Da bu da 46 70 Darila, souvenir shop 86 Debitel Delikatesa Ljubljanski 36 Dvor 89 Delo 88 Dental clinic 86 DHL 62 Digital Tour Guide 89 Dnevnik Dolce & Gabbana Outlet 78 86 Drog-Art 54 Emonska klet 43 Emporia Mexicana 20 ESITI 73 Europcar 20 Eventim Exhibition and 20 Convention Centre 36 Falafel 86 FedEx 88 Femiks 20 Festivalna Dvorana 52 Fétiche 23 Fit&Fun Center 78 Flat 82 Flea Market 43 Foculus 76 Fortuna 82 Foto Grad 82 Foto Maxi 82 Foto Tivoli 59 Franciscan Church 77 Fresh Line 78 Furla 55 Gajo Jazz Club 64 Garni Hotel Jadran 23 Golf klub barje 23 Golf Trnovo 37 Gostilna Krpan 44 Gostilna Lovec 23 Gradiant 47 Grajska Kavarna 65 Grajski Pub 1004 Grand Hotel Union 26 Business Grand Hotel Union 26 Executive 28 Grandvid Hotel 78 H & M 20 Hala Tivoli 57 Hard Core Cafe 81 Hartman 84 Harvey Norman 88 Health Centre center Health Centre Metelkova 88 73 Hertz Higher Education, Science 92 and Technology 59 Holy Trinity Church 68 Hotel Apollo 68 Hotel Marita 36 Hot Horse 76 Idrijska čipka 43 Imperio Mexicano 54 InBox International Centre of 60 Graphic Arts 70 Intersport Portorož Istituto Italiano di Cultura 20 Istriana - Tourist Service 68 Portorož 70 Jadro klub Pirat 74 JAT Airways 37 Jež 38 Julija 40 Jurman 52 Kamera Klub 37 Kantina Peperončin 42 Kavalino Kavarna Maček Rooms 29 20 Kavarna Union 75 Kažipot 20 Kino Dvor 20 Kinoklub Vič 78 Kipling Store Kirurški Sanatorij Rožna

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dolina 88 36 Kitajska Zvezda 54 Klub 12 23, 55 Klub300 55 Klub K4 55 Klub SubSub 55 KMŠ Knjižnica Otona 88 Župančiča 23 Kodeljevo Kodeljevo sports park 23 53 Kolovrateater 75 Kompas 23 Konex center 37 Konkurenca 77 Konzorcij 80 Koželj 80 Kraševka Križanke Open Air 20 Theatre KUD France Prešeren 20 86 Kurirček 88 Labod 23 Laguna Spa & Fun 66 Lake Bled 78 La Perla Studio 53 Lar's Bar 43 La Storia 57 Latino Nightclub 76 Laura 53 Lepa žoga 49 Le Petit Café 78 Lili in Roza 74 Ljubljana airport 59 Ljubljana Castle 62 Ljubljana Night & Day Ljubljana Tourist 58 Information Centre 62 Ljubljana Zoo 80 Ljubljanček 40 Ljubljanski Dvor 72 LPP 74 Lufthansa 40 Madeira 86 Main post office 74 Malév 48 Malina 78 Mandarina Duck 40 Manna 78 Marella 78 Marina Rinaldi 84 Marina Yachting 78 Marjeta Grošelj 88 Massage Corner 40 Maxim 84 Maxi Market 79 Max Mara 37 McDonald's M Center tehnike in 84 gradnje Črnuče 62 Medieval Mint 30 Medno 88 Mehurček 44 Mencigar Nobile 80 Mercator Mercator Center Ljubljana 84 20 Metelkova Mesto 74 Metro Taxi 28 M hotel 88 Mič Styling 79 Midas 68 Mignon 23 Millenium 77 Mladinska Knjiga 86 Mobitel 84 Modna Hiša 75 Mondial Travel 55 Mons Jazz Club 40 Most 56 Movia 88 Much 89 MultiLingual 69 Mystica 79 Naf Naf 84 Nama 38 Namaste Narodna In Univerzitetna

National Drama Theatre 20 60 National Gallery 61 National Museum 36 Nobel Burek 79 Nova 70 O!bala Board shop 79 Oktober 80 Oliviers&Co 53 Opera Bar 37 Operna Klet 89 Optika FELIKS 32 Orka 60 Orthodox Church 55 Orto Bar Oton Zupancic Library 86 77 Oxford Center 69 Paco Pizzeria 44 Paninoteka 69 Papa Chico 70 Paprika 70 Paradise Spa 29, 32 Park 44 Parma 43 Pasta Nona 56 Patrick's 79 Peko 68 Penzion Forma Viva 20 Philharmonic 81 Piranske soline 45 Pizzicato 40 Plato 23 Plavalni klub Ilirija 53 Playa 61 Plečnik House 79 Pletilni Studio Draž 35 Pod Rožnikom 40 Polna skleda 76 Porcelain Catbriyur 35 Portal 48 Pr' Fotru 45 Pr' potic 58 Prešernov Square 35 Pri Jovotu 40 Pri Vitezu 45 Pri Vodniku 89 Pro plus 74 Protocol 70 Pro Yachting 53 Pr Skelet 65 Pub Bled 20 Puppet Theatre 62 Railway Museum 48 Randevu 79 Rašica Recreational Center Tivoli 23 82 Red Shop 75 Relax 62 Republic Square 36 Restaurant 2000 69 Ribja Kantina 81 Ristanc 40 River House 60 Robba Fountain 84 Rogo Sport 70 Rok Bar 32 Rooms4Young 89 Rtv Slovenija 56 Rugby Pub & Lounge 74 Rumeni Taxi 44 Ruska Pravljica 81 Rustika 88 Salon Mali 23 Salsoteca 68 San Lorenzo 35 Sax House 84 Seaway Sečovlje Saline Nature 70 Park 48 SEM Kavarna 88 Sense Welness Club 35 Shambala 33 Simbol Simple, Ljubljana 88 E.Leclerc Simple, Ljubljana 88 Supernova 73 Sixt

SKOK ŠPORT d.o.o. 23 40 Skriti kot 62 Skyscraper Slaščičarna Pri Vodnjaku 49 36 Slast 40 Slon 54 Slon Lounge Slovenian National Opera 20 & Ballet Theatre Slovenian Press Agency 89 Slovenian Tourist 58 Information Center 42 Smrekarjev hram 35 Sofra 23 Sokol Group d.o.o. Sokol Tivoli Fitness center 23 80 Spar Spin Vinyl Rock'n'Roll 82 Ploščarna 66 St. Martin's Church 45, 54 Stara Mačka 30, 43 Stari Tišler 48 STA Travel Cafe 88 Stevo 81 STIC 79 Stiefelkönig 29 Stil 60 St Peter 88 Studio Christian 79 Studio Hosiery 23 Sunny 84 Supernova 43 Sushimama 89 Svet & Ljudje 57 Tanga 75 Tao 43 Tartuf 37 Taverna Tatjana Taxi Društvo Ljubljana 74 74 Taxi Intertours 74 Taxi Laguna 46 Thai Inn Pub 89 The Slovenia Times 86 Tine Express 59 Tivoli Park 75 TJ's Travel Agency 86 TNT Express 81 To Je to 48, 55 Top: Eat & Party Tourist Information 20, 81 Centre Tourist Information 68 Portorož 62 Town Hall 72 Train Station 76 Trgovina Ika 91 Triglav 59 Triple Bridge 44 Trnovski Zvon 74 Turkish Airlines 86 Tušmobil 55 Ultra 42 Union Garden University Medical 88 Centre Ljubljana 86 UPS Intereuropa 79 Urko 77 Vale Novak 45 Valvasor 46 Vegedrom 61 Velika Planina 82 Venera Shop 30 Vila Minka 33 Vila Veselova Vinoteka Vinarte Bled 81 86 Vodafone Simobil 45 Vodnikov Hram 82 Vom Second Hand Wine Cellars of Slovenia 56 86 Xplorer 42 XXI 80 Žak France Style 58 Žale Cemetery 79 Zara 33 Zeppelin 36 Zhong Hua 49 Zvezda

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