PHOTO DIARY – 4 BLISSFUL DAYS IN LJUBLJANA ・SLOVENIA

Did I actually think that Ljubljana would captivate my soul? No. I didn’t think anything of the city but more or less was looking forward to some alone time away from London. I was really surprised at how many of my friends didn’t know where Ljubljana or Slovenia was so essentially they had no idea where I was going.

I loved being able to communicate in Croatian with drivers, hotel staff members and locals, it always adds to the comfort of visiting a city you’ve never been to before. The thing was, they could understand me and my Croatian but there was no way in hell I could understand a full sentence of Slovenian. It was like listening to a cleaner version of Macedonian, say what? Ljubljana was a friendly city to wander around in and not once did I feel unsafe as a solo female traveller. I felt like I was at home and parts of the old city reminded me of Osijek, Croatia.

What I noticed most was that Ljubljana was a fairly social city with restaurants and cafes by the river generally full with young people and their cliques. Also, it’s quite disciplined- For example, no jaywalking unless you want a 50€ fine as my Tinder date explained to me. So in that case, I don’t Ljubljana is a city I could live in permanently.

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Where I Stayed

Keeping in mind I needed a Hotel close to Tivoli Hall for a seminar I was attending and I had no idea that Ljubljana was in fact, a tiny city with everything within walking distance, I booked a room at Hotel Lev, situated 5 minutes away from the hall. With a choice between ‘castle’ or ‘mountain’ view, I went with the castle (and it’s beautifully lit at night). My room was quite spacious with a long executive desk overlooking the city, large flat screen TV and king sized bed and luscious linen. Although, the bathroom was a little small for my own liking. What really stood out at Hotel Lev was the service, I really enjoyed the personable approach by the staff members. Room service was also ridiculously quick, I needed something sent to my room twice and in less than 5 minutes, a hotel staff member was knocking at the door with my request.

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hotel Lev, Ljubljana.

I wasn’t too fond of anything that was on offer on the standard room service menu so I asked if i could order from the Hotel’s Restaurant Restavracija Pri Levu. The a la carte restaurant Pri Levu has received the Ljubljana Quality Selection award in the “Fine Dining Restaurants” category for its high standard offer so I was fairly interested in what Head Chef Uroš Hribernik would prepare for me.

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Looking through the gallery on their website, I regret not going downstairs and actually sitting through an entire dining experience, the food looks phenomenal. For room service, I ordered an octopus salad which has to be the best octopus salad I’ve ever had along with a standard chicken risotto because I just wanted to eat and go to sleep.

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Where I Had Lunch 

Restavracija Strelec is located at Ljubljana Castle, overlooking the entire city with mountain backdrop. It almost looks like a painting when the skies are clear and blue. You can read about my lunch at Restavracija Strelec here.

Adriana Kupresak | Let's Have Lunch at Restavracija Strelec |Ljubljana, Slovenia

Pop’s Place is apparently the best burger you’ll ever have in Ljubljana and it’s located right by the river. Read about my lunch at Pop’s here.

Adriana Kupresak | Let's Have Lunch at Pop's Place | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Love locks on Butchers Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adriana Kupresak | PHOTO DIARY - 4 Blissful Days in | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Table view from Cafe Makalonca, Ljubljana.

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  • Mark

    Great pictures!

  • Thomas

    I’m visiting Slovenia this year so I will take your recommendations