Culinary Scene

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A vegetable grower with a handcart taking fresh vegetables grown in the nearby Krakovo or Trnovo district to Ljubljana's Central Market

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One of Ljubljana's wine shops

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Some typical Slovenian dishes

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Mushrooms - a popular food in Slovenian cuisine

Both Ljubljana's city centre and suburban districts boast a wide variety of different restaurants, whose culinary styles include traditional Slovenian and numerous other national cuisines. Particularly well represented are Balkan, Italian, Central European and, since recently, a variety of more exotic cuisines. One of Ljubljana's specialities is that also numerous high-end restaurants offer a selection of special lunchtime menus at favourable prices.

Ljubljana lies at the intersection of four different Slovenian regions, so a large number of the city's restaurants offer culinary specialities and a wide selection of high-quality wines from around Slovenia. Ljubljana is known to be a traditional trade centre connecting different Slovenian wine growing regions and a bearer of the international title of City of Wine and Grapevine. The first vine in Ljubljana was planted back in the times of the Roman Emona, at the slope of the present castle hill.

Listed below are some of the best known traditional Slovenian dishes that can be tasted in Ljubljana's restaurants.

  • The Karst prosciutto is air-dried pork leg, which goes perfectly with a glass of teran, a red wine from the Kras region known for its medicinal properties.
  • The štruklji is a traditional Slovenian dish made of dough, which can be stuffed with a variety of different fillings and served either as a main or side dish.
  • The žganci is a traditional Slovenian country dish usually made from buckwheat or wheat flour boiled in water, and served as a main or side dish.
  • The potica, the best known culinary speciality of Slovenia is a cake made from yeast dough, which can be filled with a variety of different fillings. The best known is the walnut potica.

Some of the best known Slovenian wines include:

  • kraški teran (red wine from the Kras region)
  • malvazija (white wine from the Slovenian coastal region and Istria)
  • cviček (light, low-alcohol red wine from the Dolenjska region)
  • metliška črnina (red wine from the Bela Krajina region)
  • renski rizling (white wine from the Štajerska region)
  • traminec (white wine from the Štajerska region)
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