Shopping in Ljubljana

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The old part of Ljubljana with its small shops, sales galleries and other shops offering all kinds of goods

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Sunday flea market - antique furniture on sale in the street

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Ljubljana's Central Market

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The fish store in the covered part of the Central Market, below architect Plečnik's colonnade

Ljubljana's city centre shops offer, among other things, fashion wear from leading international brand names, clothing by a number of interesting local designers, glassware, crystalware, antiques, as well as contemporary and traditional Slovenian arts and crafts items.

Those walking the streets of the old city centre or along the Ljubljanica river banks should not miss Ljubljana's picturesque main open-air market, designed by architect Jože Plečnik. Apart from fruits, vegetables, and spices and herbs, the market offers almost all kinds of food, including a variety of Slovenian delicacies, such as the Karst prosciutto and the "potica" cake.

Apart from miscellaneous shops and a few department stores, the city centre boasts numerous sales galleries offering, among other things, a wide selection of art prints, which Slovenia is particularly renowned for. Located outside the city centre, in the northeastern district of Nove Jarše, is the BTC City, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe.

Opening Hours

Most of the city centre shops are open from 8:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 8:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays, while most of suburban shopping centres are open throughout the week. American Express, Diners, Master Card-Eurocard and Visa credit cards are accepted by practically all the shops.

VAT Refund

A large number of shops are labelled "Tax Free Shopping", which means that foreign citizens (other than the citizens of the European Union) may claim the refund of the Value Added Tax charged on the purchases of goods worth more than  € 50 carried out on a single day in a single shop. Another condition for the VAT refund is that the goods are exported from the country within three months from the purchase.

More information: http://www.globalrefund.com.

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