As the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana welcomes tourists who are excited to both explore the cultural city and use it as a jumping-off point to discover to rest of the country.
Following the recent opening of the Julian Alps Hiking Trail and the irresistible allure of the iconic 12th-century Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia is slated to receive record numbers of tourists in 2020.
But, whether you’re planning on stopping in the capital city to enjoy exploring the magic and history of Slovenian culture or you’re simply passing through, you’re going to want to pencil in some time for a visit to the best coffee shops in Ljubljana. It’s a coffee lovers paradise.
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Quirky is a great way to describe TOZD, one of the best coffee shops in Ljubljana. Like many other cafes in the city, the spot acts as a gathering place of sorts for locals and travellers alike. You can stop by for a hot cappuccino in the morning, a cold brew in the afternoon, and then stay on through the evening to enjoy a wide selection of beer, wine, and tapas.
If you’re looking to get some work done while travelling, Kavarna Moderna is one of the best coffee shops in Ljubljana for you. The spot showcases an open-concept floorplan with plenty of space to spread out. And, seeing as it’s located inside of the city’s Modern Museum of Art, you’ll be able to enjoy the single-origin specialty coffee after browsing through some of the hottest exhibits in the city.
STOW Coffee Roasters might be one of the most architecturally impressive cafes we’ve come across in Europe. The freshly roasted specialty coffee fills the area with a delightful aroma. However, that’s only part of the pull of this modern, trendy cafe. As it’s part of the city museum, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and futuristic interior ensure guests enjoy both quality coffee and stunning views.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth then Zvezda should be your go-to place in Ljubljana for both coffee and sweet treats. It’s perhaps one of the most Instagrammable cafes in Slovenia, featuring a sophisticated and refined interior. But it’s also home to some of the tastiest sweets in the city. Here, you can enjoy your afternoon pick-me-up with a side of cake.
If you find yourself exploring the quaint cobblestone streets of Old Town Ljubljana then make sure you stop off at Cafetino for a quick jolt of caffeine and a delicious pastry. Their fair-trade coffee is some of the highest quality in the city. And, they grind it fresh daily, ensuring every cup is as world-class as the next.
Gourmet chocolates, cakes, tea, and strong coffee fill the walls and cases of Lolita. This cafe definitely smells great, and everything you order tastes even better. However, the charming interior is what makes this place so great. It’s easy to find yourself spending hours and hours chatting with a local over an endless stream of tasty coffee and, once the sun sets, award-winning cocktails.
The lead barista at this cafe has taken part in worldwide competitions, at least as a volunteer. So, you can rest assured he’s pulling some of the best, creamiest, and most consistent shots of espresso in the city. He roasts his own coffee here where he also works to educate Slovenians about fair trade.