Where to eat and drink in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The dragon is the symbol of the city, so you will see dragons everywhere around.

The Preseren Square is the central square in Ljubljana and the bright pink Franciscan Church of the Annunciation dominates the square. The Ljubljianica River flows through the vibrant and colorful old town.

Stroll along Cankarjevo Nabrezje, the pedestrian-only street that lines the Ljubljianica River. Cafes spill out onto this street, so this is a great place to start your day with breakfast, take a coffee break, or have a drink later in the day.

Mestni trg, Stari trg, and Gornji trg are more historic pedestrian streets and squares to explore.

The city is colourful, lively, compact and very photogenic. It is the kind of city where it is simply the most fun to stroll around and explore.

Also make sure not the miss Ljubljana’s famous Bridges. They are adorned with dragons, sculptures and love locks. Some famous examples are the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), the Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) and the Butcher’s Bridge.

Food

Restaurants

TaBar

TaBar is located in the heart of Ljubljana’s historic city centre. It’s tucked away in a small shady square. TaBar has an extensive and divergent offer of delicious dishes and good wines. The menu focuses on combining the best Slovenian ingredients with influences from neighbouring countries and uplifting them into a modern style.  TaBar reinvents the concept of tapas by transforming them into modern signature dishes. It’s all about big and bald flavours and super elegantly styled dishes. The chef changes the menu on a regular basis, depending on the market and season.

The staff was very friendly and quick. The waiter explained for every dish which was served, what the dish included, how it was presented and where the ingredients originated from. Also the good gluten-free knowledge about their kitchen made me straight looking forward to delicious gluten-free options.

TaBar in Ljubljana, Slovenia


We started off with some Cigoj cured pork neck. The sturgeon with leek and potatoes was delicious as was the octopus with tomatoes and squid ink. We have also ordered the eggplant with paprika and miso which was very rich in taste and structures. The tapa with potatoes and olives fitted well with the rest of our choices.

You will find TaBar on Ribji trg nº6, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2 Comments

  • Debbie Finn

    February 15, 2020 at 15:41

    Thanks so much for this review! We are traveling to Slovenia and Croatia this fall. I appreciate the advice! If you have any other Slovenia recos I’d appreciate them!

    1. Gluten-free Kitchen

      February 17, 2020 at 13:45

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks 🙂

      Most of the time I cooked my own meals during our stay in Slovenia. It was generally very easy to find gluten-free products in Slovenia. Most bigger shops offer gluten free products. Interspar has a very good selection in larger towns. Also Mercator supermarket, Spar and Hofer offer gluten-free products. DM pharmacies also offer GF breads and snacks.

      I haven’t visited Croatia so unfortunately I cannot give you any tips there.

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