TRAVEL TIPS · July 17, 2019 Ljubljana has some great coffee shops. It came as a welcomed surprise to me that some of the best coffee shops in Ljubljana were reminiscent of what you’d find back home in Australia. Here’s a list of tried and tested coffee shops in Ljubljana for your coffee fix in Slovenia’s capital. Stow Coffee Roasters If you’re looking for a coffee shop in Ljubljana that isn’t trying to do anything more than great coffee, look no further than Stow. The interior is casual and Stow isn’t following in the footsteps of other cafes by trying to be something else. If you’d rather ditch the Instagram-friendly jaunts and are looking for a casual vibe, this is your go-to. The team are really passionate about great coffee, so it is a bit more of an experience and coffee education than just straight up cafe. Address: Gosposka ulica 15, 1000 Ljubljana Tozd This is one of the most popular spots among the locals, so a great place … [Read more...] about The Best Coffee Shops in Ljubljana
SLOVENIA, VEGAN · July 11, 2019 It came as a surprise to me that Ljubljana has so many great vegan restaurants and cafes. When I visited five years ago, I did not know where to find the best vegan in Ljubljana. In fairness, there wasn’t really a lot to choose from anywhere in Central Europe back then. Now, Ljubljana has become a vegan foodie paradise (and great vegetarian food, too!) Monstera Bistro The very first restaurant I dined at in Ljubljana was Monstera Bistro. This small casual eatery is just a short walk from triple bridge on Gosposka ulica. Although the restaurant serves both plant meals and meat eater meals, the food was so tasty that I’d recommend it for vegan and vegetarians who are travelling with friends or family who aren’t vegan. There is a strong focus on local produce so this is a great way to enjoy fresh, seasonal produce from an inspired and ever-changing menu. Address: Gosposka ulica 9, 1000 Ljubljana Veganika This small casual vegan … [Read more...] about Where to find the Best Vegan in Ljubljana
What have the Hapsburgs ever done for us? OK, so the answer to that question is perhaps not quite as humourously self-evident as the list of Roman achievements summarily dismissed by John Cleese's disgruntled leader of the "People's Front of Judea" in Monty Python's Life of Brian ("All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"). But it is one which bears closer analysis - as, the chances are, evidence of it is sitting in front of you as you read this piece, its familiar aroma giving your nose a playful pinch. The ruling family of Austria was Europe's main power player for the best part of half a millennium - from 1438 to pretty much the final artillery blasts of the First World War. It was a dynasty which wielded emormous power, to the extent that, when the emperor coughed in Vienna, the effect was often felt not just in Hungary and Germany, but … [Read more...] about The unheralded Italian city that put the coffee in your cup
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day that both singles and, ironically, couples lament for the ostentatious displays of affection. Whether you are partnered up or not, there is no doubt that people around the office will be getting flowers and chocolates – so why not get away for a mid-week trip? This year for Valentine’s Day grab your significant other/best friend/mother/favourite cousin or anyone you love and use it as an excuse to go on a mini-break. While many couples flock to Paris to celebrate their love in the city of, well, love we’ve come up with a few alternatives to try below. 1. Try something new with a visit to old-timey Estonia Often overlooked, Estonia is bordered by Latvia, Russia, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland – meaning it is steeped in history. The capital Tallinn is known for its preserved Old Town and museums - and has a distinctly romantic vibe. If you have time to take a day trip from the capital, the country - which was once part … [Read more...] about 14 non-cliché travel destinations for Valentine’s Day
The thousand faces of Central Europe's karstic gem Author: James Lucas Publish date: Jan 2, 2019 “Beethoven played at the Philharmonic,” our scraggle-bearded Ljubljana tour guide said on our last day in Slovenia, as he led us about the capital. It was October 2017, and we’d come here thanks to the hospitality of the Slovenia Tourism department, who’d arranged lavish hotels, dinners, and this quirky guide for our little crew: me, the magazine’s associate editor; Digital Editor Kevin Corrigan; Senior Contributing Photographer Andrew Burr; my significant other, the pro climber Nina Williams; and Burr’s life and business partner, Juanita Ah Quin. Slovenia, in southern Central Europe east of Italy and south of Austria, below the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, is one of the most rock- and water-rich countries in Europe. It has 59 major rivers, many of which flow from the Julian Alps—the mountain system that dominates the country’s … [Read more...] about Climb Slovenia!