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Delegates attending the Winter ESCRS meeting have the opportunity to enjoy four unique travel experiences, each only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana
Some 10,000 caves are listed on the official register in Slovenia. Two of the most spectacular – Postojna and Skocjan – are open to visitors. Don't leave Slovenia without seeing one... but which one? Postojna is the most popular (and the most commercialised).
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GETTING TO KNOW LJUBLJANA
Picturesque Slovenian capital will host 18th ESCRS winter meeting
A person beside me on the airport bus asked me where I was headed. "Ljubljana", I told him. "Never heard of it," he said. I predict he soon will. The prestigious travel guide, Lonely Planet, picked Slovenia as one of the “top destinations” of 2013, and it won't be long before its capital, Ljubljana, is recognised as the perfect city break.
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EAT & DRINK
LE PETIT CAFÉ
Just opposite the Križanke, this pleasant, boho place offers great coffee and a wide range of breakfast goodies, lunches and light meals, plus a good restaurant on the first floor.
With frescoed walls, painted ceiling and retro-style furniture, this pretty place is perfect for a quiet tête-à-tête over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Also does small food items, like soups and stews.
Street - Stari trg 17
The elegant and centrally located teahouse takes its teas very seriously. They also serve light meals and there's a tea shop next door.
Street - Stari trg 3
The 'Star' has all the usual varieties of coffee and tea but is celebrated for its shop-made cakes, especially skutina pečena (€3), an eggy cheesecake.
Street - Wolfova ulica 14
This wine bar is an excellent place to taste Slovenian vintages; it stocks more than 100 varieties and has wine tastings every month (usually the 2nd Wednesday).
The place to be seen on a sunny summer afternoon, the 'Cat' is one of a number of spots on the right bank of the Ljubljanica to relax over a coffee or alcoholic beverage. Starts to really hop after sundown, when it morphs pretty seamlessly into a cocktail bar.
If you’re more interested in the grape than the grain, hop over to this excellent wine bar where, with due ceremony and ritual, you can taste your way through some award-winning Slovenian wines. It does retail as well.
This welcoming cafe at Ljubljana Castle offers a respite on a hot day and a great place to kick back with a coffee, beer or light meal after a long slog up the hill.
Cafe Romeo, the synonym for fusion food and cocktail bar, offers everything you need to relax and socialize.
A pleasant Mexican restaurant near Nama, they offer Latin music and great cocktails in the evenings.
CUTTY SARK PUB
A pleasant and well-stocked pub with colourful windows in the courtyard behind Wolfova ulica 6, the Cutty Sark is a congenial place for a pivo (beer) or glass of vino (wine). Happy hour is from 5pm to 7pm.
ČUPITERIJA HIJO DEL PUTA
This place may be located in the heart of Ljubljana, but don’t let that fool you: it’s epitome of funky – in a good way. The interior is a dizzying hodge podge of Gaudi-inspired colours and textures spreading through several rooms and multiple levels. Their tapas are delicious and a friendly and charismatic host adds to the Latin flavor of their cocktails.
DJs transform this candlelit basement bar into a pumping, crowd-pulling nightclub four nights a week.
This retro restaurant and cocktail bar on the 6th floor of the Nama department store with fabulous views becomes a popular dance venue nightly and attracts a very chi-chi crowd. Take the glass-bubble lift from along Slovenska cesta or the lift in the passageway linking Cankarjeva ulica and Tomšičeva ulica.