My way of enjoying a meal

Some say that eating outdoors brings even more pleasure when enjoying selected food and drinks. Do you agree? In warmer days, there are plenty of reasons in Slovenia to eat in the street or while accompanied by the sound of crickets chirping in the meadow or surrounded by grapevines. Add some freshness and romance by enjoying your lunch or dinner on well-maintained summer gardens and terraces, or dare to experience something more unusual. For pleasant homely atmosphere, sit with the locals on courtyards in rural homesteads and enjoy fresh local delicacies.

Enter the largest outdoor "restaurant"

Diverse flavours of Slovenian and global gastronomy, a popular spot for socialising and enjoying selected dishes outdoors – this is Open Kitchen, which has been "opening its doors" at Pogačarjev trg square in Ljubljana on warm and sunny Fridays for several years now. The most popular Slovenian gastronomic market occasionally takes place in other Slovenian towns – Nova Gorica, Koper, Slovenj Gradec and Ptuj. Can you smell it already? Come and indulge in the array of smells, flavours and colours.

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In addition to Open Kitchen, you can taste local and other flavours outdoors in a similar way in other places too. Perhaps you are interested in something more special or unusual which will further stimulate your taste buds when enjoying food and drinks.

Cable-car dinner

Cable-car dinner

Be original and surprise your loved ones with dinner in the air. Sit in a car of the Krvavec cableway which transforms into a unique restaurant and enjoy supreme cuisine and unforgettable vistas.

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A wine safari in the Brda Hills

A wine safari in the Brda Hills

The people of Brda do not own exotic animals, but they have excellent wines and home-made delicacies. Take jeeps to the vineyards and enjoy a luxurious meal with authentic Brda flavours among the grapevines.

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Wine tasting on a boat

Wine tasting on a boat

Wine producers usually invite guests to their wine cellars. But in Izola, they invite you on a boat and offer you a glass of local wine while sailing on the azure sea. They also offer snacks topped with superb local olive oil.

Street Food Market Maribor

Street Food Market Maribor

In the last week of August, visit Trg Leona Štuklja square in Maribor which will turn into an international hub of the street food scene. Enjoy your food!

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Sočna vilica

Sočna vilica

Slovenska ulica street in Murska Sobota known by the locals as Slovenska vilica (Slovenian fork) is renamed in summer months in Sočna vilica (juicy fork). You can stick your fork in local and other delicacies and accompany them with selected wines, beers and other creative beverages.

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Tastes of Bled

Tastes of Bled

In summertime, enjoy Bled cream cake, Kranjska sausage, Bled cheese and other delicious dishes from Bled restaurants on Bled Promenade. With every bite you take, you can also enjoy the view of Lake Bled.

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Dinner with summer breezes in your hair

Every mouthful is more flavoursome in the summer if enjoyed outdoors. Conjure up the perfect summer atmosphere with selected dishes and sit on well-maintained summer gardens and terraces of Slovenian restaurants.

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From the garden to your plate

One of the joys of the summer is that you can enjoy vegetables and fruit which come to your plate directly from the garden. Visit marketplaces in Slovenian towns, stop off in agricultural cooperatives where local produce and products from farms are on offer, or visit a tourist farm and enjoy home-grown and homemade food first hand.

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Picnic season – experience it in your way

Are you coming to the picnic? Or would you rather take a basket and find a peaceful spot in nature? A picnic basket with selected local delicacies can be prepared for you in many corners of Slovenia. When setting out on a longer hike or a trip, a basket with delicious food can be prepared in certain hotels, e.g. Cubo Hotel in Ljubljana, Maribor Hotel or PachaMama in Piran. Get your picnic basket and enjoy the food while listening to birds singing and the chirping of crickets. Here are some tips.

Picnic at Brdo pri Kranju

Picnic at Brdo pri Kranju

Enjoy a different culinary experience at the Brdo Estate. Find a suitable spot in nature with an electric golf cart, spread out a blanket and lay out supreme culinary delights from the picnic basket prepared by Brdo chefs.

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Picnic by the Drava River

Picnic by the Drava River

What if you suddenly wish to have a romantic picnic by the Drava River, but don’t have a blanket or a well-stocked basket? Don’t worry, a Maribor restaurant will prepare a picnic basket for you, and you can also rent a blanket.

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Picnic in Posavje

Picnic in Posavje

Make your holiday or weekend more interesting by hiring a picnic basket prepared in Kunst Restaurant. They will fill it with homemade dishes for two or a family.

Picnic on the lake

Picnic on the lake

Row along beautiful Lake Bled and enjoy a private romantic picnic on the lake. Indulge in the goodies put in the picnic basket by the staff of Grand Hotel Toplice when hiring a boat.

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Picnic among the grapevines

Picnic among the grapevines

How about a picnic among the grapevines? The largest Slovenian vine cellar near Koper will prepare an unforgettable tasting of Istrian gastronomic delights and wines in their vineyards.

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A cycling trip and a picnic

A cycling trip and a picnic

Discover Ljubljana by bike. Follow the Ljubljanica River and discover the sights of Ljubljana. When you arrive at the finish line, you can enjoy a picnic in Tivoli Park.

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Visit gastronomic festivals

The best way to learn about Slovenian gastronomy is to visit one of the gastronomic festivals. Every day of the year, you can taste local dishes of a particular town or region, or enjoy the diversity of flavours from around the world.

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