Local and cosmopolitan
Treat yourself to a shopping spree in small, boutique shops offering unique products. Explore global fashion brands. Visit shops with local products and produce. Stop in a café and have a chat.
Traditional Slovenian souvenirs can be bought anywhere in Slovenia under the distinctive mark Rokodelstvo Art & Craft Slovenija. Items made by contemporary Slovenian designers and fashion designers can be found in small boutique shops showcasing unique products or at art markets. Drop by the stores and markets with local products and produce or to shopping centres for the global fashion brands. When shopping, make sure to take the time for a break at a café and have a chat – it’s what the locals do.
Shopping centres on city outskirts
The largest shopping centres can be found on the outskirts of the bigger cities – Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Koper, Nova Gorica, Kranj, Novo Mesto etc. Different global and domestic brands await, with different service providers offering products of all kinds. Don’t stop at shopping. These centres also offer good food, recreation and a host of fun activities on the side. Don’t miss visiting one of the largest shopping centres in Europe – BTC City in Ljubljana, where you can even find some refreshment in the pool.
Arts and crafts are a staple among Slovenian souvenirs. Majolka – Slovenian ceramic water or wine jugs are both decorative and useful. World-famous woodenware or ‘suha roba’ of Ribnica comes in many shapes, from spoons to baskets. Another staple is painted beehive panels called panjske končnice. Other fine souvenirs include the beautiful bobbin lace from Idrija or original crystalware made by master glass blowers in Rogaška Slatina. Decorative hand-shaped honey-breads known as lect are something special and the sea salt from the Sečovlje Salt Pans will be a delicious addition to any meal. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of premium Slovenian wine or a piece of Karst pršut ham. Fine arts lovers will be able to acquire original works of notable Slovenian painters and sculptors at one of many galleries.
Combing the markets
Most Slovenian cities and towns have farmers markets with extensive offerings of local fruit and vegetable growers, with organic vegetables, homemade meat products, cheese, olive oil, herbs and handicrafts. The flea market comes to many towns at the end of the week, featuring a diverse selection of antiques and other items. More than just a shopping hotspot the central Ljubljana market is a must see – it serves as a traditional meeting spot for Ljubljana residents to meet on Saturday.
Widely celebrated architect Jože Plečnik conceived the market built between 1940 and 1944 as a series of covered markets following the curve of the Ljubljanica River. Little shops offer fresh meat, fish, bread and pastries, dairy products, dried fruits, herbs and much more.
In the centre of Ljubljana
The picturesque centre of Ljubljana with its historic core impresses with a diverse and unique palette of boutiques and other shops. In the middle of the city centre you’ll see the most beautiful shop in Slovenia – Galerija Emporium, which found its home in the Secession-style Urbanc House built in 1903. Since then the building has served commercial purposes and was also the first of Ljubljana’s department stores. Peek into boutiques to see what Slovenian fashion designers have been up to. While walking the streets of the historic city core you mustn’t miss Ljubljana’s street fairs. At the weekend, the Artish fair and the antique flea market showcase a fascinating array of unique items and bric-a-brac. And finally, make the most of your shopping spree experience and treat yourself to a coffee and a chat at one of the bustling cafés along the Ljubljanica River.
Wine bars and wineries
Slovenia is the land of premium wines that you can buy in any bigger shop or shopping centre. The best wines can be found in wine bars and wineries run by winemakers themselves. Do buy a bottle if you happen to venture into the wine growing districts.
Slovenia boasts several highly original fashion designers. Concept stores Zoofa and Pentlja in the centre of Ljubljana offer a diverse range of products by Slovenian fashion designers. Some of the established names in Slovenian fashion include Akultura, Cliché, Almira Sadar, Draž, and Sens, to name but a few. Marjeta Grošelj boasts a tradition of more than 50 years in designing outstanding designer handbags. When in Novo Mesto, look for Ana Jelinič and her fashion line.
Formed in 1844 Zlatarna Celje with its retail stores all over the country boasts a venerable goldsmith tradition whose origins go back to 1446. One of the few master goldsmiths and the only master silversmith in Slovenia runs the goldsmith’s workshop Zlato runo (Golden fleece). But Slovenian towns boast many other master goldsmiths with long traditions in the art of jewellery making.
Slovenia has a fascinating tradition of industrial design, and its designers have authored some fine design pieces that have reached far beyond the country’s borders. The glassware from the Steklarna Rogaška glassworks have been admired since 1665, and Niko Kralj’s chairs have left a lasting, definitive mark. Look for more modern industrial design pieces at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).
Chocolate is sweet
Slovenian chocolate found its way across the border years ago. WWord of mouth has taken it across the world under many names. Grab some and sample its goodness. Dobnik makes chocolate covered Prešeren figs, Cukrček boasts Prešeren chocolate balls, Piran Salt Pans sprinkle their chocolate and pralines with salt, Lucifer has made a name for itself with honey bees and Kocbek with their pumpkin seed chocolate. If you’re in the vicinity of Terme Olimia thermal spa, drop into their chocolate factory and shop.
Are you into art? Slovenian artists are many, and many among them have made a name for themselves in the world. You can see their work in myriad different art galleries and some can also be bought in galleries such as Galerija Hest in Ljubljana and Maribor, Galerija Meduza Koper, Galerija Ars Ljubljana, online gallery sloart.si, Galerija Fotografija, Galerija Gregor Podnar and many others.
For additional moments of relaxation
Shopping will be even more exciting if you also sense the spirit of the place and the landscape that you are visiting.
Spend active holidays in green Slovenia. The dynamically varied landscapes are ideal for hiking, walks, biking, skiing, golf, adrenaline and water sports, horseback riding, or simply exploring your surroundings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes, rivers, the sea, and the rolling green hills.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Take your children to a world that they have never seen before. You can bike on forest trails or on special biking trails. To spend an active and healthy holiday, choose between a mountainous or coastal environment, Pannonian plains or rolling hills.
Road biking is very common in Slovenia. Numerous trails run on various types of terrain and in a clean natural environment, so you can select a different experience each time.
In Slovenia, almost everything is about love. Unforgettable romantic experiences await you in many places. Spend a night in a tree, ring the wishing bell, or have dinner for two while enjoying a sunset over the sea.
Learn about fairytale characters amidst green meadows and forests. Enter into an animal kingdom and venture down a wild water slide. Here, you can make your first attempts at skiing or enter the subterranean world for the first time. Get ready. The fun is only just beginning.
Learn about the green and active Slovenia
Breath-taking attractions, numerous options for actively spending your free time, and a wide range of cultural events – these are only some of the reasons to explore Slovenia.
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