A hipster guide to Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia’s capital city is brimming with university students, gorgeous architecture and green parks. It’s constantly rated one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable cities, and it has a thriving arts, cultural and nightlife scene. In short, it’s a bit of a hipster paradise - and a treasured European hidden secret. Here are some of the best hipster spots to explore in Ljubljana.
Hipster Hangs: Metelkova city - Ljubljana’s edgiest neighbourhood / autonomous social centre is adorned with street art and graffiti. It’s hipster central (and home to the super-cool Celica Art Hostel - see below). This is where to head if you’re after a raging nightlife scene, with live music, lots of bars with cheap drinks, and funky art shows.
Cafe nights - If you’re visiting in summer, the Ljubljana River is the place to be each evening. Cafes set up terrace seating outside on the river banks, right in the pedestrian heart of the city, and the whole place comes alive with a party atmosphere.
Stay: Voted the #1 hippest hostel in the world by Lonely Planet, one of the most popular budget accommodation options in Ljubljana is actually an old prison, complete with cell bars. Nowadays the one-of-a-kind Celica Art Hostel is a funky accommodation option that won’t break the bank, and where you'll meet other like-minded fellow travellers. Artists were commissioned to brighten up the walls of each cell when it was converted, adding to the unique flair of the place.
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Getting around: Ljubljana is a haven for cyclists. Hipsters love bikes… it’s a marriage made in heaven. Traffic in the city centre has been restricted, which has led to a strong bike culture, further boosted by cheap bike hire all over the city. Do: While tours may not be very hipster in character, you’ll love the Ljubljana Food Walks. A great introduction into Slovenian cuisine, you’ll also learn about more about the city. There are lots of different types of food walks for all sorts of delicacies including local craft beers (now we’re talking)!
Visit the outdoor library! Every summer, outdoor libraries are set up under the trees in spots around the city. Kick back in a deckchair or lie on the grass in the sun and catch up on some light reading, with novels, magazines and newspapers up for grabs. Ljubljana outdoor library locations include: Tivoli Park, the Trnovo Embankment, Ljubljana Castle, Roman Wall Park, and Zvezda Park. See: Adding to the city’s off-beat, fairytale charm, Ljubljana is adorned with ornamental dragon statues, the most famous being the picturesque Dragon Bridge. The Dragon is so revered here, it’s actually part of the city’s coat of arms.
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