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6 Delicious Lunch Spots in Ljubljana

6 Delicious Lunch Spots in Ljubljana

salad from Bife in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Going out to lunch is one of my favorite activities, and finding the best lunch in Ljubljana has been my goal! Ever since I started renting office space, a year ago, I have set out to find my new favorite place.

These are straight up my personal preferences. I like to eat a light, fresh, usually vegetarian lunch. All of these options below have meals under 10€ so they are perfect for even the smallest of budgets.

Lunch in Ljubljana and Slovenia

Many lunch places in Ljubljana open their doors between 11:00 and 12:00. No need for reservations, but do be mindful around peak-lunchtime some places can fill up.

There are two words used in Slovene when speaking about lunch and they are malica and kosilo. The meanings can be very confusing and change with the setting, but for the context of menus and restaurants they refer to lunch. Often times malica will be used with a set 3-course lunch menu consisting of soup, main dish, and dessert.

Read more about traditional Slovenian food.

Bife

salad from Bife in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bife is a new place in Ljubljana that serves salad bowls. The menu also offers a rice or quinoa bowl, customized options, and soup. I always order one of the prepared dishes and I think they are top notch in terms of ingredients and flavors

Price Range: Salad bowls start at 6.50€, grain bowls at 7€, customized bowls 7.50€
Suggested Menu Item: Verde Pa Mir
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed Saturday and Sundays)
Address: Rimska cesta 2

Tip: There is very limited inside seating, but you can sit near Bazilika (same owner) a few doors down. This is one of my favorite outside eating spots in Ljubljana.

*Menu available in English on their website.
*Veg and vegan options available.

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Abi Falafel

 

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Every time I go to Abi Falafel I want to try something different on the menu because it all looks super amazing but I always go with the special falafel wrap. It is a standard falafel wrap but with potatoes. It is the perfect balance of textures and flavors, and it is also really affordable for the amount of food you get. I have not once finished one of my wraps from here yet.

Price Range: Wraps and sandwiches range from 3.50€ to 5.50€ Other dishes range from 4€ – 9€
Suggested Menu Item: Falafel special sendvič
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed 9:00-24:00 / Thurs, Fri, Sat 9:00-1:00 / Sunday 11:00-22:00
Address: Trubarjeva cesta 40

Tip: It can get very crowded with students around lunch time but the line moves fairly quickly.

*Menu available in English.
*Veg and vegan options available.

Tinks Superfood Cafe

Avocado Toast Tinks

Tinks Superfood Cafe is a great little place in the center of Ljubljana that offers trendy healthy meal options like avocado toast, acai and poke bowls, smoothies, soups and more. I found the staff to be incredibly friendly and helpful and a nice amount of seating inside which might not be the case for some of the other options listed here.

Price Range: Items range from 4.50€-8€
Suggested Menu Item: avocado toast and kombucha
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-19:00 / Sat 8:00-17:00 / Sun closed
Address: Tavčarjeva 4

*Menu available in English.
*Veg and vegan options available.

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Barbarella Arkade Bistro

Quiche from Barbarella Bistro Ljubljana, Slovenia

Barbarella is perfectly seated along the Ljubljanica next to the market. Best suited for a sunny day to sit outside and enjoy some delicious vegan foods. The inside seating is very limited. Their menu offers sandwiches, vegan quiche, vegan cheeseburger, salads, soup, smoothies, and daily desserts.

Price Range: 5-11€
Suggested Menu Item: Daily Quiche and Salad combo
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00-16:00 / Friday 9:00-17:00 / Sat 8:00-16:00 / Sun closed.
Address: Adamič Lundrovo Nabrežje 3

Tip: Don’t forget to ask about the daily offerings of soup, quiche, and rice bowls. Every day there is something different.

*Menu available in English.
*Veg and vegan options available.

Odprta Kuhna (Open Kitchen)

Open Kitchen market in Ljubljana

Loved by tourists and foodies Odprta Kuhna is a open market that happens every Friday during the warmer months. Here you can find endless options of various restaurants around town or other food vendors. Cuisines range from traditional Slovenian food to international cuisines from Mexico, Iran, and more.

Price Range: Varies
Suggested Menu Item: Shawarma wraps from Dežela Okusov
Hours: Fridays 10:00-21:00
Address: Pogačarjev trg

Tip: Depending on the weather and the weekend it can be very busy and have very limited seating.

*Menu available in English.
*Veg and vegan options available.

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Raw Pasta Fresca Bar

close up of pasta

New to Ljubljana, Raw Pasta Fresca Bar offers a wide range of freshly made pasta dishes and a killer tiramisu. Ingredients are all natural and locally sourced. Inside seating it limited to a couple tables but there is a larger outside area that is really nice. Check out an interview I did with the owners.

Price Range: 7-11€
Suggested Menu Item:
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:30-18:30
Address: Trubarjeva ulica 43

Tip: Arrive early to get first pick of the freshest pasta!

*Menu available in English
* Veg options available.

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Dober Tek!

As is tradition in Slovenia, you say “Dober tek” to someone before a meal. Thank you for checking out this article and I hope you found the suggestions useful and tasty. If you are coming to Ljubljana and looking for something a bit different for lunch but don’t know where to start, always feel free to drop me a question on any platform (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), right below in the comments, or email. I’m happy to help!

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