For anyone in the know, it’s not surprising to frequently see Ljubljana, Slovenia, top lists of Europe’s coolest cities. It’s one of those cities that most backpackers might skip during a Euro trip, but here’s why that would be a mistake: Ljubljana, the capital of one of Europe’s newest countries, has the perfect mix of big-city culture with a small-town attitude.
The city sits on the edge of the Ljubljanica River, and thanks to a redevelopment process over the last decade, the city has seen a resurgence of culture erupting in the city center.
And, while Ljubljana bursts with luxury dining options, street fairs, and flea markets, the city remains authentic. A thriving art scene takes place in both the city’s museums (of which there are many!) and on its streets.
The neighborhood of Metelkova — a former army barracks and art squat — has become the center of Ljubljana’s alternative scenes. A gay bar, Tiffany, is located there, as well as a trendy hostel inside the former prison on the grounds.
Other street art is scattered around the city, including at the former bicycle factory, Rog, where Yugoslavia produced the popular Rog Pony bicycles.
Below are some more photos from the streets of Ljubljana, for a taste of the art and style you’ll find in this cool capital city.
Be sure to check out my Hipster Guide to Ljubljana for more travel tips and recommendations for exploring what’s now one of Europe’s coolest cities.
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