Before I retell the story of the cold rainy day in Ljubljana when I took a food tour in Slovenia, let me introduce you to Iva from Ljubljananjam Food Walk. If there’s a reason you’re looking for to visit Slovenia, it is HER FOOD TOURS! Food tours are a great way to understand a culture and Ljublajanajam Food tours are delicious, underrated and cheap!! Iva takes food tours in the capital city of Ljubljana.
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Her brand motto “showing the yummy side of the Alps” absolutely fits!! I took this four tour in 2015 and was so glad to be having Iva to show around. Her personality shined through the very first meeting. She is warm and chatty person who told me that her love for Slovenia’s food that led her to start the “Ljubljananjam Food Walk” in Ljubljana.
In the food tour in Ljubljana I was also joined by two siblings Marija and Andre from Australia so it ended up being a mix of cultures and an extremely passionate food circlep.
The Food Walk
Our first stop was at a cool bar slightly further from the centre of the town with a Eastern European vibe. It was definitely one of those places where tourists wouldn’t even frequent. It seemed local and definitely more authentic. We settled in the cozy cafe and were served a bowl of warm sunchoke soup.
We later had Bela burja- a wine made in the Burja Estate of Slovenia. Iva mentioned how the food of Slovenia was influenced by its neighbouring countries- Austria, Italy and Germany. We could see that in the platter that came afterwards which was full of carniola sausage, beef patties and stuffed vegetables– so German!! Everything was delicious and extremely fresh!
Iva’s walk is also very cultural because she shared the history of her home town and told us about the famous Pink Church in the centre. She then took us to a cafe that served fresh buna coffee– strong, freshly roasted and tasty! I regret not buying some of it from the caffe that time 🙁
Anyhow, we savored our coffee while the rain slowed outside. Then we were served the famous “Ljubljana Cake” – a chocolate cake made from chestnuts, almonds, buckwheat and figs. it….was delectable!
Iva sure knows how to keep her tour group happy because on the second spot, I was quite full and happy. From the coffee place, we walked to a part of town with several quaint lanes and graffiti and landed up at an Italian restaurant/sandwich place where we were served Hugo cocktail with polenta and cheese. YUUMMM!!!
Clearly the best way to end the Food Walk!
I don’t have “professional” pictures of the day but I tried what I could with the little battery I had. What I do have is good memories of food, the taste of the soup on my palate, the delicious Ljubljana cake and the brilliant Slovenian wine! The colorful architecture and diverse wines will blow your mind. And the best part is that traveling to Slovenia is super easy from Italy because they are neighbors!!
Ljubljananjam Food Tours start at EUR65. Iva is super flexible and customizes food walks as per people’s tastes. She also takes cooking classes!
ItalophiliaFebruary 14, 2021 at 3:49 pm
Manja Mexi MovieJanuary 26, 2016 at 3:53 am
Another novelty for me from my home town. Should contact Iva and recommend my father, no restaurant or similar, just a great cook. 😀 Sounds a lovely walk you had, very glad to read about it!
IshitaJanuary 26, 2016 at 9:39 am
Definitely should manja 🙂 I had a lovely time thanks to her and it changed my perspective on food walks altogether 😉
Amarjit SinghOctober 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm
Being a foodie by heart, reading your post was a great experience for me! The tempting photos of the different dishes left me drooling over it. The informative post is nicely written with every situation in detail such that it created a picture in a mind about your experience.
IshitaOctober 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm
Thank you so much Amarjit! 🙂 it was a yummy experience indeed
maryshoobridgeOctober 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm
VonnieOctober 21, 2015 at 6:58 pm
Pastries and coffee are my favorite when I travel.
IshitaOctober 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm
I know we live for that stuff!
HeyjudeOctober 20, 2015 at 3:00 am
I’m more than happy to tag along on a food walk 🙂
Jude xx (via Jo’s site)
IshitaOctober 20, 2015 at 5:23 am
It’s a lot of fun!
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restlessjoOctober 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm
This is a new one on me, Ishita! A food walk 🙂 Would you mind if I include it on my Monday walks next week? It’s something a bit different and will appeal to lots of people, I’m sure!
IshitaOctober 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm
🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed! Could you tell me more about the Monday walks?
restlessjoOctober 16, 2015 at 7:39 pm
Normally people include a link to my most recent walk or the walks page, and I tweet it, put it on my Facebook page and include it in my next walk. http://restlessjo.me/jos-monday-walk/
Sometimes though, I see something different that might be fun to share. I had a look at Iva’s site too. It’s a very good idea and if I’m ever in Lubljana…. 🙂
IshitaOctober 16, 2015 at 7:48 pm
Il be happy if you share my page then. Keep me posted 🙂 iva is going to have a lot of customers !
restlessjoOctober 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm
Will do 🙂
Shikha (whywasteannualleave)October 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Loved reading this post Ishita as it brought back so many memories of when I did this exact same tour! Iva has such a great, informative yet conversational guiding style I think and the food in Ljubljana is out of this world! I’d give anything for another slice of Ljubljana cake – in fact we bought a whole one to take home with us! 😁
IshitaOctober 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm
I’m so glad, Shikha. I second you. Iva is the best 😀 I wish I had bought the cake and the coffee too 😉
timelessitalyOctober 9, 2015 at 7:02 pm
It all looks delicious, especially love the idea of coffee and cake while it’s raining outside. What better way to spend the time?
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm
Thanks Susan. It was the perfect way I’d say
Diana LynnOctober 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm
Hi Ishita….what a fun tour……everything looks wonderful! and for a low battery, you still came out with some great shots! Brava!
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm
Thank you Diana. Haha, thanks. It was fab tour! Hope ur well 🙂 talk soon!
LynOctober 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm
A damp start turned into a wonderful finish. Ishita your photos are great. Nice post
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Well said, Lyn. It was exactly like that. I was so morose earlier 😛 Iva helped me out!
lindaravelloOctober 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm
Photos are perfect for the post. My daughter has been asking me to go here for a while – and as we are both foodies, then this looks perfect for us!
Thank you so much for posting, I want to go now if for nothing else but the cake!
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm
You must 🙂 You won’t regret the food and Iva is super cool and very adjusting too!
lindaravelloOctober 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm
I have forwarded your post to my daughter, this will be going on the list xx
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm
So nice, wonderful!
priyankamahajan26October 9, 2015 at 10:39 am
Super tempted.. feeling hungry… 🙂
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 10:50 am
Thank you, me too 😉
Priyanka BhardwajOctober 9, 2015 at 10:39 am
Food post !! Finally 😀 and this tour seems to be so much fun !! The cake !! OMG .. yumm 😀 😛
IshitaOctober 9, 2015 at 10:50 am
Thank you it was delicious and very different from the usual chocolate cakes 😉