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 🙁
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!