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Hotel and restaurant Planinka with Chef Robič / Michelin restaurant La Truffe Noire

In the gorgeous Upper Savinjska region, surrounded by nature In the gorgeous Upper Savinjska region, surrounded by nature, more precisely in the town of Ljubno ob Savinji, the runner-up of the Slovenia GREEN destination competition, hides a boutique hotel and restaurant Planinka, whose story is more than a hundred years old. The conservation of tradition …

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Untouched by Light – the world’s first sparkling wine made, sold and tasted in complete darkness

Untouched by Light made from the selected Chardonnay grapes Research shows that the exposure of wine to daylight or artificial lighting results in light-struck aromas. For that reason Radgonske Gorice have turned to the dark side and started producing Untouched by Light made from the selected Chardonnay grapes by using the famous inside-the-bottle French fermentation …

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Slovenian Viljamovka – the recipient of a prestigious award

The William’s pear spirit Zima winner of the prestigious international competition IWSC Zima, a spirit made of William’s pear, of the Slovene producer Evrosad, is the winner of the prestigious international competition IWSC. The William’s pear spirit, Zima, of the producer Evrosad, has won first place in the prestigious international competition IWSC. It is a …

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Daiquiri – for hot summer days, refresh yourself with this simple three ingredient cocktail!

The king of simplicity, the Daiquiri is one of the best examples of strong, sweet and sour. But with this drink balance is key.  Ingredients for Daiquiri cocktail: 50 ml Rum Diplomatico 20 ml Lime juice  15 ml Sugar syrup Glass: Coup Ice: Straight up Method: Add all ingredients to a stirring glass, fill with …

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Taste Posavje 29.8. – 7.9. 2019

Best Posavje culinary specialists, wines and farm delicacies In Posavje region we have designed one-week events under the common brand TASTE POSAVJE, which brings together the best culinary specialists, wines and farm delicacies. Under the vision “fresh-local-tasty”, top chefs, winemakers and producers in the region, who appreciate the local ingredients and goods produced in Posavje, …

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Top Slovenia Wine Events

Top Annual Wine Events in Slovenia February Salon of Sparkling WineTaking place each year during the week of Valentine’s day, the Salon of Sparkling Wines is a reflection of the increased interest in bubbly amongst both Slovene winemakers and wine drinkers, and the celebration at the Grand Hotel Union lasts well into the night.Ljubljana, www.radost.si …

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Gin Monologue – made by chef Tomaž Kavčič from restaurant Pri Lojzetu at Zemono Castle

Reddot award 2019 winner Gin Monologue is  made by one Slovenian best known chef from restaurant Pri Lojzetu at Zemono Castle. According to Tomaž Kavčič, Monologue is gin with a new taste, character and likeness. It is gin that envelops the story and the rhythm of Slovenian from Alps to the Adriatic See. Monologue Gin …

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Darrel Joseph

Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge Darrel is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna. He specialises in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, including Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and many Balkan countries, and his writing has appeared in international publications. With his extensive tasting experience, Darrel judges in international wine competitions …

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Gostilna Ančka

One of the best traditional restaurant While it would be all but impossible to find a consensus choice for the label of Best Traditional Restaurant in Slovenia, Ančka is definitely one of the names on the short list. Known first and foremost for its štruklji – a typical Slovenian dish akin to a dumpling, but …

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Top 10 SLOVENian Dishes

1. Belokranjska pogača – Bela Krajina Flat Bread Belokranjska pogača is a delicious savoury round flat cake and has recently been granted the European Union’s Traditional Specialty Guaranteed designation. Before it is baked, it is coated with egg, cumin seeds and salt. Served warm, it is similar in taste to freshly baked bread. 2. Blejska …

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WINNERS of SLOVENIA RESTAURANT AWARDS 2019

Ljubljana, May the 7 th , 2019 – Selecting Slovenia’s best restaurants – The Slovenia Restaurant  Awards 2019 by Dines Club – whose award ceremony was held on May the 7 th , 2019 in the Evergreen restaurant in Smlednik, Slovenia, declared the winners of the awards for the year 2019. THE WINNERS OF THIS …

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Best 100 Slovenian Restaurants 2019

TOP 100 Slovenian Restaurants 2019 by The Slovenia Restaurant Awards. TOP3 Gostilna Pri Lojzetu — Dvorec Zemono Also WINNER: Best Gostilna & WINNER: Mediterranean & Karst Region Gostilna Pri Lojzetu, Dvorec Zemono Hiša Franko Also WINNER: Vox Populi & WINNER: Alpine Region Hiša Franko Vila Podvin   Vila Podvin To find out other unique places …

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Sourdough mania

Anita Šumer is a passionate, 100% self-taught sourdough baker I’m a passionate, 100% self-taught sourdough baker from Slovenia. I’m a translator and teacher by education and previous career, but I found my greatest passion and obsession in sourdough. I started baking in 2012, when my husband Sašo had his gallbladder removed and could no longer eat …

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Radomir Stojanovič / Ljubljana’s top wine event organiser

We were the first in Slovenia to launch these types of events Radomir is the man behind several of the most notable wine events in Slovenia, including the Slovenian Wine Festival and the Ljubljana Wine Route, whose aim is to raise the drinking culture, promote quality wines,winemakers and cuisine, and make Slovenian products more widely known both at home …

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Danilo / Restaurant and winery / Reteče / Škofja Loka

Danilo – gostilna & vinoteka, is a charming restaurant and winery found near Škofija Loka. The third generation that has inherited Danilo, brother and sister duo, Gašper and Nina Čarman, continue the establishment’s long tradition of producing delicious traditional dishes with a modern twist, more than living up to its motto ‘tradition, local, modern’. Its …

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Women & Wine / Ljubljana / Fužinski grad / 4.7.2019

120 wines, 37 wine producers, 7 food corners Wine and culinary testing from the Women&Wine Assotiation from Slovenia and Italy. More then 110 wines to taste, olive oil and top Slovenian culinary drills. With some nice summer music. – 28,00 Eur presale on brikevmestu@gmail.com – 35,00 Eur on the event day The event is for …

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Aleš Kristančič – The artist of Goriška Brda

The man behind Movia The man behind Movia, Aleš Kristančič, has been described as ‘the wine ge-nius of Slovenia, ‘star of the Slovenian wine scene’, ‘a visionary’, ‘a genuine and complete showman’, ‘intensely focused, passionate and unpredictable at once’ and ‘oddly loveable’ – and that was only in a single article from Food & Wine …

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Ana Roš / The World’s Best Female Chef / No. 38 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Ana Roš is the amazing chef of Hiša Franko, who together with her husband Valter Kramar, who manages the front of house and is the restaurant’s sommelier, has turned a traditional country inn that Valter’s parents used to run into a world class fine dining restaurant and guesthouse that is helping put Slovenia on the …

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Good & cheap lunch in Ljubljana

Odrta Kuhna – Open Kitchen Are you trying to decide where to take your loved ones, friends, or even business partners for lunch or dinner? Are their tastes and wishes too different to only go to one place? Then experience the diversity of Slovenian and world cuisine in the street! The Open Kitchen is the …

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Jurjevanje 2019 / Bela Krajina

19 – 23 June 2019 in Črnomelj Jurjevanje in Bela krajina is the oldest folklore festival in Slovenia and a member of CIOFF, the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts. This year, it takes place 19 – 23 June in Črnomelj. The festival, which celebrates cultural diversity, is not only one of the …

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​Romerquelle Relive – Non carbonated natural mineral water

Need to fresh up? Check out Römerquelle new flavour! A charming feeling of carbonated and non-carbonated natural mineral water. Relive the senses with the water of Römerquelle. From now on, the popular refreshing Römerquelle Emotion is also available in a new exciting taste – flavor of blackberries and limes. Strawberries in combination with a refreshing lime …

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Ljubljana festival 2019

Ljubljana, 2.7. – 5.9.2019 The festival through history The roots of the Ljubljana summer festival stretch back to 1952, when the Tourist Society of Ljubljana organised the first Tourist Week, followed by the first Ljubljana Festival in 1953. Since then, the festival has showcased a number of cultural, economic, folklore, tourism and sports events. Ljubljana …

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Rebula wine cross-border protection

SLO-IT cooperation in efforts to jointly protect the Rebula wine from the cross-border area Goriška Brda, 6 May – Slovenian Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec and Massimiliano Fedriga, president of the Italian region Friuli Venezia-Giulia, urged cooperation in efforts to jointly protect the Rebula wine from the cross-border area, as they met in Slovenia’s Brda on …

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Kranj Top events july 2019

The Capital Of Slovenian Alps 2.-8.7., different locations Subart Festival, The uncompromising freshness of alternative music and creativity is present at these events that favour non-commercial artists on various stages in Kranj. 4.7., 20.30, Kavka bar Kranj Pia Nina, The intimate ambience of the Kavka Bar blends well with the acoustic program of local musicians. 5.7., …

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Puklavec & friends wines – the biggest winery in north-east Slovenia

13 million EUR turnover, half a million profit Puklavec Family Wines, the biggest winery in north-east Slovenia, turned the first profit last year after nearly a decade of intense investing. Director Mitja Herga calls it a breakthrough. The company has around 170 employees and runs wineries in Ormož and Ljutomer under the Puklavec Family Wines brand. …

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Bohinj Wild Flower Festival 2019 – example of sustainable tourism

13TH INTERNATIONAL WILD FLOWER FESTIVAL: 24 MAY – 9 JUNE 2019 Wild Flower Festival, held in Bohinj between 24 May and 9 June, aims to answer some of the key questions in tourism and society. It is an excellent example of how natural heritage can be preserved and included into tourism with the collaboration of …

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When vineyard cottages turned into hotel in Lendava

Vineyard cottages turned into hotel in LendavaLendava, 25 May – Lendava, a bilingual city in Slovenia’s northeastern Prekmurje region, has started to offer guests a unique accommodation experience as vineyard cottages been transformed into the dispersed Hotel Vinarium. Named after Vinarium, a hilltop observation tower that has made Lendava a major draw for domestic tourists, …

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Puklavec Family Wines presnets wine for memorable summer evenings – Muškatna

Summer is just around the corner and wine cellar Puklavec Family Wines is again suprising us with their sweet wines. Enjoy warm summer days and nights with cold drinks in the company of your favourite people! Muškat ottonel and Muškatna penina, two of the best selling wines from Puklavec Family Wines winery, will embellish this …

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BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT 2019 AWARD by FIDUCIA

GRAD OTOČEC received the award for BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT 2019 ABOUT THE WINNER: The restaurant is located in Castle Otočec, where exciting dishes of incredible tastes are developed under the guidance of chef Amel Balagić. THE Slovenia Restaurants: Top 163 Restavracija hotela Grad Otočec ABOUT THE SPONSOR: Fiducia is a company, that is rightfully proud …

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BEST INN AWARD 2019 by UNDERBERG

GOSTILNA PRI LOJZETU / CASTLE ZEMONO is the recipient of the BEST INN AWARD 2019. ABOUT THE WINNER: Zemono castle is a refined, 17th-century building that the family-run inn of Gostilna pri Lojzetu has called home for more than a decade. The founder’s descendant, master chef Tomaž Kavčič, is renowned for his innovative style of …

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BEST SERVICE 2019 AWARD by Diners Club Exclusive

ABOUT THE WINNER: CUBO restaurant – right ingredients, a versatile chef, and popular dishes. A minimalistic, modern ambient, reserved parking spaces, and gorgeous plate art. Their pasta is never overcooked, their ingredients retain their freshness, and their dishes are anything but boring. Their kitchen staff doesn’t make beginner’s mistakes – they make precisely what the …

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BEST SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT AWARD 2019 by Bollinger

ABOUT THE WINNER: The Bazilika family of restaurants is the winner of the BEST SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT award for the year 2019. Multiple teams, each in its corner of Ljubljana. Seemingly unconnected, but in reality of one body. They prepare new masterpieces every day – just for us. The most familiar sound emanating from the …

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NEWCOMER of the YEAR 2019 AWARD by Winterhalter

Domačija Belica received the award for the best newcomer of the year 2019 ABOUT THE WINNER: Restaurant Belica offers traditional cuisine, based on seasonal and locally-produced ingredients. The restaurant doesn’t provide a set menu, but changes it every week, as it is based on locally sourced ingredients, which are mainly grown by themselves or bought …

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BEST FOODIE INFLUENCER 2019 AWARD by BioSing

The blog JernejKitchen received the Best Foodie Influencer 2019 award. ABOUT THE WINNER: Maja and Jernej Zver – JernejKitchen. Even though the team currently consists of only two people, Maja and Jernej, the blog gets its name from Jernej, for it is he who creates original recipes and dishes. Because our last name is Zver …

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VOX POPULI 2019 Award by Römerquelle

HIŠA FRANKO won the 2019 VOX POPULI award About the winner: The story and the philosophy of Hiša Franko are tightly intertwined with the traditions and the environment of Posočje. An environment, that can be hard and cruel at times, but which is always breathtakingly beautiful. The restaurant, placed at the foothill of mountains and …

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Slovenian Incoming Workshop – SIW 2019

Slovenian Incoming Workshop (SIW) is the flagship B2B tourism event in Slovenia which offers time-efficient meetings with renowned Slovenian tourism providers. SIW is the perfect opportunity to establish and strengthen business partnerships between foreign tour operators and tour agencies and the representatives of Slovenian tourism industry. Slovenian Tourist Board was extremely proud to host in …

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PortoRose2 – Rose & Rosé Festival 2019

Take a stroll along the beautiful flower garden in the middle of Portorož. Enjoy the jazz and blues sounds surrounded by roses. Taste the renowned Rose’ Friday, May 24th 05.00 pm-10.00 pm Presentation and tasting of selected rosé wines with culinary offer06.00 pm-08.00 pm Concert with Band MC4 jazz/lounge08.00 pm-10.00 pm duo Portorosé Alen & …

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The Slovenia restaurant awards 2019 by Diners Club

7. 5. 2019 Another selection of the best Slovenian restaurants by The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2019 is in the books. This year’s ceremony for The Slovenia Restaurant  awards was something special. The all-day event encompassing educational lectures, culinary and social events, ended with a 16-course charity dinner. The magnificent location of the golf course and …

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TOP Ljubljana & Central Slovenia Restaurants – where to eat best?

THE Slovenia recommends where to eat best in Ljubljana and Central Slovenia: Restavracija Cubo Restavracija Strelec Dvor Jezeršek Gostilna Skaručna Gostilna Mihovec Danilo / Restaurant and winery / Reteče / Škofja Loka Monstera bistro Gostilna Na Gradu Best 100 Slovenian Restaurants 2019 To find out other unique places in Slovenia and features the very best …

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The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2019 – Top 10 finalists

The guideline and core of THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANT AWARDS BY DINERS CLUB project are the international recognition of Slovenia as a gastronomic tourist destination, ensuring high quality of food and services, increasing visits to restaurants and the development of a healthy “foodie” culture of Slovenes. With many years’ experience in the field of international tourism literature, the organiser wants to contribute …

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Calendar of culinary and gastronomic events 2019

May 2019 The Slovenia Restaurant Awards, Smlednik  Evaluation of Upper Savinja Stomachs, Recica ob Savinji  Rebula and Olive Oil Festival, Višnjevik  Refošk Festival, Marezige  Delicacies of Slovenian Farms, Ptuj  Wine Spring, Metlika  Wine Fair, Ljubljana   June 2019 Cherry Festival, Dobrovo in Brda  Lent Festival, Sladolent, Maribor  Traditional Olive Festival, Dekani  Festival of Wine, Fish …

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Gostilna Pri Lojzetu, Dvorec Zemono

Dvorec Zemono, also known as Zemono Manor, is an exquisite 17th-century Palladian building in the village of Zemono, between Vipava and Ajdovščina. As well as the splendid architecture and frescoes, the site offers truly stunning views of the vineyards and peach trees in valley, and also attracts many visitors because it is home to Gostilna …

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Restavracija Strelec

Perched high up in the archer’s tower of the grand Ljubljana castle, Restavracija Strelec overlooks the city from a spectacular position. Strelec has both an inside and outside seating area, with the outside showcasing a magnificent view of the sprawling Ljubljana for its lucky diners. The inside of the restaurant has a modern flare, with …

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Slovenia – European Region of Gastronomy 2021

Slovenia, alongside Portugal’s Coimbra, became the European Region of Gastronomy 2021 at a ceremony in Brussels on 8 October 2018, which was however a formality as the country’s bid was endorsed already in June. Slovenia has 24 gastronomic regions, and 365 dishes and drinks typical or a certain region or town, which sounds like heaven, as …

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Forget to cook, get a book! 163 Top Slovenian Restaruants

Ana Roš, The World’s Best Female Chef in 2017 is the amazing chef of Hiša Franko, who together with her husband Valter Kramar, who manages the front of house and is the restaurant’s sommelier, has turned a traditional country in that Valter’s parents used to run into a world class fine dining restaurant and guesthouse that is …

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The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2019 – About

The Slovenia Restaurant Awards (TSRA) is a national selection of best Slovenian restaurants. The increasing demand from tourists for reviews of Slovenian restaurants in foreign languages, and the fact that these reviews are a rarity even in Slovene, made us realise that the process of reviewing Slovene restaurants must begin as soon as possible.  Thus, in early autumn 2016 …

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Do we need national competition in gastronomy?!

Do we need professional awards – Steletovo, Murkovo, Valvazorjevo … if we have Europo Nostro, EMYA, UNESCO? Do we need a national football championship in sports, if we have the Champions League? Whether we need Boršnik’s meeting or the Festival of Slovenian Film in the field of culture, if there is Berlinale, the Venice International Film Festival, if we have …

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HIŠA TORKLA, Korte

Situated in a beautifully restored traditional 19th-century Istrian house in the charming hilltop town of Korte, the cuisine at Hiša Torkla is just as exceptional as the setting.  Prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers, hunters and fishermen, many of the dishes are based on age-old Slovene recipes with a little bit of modern …

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Strelec: Winner of Best Restaurant in Ljubljana for 2017

Located in Ljubljana Castle and boasting a kitchen run by famed chef Igor Jagodic, the impecable Strelec was selected by our committee of experts and the voters as the Best Restaurant in Ljubljana and Central Slovenia during the inaugural 2017 THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards.  Perched high up in the archer’s tower of the grand Ljubljana …

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Restavracija Sedem

Restavracija Sedem, a culinary school restaurant, is located right in the heart of Maribor’s centre. Its students take much of the responsibility that comes with operating a restaurant which include welcoming guests, organising themselves and creating reasonably priced diverse dishes. With a coffee shop attached with delicious sweets and cocktails, and their offer of grabbing …

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Restavracija Pavus – Grad Tabor Laško

If you’re looking for a truly unique and romantic dining experience, why not hike up to Tabor Castle on the hill that overlooks the town of Laško. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle was in ruins for nearly two hundred years until the Laško Brewery rebuilt it in the mid-1980s. The compact but …

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Restavracija hotela Grad Otočec

If location is all that matters, this might be one of the most romantic restaurants in Slovenia. In the middle of the Krka river, the restaurant nestled inside Otočec castle truly is a special place. And, of-course, the food more than matches its enchanting surroundings, with dishes like Chanterelle pockets with spinach, cream of fennel …

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Restavracija Cubo – WINNER 2019: Best Service by Diners Club Exclusive

Cubo’s location outside of the city centre doesn’t stop those foreigners and locals who appreciate good food and atmosphere from turning up here in droves every day. Taking the very best of the dining experience from décor to service to of course the food, they’ve come up with a truly inspiring place indeed.. Opting for …

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Rakar – gostilna in prenočišča

Their excellent service, elegant plating and use of fresh ingredients puts Rakar – gostišče in prenočišča on the map. But it’s with dishes like fried anchovies on marinated zucchini, juicy duck breast with herbs or pumpkin filled dumplings with cider and mustard seed sauce, where Rakar truly excels. Their large wine cellar, friendly staff and …

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Ošterija Debeluh

Considered by those in the know as one of the best restaurants in the region, if not the entire country, Ošterija Debeluh and acclaimed head chef Jure Tomič have built up a well-earned reputation for innovative, beautifully presented and most importantly delicious dishes. With their main focus always being simple, clean and seasonal flavours, Ošterija …

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Monstera bistro

Monstera Bistro is just a stone’s throw away from Kongresni Trg, right in Ljubljana’s city centre, making it a great place to stop off for lunch or dinner after a day of exploring Slovenia’s capital.  Monstera Bistro makes exquisite food by weaving modernity into traditional dishes. Having both a diverse lunch menu that changes every …

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Hiša Raduha

Opened in 1875, Hiša Raduha has been passed down through generations, with it now being head chef Martina Breznik’s turn to take the reins. Breznik places special emphasis on imaginative and innovative approaches when crafting dishes, while also balancing a deep admiration for tradition. The bountiful nature found right outside Hiša Raduha, the exquisite Raduha …

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Hiša Franko

To find out other unique places in Slovenia and features the very best in Slovenian dining, chefs and restaurants all over Slovenia, check out our THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANTS BOOK  THE Slovenia Restaurants: Top 163 Roundly regarded by gourmands, amateur foodies, tourists and locals alike as one of best restaurants in the country, it’s not uncommon …

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Gostilna Pri kolovratu

First opening its doors in 1836, Gostilna Pri Kolovratu specialises in traditional Slovene food – even using recipes from the first Slovene cookbook. Offering hearty meals, including Ljubljana žlikrofi with mushrooms, and specialty appetisers like veal tongue, Pri Kolovratu ensures that their diners leave feeling satisfied and full. Their daily specials are also a great …

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Gostilna Na Gradu

Decidedly upmarket in appearance and service, the prices are surprisingly modest – especially given the truly unique location and dining experience that goes along with it. Na Gradu’s award-winning chefs pride themselves on the expert preparation of Slovenia’s diverse range of traditional dishes, which have been developed over the centuries in the country’s 24 separate …

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Gostilna Mahorčič

On your way to the coast and in the mood for a gourmet meal? A 2017 Jeunes Restaurateurs Heritage Award nominee, Gostilna Mahorčič prepares authentic dishes from the Brkini and Karst regions, using ingredients from local farmers and grocery producers.  They also have local delicacies (Karst juniper berry brandy, honey, homemade biscuits) available for purchase, …

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Gostilna Belšak, Slavkov dom

Gostilna Belšak, Slavkov dom, is nestled away between Ljubljana and Medvode, surrounded by meadows and forests. Its location offers an escape from the city and tranquility with its stunning views. Belšak pleases with dishes like fried chicken, noodles with truffles and roasted veal, as well as other seasonal specials. The building itself has as much …

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Gostišče Kapušin

Gostišče Kapušin, located in Bela Krajine, is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. With their multiple terraces and their hearty meals that leave guests satisfied, Kapušin makes for a lovely place to eat. Kapušin also offers the chance to be immersed in Slovene culture, with their traditional dishes specializing in the flavours of Bela …

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Gostilna Rajh

In Murska Sobota, a city in northeastern Slovenia, lies a small, elegant family restaurant. With their recent renovations, Gostilna Rajh’s interior is now also a medley of both traditional Slovene and modern, with wooden panels and one glass wall having black silhouettes of pigs printed on it. They are popular with both locals and gourmet …

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Danilo – Gostilna & Vinoteka

Danilo – Gostilna & Vinoteka, is a charming restaurant and winery found in Škofija Loka. The third generation that has inherited Danilo, brother and sister duo, Gašper and Nina Čarman, continue the establishment’s long tradition of producing delicious traditional dishes with a modern twist, more than living up to its motto ‘tradition, local, modern’. Its …

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Gostilna Slovenija New trademark

Gostilna Slovenja is a new trademark that has been introduced by The Section for Tourism and Catering at the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia. The award will lay the foundations of modern culinary visibility in Slovenia. Each carefully selected gostilna must meet a certain criteria, including strong family connections that have passed …

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How to Choose the Perfect Last Minute Holiday or Business Gift in Slovenia?

It is almost the holidays and many of us are still scrambling around trying to choose the perfect gift for a friend, relative or a business partner. What do they want? What do they need? What can we buy? On the 25th of October, a roundtable of “DEBATA NA MALCI” – Book, Wine, Chocolate or USB stick? …

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THE Slovenia Weekly Events taking place in November

If you are in Ljubljana between November 6th and 9th, then don’t miss the high fashion shows of designers, which they are as established as fresh, domestic and foreign names. Come and find your new style. Come and see the amazing creations from designers from all over the region. Ljubljana Fashion Week / Feel. Every. LJFW. Moment.  Ljubljana Fashion Week will …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Julijana Restaurant, Bled

Exclusive gastronomy, an exclusive location and an exclusive ambience – exclusive tends to be a word that best describes Julijana Restaurant. The views of the lake and the castle are enchanting, and the gourmet delicacies on offer are sure to impress. The restaurant can only accommodate some 20 people, which gives it a uniquely intimate character.. …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Shambala, Ljubljana

Not only does Shambala’s kitchen turn out some of the best (and spiciest) Asian cuisine in Slovenia, but the tranquil, almost meditative, ambience of the place allows you to enjoy your meal in a state of perfect relaxation – with some of the best service in town thrown in as an added benefit. Pepper sauce …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Restaurant Kotlar, Kobarid

A hint of the sea is to be found in the Alps, specifically at Kotlar in the centre of Kobarid. A restaurant in the conventional sense of the word, there’s an elegant ambience that’s best enjoyed after dark. For dinner, whether it be romantic or celebratory in essence, the specialities include a mixed seafood entree, …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Boheja Restaurant & Bar, Novo Mesto

Located within a modern yet warm and friendly building in Novo Mesto, Boheja specialise in producing diverse steaks, which is all we need to know. Cooked on a unique lava grill, we try not to delve into hyperbole too often but these steaks must be tasted. They must. Complimented by other original and seasonal dishes …

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The Slovenia idea for lunch Restaurant Rožmarin, Maribor

Opened by former professional tennis player Saša Arsenović, this sleeker than sleek establishment offers a varied menu that drips in quality from top to bottom. It is, without doubt, one of the finest spots for top quality food in Maribor, and the experience and passion for food is impossible to ignore. Shared plates are available …

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THE Slovenia Sunday lunch idea Gostilna Kunstelj, Radovljica

First opened in 1873, this friendly family-run guesthouse can be found in the centre of Radovljica’s old town, just north of Linhartov Trg.  The menu is focused on traditional Slovene favourites and also includes a number of house specialities as well as set multi-course menus for groups, all of which can be viewed in advance …

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THE Slovenia Sunday Lunch Gostilna Pri Planinskem Orlu, Stahovica

Some years ago we got lost trying to take a shortcut through the mountains in a heavy rain storm and ended up following a convoy of cars, which serendipitously led us to this traditional family-run restaurant on the road to Kamniška Bistrica. Seeing that the parking lot was packed despite the weather, we vowed to …

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Interview with Maja Pak Slovenian Tourist Board General Director

“Slovenia is interesting destination with exquisite gastronomic experiences, but it has to attract the tourists for whom the gastronomy is the primary reason for visiting. To achieve this, interesting products will have to be developed, and associated with others – like cultural offerings or programmes of active holidays or city breaks.”   What is European …

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Interview with Darrel Joseph Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge

“Because Slovenia is a small, niche wine producing country with many ambitious, talented producers making remarkable wines, its reputation as a quality wine-producing country is growing slowly but ever so surely.”Darrel Joseph is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna, Austria. He specialises in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and …

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Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge

Darrel Joseph is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna, Austria. His writing has appeared in publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Wine Business International, Wine Spectator and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. With his extensive tasting experience, and specializing in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, …

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Slovenian Wine Varieties

Despite its small geographical size, Slovenia’s diverse wine regions and countless micro-climates make the terrain suitable for growing an incredibly wide variety of grapes, which are used to produce and equally wide variety of wines. Teran THE Slovenia Wine: Top 125 Experiences € 19.90 Award-winning vintages, eccentric winemakers, charming villages, castle wine tastings, fairy tale …

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Best regional restaurants West

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards.

With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall winners will be announced and presented with their awards. So, without further ado, …

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SVETI JURIJ V SLOVENSKIH GORICAH: Small is beautiful

Located at the eastern edge of the Central Slovene Hills (Slovenske gorice) and one of Slovenia’s youngest municipalities, the tiny community of Sveti Jurij v Slovenskih goricah claims a population of approximately 2,100 souls and yet is currently making huge waves towards becoming a serious tourist destination of the future. Separated from the Municipality of …

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PREKMURJE: the mysterious land across the Mura River

Even the quickest look at a map betrays a lot about Prekmurje. If ever there was a region of Slovenia that could be described as being ‘other’, Prekmurje is it. A thousand years of Hungarian rule will do that, and a sizeable Hungarian minority thrives here today. The history of Prekmurje and its people is …

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MARIBOR: The capital of Štajerska

Sitting in the foothills of the Pohorje Mountains and straddling the banks of the Drava River, Maribor is Slovenia’s second largest city though it sometimes feels more like a country town. An industrial powerhouse in Yugoslav times, many of the state owned companies closed down leading to a tough transition period which the city is …

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KOZJANSKO REGIONAL PARK: The nation’s largest regional park

From forests to meadow orchards, endangered birds to castles and old mills, from vineyard trails to concerts – to say that Kozjansko Park offers an abundance of attractions, both natural and manmade, would be to seriously undersell it. Covering an area of 206 square kilometers, it’s a regional park – it’s the largest regional park …

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STRMOL CASTLE: Luxury accommodation and events in a beautiful Medieval setting

THE Slovenia Book present’s Slovenia’s Top 100 Destinations, tons of interviews and Top 10 lists, hundreds of amazing photos and lots more! Click for more info. Lying along the edge of Dvorjanski Hrib (Mansion Hill) on the road connecting the villages of Češnjevek and Dvorje, Strmol Castle’s roots go all the way back to the …

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GORENJA VAS – POLJANE: A rest stop on the Vienna Trieste road

The central settlement in the Pojanska Valley, Gorenja Vas (which makes up half of the municipality of Gorenja Vas – Poljane) is roughly halfway between Škofja Loka and Žiri. For years it was a popular place to stop on the road from Vienna to Trieste, but saw much less traffic with the opening of the …

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BRDO ESTATE: The embrace of nature and history

Just 30 minutes away from both Ljubljana and Bled, the spectacular Brdo Estate has a rich history dating back over 500 years. Crowned by the Renaissance Brdo Castle, home to numerous noble families over the centuries, in more recent history, the 500-hectare estate served as one of the favourite residences of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz …

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VRHNIKA: Birthplace of the Slovene Kafka

Some 20km from Ljubljana we find the attractive little town of Vrhnika. Known as Nauportus in Roman times, it blossomed as a strategically important fort, remains of which can still be found near the cemetery. The area nearby is scattered with the remains of a Roman defensive wall system from the second half of the …

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LJUBLJANA : The quaint capital of Slovenia

The tongue twisting capital of Slovenia is the figurative and (almost) literal centre of the country, with nearly three times more inhabitants than any other Slovene city and an even larger share of its commercial, administrative, cultural and educational activity. In 2014, Ljubljana notably celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the founding of the Roman settlement …

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KAMNIK: A medieval gem at the foothills of the Alps

In a country that prides itself on charming villages, elegant squares and some of the most gorgeous towns in Europe, the word ‘beautiful’ can perhaps be overused to the point of redundancy in Slovenia. When talking about Kamnik however, a medieval town some 23km north-east of Ljubljana, avoiding the word and its synonyms is nearly …

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Sunday Lunch at Gostilna Kunstelj

THE Slovenia Sunday lunch idea Gostilna Kunstelj, Radovljica First opened in 1873, this friendly family-run guesthouse can be found in the centre of Radovljica’s old town, just north of Linhartov Trg.  The menu is focused on traditional Slovene favourites and also includes a number of house specialities as well as set multi-course menus for groups, …

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Sunday Lunch at Pri Planinskem Orlu

THE Slovenia Sunday Lunch Gostilna Pri Planinskem Orlu, Stahovica Some years ago we got lost trying to take a shortcut through the mountains in a heavy rain storm and ended up following a convoy of cars, which serendipitously led us to this traditional family-run restaurant on the road to Kamniška Bistrica. Seeing that the parking …

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Best Restaurants in Slovenia: Hiša Franko

THE Slovenia Restaurants Hiša Franko: Winner of Best Restaurant in Slovenia for 2017 Roundly regarded by gourmands, amateur foodies, tourists and locals alike as one of best restaurants in the country, it’s not uncommon for diners to make the trip to Slovenia for the express purpose of eating here Run by a husband and wife …

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The Expert Committee 2018, Diners and partners

This year’s selection of 166 of the best Slovenian restaurants was carefully selected by the expert committee composed of ethnologists: dr. Janez Bogataj (FF) and dr. Aleša Gačnika (Turistica), mag. Helene Cvikl (Director of the Higher Vocational School for Catering and Tourism Maribor), international best-selling author and professor of art history dr. Noah Charney, and …

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Deloitte Slovenia on the review of the TSRA 2018 results

This year’s The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2018 is already in full swing. Chefs & Foodies Academy, composed of chefs from selected restaurants approximately 300 cook experts, journalists, critics, bloggers, experts and lovers in the field of enogastronomy, numerous winemakers, sommeliers and representatives of various industry associations have already cast their votes. On February 9, 2018, …

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RESULTS ARE IN!

THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the …

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RESULTS ARE IN!

THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall …

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RESULTS ARE IN!

THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 March when the overall …

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Distinguished wine journalist and competition judge

Darrel Joseph is an American-born international wine writer, judge and lecturer living in Vienna, Austria. His writing has appeared in publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, Wine Business International, Wine Spectator and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. With his extensive tasting experience, and specializing in the wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, …

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Goriška Brda: Slovenia’s Tuscany

Covering 72km2 of rolling hills between the Soča River and Italian border, Brda is one of Slovenia’s foremost wine-growing areas and only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana. Often described as a miniature version of Tuscany, every hill seems to be topped with a large church surrounded by a charming little village, while the hillsides and …

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Best regional restaurant East

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Best regional restaurant North

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Best regional restaurant South

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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WINERS OF THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANTS AWARDS ARE KNOWN!

Now in its second year, THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards has grown considerably and we already have plans for next year! We’ve just about recovered from yesterday’s event… Wow, what an afternoon! We had a great turn out, thank you to everyone who was in attendance. If you tuned in via our live web-stream we hope …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip – The cave is a queen, human intervention – even so inspiring – should remain secondary.

On April 14th 1818 Luka Čeč and his colleagues were preparing lights in the cave for a forthcoming visit from Austrian Emperor Franz I. Whilst in the Great Hall, Luka disappeared through some rocks and discovered one of today’s most famous caves in the world. The first words he uttered to his concerned colleagues were: …

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THE Slovenia Trip Tip – Moravske Toplice: The top destination of the beautiful Pomurje region

The slogan of the municipality, which reads “We are wealthy, for we appreciate what we have,” was chosen for a reason. It reflects the beauties of nature, cultural gems, and architectural marvels of this stunning region in the far eastern corner of the country. The municipality of Moravske Toplice consists of 28 settlements and is …

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Best regional restaurant South

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Best regional restaurant Ljubljana & Central

RESULTS ARE IN! THE Slovenia is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Restaurant Awards. With over 165 restaurants and establishments taking part this year, competition has been high and participants have excelled themselves in giving voters an outstanding selection of top class foods to sample. Don’t forget to check in on Tuesday 27 …

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Now in its second year, THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards has grown considerably and we already have plans for next year!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! We’ve just about recovered from yesterday’s event… Wow, what an afternoon! We had a great turn out, thank you to everyone who was in attendance. If you tuned in via our live web-stream we hope you enjoyed it and were …

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Izbor najboljših restavracij v Sloveniji za leto 2018 – THE SLOVENIA RESTAURANT AWARDS pod sponzorstvom Diners Cluba news-picture

Ljubljana, 27. 3. 2018 – V okviru izbora najboljših restavracij v Sloveniji – The Slovenia Restaurant Awards pod sponzorstvom Diners Club za leto 2018 je na Fužinskem gradu v Ljubljani potekala slovesna razglasitev dobitnikov priznanj najboljših regijskih restavracij in razglasitev trojice absolutnih zmagovalcev nacionalnega izbora najboljših slovenskih restavracij za leto 2018. Poleg tega je bila …

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