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3 Cafés in Ljubljana to Discover Your Excellent Cup



This Japanese European gem in Slovenia has loads to supply lovers of tradition and specialty espresso. 

BY TANYA NANETTI
SENIOR ONLINE CORRESPONDENT

Photographs by Tanya Nanetti

Ljubljana is the right vacation spot for a protracted sunny weekend. One of many “greenest” cities in Japanese Europe, this Slovenian metropolis options astonishing Artwork Nouveau structure (such because the world-famous Triple Bridge), a shocking fort nestled on high of a steep hill, lush parks, and exquisite museums. 

Simply explored on foot, with the town heart largely car-free, and the beautiful riverside promenade that takes you just about wherever, Ljubljana can also be the right place for a scrumptious espresso tour. These three specialty espresso outlets will completely host you throughout your time exploring the town. 

The entrance to Crno Zrno cafe, with swinging sign above door and red shutters outside the door.
Crno Zrno’s entrance on Gornji Trg has distinctive signage.

Crno Zrno Specialty Espresso 

The easiest way to start out the day is a bit of exercise, isn’t it? 

The climb to the fort is usually a tough one (because of the trail going up the hill to succeed in the Ljubljana Grad, 375 meters excessive), however it’s actually rewarding, particularly for the wonderful views that the hike can provide. 

In fact, you may go for the funicular rail, however that may take away all of the pleasure of the primary rewarding espresso cease of the day, at Crno Zrno (actually “Black Bean”) Specialty Espresso. 

Completely positioned on Gornji Trg, probably the most recognizable corners of Ljubljana’s previous city, Crno Zrno is a tiny hole-in-the-wall café that gives espresso from just one nation: Colombia.  

Alex, proprietor and roaster, needs the store to be a place to begin for patrons to be taught extra about espresso, and concerning the lives of the hundreds of households in Colombia that produce it. 

With the fixed providing of a number of Colombian coffees processed in a wide range of methods, Alex and his staff have one thing for everybody. Simply cross your fingers and it’s possible you’ll be fortunate sufficient to search out one of many two small exterior tables out there. Seize a pourover and relax whereas studying extra concerning the wonderful Colombian espresso scene. 

Inside Cafe Stow, a barista prepares an espresso drink behind the bar.hind th
A barista making ready espresso behind the bar at Stow Espresso Roasters.

Stow Espresso Roasters 

Getting again on the highway, it’s time to stroll to a different of Ljubljana’s most peculiar points of interest: Tromostovje, the three historic bridges that cross the Ljubljanica river facet by facet. Essentially the most enjoyable strategy to discover them is to go to all three, one bridge at a time. Don’t overlook to cease for an additional cup of espresso alongside the best way!

STOW 2 GO, the most recent location of Stow Espresso Roasters, is positioned simply in entrance of the Triple Bridge in Prešeren Trg, in Ljubljana’s primary sq.. 

A close up image of the interior of Stow 2 Go.
A glance behind the bar at STOW 2 GO.

It’s the right place to seize a latte or an espresso “to go” whereas persevering with to discover the town, and can make you curious to be taught extra about Stow and its scrumptious espresso. Their primary location is simply seven minutes away, proper within the corridor of the Ljubljana Metropolis Museum. And we guess that after this cup of espresso, the Metropolis Museum would be the subsequent attraction you’ll wish to go to, as you discover extra of what Stow has to supply. 

Picture of Cafe Mariposa's entrance with a butterfly sign above it.
Mariposa Espresso Roasters is a dog-friendly store that includes specialty coffees of a number of origins.

Mariposa Specialty Espresso Roasters 

A brief riverside stroll alongside Trubarjeva Cesta is all it takes to succeed in Mariposa Specialty Espresso Roasters. 

Undoubtedly not an enormous espresso store, with its dozen seats inside and three tables exterior, it’s nonetheless the right spot for a relaxation after a protracted day exploring the town. 

Due to co-founders Klemen (head roaster) and Marina (head barista), Mariposa affords espresso from a number of origins in a dog-friendly café (beginning with the beautiful resident canine). 

A tip for the tip of the day: Seize your final cup of espresso (for now), sit down on the beautiful outside patio, and chill out, chat, or people-watch. In any case, the pedestrian buying avenue Trubarjeva Cesta is the right spot for it! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tanya Nanetti (she/her) is a specialty-coffee barista, a traveler, and a dreamer. When she’s not behind the espresso machine (or visiting some hidden nook of the world), she’s busy writing for Espresso Riot, a web site about specialty espresso that she’s creating alongside together with her boyfriend.



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