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The Riverside Market of Ljubljana

Whether in the States or overseas, one of my favorite thing in the world is going to markets!  I don’t care what kind they are, Christmas, food, flower, or arts and crafts markets, count me in.  I love viewing beautiful art made by local craftsmen, tasting food from chefs and buying fresh produce from local farmers.  I just love it!  I find it is one of the best ways to experience a local culture.

Riverside Market - Fresh Produce at the Riverside Market

Fresh Produce at the Riverside Market

David and I knew there was an extensive produce/flower market in Ljubljana from a Rick Steves show.  However, when our taxi driver took us from the bus station to our beautiful hotel, he told us about a food festival on Fridays called Open Kitchen.  Restaurants from all over town set up booths in the market area.  Thankfully, our stay included a Friday, so I could not imagine a better scenario!

Riverside Market - Crowds Enjoying the Friday Food Festival in Ljubljana's Riverside Market

Crowds Enjoying Open Kitchen in Ljubljana

After a pleasant walking tour of Ljubljana, we built up a good appetite and decided to continue exploring, walking through the Old Town for a bite to eat.  We strolled along the Ljubljanica River recalling the architecture and history of the bridges we just learned from the tour.  We ended up right in the middle of the Riverside Market and the food festival.  The first booth we saw made us stop!  The local vendor was serving a traditional pancake/crepe made in a giant iron skillet called Carski Praženec S Sadno  Čežano.  It never hurts to start with dessert.

Riverside Market - Making the Pancake-Like Dessert Carski Praženec S Sadno Čežano

Making the Pancake-Like Dessert Carski Praženec S Sadno Čežano

 

As we continued through the market, we searched for our next course.  There were so many delicious choices, it was hard to make a decision.  The city provided music, tables, and chairs.  There is even a fountain with free, clean drinking water.  You could wash, fill up your water bottles, and rehydrate your dog.  After we made our entree selections, we picked a shady spot on old stone steps and had a feast!  The veal shank and burger were absolutely delicious!  We enjoyed the afternoon with full bellies.  We continued through the rest of the market resisting the urge to buy flowers, but loading up on fresh fruit instead for future snacks.  The selection was vast, high quality, and organic, so again, it was hard to choose.  We landed on fresh in-season plums, red raspberries and grapes.

Riverside Market - Public Scales to Double Check the Prices at the Riverside Market

Public Scales to Double Check the Prices at the Riverside Market

If you need to make sure the vendor’s scales are accurate, there are public scales nearby where you can re-weigh your produce to make sure all is on the up and up.

At the end of the marketplace is the funicular to Ljubljana Castle and the enchanting Dragon Bridge.  We stopped to take lots of pictures and use the public, free, and incredibly clean restrooms.  Then David and I turned around and went back through the market on a different path.  This time we entered the meat market and saw many beautiful items by local craftsmen.  We were forced to stop and purchase this little treasure for our son, his first present!

St. Nicholas' Cathedral

St. Nicholas’ Cathedral

On the way back to Allegro Hotel for a rest, we stopped in the Cathedral (The Church of St. Nicholas) where David took pictures and I sat taking in the ambience.  I enjoyed this opportunity to sit and enjoy the silence and peace of the Cathedral.  In a few hours, the Riverside Market would close, but a summer music festival would bringing a whole new list of things to explore and experience.  We found Ljubljana to be a lively city that has endless options to enjoy!

Riverside Market - Buying our Little Boy a Toy

Buying our Little Boy a Toy

2 Comments

  1. Was it by a pure chance that you landed at “open kitchen”? If it is, you came just the right time. Open kitchen is a very popular event by tourist, as well as by locals.

    • Rebekah

      April 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Yes! It was by pure chance. We hit it just right. We knew about the produce market but not about Open Kitchen. When we got in town on Thursday night, we started walking around and saw where the market was. Just a few vendors were left. I told David we had to make it back the next day. We had forgotten that the cab driver told us about the open kitchen day. Then when we were walking, we walked straight into it. It was perfect and delicious! It made my day!

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