BTC City, Ljubljana
BTC is the biggest shopping mall in Slovenia. It is with an easy reach by car but I think that there are the buses that go there as well. The car parking is huge so no chance you won't find place for your car.
The mall is like the town for itself and although we spent there a quite lot of time we haven't seen most of it.
BTC City is basically a huge area to the east of the city centre where you can buy practically everything from clothes to cars, from garden furniture to fruit and veg (there's dozens of stalls here). If you're after clothes then this is the place to come. Firstly there's Emporium which houses the upper end/fashion shops such as benetton, diesel, dorothy perkins, helly hansen, hugo boss, lacoste, levi's, polo ralph lauren, top man/shop etc. Then there's Dvorama A which houses 190 shops on 2 floors. Be careful in here as you can get disorientated. Then there's City Park which is a new shopping centre mall with 89 shops. I came here late one afternoon and stayed till about 8pm when I headed into Atlantis waterpark which is also on the site. It makes for a great evening out.
BTC: the place to be for shopping. These are two huge shoppingmalls just outside the citycentre. You can go there by bus.
There are plenty of shops selling clothes.
And have you ever seen a supermarket with 30 cashdesks?
The BTC on the outskirts of the city just beggars belief. It really is a little city filled with giant warehouse like shops, selling absolutely everything. It's a capitalist paradise, only the locals still haven't quite grasped the concept in spirit, even if they've captured the essence in the shape of suburb of super shops. Rather than trying to bully me into buying the most expensive, most profitable item they could, the shop assistants seemed genuinely keen to persuade me to buy the cheaper, better value versions of the same thing. I wasn't completely convinced, but basing my instincts on previous interactions with Slovenians, I decided to trust them, and they were spot on every single time.
We came shopping here several times, just due to the sheer convenience of it when you have a car. It's easily accessed from the ring road around Ljubljana, and there's plenty of places to park. The shops sell absolutely everything, and the prices are pretty good. We stocked up on electronics, clothes, DVDs, and drinks, but there was a whole lot more besides. I barely got a glimpse of all of it, as the huge shops stretched out down dozens of streets as far as the eye could see.
Ugly industrial area near Smartinska cesta once called "Public warehouses" (javna skladisca) transformed itself into large shopping area with all kinds of shops during 1990-es. Large halls were divided into many small shops where anything can be bought, from shoes, clothes and sport equipment to furniture, automobile parts, technical items, cars and bicycles. Later some new shopping centres were built in the area, like typical modern shopping centre City park with many shops and some places to eat. Merkur is a huge home store. Emporium is fashion clothes oriented centre. And many many others.
There are some other contents within BTC, like sport centres, multi-cinema Kolosej, some good places for eating like restaurants in City park or Kratocwill brewery. There is also food market in the area that can match one in Ljubljana centre and it is more convenient for parking the car.
They are just building large water entertainment centre Atlantis.
What to buy: BTC is usually the best place for shopping in Ljubljana. Try beer brewed in Kratochwill small brewery - you can either drink it there or take it home in 2 liter bottles.