If you really don't have time to visit beautiful coastal town Piran and Secovlje saltpans, you can buy original packed salt in the middle of Ljubljana.
On the door it is written :
'Salt is the sea which couldn't go back to the sky. '
By the side of the river is the town market, which sells meats, vegetables and seafood. A lot is imported from Spain and the Netherlands, but there is local produce too.
On Sundays, there is a flea market which runs south from the Triple Bridge along the Cankarjevo nabreje riverside walk. The colonaded market building was designed by Joze Plecnik and is one of the most attractive in Central Europe.
It runs along Adamic-Lundrovo nabreje.
Open weekdays 7am-4pm;
Underneath the castle, where rock meets stone and brick, you will find an amazing arcade of crafts that, by all accounts, are truly representative of the best of Slovenian creativity, sold at very reasonable prices. More items are also for sale in the crafts shop above ground.
What to buy: Here you will be amazed by glassware, wooden miniatures, gems and stone carving and handcrafts. The prices seemed extraordinarily reasonable, given the location, and were expressed in local currency and in Euros.
What was truly astounding was that there didn’t seem to be a guardian, or sour-faced seller anywhere. It was an amazing trusting sort of shop!
What to pay: A wide range of goods, the cheapest starting at under a dollar / euro going all the way up to a few hundred dollars / euros
What can be a more authentic gift from Slovenia if not the Prešeren chocolate Balls?
Very tasty - nice nugat filling
Whilst the were lots of lovely shops in LJ including lovely places selling chocolate & nibbles, this is the one that sticks in my mind!
For souvenirs and folk crafts, there are several boutiques along Mestni trg in the old town.
Also the gift shop of Hotel Slon (Slovenska cesta 34) has some nice items.
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