The Rustika offers souvenir and gift items by the best Slovenian arts and crafts masters including painted replica furniture, wood items and beehive panels, Idrija lace, stained glass pieces, ceramic and glass ware, hand-forged metal pieces, honey-bread decorative items, beeswax candles, embroideries, woollen knitwear, modern designer pieces.
Right in front of the covered market there is a street market where farmer sell fruits, vegetables and flower. It is really colorful and have a great variety of products. I was really impressed and wondered around a lot taking picture and buying products for lunch.
In the same area where the veggie market take place there are also many artisan stand. They sell their hand made product and some are really interesting and well made.
I bought myself a apron made by a lady with Ljubljana dragon painted on top. a wreath made of small colorful dry flowers and a painted wooden egg that seem to be typical around there.
What to buy: Prices depend on how good the product is as all over the place in the world. you can't expect to spend 10 euros on a handmade watercolor can you? but they had really reasonable price and the apron i bought went in the wash several time and still is great as when I bought it so it was worth it the price. I believe it was around 20 euros in 2009.
Whilst the were lots of lovely shops in LJ including lovely places selling chocolate & nibbles, this is the one that sticks in my mind!
What can be a more authentic gift from Slovenia if not the Prešeren chocolate Balls?
Very tasty - nice nugat filling
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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