The colourful market of Ljubljana is every day except open on Sunday. The market takes place in and around two open lofts along the Pogačarjev and Vodnikovplein with a flower market in between
This impressive market temple was designed by Plecnik. You can find almost everything: bread, dairy, fish, dried fruits, meats, cheeses, honey ... It is a real tourist attraction. Dried mushrooms and herbs cost significantly less than in other countries.
This covered walkway along the river, the Plecnik Archade, is part of the Central Market on the southern side of Ljubljanica. This is a very nice area to stroll through, and do not miss the chance to try some Slovenian ice cream usually sold here! It is marvellous (according to my wife!!).
One of the most distinguishable buildings surrounding the market is Bishop's palace.
Originally in Renaissance style, it was later transformed with Baroque decoration, and it seems to have the most beautiful arcaded courtyard in Ljubljana (we didn't enter).
Started in 1512, only in the end of the 18th century it acquired its present facade, with its magnificent door.
Escorted tours have some advantages and also some disadvantages. A few years ago, the main door of this church, close to central market, was replaced, by a very interesting work of Tone Demsar, composing a relief illustrating Slovene history. Very interesting, very nice to see but... standing in front of it for a looooong time, listening to the guide explaining each person, each detail, one by one, practically teaching all the history that we, if interested, could read at home...
The 1895 earthquake destroyed an old monastery in Vodnik Square and, after its removal, the space was used for an outdoor market. From 1939 to 1944 Jože Pleènik completely transformed the space, with a large construction that reflects Renaissance influences.
The space is lively, with the market open daily except on Sundays.
As I just mentioned Plecnik also designed the main market of Ljubljana. This a very nice area of town, located directly at Ljubljanica River.
When we were here there was a small christmas market in this arcaded gallery but I was more impressed with the "clean" layout and the columns of it. And with the cinnamon smell coming from one of the stalls. I couldn't figure out where it came from though :(
See the link below for a great text on Plecnik's Ljubljana.
No visit to Ljubljana would be complete without a mooch in the market. Situated on the Ljubljanica river, the market is housed in part under the arcades that follow the contours of the river, in part the attractive open-air square, and in part a series of cool underground areas.
This market has it all: flowers, plants, cheeses, breads, herbs, fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, places to refresh oneself after so much shopping.
At the edge of the market square, look out for this charming installation, put there to protect the consumer from less than honest traders. It is a public scale, enabling you to check that you have not been swindled by he who has sold you less than your kilo of apples.
Lovely to wander round, especially for someone from the UK who is continually amazed by (and envious of) the quality and variety of fruits and vegetables available in other European countries. Stalls are occupied by market traders and by ordinary people selling what they grow in their gardens; huge range of all types of food. There are more permanent stalls/shops under the market arcade too, and in the basement of the building between the two market squares.
Well worth visiting, and an excellent place to stock up on food for self-catering or a picnic; it's the sort of place which makes you feel hungry even if you've just eaten. There are stalls with clothes/bags/shoes/baskets etc too.
Located in the old town edge near the river is this large market where you can find all the local produce that you would expect from such places as well as local crafts and tourist gifts. Find it at Vodnikov trg.
The Central Market is a fun place to try out your Slovene and also to see competition in action. When I was in Ljubljana (early June) cherries were in season and there was quite a lot of competition from the various sellers to off-load their extra ripe, delicious cherries. There is also an indoor section of the market by the river where you can get baked goods, cheeses, meats, etc. and another indoor section by the Cathedral. Come armed with a phrasebook and load up on some fresh fruit!
This market was colourful and had a variety of local foods for sale. The fruits and vegetables were plentiful and very fresh. There were stalls with local produce such as honey and a dark green oil made from Pumpkin seeds, it is called Buchno Oil and tastes nice, for use in salads etc... we were told that you are supposed to dilute this oil with a plain oil as it is very strong, but we liked it straight from the bottle.
Not only were there stalls that sold local honey but they also sold by-products such as beeswax candles in all shapes and forms, Propolis tincture and Pollen.
I loved the stalls which sold wicker baskets and products, as seen on the photo.
Strolling along the market is a wonderful opportunity to take part in "People watching" and this was a good introduction to the city of Ljubljana.
The Plecnik Colonnade runs down the right bank of the Ljubljanica River between the Triple Bridge and Dragon Bridge. It was designed by architect Jože Plecnik and built during the Second World War. It was originally intended to be a two-storey range of riverside market halls following the curve of the river. The market halls were on the side overlooking the river furnished with large semi-circular windows, while on the side overlooking the street they were adorned with a colonnade. The whole complex, which reflects Renaissance influences, was covered with a roof of massive concrete tiles. The gap in the range of market halls was according to Plecnik's plans supposed to be filled with a monumental covered bridge called the Butchers' Bridge. Today, the Colonnade and Pogacarjev trg are the location of the Central Market which features arts and crafts stalls and fruit and veg stalls.
The central market is located near Prešernov trg where the Colonnades start, leading towards the market square and the Dragon Bridge.
There are many different little shops under the Colonnades - you can find bakeries, butchers, cafés, etc which sell all kinds of tasty traditional food at very reasonable prices.
At the market place, you can buy almost everything from flowers to fruits and vegetables and clothing. The people are nice and friendly.
The market opens early in the morning and closes around 3pm, every day.
Crossing the Triple Bridge from Presernov Square brings you to the Old Town, and one of the first things you'll see is the Central Market. Most of this open air market lies in Pogarcarjev Square, where locals sell a range of produce.
The nicest part of the market is under the Plecnik Colonnade, overlooking the river. This colonnade was designed by Jose Plecnik, the architect responsible for many of Ljubljana's best known buildings and monuments.