Central market, Ljubljana
As the name implies this fascinating colonaded marketplace ( or enclosed mall ) was designed by the great Slovene architect Joze Plecnik, and built near the outbreak of WWII. Plecnik also converted a single stone bridge at the upstrream end of this arcade into his great bridge masterpiece, Tromostoje ( the triple bridge ) about 10 years earlier. His outstanding work can be seen throughout the dragon city. The arcade forms the entire inner bank of Ljubljanica from Zmajski most ( dragon or Emporer Franz Josef bridge - I wonder what the connection between the emporer and the four giant lizards was ) and Tromostoje. The photo shows only a fraction of the very long and beautiful arcade.
In the background of the photo is the dome and the twin towers of the classic baroque era cathedral of sv. Nikolaja ( the beautiful cathedral with the ugly front door that I showed in an earlier tip ). Other fascinating baroque and rococo buildings are shown gracing the river's edge.
This photo was taken early on a mid May evening. The rising full moon was dominated by the bright falling sun, but was soon to take revenge upon its celestial neighbor.
Try to come to the Central (produce) market in Ljubljana on a Saturday morning. It is my favorite thing to do on that day. You can get fresh fruit,
vegetables, flowers, clothes,...
Expirience the way of life by mingeling with the people.
Another example of Joze Plecnik's architecture are the Market Colonnades that were built between 1939 and 1940. Nowadays the monumental colonnades house cafes and stalls with local crafts and touist souvenirs.
The market is very close to the central walking area of Ljubljana and the best thing you can do there is to buy some fruit or vegetables(tomatos for example) they mostly come to Macedonia and their taste is excellent, I do not know how long this will be possible yet, as now that Slovenia joined EU, they'll probably have to import fruit and vegetables from other EU countries.
Every Sunday you can go to the Flea Market by Ljubljanica river in old Ljubljana. You can buy everything from needle to car. Painters sell their paintings, you can find a variety of hand krafts, antiques.
In the middle of Ljubjana, next to the river, is the market. An asortment of things are sold there, some of it reminds me of a flea market, but the most exciting thing is the food.
They have fresh vegtables and friuts, brought in from God knows where. They also have a line of shops, in an enclosed building that sell fresh meats. There's even an area where all of the merchants sell herbs and spices. You can smell these tables throughout much of the market.
I was there in the middle of January, and I doubt that the market was at it's finest. Still, it made me jealous that I didn't have a stove at my disposal. Even a good hot plate would have done. Some peppers, a sausage or two, just the right herbs...
Cheeses, breads, herbs and souvenirs are sold from within, under and between the incredible arcades that bend and weave elegantly with the curve of the Ljubljanica River. This was one of the larger urban renewal projects of Ljubljana architect, Jože Pleènik (1872-1957), and was built between 1939 and 1940 between the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge.
Directly across the Triple Bridge to the left, is the open air market. I was here during the Christmas festival, and this place was SO full of energy. Selling everything from fresh fruit to blankets and baskets to souvenirs, this is the place to shop. Everyone is so damn friendly here, you laugh! I did a few times, buying small amounts of fruit; one of the many draws of this city.
Anyway, the highlight of this market I caught on video and with this picture. A young childrens Christmas carol show!! Really cool...
After crossing the Triple Bridge, turn left and you'll find yourself in Pogarcarjev trg, where there is a market. My guidebook made it sound as if it was a huge affair, but I don't think I was there at the best time to see the market in action, as only a couple of stallholders were braving the rain under red canopies. I'm sure on a sunny day, the market area would be very picturesque with the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas behind it.
Market is situated in the very city centre and it connects Preseren square and Zmajski most (Dragon bridge). Start on Preseren square. First enter red Franciscan church there. Then cross bridge and walk market, buy fresh fruit there. ;) Enter cathedral. Go to Zmajski most and cross it. Return to Preseren square near Ljubljanica or through parallel Trubarjeva street.
If you cross the Triple Bridge from Preseren Square and then turn left immediately, you will come to the OPEN-AIR MARKET, which comes as a wonderful surprise to many visitors to Ljubljana. I believe it gives Ljubljana a bit of that little-village charme that makes it a lot different than most other capitals. It offers all kinds of food on the stands and in the small shops along Ljubljanica built by Joze Plecnik (who else?) plus clothes, souvenirs and many other bits and pieces that the people of Ljubljana might need.
The next bridge down the river from the Triple Bridge is the DRAGON BRIDGE (Zmajski most), which has four dragons, two on each side of the river. Do not expect the dragons to be huge statues or anything like that. They are small but convincing, like most of Ljubljana..
Everyday there is a nice little market taking place near to the Dragon Bridge. They sells tons of flowers, lots of fruit, and some crafts. There is also an indoor market where meat, fish, and nuts are sold, they're almost nextdoor to each other.
Outdoor marketplace on the Ljubljana River
Vendors sell every kind of fruit and vegetable known to man. Also, books, clothes, local crafts, lace, woodwork, etc. that I barely had time to investigate.
Saturday afternoon is wonderfully crowded - positive if you are interested in getting to know people; quite negative if you're looking for a parking space.
When visiting Ljubljana you simply MUST see the main market place on a saturday.But you have to be relatively early or everyone will be gone home for lunch.It becomes dull at about 1 PM.You can get all kinds of fruit and vegetbles (it is all very clean).
You get the real sense of what is going on in the city and the life of its residentes.
In my objective and humble opinion, the Central Market of Ljubljana is still the loveliest I've ever seen. Hidden between the cathedral and the Three Bridges, this creation of Plecnik (who else) is a must-visit not only for your daily fruits and vegetables.