For long I didn't build a tip on Sarajevo because I have only eaten and took away Bosnian fast food before. But when I got seated it was all different food I ordered, something new for me, something wildly tasty... and it was even vegetarian, so no, it's not only good place for meat-eaters to dine, as a veggie you won't be starving here either.
Favorite Dish: You definitely have loads of pita's or by us called bureks to choose from: all fresh. Zeljanica, tikvenjača, sirnica, krumpiruša... some sweet and other, most of them not.
Then there is their extensive menu - from typical čevapi, to something only conesseur or Balkan local would know what it is... and I don't even remember all names, but it's explained on menu. Something that immediately caught my eye was 'travniška pura' which i translated to 'turkey from Travnik' but if you read under the title, you'll see that it's nothing about bird at all.
So, travniška pura is a warm dish made of corn polenta (again, sorry for my english) and covered with thick layer of sour cream and shredded smoked sheep or normal smoked cheese. It is made in clay plate and then little baked in owen, in a simple process that i have no information about anyways... it's good to try. Great comes with one of their salads, make sure yours have some grilled red peppers. Pura has been too large to finish it all so I recommend two people eat one, or one who is very hungry eat all as it's really nutritious with all that sour cream and cheese.
As a sign of great place to eat there is always loads of people here and their decor is typical Sarajevo style, with all those patterned carpets and antique coffee grinders, shishas, b&w and colored photos of Sebilj and džamijas and wooden floor and furniture... something that really stands out on a grey day in city.
You have to give it a try if you like Thai food although the name of this restaurant would suggest typical Slovenian food, and so would its rural setting under hills, in a quite typical Slovenian post-WWII building.
It takes good map to find it - it's several kilometers from centre, along old road towards Hoče, you'll pass Betnava castle. We came because we heard it recommended from few people and because it's always good to try something new, and hey... in Slovenian context Thai restos are something exotic.
Imagine you'd expect to find it in city, somewhere within urban setting like Dabuda in Ljubljana for example (with food there no worth of Thai name unlike advertised, but that's another story). Yet it's in village, non pretentious, basic... and what I liked and matter the most is the food... how it's prepared, ingredientes they used, how we got served. And yes, the cook is Thai and we wouldn't want to have her kitchen adapted to local taste buds.
Favorite Dish: Okay, there's hardly any atomspehre here, no urban buzz or whatsoever, at bar section there are few local faces, at restaurant section there weren't many people either, but they were interesting international crowd.
The menu emphasize Thai food, but for local part there's also local cook so you can eat something 'local' here, too.
We had grilled orada fish with garlic and with chilli sauce - it's all very nice and crispy, served traditionally with bowl of rice. Needs no big philosophy behind it, this is simple yet delicious dish two people can eat if they are not both very hungry or they order one each.
They're closed on Wednesdays.
Update October 2012: when my hubby returned with his firends he saw lot more people in the restaurant and significant increase of price since our first visit (in 2011).
Today you have Chinese restaurants in almost every quarter of Maribor, nearly dozen of them at least... most of them established in last decade or so, and a few are older. It is difficult to expose the best one, because they are more or less of the same taste... with little to do with 'real' China food. And when they advertise as Sechuanese specialist... then you expect Sechuanese stuff. And this is not what Emei should do then... so I hope chef will have more word in his kitchen rather than his 'šef' or boss, if chef is Sechuan person himself, of course.
Favorite Dish: We opted the lunch menu one weekend and we took a vegetarian and meat variety... and then the main dish that is supposedly highlight of the menu is just the same thick sauce, meat has been only added at meat-variety, the rest is all same... greasy with too much starch.
You ask the waitress in this fancy looking restaurant to make 'salad' (from menu) as they do it in China which is very simple and every cook can do it (you only have to stir fresh veggies over a hot oil for few seconds), plus we have a person in group who can speak excellent Chinese in case waiter/boss don't... guess what - they don't do that. They don't even ask the chef to do it, instead the boss will say whether or not chef will cook Chinese dishes like in 'real China'. The stuff later laid heavy in my stomach... maybe a blame to too much soy sauce added in combination with undercooked mushroom.
Lesson learned. The restaurant gets (or it got) good reviews though and they are pricey, so how come all that... is it getting worse, or is it just me, asking for little more authentic stuff... asking too much?
Well, at least their soup was nice and so were the spring rolls. Yet both different than traditional stuff of course.
Klub Punkt seems to be a nice alternative location for having a drink at night and listening to concerts.
But the cook and owner also offers menus at a very reasonable price. He is very friendly and open and visibly loves his job and the food he offers. It all tasted delicious. And he told us that he only uses local products for his creations. We had a very good gulasch with gnocci, a salad with mushrooms, a wild garlic soup and some sweet slovenian dessert.
Moreover its possible to sit down in the small alley, and watch maribor's daily life.
We had hoped to do a boat trip on the Drava in the tourist boat Dravska Vila.
When we asked in the tourist information if the November schedule was valid, we were told to go to the boat and ask. If there were no tours, we could still have a coffee there.
That's what we did. At least eight tourists are needed to get a tour going and in early November,even if it was warm, not enough tourists showed up.
But there is a very nice café inside the boat and we had coffee and the special Slovenian hot chocolate. I pity any Slovenians who order a hot chocolate in Germany, they probably wonder what this thin liquid is they get.
Hot chocolate Slovenian style is so thick, it' s almost like chocolate pudding. We also had the white hot chocolate, it was more like hot custard and you need a spoon to eat it.It really cannot be compared to the watery, thin hot chocolate you get in most German cafés.
We had hot chocolate in some other cafés as well, and it was the same, so this is not a specialty of the boat café but of Maribor.
The boat trip was supposed to start at 11 am on weekends and shortly before 11 the waitress walked from table to table, asking people if they were there for the boat trip or for the coffee. Most were there for the coffee and the hot chocolate, so no boat tour.
Already before our trip we were asked if we wanted to go and try green beer in Maribor. Green beer??
We decided to be brave and went to have dinner and green beer in the Stajerc restaurant right in the centre of Maribor.
The beer is really green, bright green, and was very good. I cannot tell you why it is so green, as we were told this is a secret, but I can tell you it is good.
We had dinner there twice, because we liked the food and the atmosphere. The second night we tried their black beer, also very good.
We had a very good vegetable casserole, caesar salad, Slovenian sausages and I had squid both nights, as they specialize in different kinds of preparing squids.Both times it was very good.
We also had a warm bread with various dips as an appetizer, this was so good that we finished it in no time. The waitress told us the Slovenian name, but I'm sorry I don't remember it.
We needed a Slovenian slivovitz - plum brandy - after dinner, but this was because we had eaten so much, not because of the green beer.
I wanted to taste some Slovenian food and asked the friendly staff at the reception of our hotel. Three restaurants were recommended, the Rozmarin, the Pri Treh Ribnikih and the Pri Florjanu.
The Rozmarin turned to be too expensive for us - the tourist information office suggest going there if you're on a company credit card - and the Pri Treh Ribnikih was closed by the time we had been there,but we are keeping this for our next time in Maribor.
For real Slovenian desserts the Pri Florjanu was said to be the best.
We had lunch there, not only the dessert chestnut cream was wonderful, also the spinache soup,the risotto and the cheese salad. Together with our drinks - apple juice and a glass of wine - we paid 31 Euro for three people.
The servings are large - we had trouble finishing our meal and I couldn't even consider a second helping of the chestnut cream, too bad.
There are tables outside on the square, but were if you want to eat you need to sit inside.
It's on the Grakski square, next to the statue of St. Florian.
In the old building from 18th century at Slomskov square there's one of Maribor most renowned restaurants called Novi svet or the New world in English. Here is fish lover haven, with really fresh fish (and sea food), cheese from Croatian Pag island, shell and lobster.
The atmosphere reminds me to the sea, with all time playing Dalmatia tunes (and Dalmatian chef), walls decorated with postcards of old Maribor. It's rather quiet place with intimate atmosphere within old thick walls.
This restaurant gets varitey of visitors and you won't eat bad here.
mon - fri: 10 am - 12 pm
sat: 11 am - 12 pm
sun: 11 am - 11 pm
Favorite Dish: Don't come too hungry because it takes time to prepare fish - and for making them really good they are famous here.
If your time (and money) allows afford yourself wild species from the sea such as orada and brancin, grilled ones or prepared as written on the menu. The best fish is charged 0,50 euro per 10 gramm but if you order those you have to eat whole (which is often more than 1 kg) fish (not cut into pieces - if you want that you order cultivated fish).
What else you can try here:
Cheaper are squid, some steaks and soups - especially 'garlic soup' is very nice and affordable (about 4 euro) and can be good alternative meal to those very expensive ones.
Novi svet has also plenty of high quality wines and their own wine - some say very good one plus they serve also fashionable tartufi and kinds of 'sweet things'.
We saw this restaurant from the river during the day and it interested us. We didn't know that our Maribor's friends were going to take us there for dinner!
It turned out to be a great experience, they serve different food, typical of the Balkan area, not just Slovenian, also Bosnian and Serbian specialties.
The menu have a great selection and everything was very well cooked and deliciuos.
It is possible to eat indoor in a nicely decorated room or outdoor under a covered area with a great view of the river.
There is a bit parking lot by the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I tried Pisana Dolma, a Bosnian dish made of stuffed vegetables cooked in a coper pot in the oven. The coper pot was wonderful, I wish i have one of those! and the food was great.
Given the fact that Slovenia lays in the beginning of Balkans and that it have large numbers of Serbians, Bosniaks, Macedonians and Kosova people living in Maribor it's not surprising that you'll be able to find some of the restaurants/bars serving delicious Balkanese foods in the middle of city. One of the most popular is called Stari Grill at Glavni trg, right in the old town (next to Casino). It's often full, it has good atmosphere and you'll be able to eat probably the best kajmak (cheese) with lepinja (bread) in town there. If you like meat, they have other traditional stuff there (most famous pleskavica and cevapcici).
Favorite Dish: lepinje (bread) with kajmak (white soft cheese, quite salty one) and lots of fresh onions.
For eating here you will have to go to Trije Kralji in Pohorje hills, 18 km from Slovenska Bistrica through village Tinje. It's remote but you will probably go trekking here in summer or skiing in winter. I guess it's worth to mention that it's good place to eat here, no matter how hungry you are (or not - it is good food tasting place here)
Favorite Dish: They have probably the best mushroom soup here in the region. Mushroom looks fresh and like those we pick ourselves on our forest trips. Excellent stuff, for vegetarian can be eaten with 'buckwheat' zganci ... or ajdovi zganic in Slovenian. Typical variety of 'zganci' comes with ocvirki, which is fried pork fat.
Then they would also have excellent 'palacinke' or pancakes with forest fruit, especially blueberries and cranberries. Some palacine will be with loads of sweet whipped cream, an amount impossible to eat it all by one person, so have it ordered for two or more, as a dessert.
Pohorje omelette comes with eggs and mushrooms, it's local variety. So it's meat flavoured Pohorski lonec (with deer meat) which is favourite dish among trekkers and skier visitors. Other things on meanu include variety of different kind of meats (also 'wild' meats, fish and more common meats).
Nice place to sample some of the traditional foods here in clean air of the remote hills, meaning that it's not necessary crowded (except for weekends). Affordable place and firendly staff hepls to keep good image of this pension.
There are two Cantante in Maribor: at Vetrinjska in the center and another one at Pariške komune street in Tabor. I like both, Cantante in city (Vetrinjska) one has nicer setting and in the old building with arcade (see pic) and terrace in the kare (inner square like atrium) and another terrace by the street and Cantante in Tabor is close to Pekarna and convenient to dine when ending up there late, but also frequented by students of nearby high schools and faculty, so it will get pretty crowded in a daytime during brakes there.
Both serve delicious and mostly fast Cuban food and at Vetrinjska they mix plenty of cocktails starting from 3,2 Euro on and it looks like they have largest cocktail menu in Maribor, nevertheless! The menu is large with fair choice of vegetarian varieties, and chef is Cuban. I think for tourists will be most convenient to eat in Vetrinjska since it's close to anything in old town... but you never know - Maribor is small.
They both also have very relaxed feel with Cuban and South American music and it can often happen their terraces will get full in summer at both places. Some people say there is better food served at Vetrinjska. In the evenings, the atmosphere is the best. Beer and cocktails seel at affordable price.
Favorite Dish: try any, they have good cook and I haven't chosen my fave by now and yet to try few more. But always great to eat their spicy fried potatoes fro 2,5 Euro per plate when having beer or juice. It's snack, but good one.
The Vetrinjska Cantante has their main bar inside very old (one of the oldest) pivnica in Maribor, in the basement like place. Pivnica would be bar in Slovene, but it is ancient word seldom used nowsadays.
Good pizza place here (one of best in Maribor for many eaters) with extensive menu and fair price (from 4-8 euro) - I am still regular visitor since they were opened and they keep their quality. Popular with families and students - and finally with foreign visitors who like to dine out. Has fair selection of vegetarian pizzas and few kinds of salads plus good choice of oils and sauces to put on. Drinks are more expensive than in average pub, however. Beside pizza they serve good tiramisu here and banana split plus several other kinds of ice creams.
There's small terrace outside with few tables if you prefer to sit outside - and we do when it's nice weather; but they're almost always full.
Mon-Thur:10 am - 10 pm
Fri: 10 am - 11 pm
Sat: 11 am - 11- pm
Sun and holidays: 11 am - 10 pm
Their location is not the first choice for first time Maribor visitor but you can get there by 20 min walk from old centre or city bus no.2 (Betnavska).
Favorite Dish: Large selection... my favouite pizza is Castella with fresh green vegetables (ruccola) and Funghi for great deal of mushroom. Or 4 cheese pizza with artichoke. Tiramisu rocks too.
Another thing that I discovered recently is their bruschetta - the bread with fresh tomato and garlic. Bread comes very crispy and warm and can be good alternative to pizza once when you're fed up with them. Pardon if I mispelled.
Okay, one more thing: pannacotta with squeezed strawberries is another damn good dessert here.
I guess I can just eat about everything here (except pizza with meat varieties, but that's because I am vegetarian).
If that isn't nice name for a bar - it means 'Beware, mad coffee! in English. It is a word game; if you've been walking around passing the houses and yards which had a dog in their property you would often read a sign in Slovene saying 'pozor, hud pes' - meaning 'beware, mad dog', because dogs are believed to watch the property and therefore they have to be quite 'angry' as well if intruder is to be scared away.
But this little cafe is friendly and maybe a bit trendy place in Poštna street, has nice caffee and fresh juices and fine atmosphere with relaxed music. Above all, the have excellent Yunnanese teas here, perhaps the only place here in Maribor with that kind of stuff. Try some original pu'er cha, finally.
It is popoular place to hang out, between the main square and Slomškov square so if you're about to see the famous post office building and cathedral after being in the main square you'll probably come through Poštna street anyways, and you cannot miss it as the place has always some people sitting out at the pavement (and yes, it's opposite famous Irish pub).
It doesn't serve only soft drinks and cha and coffee, so you may as well enjoy cold beer or cocktail here. But yes, you know what is the specialty here, now.
Photo will be updated... anytime.
Favorite Dish: I drank some very fine teas here, mainly pu'erh. And enjoyed the atmosphere.
they offer you two menus of balanced diet – specific for both is that the nutritive value is calculated.
Each Sunday they offer you four different “Sunday-menus”.
they are renown for slow-food-menus, which are changing all the time.
Favorite Dish: “Potpourri” plate (roasted beef and pork escalope) with a side dish, Beef steak – filled, with Roquefort sauce / poached / a-la-chef