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.
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.
Address: Along the river from Vodnik Square - Dragon Bridge
Directions: Food market and flower market
Open: 6.00-18.00 in summer, 6.00-16.00 in winter; Sundays, holidays closed
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.
Address: Vodnikov trg . At the edge of the market square
Directions: Open: 6.00-18.00 in summer, 6.00-16.00 in winter; Sundays, holidays closed
I always have a thing for markets. Markets = Food. Ummm.....
The Market is sandwiched between the Triple & Dragon bridges, running along Adamic-Lundrovo Nabrezje, right by the river. And here, surprise, surprise, you'll get to see another of Plecnik's creation - the Market Colonnade, an elongated gently curving white-coloured pavilion harbouring a lovely collection of eateries at road level and a fish market below.
Adjacent to the Colonnade, 2 squares, Pogarcarjev Trg & Vodnikov Trg jointly provide the location for a most wonderful and colourful stroll through the daily chapters of Ljubljana life. Meander among the stalls selling crispy vegetables and buxomy fruits. Sniff the fragrance allure of the air as you near stalls selling jubilant flowers and sultry mushrooms. Partake a glance at mischievous boxes of berries, all blushing with joy and if you are really naughty, crush some local herbs in your hands and realise the scent of living.
Obscuring the sun from Pogarcarjev Trg, the baroque St.Nicholas Cathedral (Daily, 6am-12nn & 3-6pm) dominates you into nothingness. Completed in 1706, I never got to see the interior as busloads of tourists kept mysteriously appearing every time to clutter the entry way whenever I tried to enter. When the last bus deposited an army of overly-excited Japanese "obasans", I decided destiny spoke and bade a hasty retreat. I must state though, even the exterior of the Cathedral was impressive. The delicately carved relief on the bronze doors was simply stunning!
Turn behind into narrow Levstikov Street & I found myself mesmerised by the simple charm of a simple city: A cobblerstone street of shops, cafes and restaurants, almost like a street out of a Charles Dickens novel, albeit in a much more modern setting. Here lies the Old Town of Ljubljana. My young chap was telling me things though I must confess I wasn't totally concentrating. We were walking by lovely sights: Mestni Trg, the Town Hall and eventually reaching Cobblers Bridge.
Address: Old Town
Directions: The right bank of the river.
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.
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.
Address: Near the Triple Bridge south of Presernov Trg
Directions: It is very near the Old Town of Ljubljana. Overlooking the market is the cathedral of St.Nicholas.
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.
Directions: Across the Triple Bridge
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.
Address: Main market square
Directions: Turn left as you cross the bridge from Prseren Trg; can't miss it.
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.
Address: Pogarcarjev Square, Old Town
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...
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.
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 Fruit & Veg Market contains many delights including ready sliced juicy melons, blissful blueberries and sublime strawberries. Buy some fresh bread rolls from the indoor market and perhaps a bottle of wine (Rose from Batic in Goriska Brda is pretty good). Cycle until you find a nice quiet spot on the river embankment and eat, drink and do err.... anything else that stimulates your senses.
Address: Market - Adamic Lundrovo Nabrezje
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!
Address: Trg Vojnikov
Directions: Near the Triple Bridges
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.