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3 Cafés in Ljubljana to Discover Your Excellent Cup

This Japanese European gem in Slovenia has lots to supply lovers of tradition and specialty espresso. 


Photographs by Tanya Nanetti

Ljubljana is the right vacation spot for an extended sunny weekend. One of many “greenest” cities in Japanese Europe, this Slovenian metropolis options astonishing Artwork Nouveau structure (such because the world-famous Triple Bridge), a surprising fort nestled on prime of a steep hill, lush parks, and exquisite museums. 

Simply explored on foot, with the town heart largely car-free, and the beautiful riverside promenade that takes you just about anyplace, Ljubljana can also be the right place for a scrumptious espresso tour. These three specialty espresso outlets will completely host you throughout your time exploring the town. 

The entrance to Crno Zrno cafe, with swinging sign above door and red shutters outside the door.
Crno Zrno’s entrance on Gornji Trg has distinctive signage.

Crno Zrno Specialty Espresso 

The easiest way to start out the day is a bit exercise, isn’t it? 

The climb to the fort generally is a tough one (because of the trail going up the hill to succeed in the Ljubljana Grad, 375 meters excessive), however it’s definitely rewarding, particularly for the superb views that the hike can supply. 

After all, you may go for the funicular rail, however that may take away all of the pleasure of the primary rewarding espresso cease of the day, at Crno Zrno (actually “Black Bean”) Specialty Espresso. 

Completely situated on Gornji Trg, one of the recognizable corners of Ljubljana’s previous city, Crno Zrno is a tiny hole-in-the-wall café that gives espresso from just one nation: Colombia.  

Alex, proprietor and roaster, desires the store to be a place to begin for patrons to study extra about espresso, and in regards to the lives of the 1000’s of households in Colombia that produce it. 

With the fixed providing of a number of Colombian coffees processed in a wide range of methods, Alex and his staff have one thing for everybody. Simply cross your fingers and you could be fortunate sufficient to search out one of many two small outdoors tables out there. Seize a pourover and chill whereas studying extra in regards to the superb Colombian espresso scene. 

Inside Cafe Stow, a barista prepares an espresso drink behind the bar.hind th
A barista getting ready espresso behind the bar at Stow Espresso Roasters.

Stow Espresso Roasters 

Getting again on the street, it’s time to stroll to a different of Ljubljana’s most peculiar points of interest: Tromostovje, the three historic bridges that cross the Ljubljanica river aspect by aspect. Essentially the most enjoyable method to discover them is to go to all three, one bridge at a time. Don’t overlook to cease for an additional cup of espresso alongside the way in which!

STOW 2 GO, the most recent location of Stow Espresso Roasters, is situated simply in entrance of the Triple Bridge in Prešeren Trg, in Ljubljana’s principal sq.. 

A close up image of the interior of Stow 2 Go.
A glance behind the bar at STOW 2 GO.

It’s the right place to seize a latte or an espresso “to go” whereas persevering with to discover the town, and can make you curious to study extra about Stow and its scrumptious espresso. Their principal location is barely seven minutes away, proper within the corridor of the Ljubljana Metropolis Museum. And we wager that after this cup of espresso, the Metropolis Museum would be the subsequent attraction you’ll wish to go to, as you discover extra of what Stow has to supply. 

Picture of Cafe Mariposa's entrance with a butterfly sign above it.
Mariposa Espresso Roasters is a dog-friendly store that includes specialty coffees of a number of origins.

Mariposa Specialty Espresso Roasters 

A brief riverside stroll alongside Trubarjeva Cesta is all it takes to succeed in Mariposa Specialty Espresso Roasters. 

Undoubtedly not an enormous espresso store, with its dozen seats inside and three tables outdoors, it’s nonetheless the right spot for a relaxation after an extended day exploring the town. 

Due to co-founders Klemen (head roaster) and Marina (head barista), Mariposa presents espresso from a number of origins in a dog-friendly café (beginning with the beautiful resident canine). 

A tip for the tip of the day: Seize your final cup of espresso (for now), sit down on the beautiful outside patio, and loosen up, chat, or people-watch. In any case, the pedestrian procuring road Trubarjeva Cesta is the right spot for it! 


Tanya Nanetti (she/her) is a specialty-coffee barista, a traveler, and a dreamer. When she’s not behind the espresso machine (or visiting some hidden nook of the world), she’s busy writing for Espresso Rebellion, an internet site about specialty espresso that she’s creating alongside along with her boyfriend.



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