Last of the Sun in Ljubljana


Summer may be drawing to a close this side of Europe but there are still sunny days to be stolen here in Ljubljana, with temperatures regularly hitting the low 20's. So armed with sunglasses, lip-gloss and an adventurous spirit I grabbed my bike and off we went.

First stop: InterContinental Hotel Ljubljana

Opening in August this year, the latest addition to the InterContinental family adopts a commanding position, as the tallest hotel, in the centre of Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana.




We headed immediately for the rooftop terrace, a must for any discerning Ljubjanites, and ooohed and aaahed over the panoramic views of the city, I could see the castle!

All that was missing was a glass of fizzy, but alas it was only 11am. The terrace bar opens at 5pm, which if I'm honest is a bit late for me (note to IHG: you are totally missing out on the lunch/early cocktails revenue here!)

This sweet spot is perfect for sunset cocktails and exclusive parties - eventprofs anyone?
The InterContinental Hotel Ljubljana caters for all tastes, gourmet dining? Yep you got it.  Michelin Star Chef Alfredo Russo supervises the menu, using local ingredients and seasonal cuisine with a contemporary Mediterranean influence. Needing a little R&R? No problem. The 18th floor spa and pool (with views of the alps) will have you feeling tip top in no time.

Rooms from 150 Euros a night.  www.ihg.com




Next stop: Mala Terasa

We popped into Mala Terasa for a quick vegan bite and coffee. (I'm not vegan but every once in a while I kick meat to the curb). This cute little bistro is creating quite a name for itself, preparing fresh dishes daily, with an imaginative menu crafted each week. This team loves what they do, their passion is contagious, you step away from this place with a happy smile and an even happier stomach.

FYI I am loving their insta account, filled with fresh, vibrant, delicious foodie pics - see here

Open Monday to Friday 11am - 5pm      http://www.malaterasa.com









We strolled along the river, feeling deliciously full and warm with the sun on our skin. We let our wandering feet lead the way and stumbled across an alfresco art gallery!

Next stop: Kongresni Trg

I love it when you discover something new and exciting simply by taking a wrong turn, or a different path, we didn't mean to go to the square but that's where we ended up just in time to view a photography exhibition - 'A Day in the Mediterranean'. Showcasing the work of twelve photographers from Beirut to Ljubljana.




We stop by Maxi for a spot of shopping, Maxi is the oldest department store in Ljubljana but don't let age fool you, this department store is also the biggest in the capital, a fashion lovers dream.

I swear days last longer in Ljubljana, we've done so much already and the sun is only just beginning its downward descent, and we still have the whole evening ahead of us.....




Cheers!


All photography is by Matic Zupanc except for foodie pics which belong to Mala Terasa.