The Slovenian capital Ljubljana is a delightful city to visit that fascinates with its unique vibe, amazing architecture, diverse cultural scene, hearty food and scenic landscapes. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s definitely one of the places that you should add to your bucket list. We picked some of the most interesting things to see and do the Slovenian capital and if you love more off the beaten path and quirky places, you should check it out. Here are 7 awesome experiences in Ljubljana you shouldn’t miss.

#1: Spend the night behind bars

A quirky budget-friendly prison-themed hostel, located close to the city center that once was an actual prison and is a great place to stay for a few nights. Hostel Celica offers a different kind of accommodation and the exciting experience to sleep in a former prison cell.

#2: Wander around Metelkova

Located in the heart of Ljubljana, the Metelkova City is an amazing cultural and art zone and the perfect place to mingle with locals and like-minded travelers. The buildings in the area were once military barracks of the Yugoslav army and now are home to some of the best clubs, bars, cafes and art galleries in town, so it’s fun to visit it both at day and night.

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#3: Go stand up paddle boarding under the Dragon Bridge

Explore the historic district of Ljubljana and have fun while paddling down on Ljubljanica river. It’s a great opportunity to see more of the city and an awesome experience you will definitely remember!

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#4: Taste local foods at Odprta kuhna (Open Kitchen)

If you happen to be in Ljubljana between March and October, stop by the Pogacarjev Square and indulge in the delicious creations of more than 50 of the best restaurants in the city. Open Kitchen is a food event where you can taste not only different cuisines from all over the world, but some traditional Slovenian meals as well.

#5: Spread some love at Cat Cafe Ljubljana

Whether you’re a cat lover or you’re traveling solo and you need some companion, it’s a good to know that Ljubljana has a Cat Cafe. It’s located away from the crowds and is a great place to drink a coffee while playing with the little furry friends.

#6: Relax at Park Špica on a sunny day

A little urban oasis located not far from the city center, Park Špica offers tranquility and a great view overlooking Ljubljanica river. Take some time to relax or have a drink from the nearby cafe.

#7: Enjoy some unusual street art

The streets of Ljubljana are covered with graffiti and you can see them everywhere. You can also go on a guided graffiti tour of the Metelkova district or you can just walk around and let your eyes be your own guide.

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