They say the best way to experience a country’s history and culture is through its food. This is especially true in Slovenia, which has become a melting point of cultures, thanks to its neighbours, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Slovenia has no less than 170 typical dishes, all characterised by using locally produced ingredients. Discover special Slovenian cheeses, meat products, sausages, oils, honey, and other food.
Any self-proclaimed foodie will have Hiša Franko on their must-visit list. The brainchild of Ana Ros (of Netflixs Chef’s Table fame), this pink farmhouse in the whisper-quiet Soča Valley serves Alpine dishes from the future—think roebuck sashimi with juniper and chestnut, or goat’s-milk croissants stuffed with rosehip and roasted apple ice cream. It’s a sure bet for Slovenia’s first Michelin guide, which is coming in March 2020.
There’s much more to Slovenia’s foodie scene than just fine dining, however. Ljubljana boasts a thriving street-food culture, the highlight being a weekly “Open Kitchen”—or Odprta kuhna—which runs from Spring to Autumn. The open-air culinary celebration draws food producers from all over the country.
All this, however, is just for starters. With more than 20 gastronomic regions to explore, Slovenia features traditional farms making their own sausages, mountain huts preparing savory stews for hikers, and coastal towns offering fresh seafood from the Adriatic. Whether you’re a passionate foodie or casual traveller, life here tastes pretty sweet.
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