The most important tip I can give you on Slovenia  local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Slovenia, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.

What to Eat in Slovenia

The old saying “there is no free lunch” is true in Slovenia. Served foods can be expensive and are commonly not appropriate for vegans, so the best way to get cheap foods to your liking is buying it directly from the local supermarkets. At the top of the list of places to eat in Slovenia is the common restaurant (translated restavracija), followed by common bars (called gostilna and gostiš?e) and rustic inns in the countryside. The international McDonalds fast-food restaurants are available in larger cities.

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Hamburgers are also served in grills and smaller snack bars called okrep?evalnica. Cuisine Slovene cuisine is heavily influenced by that of its neighbours, including the Austrian Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel, the Italian risotto and ravioli (including pizza and several sorts of pasta), and the Hungarian goulash. Unique dishes include the air-dried ham (derived from the Italian prosciutto) called kraški pršut, potato dumplings (derived from the Italian gnocchi) called Idrian žlikrofi, a variant of Italian polenta called žganci and ajdovi žganci made of buckwheat, Croatian derived dumplings štruklji (prepared in 70 different ways of stuffings with sweet fillings, meat or vegetables), and Croatian derived jota (a type of soup made of beans, sauerkraut, potatoes, bacon, spare ribs and garlic).

The traditional Slovene cake called potica, which is made by rolling up a layer of dough covered with walnuts, and a cake-like pastry called gibanica, which is made of poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins and cheese, topped with cream. Slovenes have also adopted several foreign fast foods, such as the Serbian spiced-up hamburger patty pljeskavica, the Bosnian/Serbian spicy meatballs ?evapi, the Bosnian variant of Turkish Börek that is a large flaky pastry stuffed with meat/cheese/apple called burek, and the Arab/Turkish Shawarma called doner kebab. Common foods A bar in Kamnik. Slovene foods are generally heavy, meaty and plain.

A typical three-course meal starts with a soup (often made of beef or chicken) broth with egg noodles, after which a meat dish is served with potatoes and salad with vinegar. Bread is often served on the side. Common mains include cutlets, a sausage and goulash, all usually prepared from pork, lamb and game, and there is also a large choice of fish and other seafood further away from the coast. Other Slovene foods made of pig include blood sausage, roasts, stuffed tripe, smoked sausage, salami, ham and bacon.

 

Recipes for the preparation of poultry, especially turkey, goose, duck and capon, have been preserved for many centuries. Foods made of chicken and squid are also commonly available. Dietary restrictions Slovenia is not the best place for vegetarians, although some inns offer fresh salads and fried vegetables per request. Strict vegans won’t find more than a handful of vegan restaurants in the country. However, even the smallest grocery store offers non-meat foods for sale. In the cities, the Merranean chickpea staple falafel and ‘vegi-burger’ can be found on some fast-food menus. Many restaurants in Slovenia offer a ‘vegetarian plate’, which includes potatoes and fresh or boiled vegetables with ‘soya steak’. In coastal cities, local seafoods include fish, squids, mussels and octopus.

What to Drink in Slovenia

All restaurants and bars usually sell drinks like beers, wines and spirits. Tap water is drinkable. Common drinks The ‘coffee culture’ is widespread in Slovenia. ‘Coffee’ usually stands for a tiny cup of strong Turkish coffee. Coffee with milk or whipped cream is also commonly available. Tea is not as popular, and only sorts of fruit-flavoured and herbal teas are usually available instead of the basic black cup. Tea can also be served with lemon or honey. Alcoholic drinks Beer is the most popular tipple in Slovenia. The main two Slovene beer brands are Laško and Union. Common beer amounts sold at pubs range from ‘large’ (0.5 L) to ‘small’ (0.3 L).

The Union Radler Grapefruit is also good. Wines are usually ordered by the deciliter. The western region of Slovenia produces reds and the drier whites (in Italian/French style), while the eastern region produces semi-dry to sweet whites, which cater more to the German/Austrian-type of palate. Local wine specialities include Riesling, Teran (a very dry red from the southwestern Karst region), and Cvi?ek (a very dry/light red from the southeast).

A brandy derived from the Hungarian pálinka called žganje, distilled from various fruits, is very common. Other popular spirits include a honey-sweetened brandy called medeno žganje or medica. Sleep[add listing] Sleeping outside in a public area (outside of designated camping grounds) is not recommended.

Aside from the climate’s moisture posing a problem, not many Slovenes may be comfortable with seeing homeless people, and sleeping outside in a public place (especially inside a city and especially at night) can get you into trouble. However, Slovenia has a wide variety of high-priced accommodations, including five star hotels, secluded cottages in the mountains, and ‘tourist farms’ in the countryside. Car camping Sleeping in your car, though uncomfortable, is a cheap and viable option (especially during the summer season), and you usually won’t get bothered in secluded public parking places, though you might not want to stay at the same place longer than a day or two.

The free parking places of settlement areas are your best bet, as well as some parking places of restaurants, but you should avoid the more obvious parking areas such as the ones of supermarkets, as those are very often monitored by various securities (especially at night). Camping Camping is not permitted in the national parks of Slovenia, but there are various designated camping grounds. It’s advisable to come with a camping mat, as travellers will more likely find pitches consisting of small stones instead of comfortable grass. Hostels There are hostels in all of the high-tourist areas in Slovenia.

The average price for a basic bed in a dorm ranges from €10 to €20. Some of the student dormitories are converted into hostels in summertime, but these tend to be poorly located and badly maintained. Mountain Huts can be found in Triglav National Park. Information about these huts can be found at tourist information offices that will also help tourists plan their walks around the area and phone the hostels to book them. The only way to get to these huts is by foot, and the lowest huts are at around 700 m altitude.

There are clear informational signs stating how long it will take to travel between the huts indicated. Learn Slovenia has four universities, located in Ljubljana, Maribor, Nova Gorica and Koper, as well as business schools like IEDC Bled,DOBA Maribor and VPŠ ERUDIO. The university in Ljubljana is the oldest and largest educational institution in the country, offering three art academies: Theatre and Film; Music; and Fine Arts. Work Citizens of the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland can work in Slovenia without the need to apply for visa. Citizens of some non-EU countries are permitted to work in Slovenia without the need to obtain a visa or any further authorization for the period of their 90-day visa-free stay (see the ‘Entry requirements’ section above). English-speaking graduates can get work teaching English in Slovene schools for a one-year period.

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