The Slovenian capital enchants with its peach-coloured townhouses, bottle-green waters and centuries-old squares backdropped by the dazzling 12th-century Ljubljana Castle. Named the European Region of Gastronomy in 2021, the city is packed with flavour-filled pockets to discover. Start by strolling through the pedestrian-only Old Town, before slipping into the Central Market. There, you'll find street-food stands serving the finest national specialities, including kranjska klobasa - a garlic-infused pork sausage. Our picks for a sit-down feast? Atelje, for its farm-to-plate menus; TaBar, for stellar sharing plates and low-intervention wines; and the old-school Strelec Restaurant, for traditional recipes and sweeping views across the city.
Where to stay: Zlata Ladjica Boutique Hotel