One day during our stay in Ljubljana, Rod’s work colleague Gorazd Augustin, who lives here, walked us around the city, showing us what he considers the main sights and telling us many snippets of the city’s history.
The people of Ljubljana are very proud of a building they call The Skyscraper (Neboticnik), a few blocks from Old Town and the river. This 1933 Art Deco building was the first skyscraper in Slovenia, and for a while was the tallest building in Central Europe. Nowadays it’s best known for restaurants, cafes, and an observation deck.
We zipped up in the lift with Gorazd to floor 11, with an indoor club/lounge (a fancy restaurant is on floor 10), and then walked up a spiral staircase to the 12th floor. There is an open-air terrace and coffee shop on this top level, which allows great all-round views of the whole city and the castle.
We stopped for coffee, tea and cake—certainly one of the coffees with the best view we’ve had anywhere. The cake is also very special, one of the three that Slovenia (and Bled in particular) is famous for. Called Gibanica (pronounced gee-bah-NEET-seh), it’s a pastry that originated from the Hungarian corner of the country. A delicious concoction filled with poppy seeds, walnuts, apple and cheese, and drizzled with rum.
A lovely place to get another view of Ljubljana, and one we may not have come to on our own, as it’s noted as being pricey in most guidebooks. But, it was okay for coffee and cake.