Slovenian Food: What To Eat In Slovenia

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Slovenian Cuisine: One of the best things about visiting a country is trying the local cuisine. In this blog post, we delve into what to eat in Slovenia while you are there. We cover the following tasty Slovenian foods:

  1. Ajdovi Žganci
  2. Belogranjska Pogaca Bread
  3. Bled Cream Cake
  4. Bleki
  5. Bograc
  6. Bosman
  7. Carniolan Sausage (Krajnska Klobasa)
  8. Golaž
  9. Idrijski Žlikrofi
  10. Jota
  11. Kranjska Klobasa
  12. Kremna Rezina
  13. Krofi
  14. Obara
  15. Ocvirki
  16. Optic
  17. Pohorska Omleta
  18. Pohorski Pisker
  19. Potatoes With Cottage Cheese
  20. Potica
  21. Prekmurska Gibanica
  22. Štruklji

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One of the best things about visiting a country is trying the local cuisine. To me, it is imperative to try all the traditional foods so I get the most authentic experience I can; plus, I love food! Slovenian food is challenging to put into a box because it is influenced so much by its neighbors.

You’ll find Austrian, Croatian, Italian, and Hungarian influences, as well as some flavors from as far afield as Turkey. This makes for some interesting food.

Check out these foods you have to try when you head to Slovenia.

1. Bled Cream Cake

Do you have a sweet tooth? This delicious dessert is a must-try, hailing from the Gorenjska region, and indeed very widely available in the tourist area of Bled. This is a cream slice made of dough and packed with a layer of vanilla/custard and a thick layer of cream. Just delicious!


2. Prekmurska Gibanica

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What to Eat in Slovenia: Prekmurska Gibanica. Photo Credit: Wiki

This is another one to try for sweet lovers! This is a dough-like pastry stuffed on the inside with various fillings, but most commonly poppy seeds, cottage cheese, apple, or walnut. This is another traditional Slovenian pudding and goes great with a cup of coffee.

3. Optic

Desserts can often be changed regarding filling according to taste, and while this is a pudding, it can be made savory depending on what you put in it. The most common filling is tarragon, honey, poppy seeds, walnuts, cottage cheese, and chives. As you can see, it is similar to prekmurska gibanica, but it is baked into a loaf and cut into slices, with the filling forming a swirl pattern.

4. Belogranjska Pogaca Bread

Literally translated as “White Carniola,” Bela Krajina is a southeast Slovenian region famous for its traditional white clothing. Less touristy than other regions in Slovenia, you can find family-owned wineries, amazing local Slovenian food, and rich cultural heritage. One of this small region’s culinary specialties is Belogranjska pogaca, a flatbread made with only four ingredients. It goes amazingly well with a glass of local wine and cheese or a traditional Slovenian meat stew.

5. Bosman

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What to Eat in Slovenia: Bosman. Photo Credit:

This type of bread looks seriously impressive and is given at times of celebration, such as weddings, the birth of a child, or christenings, but is also available in bakeries. It is a loaf with an intricate plaits design on the top, and when warm, it is delicious.

6. Carniolan Sausage (Krajnska Klobasa)

What to Eat in Slovenia: Carniolan Sausage (Krajnska Klobasa) | Slovenia Travel Blog
What to Eat in Slovenia: Carniolan Sausage (Krajnska Klobasa). Photo Credit: Wiki

This is sausage simplicity at its best. It’s made from pork, bacon, garlic, salt, pepper and is smoked. Quality pork is used, and these simple ingredients, along with the all-important smoke, make for a tasty sausage.

7. Potatoes With Cottage Cheese

This simple but effective dish dates back to the 19th century and is easily found in most Slovenian destinations. It is literally what it says on the tin, boiled potatoes (with skins left on), and a side of cottage cheese, although sometimes the potatoes lie on the cheese.

8. Bleki

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This versatile hand-made square-shaped pasta is used both as in typical pasta dishes like prosciutto in butter and meat and vegetable stews. This is Slovenia’s most popular type of pasta and historically was reserved for celebrations.

9. Bograc

Hungarian in origin but adapted by the Slovenians, bograc is a famous dish, which can be loosely compared to a stew. The ingredients can differ, but the most traditional type contains potatoes, pork fat, peppers, spices, a little wine, and four different varieties of meat, which are generally wild boar, beef, pork, and venison. The stew is then slow-cooked on an open fire allowing the flavors to blend and the meat to be so tender it falls apart. This is traditionally eaten during the winter months as a hearty, warming dish.

10. Štruklji


This is a dish you will see across all of Slovenia. You will see many varieties of štruklji as they can be made from different types of dough and have numerous fillings, both sweet and savory. You’ll find cottage cheese, meat, poppyseed, apple, and even tarragon. The dough is also either steamed, boiled, or fried. They are typically hearty and will keep you going all day long.

11. Pohorska Omleta

The Pohorje omelet, Pohorska omleta in Slovenian, is one of the classic desserts in Slovenia’s Pohorje region. It is said to have been invented in a mountain hut in the mid-1900s. This delicious omelet is made with eggs, salt, sugar, flour, and rum, which are all mixed and baked in an oven. After baking, the omelet is filled with cranberry jam, sprinkled with mint liqueur, and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Absolutely amazing!

12. Jota

What to Eat in Slovenia: Jota | Slovenia Travel Blog
What to Eat in Slovenia: Jota. Photo Credit: Rowena

Not to be mistaken for the South Korean singer of the same name, this is a traditional Slovenian soup and is certainly hearty! Generally made with sauerkraut, kidney beans, potatoes, pepper, garlic, and dripping, this soup of thick consistency is typically eaten during the cold winter months.

Soups, in general, are essential in Slovenian cuisine, and you’ll find quite a variety of different types of soups and broths, such as kisla juha, which is a pork broth with vegetables and a hint of vinegar, cabbage soup (tschi), and riblji brodet, which is a fish broth.

13. Ajdovi Žganci

Many people would say that ajdovi žganci is the national dish of Slovenia. Originally a hearty breakfast providing local farmers with enough energy to spend half a day working their land, it is now a popular dish any time of the day. Each region in Slovenia has its own variety, but the basics are the same.

At its core, ajdovi žganci is nothing more than a mix of buckwheat and water, which used to be a bread replacement. Nowadays, this type of buckwheat porridge is often served with sauerkraut, bacon, and/or grilled sausages. It is the ultimate Slovenian comfort food for chilly days in the Slovenian Alps.

Slovenian cuisine has over 170 recognized local dishes, so be bold and try as many as possible when exploring this beautiful country.


What is Slovenian cuisine known for?

Slovenian food is recognized for its vast diversity and the influences it has from Austria, Italy, Hungary, and the Balkans. It focuses on staple ingredients like meat, turnips, cabbage, potatoes, beans, buckwheat, and seasonal produce.

Where can one find traditional Slovenian food?

Traditional Slovenian food is often found in restaurants known as gostilna. These restaurants focus on serving classic, fuss-free Slovenian dishes.

What are some popular Slovenian dishes?

Some popular Slovenian dishes include Idrijski žlikrofi (potato-filled dumplings), Ajdovi žganci (buckwheat spoon bread), Obara (meat and vegetable soup), and Pohorski Pisker (meaty stew).

What are some traditional Slovenian desserts?

Famous Slovenian desserts include Potica (a pastry with diverse fillings), Prekmurska gibanica (a layered cake), Kremna Rezina (a cream slice), and Krofi (a variant of a filled doughnut).

What influences Slovenian cuisine?

Slovenian cuisine is considered a melting pot of various European culinary traditions. It reflects Slovenia’s rich cultural diversity and strong regional affiliations.

Comments (7)

  1. Growing up Slovenian as a child, and eating all of those wonderful Foods, I have now become a vegetarian. What do Slovenians eat that still has traditional Slovenian flavor but is vegetarian?

  2. They all look so tasty! To try out local delicious food is one of the reasons I love to travel. Through their food you really get to know better about their culture. It’s amazing. Anyway, thank you for sharing. I would love to pay a visit to Slovenia!

  3. Nice selection but you are missing Žlikrofi from Idrija. Delicious and also unique at the same time. :)

  4. Your article really helped us in our research on what the traditional Slovenia cuisine was, so thanks. Your site is now one of the go-to research sites for our Balkan adventures at the moment. Keep up the good work.

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