Slovenian Food: What to Eat in Slovenia

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Slovenian Cuisine: What to Eat in Slovenia

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 just love food! Slovenian food is difficult 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 simply have to try when you head to Slovenia.

Bled Cream Cake

What to Eat in Slovenia: Bled Cake. Photo Credit: Vida Dimovska
What to Eat in Slovenia: Bled Cake. Photo Credit: Vida Dimovska

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, which is made of dough, and packed with a layer of vanilla/custard, and a thick layer of cream. Just delicious!

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 which is 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.


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, and 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.


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

Carniolan Sausage (Krajnska Klobasa)

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

This 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.

Potatoes with Cottage Cheese

This simple but effective dish dates back to the 19th century and is found very easily 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.


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


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, and a little wine, as well as 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.


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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.

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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 is a soup of thick consistency and is typically eaten during the cold winter months.

Soups, in general, are very important 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.

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


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Comments (7)

  1. 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.

  2. Nice selection but you are missing Žlikrofi from Idrija. Delicious and also unique at the same time. 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

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