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Ljubljana's Old Town

Ljubljana's glittering Cankarjev Dom Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana's Old Town is the best place to be for sightseeing, quaintness, charm, Old Europe ambiance, and Ljubljana's own brand of special individuality. The narrow, winding streets are lined with centuries-old buildings, many of which are now converted into sparkling specialty shops and boutiques. You can spend hours just looking at these. There are many inviting cafes in this section of town, some along the Ljubljanica River, some in the oldest streets. It's very Parisian in feel at night with the cafes full of students and the restaurants bustling with activity. There are dozens of good places to choose for dining, from the cafes, to cozy, unpretentious trattorias, to the more upscale restaurants. The prices are reasonable in all of these. There is so much to see along the river and in the Old Town that entertainment probably won't be uppermost on your mind, but if it is, there are two or three jazz clubs whose posters you will see along the streets, and for classical music buffs, there are programs at the Opera House and the sparkling new Cankarjev Dom--Ljubljana's famous cultural and performing arts center. For students, there are many pubs and nightspots which were packed on a weeknight evening in October. Serendipitous discovery works well here.

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