Visiting the Ljubljana Market in November

Ljubljana Market

We visited Ljubljana in mid-November. We were happy to find that the city was every bit as charming as we’d expected it to be, even more so. The fact that it was cold and rainy wasn’t a problem, because we were expecting that, so we came prepared with warm coats and umbrellas. However, there was one surprise that we weren’t expecting. The Ljubljana Market. And, what a pleasant surprise.

Ljubljana Market

In our experience, many farmers markets are winding down by the time late Autumn rolls around, perhaps even preparing to close for the season. However, this is not the case for Ljubljana’s Central Market. The market was in full swing and the selection was extensive and beautifully colorful.

The market consists of three main components: a large open-air produce market; a smaller covered indoor market selling meats, cheeses, bulk wine and baked goods; and the smallest area with outdoor stalls selling artisan cheese, olive and pumpkin seed oil, game meat, baked goods, and the like.

We spent most of our time wandering around the produce market. It was about the size of a city block and it was stocked with squash, eggplant, bell peppers, leeks, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, chilis, lettuces, mushrooms, cabbages, beets, turnips, grapes, oranges, apples, pears, bananas, pineapples, berries, and lots and lots of orange-red persimmons.

Apparently, persimmons are quite popular in Slovenia. Here, persimmons are known as “God’s fruit” or “Golden Apples”. You typically find persimmons when the weather turns cold and it begins to head into the Holiday season, mid-November is the prime season. With Slovenian persimmons plantations located in the south-western part of this small country, they were fresh from the orchards.

We’d not had many persimmons before. I’d say maybe one, or possibly two, shared between us. Ever. Sure, we’ve seen them in the store, but just never really thought to buy one. I think we weren’t particularly impressed with our previous experience. I remember it being OK, but the texture being a bit mealy.

Well, what better time to give it another try? And, as they say, When in Rome… So, we bought one. It was delicious. I seem to recall the last time we’d tried a persimmon it was Summer, so it’s entirely possible that this was the first in-season and ripe persimmon we’ve ever had. It made all the difference.

Ljubljana Market

Market Schedule
Open-air section:
Weekdays 6:00-18:00, Saturday 6:00-16:00 during summer, 6:00-16:00 in winter. Sundays and holidays closed

Covered section in the Pogačarjev trg square:
Weekdays 7:00-16:00, Saturday 7:00-14:00.

Covered section under Plečnik’s Colonnade:
Weekdays 7:00-16:00, Saturday 7:00-14:00.