What $100 Buys in... Ljubljana
Sleek boutiques and cobblestoned streets: Welcome to the new old Europe, where shoppers get the best of both worlds.
$20 Hat If eastern European fashion conjures up visions of peasant blouses and woolen vests, think again. Boho chic--like crocheted hats--is very popular, and Ljubljana is full of hip designers and models (Melania Trump got her start here). Katarina Silk, Gornji trg 5, 011-386/1-425-0010.
$7 Folk art During the 18th and 19th centuries, Slovene farmers painted scenes on recycled beehive panels. The originals--depicting pastorals and folktales--hang in the Ethnographic Museum on Metelkova street. Reproductions are sold around town as souvenirs. Dom, Mestni trg 24, 011-386/1-241-8390.
$15 Espresso cup Of the roughly 280,000 people who live in Slovenia's capital, 50,000 are university students, giving the city a distinctly young, caffeinated vibe. In the staro mesto (old town), a shop called Cafetino sells all the accoutrements you need to feed your habit at home--from beans to demitasses. Stari trg 3, 011-386/1-422-2955.
$10 Slippers Agritourism is growing in this bucolic country. There are now more than 200 working farms and vineyards open to weekend visitors. Lend a hand shearing sheep, then, back in the city, pick up a pair of wooly slippers to remind you of a job well done. Dom, Mestni trg 24, 011-386/1-241-8390.
$10 Bath salts The salt pans at Piran, a town on the Adriatic near the Croatian border, produce lovely bath crystals, mud masks, and herb-infused body scrubs. Piranske Soline, Mestni trg 19, 011-386/1-425-0190.
$1 Lantern After World War I, architect Joze Plecnik designed dozens of buildings, bridges, and parks around town. Today, the outdoor stalls of his colonnaded Central Market display everything from cured ham to plastic candle lanterns. Closed Sun.
$5 Vintage pin Slovenia broke away from the socialist republic of Yugo-slavia in 1991. You'll find leftover Communist-era kitsch at the Sunday morning flea market, along the Ljubljanica River.
$25 Bowl Slovene artists have been blowing glass since the 16th century, but modern designers such as Tomaz Miletic turn traditional, dainty forms on their ear. ArtGlass Atelje, Dvorni trg 2, 011-386/1-426-3104.