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All great capitals of the world have something in common - little pockets or enclaves of culture, entertainment and fun outside the city centre. These areas, neighborhoods or streets are often the pulsing hearts of cities and offer experiences that are usually the perfect foil to the more sanitised and predictable ones in the more central locations.


Luckily, Ljubljana has been following suit. One specific area comes to mind, a stretch of Celovška street that is home to various galleries, bars, clubs, shops and all-round cool places that call for at least an afternoon’s worth of exploring.

Sports and contemporary art

Walking along Celovška street from Tivoli park, you’ll immediately encounter a brand new bicycle pump track and the best sports bar in town, Lepa žoga, where you can bond with the locals over a couple of beers, a hot dog and a game on one of the multiple big screens.

Just across the road is MoTA LAB, a performance and exhibition space that belongs to the people behind the Museum of Transitory Art which has been responsible for quite a few avantgarde art events in the past couple of years.

Urban culture hub

And now for the focal point of the whole thing! Trg prekomorskih brigad, a square just off Celovška street, is home to several vibrant and important cultural institutions. The one that gets the most attention is Kino Šiška, and rightly so. This old cinema was converted into a centre for urban culture in 2009 and has hosted a multitude of renowned musicians and visual artist since then. Kino Šiška also has a pleasant cafe which is well stocked with art magazines from all over the world.

Right next door, galleries Photon and P74 occupy the ground floor of the former municipal building. Photon’s focus is on contemporary art photography while P74 focuses on promoting the younger generation of local visual artists through exhibitions, workshops and other events.

Further afield

If you really want to dig deep, you can end your journey along Celovška street with a slight detour to Vodnikova street, just a couple of hundred meters away. You’ll find Vodnikova domačija there, the birthplace of Valentin Vodnik, one of Slovenia’s greatest poets. Nowadays, the building regularly hosts literary evenings, various exhibitions and a lot of kid-friendly events. It is run by the people behind Knjižnica pod krošnjami, the outdoor pop-up library.

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