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Kranjska Gora Gastronomy & Restaurants

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Chilly winters and the needs of hard working miners and farmers who traditionally resided in this alpine area shaped the local cuisine which is based on hearty dishes. Whilst meat was previously considered an indulgence with grains the former staple of the local diet, these days meat is almost always on the menu - such as in local favourites like the famed 'kranjska klobasa' - a tasty sausage of the Slovenian alps region - or the rich blood sausage ‘krvavica’. With such lush pastures in the area it’s no surprise that excellent dairy products are also on offer. Seasonal and local ingredients from foraged mushrooms to wild game also feature prominently, whilst adventurous diners can even try traditional delicacies such as bear. Typically filling side dishes accompany the meats with such specialties as buckwheat grits (ajdove žganci) or rich cheese dumpling (štruklji). ‘Enolončnice’ or one-pot meals are also a mainstay of the local cuisine, with the rich stews often on offer in mountain huts. There are also a plethora of delicious locally distilled spirits such as the warming honey schnapps ‘medica’ or sweet walnut liqueur ‘orehovec’.

Eating and Drinking Kranjska Gora

There are a number of traditional inns or ‘gostilna’ in Slovene located in Kranjska Gora as well as in villages throughout the Upper Sava Valley – a select list of the regions restaurants and gostilnas can be found below. Whilst some of the best Slovenian food can often be found out of town, in the midst of nature and on hill tops where traditional mountain lodges, or ‘planinske koče’ in Slovene, serve limited but tasty menus - usually for very reasonable prices – often located in remote areas with accessibility affected by weather conditions, it pays to check with locals and tourist information offices before hiking off into the wilderness for lunch.

As a major tourist destination Kranjska Gora also has many cafes and bars, whilst international fare is also widely available with a number of good pizza restaurants in the area. Meanwhile authentic Italian and Austrian cuisine can be found just a short drive away in the neighbouring countries.

Kranjska Gora and around

Gostilna Oštarija (Kranjska Gora)

Hearty Slovenian fare for pretty honest prices at the base of the slopes.

Skipass (Kranjska Gora)

 Voted no.1 restaurant in the Gorenjska Region by In Your Pocket readers the Skipass hotel, fine dining restaurant, sets the benchmark for refined cuisine in Kranjska Gora. The seasonal menu features Italian, Austrian and Slovenian influences with some truly unique dishes on offer such as braised bear shoulder.

Okrepčevalnica Pehta (Kranjska Gora)

Little restaurant located on the slopes although on the quieter (so long as it’s not the world cup weekend) Podkoren side of the resort.  Lunch offerings here include the famed ‘Kranjska klobasa’ - a tasty local sausage - or a hearty ‘enolončnica’ stew, otherwise it’s also just a great place to warm up over a glass of mulled wine.

Gostilna Cvitar (Kranjska Gora)

In prime position on the main square this traditional inn serves perennial Slovene favourites with plenty of tasty meat dishes and hearty stews on offer.

Gostilna pri Martinu (Kranjska Gora)

Locals and visitors alike keep coming back to Gostilna pri martinu for the homely atmosphere and generous portions of hearty Slovenian fare.

Pino Pizzeria (Kranjska Gora)

A relaxed pizzeria with wood oven next to Hotel Kotnik (see above) serving great pizzas in a relaxed atmosphere. Always busy, cosy atmosphere.

Gostilna Mojmir (Rateče)

Known for its friendly service Gostilna Mojmir serve up similar dishes to the other gostilnas in town, that is hearty Slovenian classics.

Gostilna pri Žerjavu (Rateče)

Ratece is a charming village beyond Podkoren on the road going from Kranjska Gora towards Italy. Pri Zerjavu is a traditional gostilna located in the main square of the village.

Gostilna Šurc (Rateče)

Another fantastic traditional gostilna. From Pri Zerjavu turn left and continue through the village until you see Šurc on your right.

Gostilna Psnak (Zgornja Radovna)

From Mojstrana head 5km into the Triglav National Park and you come to the charming village of Zgornja Radovna in the majestic Radovna Valley, here you'll find the friendly family run inn of the Psnak family who serve up traditional local dishes using ingredients from their own organic farm.

Italy

20mins drive down the road from Kranjska Gora, the popular ski resort town and regional centre of Tarvisio is packed with interesting cafes, bars and restaurants serving up excellent Italian cuisine influenced by its Germanic and Slavic neighbours. 

The Tarvisio tourist office have put together a guide to the regions gastronomic delights which certainly whets the appitite - see here.

Austria

To the north of Kranjska Gora are the Austrian market towns of Arnoldstein and Villach which both have a number of excellent traditional Austrian restaurants, whilst with restaurants lining the shores of the countless lakes in the southern Austrian Lakes district, lakeside dining is a popular choice.

For a list of restaurants in Austria's southern Caranthia district follow this link.

 
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