Ljubljana for Design Lovers

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Ljubljana is one of the sweetest cities I’ve ever been to. Unsurprisingly, it has some very sweet design shops.

A short stroll from the main square of Ljubljana, Slovenia, you’ll find many cute and beautiful shops selling items by local and international designers.

Some are focused on home decor and some on gifts and accessories. Some are really quite elegant and others more hipster.

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Ljubljana Design Shops

I’ve been to Ljubljana twice, and on both occasions I got the impression that Slovenians have a great sense of style and are quite big on aesthetics.

Here are some of my personal favourite design shops, though this is  just a selection and there are many more design shops and concept stores around the Ljubljana.

As the city is small you’re likely to come across more of these when you walk around.

 

Smile Concept Store: A lovely store with a lovely sign at the entrance: “Cross this line with a smile” 🙂

Smile Concept Store, Ljubljana

It’s a well laid out store offering gadgets, jewellery, notebooks, accessories, mugs, home decor, party supplies, hand made crafts and much more. Local Slovenian designers are featured here as well as international ones.

Smile Concept Store, Ljubljana
Smile Concept Store, Ljubljana
Smile Concept Store, Ljubljana
Smile Concept Store, Ljubljana

Fox Boutique:  A unique, minimalist shop selling a huge selection of tote bags and drawstring bags, card, mugs and other small gifts. There is also a tea section. You’ll find some great, original designs here.

FOX design store Ljubljana
FOX design store
FOX design store Ljubljana
FOX design store Ljubljana
FOX design store Ljubljana
FOX design store Ljubljana

3 Muhe:  For more socially conscious shopping, head to 3Muhe. It’s a fair trade shop with some of the most original gifts around.

There’s only a small selection in the shop window, but when you step inside you’ll find it has many beautiful items.

3MUEH fair trade store in Ljubljana
3MUEH fair trade store

It offers jewellery, mugs, bags (both recycled and woven), scarves, toys, musical instruments, chocolate, coffee and tea. 

3MUEH fair trade store in Ljubljana
3MUEH fair trade store
3MUEH fair trade store in Ljubljana
3MUEH fair trade store

The fair trade concept gives manufacturers and workers a fair price for their products and better working conditions. It’s shopping for a good cause, and without compromising on quality and design.

Flat: This is a beautiful and a more high-end design store. It has many home decor products like lighting and cute items for the kitchen and bathroom.

Flat design store in LjubljanaFlat design store

They import unique design items from around the world. You’ll also find small gadgets, jewellery, accessories, some toys and more.

Babushka: I found this shop irresistible. Its open layout is very inviting. They sell Slovenian and international hand made items that make for great souvenirs.

Babushka design store LjubljanaBabushka design store Ljubljana

Babushka design store Ljubljana

Babushka also offer beautiful stationary (especially notebooks and cards), jewellery, bags, mugs and more. Looks like items are carefully selected and the display is a real treat.

Babushka design store Ljubljana
Babushka design store

Gud: This design store has a hipster feel to it even more than the others. You’ll find a lovely selection of postcards, notebooks, textiles, ceramics, plush toys, bags, mugs and more. 

Gud design store

Gud design store
Gud design store

Again, Slovenian designers are featured alongside international artists, so it’s a good place to buy souvenirs made by locals.

Gud design store
Gud design store

Formadoma: This is a cute little shop. It has a very elegant feel, a lot of minimalist design items and stylish sophistication.

Formadoma design store

Formadoma sells mostly items for the home, like lamps, textiles, ceramics, toys and more.  It’s a rather small place and it’s packed with beautiful products, many of them by Slovenian designers. 

Formadoma design store

Formadoma design store

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