Top 5 local dishes on Slovenia bike tours
Slovenia is full of hidden gems, unique experiences, and picturesque adventures. No one knows them better than our Visit GoodPlace experts and that’s why they’ve curated a list of activities, trails, sights, and roads that you should visit during your Slovenia bike tours.
“The exceptionally diverse landscape of Slovenia and a mix of influences from Italy, Austria, and the Balkans are reflected in a colourful gastronomic offer. The varied traditional dishes do, however, have one thing in common – they are made of seasonal, locally grown ingredients. As a team of sustainability advocates, we find this very important. Here are some of our favourite culinary specialties, which you can taste during our Slovenia bike tours.“
Cold cuts are popular Slovenian appetizers and Karst prosciutto is definitely a local favourite. The specialty of this geographically protected meat product lies in the centuries-old tradition of salting and drying. The prosciutto is praised for its rich aroma, intense ruby colour, juiciness, firm structure, and salinity. On our Slovenia bike tours cycling through local villages in Karst and tasting prosciutto which mixes best with a glass of local Teran wine surely is one of the highlights.
Idrija stuffed dumplings
Idrija stuffed dumplings or žlikrofi are little pasta pockets filled with potato, bacon, onions, and spices. They are cooked in water and served as a warm appetizer, side dish, or one-course meal. Local housewives used to cook žlikrofi for their husbands who worked in a nearby mine. Since 2010, Idrija dumplings have also been officially protected by geographical origin. Even though you can order this delicacy in many great restaurants across the country, we recommend you to taste žlikrofi in Idrija. You can have them at Hotel Jožef.
Bled cream cake
Bled cream cake, locally known as kremšnita, was invented in 1953 in Hotel Park, where, until today, over 20 million cream slices have already been sold. The legendary cake consists of three different layers – butter dough crust, vanilla cream, and whipping cream. We agree with locals, who like to say that you cannot truly experience the beauty of Lake Bled, its island, and castle, without trying the famous kremšnita.
We are huge fans of alpine dairy farms under the Tolmin mountains, where the famous Tolminc cheese is produced. It is a type of hard full-fat cheese made of raw cow’s milk. So, whenever our Slovenia bike tours bring you to the beautiful Soča Valley, don’t miss your chance to taste this homemade treat. We invite you to also try Bovec cheese, the local rival of Tolminc, which has a distinctive aromatic, slightly spicy taste and is mostly made of pure sheep milk.
Cottage cheese rolled dumplings
During our Slovenia bike tours, Štruklji are a must-try. Well-known all over the country, these tasty dumplings are made of different kinds of dough and over 100 different sweet and savory fillings, with the most popular being cottage cheese. To try the best štruklji in Slovenia, you should hike or bike to Kofce mountain pasture, where you can choose among a variety of traditional and less traditional flavours, for example with dark chocolate and raspberries. We recommend buckwheat štruklji with walnuts.