Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana is a socially conscious destination of note. Elspeth Callender lets us know where to eat, drink and shop with a clear conscience.
1. Druga Violina
‘Second Violin’ employs people with special needs and serves traditional home-style Slovenian food prepared with their own greenhouse fruit and vegetables. Stari trg 21.
2. Gostilna Dela
Open on weekdays only, this restaurant employs young people who didn’t complete their secondary education and people with special needs. Poljanska cesta 7.
3. Reuse Centre
More like someone’s lovingly furnished apartment than a shop, this business sells used and repurposed objects and employs people who’ve struggled to find work. Vrazova 9, 2270 Ormož; cpu-reuse.com
4. Stara Roba, Nova Raba
This alternative second-hand shop sells used donated goods and employs people who have experienced homelessness. 4 Majcen Street Milan.
5. Open Kitchen
Over summer, this Friday event in Pogačar Square is all about trying international dishes made with local ingredients at a reasonable price. Pogačarjev trg 1; odprtakuhna.si
This shop sells only fair trade and Slovenian products such as Smetumet’s useful items created from collected and upcycled waste material. Stari trg 30.
7. Café Čokl
Café Čokl’s coffee is made with fair trade beans roasted in-house and In the interest of the environment, it doesn’t offer take-away. Krekov trg 8.