Hours of cycling will make you hungry enough to eat a horse. To ensure the local colts remain unharmed, we compiled the ultimate list of best restaurants, inns, huts, and diners along the Hidden Hills Trail around Škofja Loka. They offer various menus, so we’re sure there’s something yummy for everyone.
Here are the best places to eat in the Škofja Loka region:
1. Pr’ Pepet (Škofja Loka)
If this family-owned restaurant that focuses on local specialties made with fresh ingredients from nearby farms were in France, it would be called Chez Pepe. The menu changes every day, and they’ll treat you with delicious dishes such as steaks, žlikrofi dumplings, soups, and strudel.
2. Pr’ Boštjanu (Križna gora)
Dubbed one of the best restaurants in the Škofja Loka region by food critics, Pr’ Boštjanu offers a beautiful ambiance, homemade spirits, and a top-notch degustation menu. In addition to mouthwatering flavors and friendly staff, you’ll forget to chew when you see the view.
3. The Stari Vrh Hut (Stari Vrh)Far away from daily hullaballoo and fast-paced noise, at 1032 meters, there’s a restaurant with a fantastic view. The Stari Vrh Hut will provide traditional dishes such as goulash, soups, roasted piglet, deer chops, štruklji, and different roasts.
4. The Tolc Inn (Sorica)
Calling this place an inn doesn’t do it justice: it’s actually a chic establishment that can feed hungry cyclists or host a romantic dinner. It’s located in the ‘prettiest village in Slovenia,’ surrounded by pristine nature, near ski resorts and cycling trails. You’ll fill your tummy with delicious local cuisine.
5. Hotel Lajnar (Soriška Planina Ski Resort)It usually caters to tired and famished skiers, but it will also treat cyclists to local dishes, fine wine, and beautiful ambient. We hear good things about their food, but wait till you see the views!
6. Homestead Andrejon (Žetina)
At the foothills of Blegoš, one of the highest points of the Hidden Hills Trail is an old farm that’s recently turned to tourism and cheesemaking. In addition to their blockbuster cheese, they’ll make sure you continue your trip full with a good old farmer’s lunch: sausages, minced lard, bacon, cold cuts, sour milk, and homemade bread.
7. The Blegoš Hut (Blegoš)
The location is known for being a backdrop to the cult Slovenian movie ‘Cvetje v jeseni’ and for their mascot goat Rožle. Their friendly staff will offer you the Blegoš Plate (cabbage, žganci, and sausage), Istrian stew, barley stew, homemade štruklji, and all sorts of soups.
8. The ‘Na Lanišah’ Homestead (Podlanišče)The main schtick of this uniquely beautiful place is weddings in nature, but you don’t have to be in a pre-nuptial mood to get great food and one helluva view.
9. The Javorče Hunter’s Lodge (Žirovski vrh)
A popular destination for cyclists and hikers, this hunter’s lodge will satisfy your sweet tooth (štruklji, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate blooms) or more substantial cravings (goulash, Istrian stew, sauerkraut and roast, barley stew, sausages, and minced lard).
10. Cheese farms Pustotnik & Bogataj (Gorenja vas)
If you’re a cheese lover (who isn’t?!), you have to visit these two artisanal cheesemakers in Gorenja vas. They’re both known for farm-to-table products and ancient traditional methods. In addition to various types of cheese, you’ll also find milk, whey, buttermilk, sour milk, flavored milk, yogurts, kaymak, cottage cheese, and cream – basically anything dairy-based.
11. The Lipan Inn (Hotavlje)
The Lipan Inn is all about fish (hence the name, which means ‘grayling’), and their three chefs will make sure your meal is unforgettable. A fresh trout or game, sausages, roasts, dumplings, or other local treats.
12. The Visoko Café (Visoko Manor)
Located in the homestead once occupied by the great Slovenian writer Ivan Tavčar, they might not have proper meals, but they’ll be more than happy to recharge you with a cup of coffee and their famous original cake.