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Slovenia Shopping

Ljubljana Flea Market
Cankarjevo Nabrežje (near the Triple Bridge)
Slovenia 1000

This riverside market is a gold mine for antiques, army gear, old records, communist memorabilia, and bric-a-brac of every kind. The central location along the embankments near the Triple Bridge means that perusing the offerings is an extremely popular pastime for both locals and tourists, so if you see a worthy find, grab it. Haggling is expected, but don't be too aggressive. You might get a discounted price, but it won't be 50 percent off. The stated hours are Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm, but there's a fair chance the vendors will stick around a bit longer on a sunny summer afternoon.

Open Sundays 8 am to 1 pm.

Piranske Soline
19 Mestni Trg
Slovenia 1000
Tel: 386 1 425 0190

Alain Ducasse is among the devotees of Piranske Soline's salts, which are produced using 14th-century methods. The salt is harvested in pans that date back an astonishing 1,200 years, where workers use wooden scrapers to drain the salt and then manually load it into wagons for transport. Soline's tiny Ljubljana shop on Mestni Trg stocks everything from salt in its most basic form to salt mills, salt cellars, and sea-salt body scrubs. The small linen bags are great to take home as are the wickedly delicious dark-chocolate bars topped with fleur de sel.

Tomislav Loboda
6 Wolfova Ulica
Slovenia 1000
Tel: 386 1 251 6295

A rarity in Ljubljana, this is a high-end horologist and jeweler, carrying timepieces from Piaget, Cartier, and Baume & Mercier. But Loboda's own designs are the real attraction: His elegantly minimalist rings and necklaces are made by hand from precious metals in the on-site workshop. Loboda does custom designs as well, but as this is a small artisanal operation, any special orders will have to be shipped back home once they're finished.

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