You should start the tour early in the morning (that is about 8 or 9 o’clock for us students) with a fresh, delicious and hot cup of amazing coffee at one of the iconic coffee houses. “Huda kava” on Poštna ulica, “Astoria” on the Grajski trg or “Kavajo” just across the street from the University Clinical Center Maribor on Ljubljanska ulica are all great choices to start the day. If a nice tea is more your cup of coffee, there is a fantastic tea house right next to Astoria on Slovenska ulica called “Čajek”.
Slovenia is indeed world famous for its seamless integration of nature and urbanism. Maribor, as its second largest city, is no exception. After getting a fill of energy, there is a variety of spots to enjoy – a soft green lawn, towering trees and the quirky chirps of our winged friends. About 5 minutes from both Astoria and Čajek, heading north, is a great city park. If it’s a warm sunny day, just follow the crowd of young and old “Mariborčani”, as they head into the park for a walk, a jog or just a round of banter and good fun.
Back in the city centre, there is still a myriad of culinary and cultural pleasures. A great place to start is with a nice lunch – traditional Slovene cuisine is served at “Štajerc” on Vetrinjska ulica, mexican at “Tacos” on Mesarski prehod, traditional Bosnian at “Baščaršija” on Poštna ulica, pizza at Ancora on Jurčičeva ulica, etc. In short, you will find something for all tastes at an affordable price of 7-10 Euros per person (including drinks). Most of those restaurants also offer meals for students who are using student coupons.
You just had quite a day, don’t you think? Well, it isn’t over just yet! Although Maribor is rather small, it knows how to put on a grand party. Your choices include “KMŠ”, “KGB” and “Satchmo”, all within minutes of each other and the central market place, which is usually crawded with enthusiastic party goers after dark. Some way out of the centre (about 15 minutes on foot) you will find the student campus, with “Štuk” and “Trust” dominating the space there. You can find two cinema complexes in Maribor. One is near the river Drava close to “Lent”, you’ll also find club “Plus minus” that usually attracts a more posh crowd. The other cinema complex is a bit out of the city centre on your way to “Pohorje.”
For more information, or if you’re looking for something really specific, the best thing to do is to stop some of the friendly people on the street and just ask them. Pretty much everybody in Maribor speaks English and most speak German or French as well, so you’ll never be short of advice, fun conversation or friends to miss when you’ll be forced to return home.