From time to time, when I want to feel like a child again I go to see a theater performance at Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, which is located on Krekov trg in the city center of Ljubljana. They have a small stage where families with children come every weekend and watch puppet shows. On the right side of the theater, beneath Ljubljana Castle’s funicular, lie a few coffee bars.
Kljukec is the neighbour of a recently opened bar Daktari. Every time after the performance in the Puppet theater we sit there, get ourselves coffee, hot wine, cacao, smoke, talk and listen to other guests. We don’t know them, but listen to the stories of puppeteers, costume designers, play-writes, directors and other employees of the theater, many of them foreigners doing guest performances.
This bar is also a convenient place when Daktari is overcrowded, which is quite frequent at the end of the week. Recently the bar started to offer Suspended coffees. This great idea originates from Italy as caffé sospeso (in Slovenian Kava na zalogo) and means that you pay for two coffees and drink only one. The second one you buy goes to those who can’t afford it.
If you want to know why Kljukec is a favorite place of all the previously mentioned creative minds, you’ll have to ask them. I am sure, they will answer you like a real “Kljukec“, a cunning, twisted boy from the roofs. I wasn’t satisfied with the answer. Will you be?