Many people are used to drinking tap water in Slovenia, as it is clean and uncontaminated. The food available on the Slovenian market is produced without any GMOs. Organic food is available.
Bars and restaurants often serve tap water, for instance alongside coffee. In recent years many establishments have ceased to do so, offering bottled water instead, but this is no reflection of the quality of the water. Unless the waiter tells you what kind of water is being served, it is best to ask. Water in plastic bottles is always available.
High-quality drinking water
The quality of the drinking water varies from region to region, as there are over a thousand water systems. The water in the towns is better in some parts than that in the countryside. Much of Slovenia’s drinking water is hard, i.e. it has a higher content of harmless limescale. Cases of contaminated water, resulting in diarrhoea and stomach problems, are extremely rare, but can occur.
After heavy rainfall it is sometimes advisable to avoid tap water, as it can tend to be turbid. In such instances the public are alerted via the media.
If you like drinking bottled water, the choice in Slovenian shops, bars and restaurants is wide. Two sparkling mineral waters that enjoy an international reputation are Radenska Three Hearts and Donat Mg. Although the first mineral water to be sold by almost all bars and restaurants, Donat Mg is slightly less widespread.
No GM food is available in Slovenia, as it is banned throughout the European Union. Most of the food on sale in Slovenia is produced on farms in the country. Organic farming is becoming increasingly widespread.
The origin of all food products sold in Slovenia is marked on the packaging.
Bars and restaurants that offer food must satisfy strict hygiene standards during preparation, and there is thus no cause for concern over contamination. Cases of food poisoning are very rare.