After several years as a sleeping beauty, Makalonca – the cafe that almost touches the Ljubljanica River, returned on the scene. It can be easily seen from the Hribar embankment, set in the immediate proximity of the centrally located Triple Bridge and the wooden footbridge connecting Congress Square with the Old Town. Andrej Škufca, former world champion in Latin American dances, and his partners, instilled fresh cultural contents and revitalised the space, originally designed by architect Jože Plečnik for the embarkment on river boats. Wide stairs bond the inner space with the river, by which Plecnik’s pier functions as the central stage of a water amphitheatre. The banks encircling this stage can be seen as seats for the audience.
During the winter, the Makalonca cafe reflects a quieter character compared to the warmer months, when it is energized by the river banks that offer a timeless view of the river flowing placidly underneath the Ljubljana Castle. The events can be shifted from the indoor space onto small floating stages – river boats, where artists perform. The venue is becoming more and more established as a haven for the cultural and artistic expression of various genres.
The Makalonca cafe can be privatised for social events, ideally featuring a cocktail reception and finger food. The two long outdoor terraces just above the water surface allow the entertainment of up to 120 guests while the indoor space caters for a maximum of 50 guests.