Culinary moments

Culinary moments

Welcome to the culinary region of Istria

Istria is known as a culinary destination, filled with the riches of nature. Each season is special and unique in its tastes in its own way, and the hotel’s culinary team is proud to showcase the best of each season!



A new concept: 4 hands dinner

As tradition has it, autumn is time for culinary events and Guest Chef events are returning to the ambience of the Michelin-plate awarded restaurant Sophia.
With an upgrade in the concept, guests will not only experience the cuisine of the guest chef, but will have an option to participate in the “4-hands dinner”. A dinner, during which the guest chef and the chef of restaurant Sophia, Marjo Povšnar, will join forces and will work together towards delivering to you the mix of cuisines, the fusion of styles and the combination of tastes.



Luxurious Istrian picnic in the historic park

Could there be a more perfect spot to relax with a luxurious Istrian picnic than the historic park surrounding Kempinski Palace Portorož? Lush greenery, vibrant perfumed roses, majestic shady trees and a view of the Adriatic Sea provide a beautiful stage for you to enjoy a hamper full of local specialities as well as European fare.

The hotel team will set up your picnic, complete with blanket, cushions and table. Your hamper will contain all your crockery and cutlery together with Istrian wine, soft drinks and tea or coffee.

Location: Park in front of hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož

Time: June – 15 September, 15:00-17:00

Please note this experience requires an advance booking of 24h and is a subject to availability.

Leaf salad, cucumber, radish, cherry tomato, corn kernel, carrot
Classic “Caprese” salad, basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt
Mediterranean seafood salad, thyme, potato, extra virgin olive oil
Istrian cold cut plate, grapes, nuts
Smoked mackerel with horseradish
Classic “Vitello tonnato”, sliced veal topped with rich tuna sauce, capers, anchovies
Istrian green and black olives

Bread and butter
Finger sandwiches - Tramezzini
Turkey breast with lettuce and remoulade
Tuna mayonnaise with dry tomatoes and curd
Cucumbers, butter, feta cheese
Roast beef with rocket and truffle mayo

Cut fruit plate
Mud pie 
Cheesecake with dipping

Price includes two soft drinks or juices of choice, 2 bottles of mineral water, coffee or tea, one bottle of Istrian wine of choice.


Aperitivo in the ambience of historical park

Before dining, it is aperitivo time!
Sundowner time at Forma Viva Coffee & Pastry of Kempinski Palace Portorož looks like a scene from a film set in the French Riviera. Sunset, a lounge atmosphere, a historical park and the grandeur of the Palace façade in the background, together with the sounds of chansons from the gramophone, make this a must-do experience while staying at the luxury hotel.
You will be served the aperitivo of the night by the hotel's barman, a perfect beginning of the evening, before going for dinner.

Location: Forma Viva Coffee & Pastry

Time: 17:00 – 19:00 during summer months


With Michelin-Plate awarded restaurant

Dining in Michelin Plate-awarded restaurant Sophia is an exceptional experience. Dining at the restaurant Sophia and deciding on the Dinner under the Stars is a phenomenal experience out of this world.

You will have a private dinner with a table in the quiet zone of the private park and a dedicated service person.

The menu, inspired by the timeless beauty of Sophia Loren, presents traditional Mediterranean and Istrian cuisine, represented in a modern way and combined with innovative cooking techniques. Allow our chef to take you on the path of the “Sophia Loren Signature Menu”. The special dinner is available in accordance with the opening hours of the restaurant Sophia.

Please note this experience requires an advance booking of 24h and is a subject to availability.


Best view in town

Summer evenings in July & August are made perfect with Rooftop Cocktail Wednesdays at the luxury hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož! It is the day when the lobby bar Palace Club moves up to the sky. A nice relaxing atmosphere on the Rooftop terrace invites you to enjoy live chillout music, cocktails with a barman show and good company.

Experience the best sunset in the area and admire Portorož from above!

Location: Rooftop terrace atop the modern part of Kempinski Palace Portorož

Time: 18:00 - 22:30


The perfect pairing of food & wine

Autumn is the period of gourmet dinners with a winemaker in the Michelin Plate-awarded restaurant Sophia.

The hotel chef will prepare a special degustation menu for the occasion, whose flavours will be paired with various wines from local winemakers as a wine-pairing. Each dinner will feature a different winemaker, who will present their own wines and the passion behind their creation. Perhaps you will get some secrets from the winemaker himself!

Location: Restaurant Sophia 

Dates of the events will be announced shortly.


The festive spirit in the park of the hotel

Join our Christmas fairytale and walk through the decorated Christmas stands in the historic park of the hotel. 

The stands will offer various local handmade and ethnic gifts, culinary specialities and locally produced wines. A walk through the park will offer you a taste of various local goods and cheer you up with the Christmas jingles before you warm up with some mulled wine next to our traditional fireplace. At the opening ceremony of the Christmas market, you will also participate in the lighting ceremony of the Christmas lights, which will colour Portorož in the Christmas spirit. 

Location: Park in front of Kempinski Palace Portorož 

The Christmas market will take place every weekend in December (Friday to Sunday). 


Bubbly Moments at Crystal Hall

In collaboration with the Portorož Tourism Board, the annual Sparkling Wine Festival event is returning to the Crystal Hall of Kempinski Palace Portorož on 26 December 2022. 

With the entrance fee, all visitors will receive a genuine crystal wine glass, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, and will be able to enjoy a four-hour sparkling degustation. 

Guests will be able to taste different sparkling wines from vineyards in the region. This year will also feature a selection of champagnes, local Istrian cuisine prepared by the hotel’s executive chef and live music performance. 

Simultaneously, renowned Slovenian sommeliers will announce the winner among the sparkling wines. 

Book your stay and celebrate the event with hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož.

Browse our Offers and book your accommodation during the special events at Kempinski Palace Portorož.

For reservations and more information please contact us:
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+386 5 692 7000