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!


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 a 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: April – 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

The price for two persons is EUR 130. The price includes two soft drinks or juices of choice, 2 bottles of mineral water, coffee or tea, one bottle of Istrian wine of choice.


At the hotel coffee & pastry Forma Viva

Introducing our Deli Shop at Forma Viva, next to the park of Kempinski Palace Portorož, where everyone is welcome to savor the best local delicacies. From croissants to sandwiches, pastries, and more, indulge in flavors that delight the senses.
Whether you are a guest at the hotel or simply exploring Portorož, our doors are open to all. Enjoy a leisurely break in our coffee & pastry or grab a delicious treat to take with you for a seaside stroll.
And do not miss our selection of local olive oils and wines through which you can truly taste the flavours of Istria.


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

Experience an unforgettable evening at Kempinski Palace Portorož with our exclusive Golden Hour Dinner event, set to take place on the hotel's picturesque rooftop. Indulge in a sumptuous 6-course menu meticulously crafted by our talented chefs, perfectly complemented by exquisite wine pairings, for EUR 145 per person.


Poached oyster with herbal olive oil aioli on barley chips

1st course
Bashed beef carpaccio with black truffle and brioche

2nd course
Creamy beef soup with crispy meat rolls

3rd course
Black risotto with calamari rose

4th course
Seared tuna with sesame, eggplant and parsnip

5th course
Beef ribeye with young potatoes, with herbal butter and res peppercorn sauce

Valrhona Opalys white chocolate mousse, raspberry sorbet, Valrhona inspiration raspberry ganache, lemon sponge

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

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

Time: Friday, 31 May 2024, at 19:00


In collaboration with Koželj - House of Fine Wines

Join us for an exceptional wine experience at the park of Kempinski Palace Portorož, where an unforgettable exploration of the most esteemed Slovenian wines awaits you.

Unwind your taste buds with premium wines and indulge in the diverse flavors and aromas from Slovenia's most esteemed wine regions, such as Verus, Šteyer, Kristančič, Movia, Benedetič, Guerila, Batič, Lavrenčič, Erzetič. You will also have the opportunity to taste renowned spirits from Italy with Rossi and Nonino distilleries joining us. Our sommeliers and wine experts will also be present and share their knowledge about viticulture and the art of tasting.

Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the world of fine wines and culinary delights and secure your spot at the most prestigious wine event in town! The price per entry is EUR 15.

Location: Park in front of Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož

Time: Saturday, 8 June 2024, from 15:00 to 22:00


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 2024. 

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