Shopping

If you want info on where to go for cool, non-international chain, quirky, quintessential Slovakian shopping ideas then read on! 

Within this shopping sub-section you can delve for info on:

 Food & Drink Shopping You know…where to get that succulent sheep’s cheese, crafty bottle of potent slivovica, unheard-of-but-delicious Slovak wine, etc

Books/film/music Shopping (for everything from the best reference titles for Slovak history to the best folk albums to buy)

Handicrafts Shopping (where you can find out more about the very best arts and crafts being produced over here – and there are LOTS as Slovakia is a tradition-steeped place – for take-home souvenirs).

Outdoor Gear (because Slovakia is all about its incredible nature and you might well want to visit a shop to get kitted out!)

 In the below articles, if the location is particularly important, i.e. you can only find the shop in one particular place, then the location will feature in the article title.

The little we’ve amassed here on Slovakia’s indie shop scene is already the most extensive in-English on-line resource and we aim to keep it that way!


Places to shop in shops

  • A deer in a dish...The Far East: Your Very Own Elegy in Oak

    “The other day, I was about to toss a chunk of wood onto the stove. But the light caught on the grain, at a certain angle, and I knew this piece of wood could be something. I stopped concentrating on getting the stove going – even though it’s pretty freezing right now in Eastern Slovakia ...

  • marianka4The Best Ways to Experience Christmas in Slovakia

    This is the season to be happy, after all. Dinky, mountain-backed, frequently snow-blanketed and with a propensity for lighting big crackling log fires or old-fashioned tiled stoves to warm the cockles in the cold months, Slovakia is a great place for a cosy festive getaway. Several German towns, as well as Vienna, tend to steal the ...

  • Great antiques - image by www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukBratislava: The Best of the City’s Antiques (Souvenirs)

    One can rush through Bratislava – see only its ugly outskirts – and come away thinking there is nothing there. Even should one find one’s way to the maze of cobbled Old Town alleys, one can come away not glimpsing a fraction of the quirks they contain. I’ve said so on this site before – ...

  • Bratislava: The White Mouse (Whisky)

    Whenever I’m feeling down and out in Bratislava, whenever the winter cold gets a little too much, not too many days elapse before I’m making a pilgrimage down to my favourite whisky shop in the city to procure a bottle of the Good Stuff. Such is the manner of the shop that the pilgrimage becomes ...

  • Painted eggs… a typical Slovak handicraft – pic by Picture by Doko Ing. Mgr. Jozef KotuličTop Ten Slovak Gift Ideas

    Whether it’s bringing home a present for the folks from your summer hols or getting that classic traditional festive treat at one of Slovakia’s legendary Christmastime markets, knowing your quality souvenirs from your tourist tack is important in Slovakia – and actually makes choosing a gift to take home enjoyable rather than tedious. To that end, ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukModra: Majolika (Handicrafts)

    For anyone wanting to bring home a memento of their time in Slovakia, this renowned ceramics shop in the beguiling little town of Modra 28km northeast of Bratislava is a sure-fired bet (excuse the pun). Whilst many outlets, once they become moderately successful, gravitate to capital city high streets and shopping centres, Majolika has remained refreshingly low-key. Its ...

  • Buying Hiking Maps and Apps (Outdoors)

    There it is: one of the classic billboard shots for Slovakia’s hiking: the strange twisting path through the wooded chasms of Slovenský Raj, or the Slovak Paradise. Chances are that if you come to this country, want to see the best of it and have time to do so then you’re going to be doing ...

  • ArtForum’s Slovak Movies (Film)

    Just a shout-out, really, this post: Bratislava is full of these labyrinthine old streets that, in and around the Old Town and Castle area, secrete serendipitous bars, cafes, galleries and shops. On a cool, crisp night last night we were wandering in the streets just below the castle and chanced upon a place we’d seen before ...

  • Panta Rhei And Café Dias (Central Bratislava Branch): Good Coffee, Great Books

      Wifi: Alright. I’m always a bit dubious of cafes in, or affiliated with, bookstores. So it was with some trepidation that I snuffed out Café Dias the other night after a spot of Christmas shopping. Would it be another dreary collaboration of the Borders-Starbucks or Paperchase-Caffé Nero ilk, full of depressed, angry people so utterly out ...

  • Around Bratislava – the North: Svätý Jur for a Day Trip?

    An icy, but brilliantly sunny winter’s day: and where to roam from Bratislava when you wake up, well, reasonably late? You want to get out into the countryside, but you also don’t have so many hours before darkness falls again, and are reliant on public transport. Svätý Jur, just to the northeast of Bratislava, might ...

  • Bratislava Christmas Market by Miroslav PetraskoThe Old Town: Bratislava’s Christmas Market

    I remember laughing the first time I heard that Bratislava’s Christmas Market, that started on 23rd November and runs until 23rd December, was one of Central Europe’s best winter festivals. With Vienna’s famous Christmas markets less than an hour’s drive away, could Bratislava’s really be considered in the same league? Well, maybe not. But when we ...