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Bratislava & Around

Bratislava has come on a pace with great spots to eat in the last few years, whether that’s cafe/bistro places like St Germain and Shtoor, restaurants like Sopa (veggie-friendly) or Lemon Tree, or even in a brewpub (pivovar) like Starosloviensky or Mestiansky Pivovars. For the Bratislava & Around sub-section, we’ve got features and reviews of the latest places for EVERY time in the day you’re likely to want refreshments, from breakfast through mid-morning coffee through lunch through afterwork drinks down to late, late into the night… so see our Bratislava & Around-focussed cafes, restaurants and bars & pubs chapters for more!

ALSO IN THIS REGION… Don’t forget – as an accompaniment to your meal/drink – our Bratislava & Around Places to Go and Bratislava & Around Places to Stay sub-sections. We’ve also got more on Bratislava in the Getting Around Slovakia section! 


Places to eat and drink in Bratislava & Around

  • Bratislava's best cafe? ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukAvra Kehdabra

    Wifi: Alright. Even when I don’t write about Bratislava for a few weeks on here, something wells within me which I can only describe as a pit of hunger. Not hunger for food, per se, or for Slovak food particularly, but for kicking back in one of Bratislava’s charming little cafes or bars, imbibing the atmosphere ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukFabrika

    Fabrika is one of the words Slovaks use to describe a factory, and it’s the first thing would-be drinkers should understand about Bratislava’s latest pivovar (brewpub). The industrial chic concept might have hit other parts of the globe but it never really took off before in the Slovak capital: until now… Fabrika, with its motif ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukKrasňanská Kúria

    If you were to ask me what was the best restaurant in Bratislava outside of the Old Town, my unequivocal answer would be the title of this post. If you were to ask me what the best restaurant in Bratislava was, my answer might very well be exactly the same. When you weigh up the ...

  • dsc_08431The Cork Wine Bars… First Bratislava, Now Poprad!

    Wine Bars in the High Tatras? You’d Better Believe it – Poprad’s Going Posh! Saturday night, party night? (not for me, I’m sitting here writing this, but for you, dear reader…) In Bratislava, Cork Wine Bar was and still is, after one acclimatised to the serendipitous vibrant-but-relaxed, understated-but-suave cafe and bar culture permeating the city, exactly ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukBratislava’s Best Pivovar (Brewpub-Gastropub)

    This site does not usually seize on the obvious (recommending places people are more likely to know about anyway) but there is a way to subvert every trend (for example, writing about somewhere people are less likely to really know about because those people won’t be expecting me to write about anywhere people are likely to ...

  • Image by www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukThe New Bistro St Germain

    Wifi: slow. My memories of the old St Germain are fond, I must say (even although the old location is now ancient, and the new one no longer quite so new). Previously tucked into a cosy little courtyard off bustling Obchodná, this dinky but dignified spot with its elegantly old-fashioned Frech decor, from the black-and white ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukKava.Bar

    Wifi: Good. I ducked in out of the afternoon murk of Obchodná, one of Bratislava’s main shopping streets, the other day, into the convivial warmth of the Martinus Bookstore.  As I slurped a coffee in their street front cafe, watching the trams creak by and perusing my Slovak for Beginners book, I noticed that the menu claimed the ...

  • Obývačka

    It’s a fairly simple, but mind-blowingly effective recipe. Take breakfast (three-cheese omelette, eggy bread or pancakes, perhaps, alongside one of Bratislava’s best possibilities for a good macchiato). Take lunch (maybe the Obývačka special, a tasting platter of aubergine dip, feta, olives, grilled courgette, shrimps and a dash of chilli). Take dinner (the chicken and mozerella ...

  • The Train Station Cafe – Vestiges of Old Glamour

    Wifi: Non-existent  (regrettably, given the name of the joint) On a visit to Budapest recently I was reminded again of just how many glamorous cafes of old there are in the city – Ruszvurm near the castle, for instance, that Austrian Empress Elizabeth used to send for cakes from, or New York Cafe, that all the famous turn-of-the-century Hungarian writers ...

  • The Tea Tent in Medická Záhrada

    Wifi: None. The first time. It’s important, right? On my first time – with the tea tent in Medická Záhrada, that is – a bare-footed, bearded man engaged me in an interesting discussion about birdwatching in Slovakia: besides recommending then serving me with a very good iced tea… It’s illustrative of the ease – the slightly Bohemian, but very serene ...

  • Štúr (the Cafe)

    Wifi: Good. I like cafes. And perhaps part of the reason I like them, over, let’s say, restaurants, is because I like sitting in them with a coffee and a laptop, eking away hours stealing subtle glances at newcomers to see if they could become characters in my next book, or will at least add some ...

  • Verne

    It’s always the way, right? You come to a beautiful city centre, you see the key sights and then you build up a thirst – or even a hunger – for after all, being a tourist or a traveller or a wanderer or whatever word you choose to use for it is, sometimes, draining. And of course ...

  • Traja Mušketieri

    It had been a long time in coming. Circumstances had thwarted us from visiting Traja Mušketieri, Bratislava’s medieval-themed Slovak restaurant, on many an occasion. Now we were to be thwarted no more… although its location, on one of the elegant old back streets behind the Presidential palace, can be hard to find. As you descend into the ...

  • Bratislava Castle Restaurant

    Slovak cuisine tastebud-tickling time. And this, primarily, for those who have been asking me about classic places to eat really good Slovak food in Bratislava Old Town. On first examination, the question itself appears bizarre – what other kind of food would restaurants in the Slovak capital be serving up? Well, the current trend in the ...

  • Hanging Out at The Hangout

    Wifi: slow but steady. It’s a Friday evening, just around six, and the Hangout Cafe at the beginning of Kapucinska is uncharacteristically quiet. All day it’s been buzzing with cool young things, busy on their laptops, on their speedy business lunches. And now it’s just us. It’s a rarity. Normally, day-time, Hangout Cafe is full. Heaving ...

  • Starosloviensky Pivovar: Where the Foam Comes Free

    So there I was, all ready to start writing a post about Slovak wine. I even have a glass of wine in my hand, for Goodness sake. But I remember someone saying to me the other day I hadn’t written enough about places to go for a drink in Bratislava yet (which is surprising, because ...

  • brat-presporak_791x591Top Ten Bratislava Cafes (March 2017)

    OK, so this list is subject to change – when I hear of a new entry worthy of the list or of one of these entries deserving a different position I’ll update it. But as of right now, here we go: 10: Café Dias Only come here for coffee and cake. These two items on the menu ...

  • 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 ...