cafe-bratislava

Cafes

Cafe culture is BIG in Bratislava. Believe it or not, there are articles out there which put it second only to Paris in Europe! But let’s put it this way. There are a surprising number of really quality cafes tucked away in the cobbled Old Town streets – and when the sun’s out and the outside tables emerge, along with the smell of freshly roasted beans… there really is a beautiful and very special vibe in the city.  

The tea scene is perhaps a little more underground (in a few cases very literally) – although conversely tea-drinking is a bigger part of Slovak culture. But take your time and follow your nose (and our recommendations, obviously) to some tea houses where tea is an art, perhaps almost a lifestyle choice and – beyond doubt – where some of the city’s best locales for sheer hanging-out are.

As you do explore, you’ll find that both with the cafes and the teahouses, there are two distinct types of places: the ultra-modern that could fit effortlessly into more-or-less any city and what we like to call the quintessential Slovak places. On here we do (or will) feature plenty of the former – but we’re mostly concerned with the latter, because after all you want to experience something in Slovakia you can’t experience elsewhere, right? What makes a classic found-nowhere-else SLOVAK type of joint? That’s a question that’s more difficult to answer, and one you’ll find your own answer to anyway. But for us it’s something very understated: an effortless urbane-ness that comes from Bratislava being within easy reach of a whole host of European influences, Austrian right through to Hungarian. There is dark wood, great espresso, an inordinate number of fruit and herb teas and above all unlimited linger-ability involved, though – of that we are convinced!


Cafes 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...