Are you a shopaholic? Welcome to the paradise!
Developments over the past two decades have brought new life and spirit to many locations of Bratislava and created new living, business, shopping and leisure zones, popular among locals and tourists alike. There are three recently built shopping malls, which can be easily reached from Bratislava’s City Centre – Eurovea, Aupark, and Central.
They offer everything any shopper could desire. Fashion, accessories, jewelry, home goods, books and even furniture can all found in one place. You can even visit a contemporary art gallery and the shopping malls also offer creche facilities to entertain your little ones (they must be at least three years old).
A treasured part of the shopping experience is stopping for a coffee and cake or even better, a lunch and a drink. And while nibbling, sipping and chatting to your companion, people watching is good fun too. Bratislava’s burgeoning café culture offers a great choice of professionally brewed coffees and teas, accompanied by a delicious selection of cakes and tarts.
Eurovea is a shiny new, modern shopping centre situated on the bank of the Danube, close to the Apollo Bridge. It offers a perfect combination of shopping and relaxation, is ten minutes walk from the Old Town and features a number of modern buildings that mark a clear contrast to older houses in the area. It’s a cultural centre too and many events, ranging from concerts to Christmas markets to giant screen sporting matches are hosted here. A public riverside park offers spectacular views over the Danube, bridges and Petržalka.
The new shopping centres are an attractive option for tourist seeking an alternative to Vienna where shops are often closed during weekends. Shopping in Slovakia thrives seven days a week and most of the shops in the malls are opened until 8 or 9pm every day.
Bringing prezzies from travels is definitely not an easy task, and don‘t we all invariably end up buying an overpriced, tacky souvenir at the airport?