When the tourist/shopper needs a break from sightseeing, soaking up the culture and art, or even shopping, Bratislava’s burgeoning café culture offers the perfect respite.
Coffee is big in Slovakia. Slovak taste-buds are gradually being refined after years of enforced abstinence from the highest quality flavours. During the communist period, the only available coffee was a strong, dark Turkish-style brew. Today, the City is a heaven for the lovers of coffee.
The coffee phenomenon in Bratislava is best represented by the increasing number of coffee shops opening across the city. But this should come as no surprise as the city has a long, coffee-loving history. By 1918, Bratislava was considered a suburb of Vienna, which is famous for its cosy cafes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the City’s Main Square with its atmospheric traditional cafes offering cakes and a wide assortment of sweets and chocolate.
The best cafés in Bratislava
If you‘re serious about your tea, you cannot miss out on this teeny tea room hidden in a quiet street.
Axioma is an unlikely success: way off the central beaten path in an unsightly glass building, with clouds of smoke permanently enveloping its patrons, and let‘s be honest, its quite unalluring interior.
Café café Cremeria Milano is an Italian cafe, cake house and ice cream house situated on the Danube riverbank in one of the largest shopping centers of our capital Bratislava.
Books, coffee and snacks in a „grown up cool“ style – that‘s Foxford with its three spacious coffee shops (or borderline restaurants, if you will). The slightly confusing menu offers interesting snacks and light meals, and of course, no Coke or Pepsi, only original, creative concoctions and various caffeinated beverages.
Right on the square where this well-known sculptor lived and worked, an old Pressburg style café has been opened in his honour.
The Urban Space became impossibly popular right after its opening, thanks to its contemporary décor, magnificent cakes, delish avocado toasts, and of course the yummy chai latté!
Great freshly baked pastry is certainly not easy to find. Joe And Valery‘s super cute tiny patisserie caters to everyone in search for high quality ingredients with their decadent cakes, muffins, brownies and tartelettes.
The latest addition to Bratislava‘s sweet map. Koun is a true gelateria run by a passionate local family, whose sole intention is to bring some proper Italian sweetness to the local dull ice cream scene.
A wildly popular, original mini-chain of restaurant / café / bars with a laid-back atmosphere, a good selection of Belgian and some quirky beers, and friendly staff. And the prices are truly hard to beat.
Slovak people love their soup. There‘s probably no pub or restaurant that wouldn‘t be serving hot chicken broth or tomato soup, sometimes even instant or straight from a can!
A small café chain carrying the name of an important historical figure Ludovít Štúr. Stur single-handedly jumpstarted the city‘s original coffee shop revolution, and still holds its popularity to this day.
Larger (and noisier) sister of the original Gorila named Urban House presents customers with more food options, a lot more comfortable chairs, plus a DJ stand, which makes it a definite addition to a must visit list.
To say this place is legendary would be an understatement. This bohemian bar singlehandedly raised whole generations of Bratislava‘s café-lurkers and partygoers, feeding them hot post-hangover soup, endless lines of shots, and salmon on everything. If these walls could only talk!
With the arrival of Zeppelin, the urban center features a place that is not an overpriced tourist trap.