On the Danube river, is the capital, largest city and cultural center of Slovakia – Bratislava.
Found in the southwestern part of Slovakia along the middle Danube where Slovakia borders Austria and Hungary, this southern country was once part of the former communist Czechoslovakia. The Eastern Bloc remnants can still be seen today surrounding the small historic downtown that is today the seat of power for Slovakian government.
A popular stop for tourists coming in on river cruises, Bratislava on average will receive close to a million visitors a year. The main attraction is the Braslav Castle which sits high over the city dating back to the Hapsburg influence of the mid 1500’s.
Other popular sites to visit are concentrated within the medieval old town including the Town Hall that surrounds the main square, many Gothic cathedrals and baroque palaces built in the 18th century during the reign of Maria Theresa that today house the President and the current Slovakian government.
The small town can easily be explored in just a few hours which leaves plenty of time to enjoy some of Bratislava’s best dining.
Here is a list of 5 locations to eat like a local when visiting Bratislava:
- Bistro SOHO (Dunajská):
A small storefront Bistro located in Old Town Bratislava in the Old Market Hall.
Asian inspired freshly prepared large portions and freshly curated desserts, plus a coffee bar, large offering of asian teas, botanically brewed soft drinks, rotating local beers and local wines makes this popular for its food and service.
All of their meals are gluten free and they cater to special dietary needs so it is perfect for the discerning diner.
This affordable and cozy bistro is very popular with both locals and tourists so reservations are recommended. Even with a reservation, the bistro is petite which is part of her charm so expect a wait. English menus are available.
- Palacinka Lacinka:
A small hidden find located set down the street behind the President Garden in downtown Bratislava. This diamond in the rough is best known as the place to get local home style Slovakian crepes in Bratislava.
Don’t let the exterior of the creperie which is inexpensive sway you, the high quality desserts are worth the visit for a large variety of sweet and savory pancake choices.
Close to the Franza Liszta tram stop, she well frequented by locals and tourists who are recommended off reviews as one of the best dessert stops in Bratislava. At only .35 euro (less then .50 per pancake) you can sample many of their tasty options. It is also possible to combine flavors to create your own custom crepe.
English menu’s are available, there is no dining inside and expect a wait.
- Sky Bar Restaurant Bratislava:
A 3 minute walk from the St. Martin’s Cathedral, sitting high above Bratislava the Sky Bar restaurant offers one of the best city views of Bratislava Castle and the old town.
A modern bar and restaurant lcoated on the 7th floor of the Lemontree restaurant building, for a real treat, head up to the 8th floor patio.
This experience is perfect for outdoor dining with drinks and views after exploring the downtown Bratislava area.
The menu is a combination of Thai and Slovakian fused recipes. Pricing is on the higher end for Slovakian dining, a la carte dining is approximately $20 per dish.
Also offering appetizers, crafted cocktails or a wine menu with popular Slovakian and European vintages. Reservations are recommended.
- FABRIKA the beer pub:
Beer has been a favorite in Slovakia since the 15th century and here you can enjoy house made brews at this pub, restaurant, coffee, rum and wine bar.
The pub brews its trademark pilsner which can be found on draught along with crafted lagers, weizens, APA’s and seasonals to try individually or in a flight.
The full menu is filled with tasty pub fare from their popular burger to more locally based menu items, soups and salads that span every type of food.
Also offering a full bar in addition to the extensive wine list and rums from around the globe. This lively spot is attached to a trendy hotel just a 10 minute walk outside Michael’s Gate in the old city.
Easily accessible to visit with relaxing outdoor seating and community tables for larger groups.
Reservations are recommended for larger groups and can be made online from their website.
The top rated restaurant in the area is located outside the historic area and is all about burgers and beer.
This eco friendly farm to table restaurant offers house ground burgers, cooked to order, and homemade fries served with custom made sauces to accompany your rosemary or garlic herb fries.
The burgers are priced under $12.50, and are served along well priced local beers, cider, spirits and wine providing many options for anyone looking for a taste of the U.S.
There is always a wait due to the popularity of the restaurant and they are so sure that you will enjoy their burgers, listed on the menu is the option to buy the chef’s a round of beer in appreciation of your burger-gastronomy experience.
Offering English menu’s, reservations are accepted for dinner. Stop by for lunch and grab a seat.
Bratislava is an old city that is today influenced by its current seat of government offering many modern options to enjoy both the old and new.
As a small town, the best way to experience Bratislava is by river cruise. Learn more about cruising the Danube river from our website and enjoy Slovakia among some of central Europe’s best and most beautiful medieval cities.