The café culture in Bratislava has blossomed over the past few years with more and more activity spilling out onto the streets and into courtyards in the summer months. Many cafés offer several different varieties of coffee (káva) with varying prices and atmospheres. To help you decide, The Slovak Spectator has provided you with a Bratislava café guide.
Strong Turkish coffee (Turecká káva) with the grounds at the bottom is what you sometimes get when you don't specify; but more often you'll get espresso (presso). Viennese (Viedenská káva) is coffee with whipped cream, served with a cookie. Other choices include coffee with milk (káva s mliekom), Algerian (Alžírska) with egg liquer and cappuccino.
Price guide (coffee and desert for two)
$$$: Over 500 Sk
$$: 150 - 499 Sk
$: Under 150 Sk
Café u Maximiliána
Cozy, two-floor café right on Hlavné námestie (main square) in the old town. Wooden tables and wall-panelling, great coffee and reasonable prices makes this a local favourite
$$, Zelená 5, tel: 5443 5474, open daily 9.00-22.00.
This ritzy Viennese cafe also on the main square serves up great coffe and scrumptious desserts in grand old Habsburg style and posh environment.
Tough to find a seat after the opera. Prices make you feel just like you're in Vienna.
$$$, Hlavné nám.4, tel: 5441 1741, open daily 10.00-1.00
The only internet-café in the centre of Bratislava is at the rear of the Slovak National Museum along the banks of the Danube. Beautiful high-ceilinged hall where people chat over a coffees to live romantic piano-music. Famous locals from Richard Müller to Mikulaš Dzurinda can often be seen taking a coffee and smoke break. The internet room is downstairs to the right. Quite pricy although good facilities and service.
$$, Muzejná ul, open Mon-Fri 9.00-22.00, Sat 10.00-22.00
Tel: 5934 9111
Just a few steps from the Opera house, this trendy wine-beer-spritzer joint is worth a visit. Paintings and other objects of art on display as well as occasional piano music. They talk here as seriously as if the fate of empires trembled in the balance.
$, Gorkého 11, tel: 5413 1026, open 8.30-24.00 daily
Wooden decor and large windows facing the street make this a comfortable place to relax over some java while watching the world pass by. Right on the corner of Michalská ulica, just over the former drawbridge from Old Town.
$$ Michalská ul, tel: 5441 6431, open Mon-Fri 7.30-22.00, Sat 8.00-22.00, Sun 10.00-22.00
This trendy art hangout across from the British Council is popular among students and art-types. Reasonable prices and bohemian atmosphere amidst displays of paintings and other art cover.
$$, Panská ul tel: 5443 1228, open Mon-Fri 9.00-24.00, Sat16.00-24.00, Sun 16.00-23.00
A cubby hole at the bend in Laurinska street. Angels of all sizes and persuasions cover the walls and ceilings and bartenders work the crowds well. Apart from coffee and tea, a selection of Italian sparkling wines are available as well as numerous special drinks.
No food is served but tasteful music ranging from jazz and funk to Latin American.
$$, Laurinská 19, tel: 5443 2724 open Mon-Sat 9.00-24.00, Sun 13.00-24.00
7. Feb 2000 at 0:00