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Bratislava Cafés

Atlantis- This cukrareň with good, inexpensive ice cream and scrumptious cheese cake is very popular with students...often too popular with lines winding out the door. $$. Štúrova 13. < 10:00-20:00.

Café Advokát- For a respite from the activities on your docket, rub elbows with the city's legal community here. If the clientele has any objection with the racey décor, it is overruled by the classy company. On the ground floor of an office building housing dozens of lawyers, this café is great for morning coffee or evening cocktails. $. Kolárska ul 6. < 8:00-21:00 M-Sa.

Café Francais- The biggest, leafiest salads in Bratislava, with three kinds of lettuce and a tangy vinaigrette- and that's just one of the dishes on offer at the café in the French Institute. Creamy onion tarts, roast beef sandwiches, and to-die-for pastries round out the menu. Continental breakfast, too. $$. Hlavné nám. < 9:00-9:00 M-F.

Café Krym- A real breakfast, inexpensive and available at 7 a.m. Indulge in scrambled eggs, omelettes, ham and eggs, bread and butter with jelly or honey and home-made pastries. When was the last time you had that kind of choice for your petit dejeuner? $. Šafárikovo nám. 7. % 314-954. < 07:00-21:00 M-Su.

Café Maximilián- Clean and modern with a Viennese flair. On cold days, this a great spot for hot chocolate or heated wine. Nice decor - and most exciting, when seated upstairs order your drinks by telephone. $$. Hlavné námestie, % 335-474. < 10:00-22:00, M-Su.

Café U Petra- Enter from Dunajská ul in to this 25-seat nook. Serving 20 main dishes, U Petra is more than a café. It's location near Tesco with ample parking is a bonus. $. Klemensova 1. % 323-827. < 10:00-24:00, M-Su.

Cukráreň Srdce- For one of the best pastry selections in town, venture into the heart of Slovenská Kreditná Banka's passage running between Nám. SNP and Kolárska ul. The hot chocolate is thick and creamy with gobs of whipped cream that prevent it from burning your mouth. $$. Nám. SNP, < 9:00-21:00 Mo-Su.

Jezbera Cukráreň- Rising with the sun? This is one of the few places that can serve you coffee and pastry as you roll out of bed. Grab a window seat and watch Bratislava start its day as Jezbera's location is one of its greatest virtues. $. Nám. SNP 9. < 6:30-21:00.

Korzo Kaviareň- The velvet décor offers a cozy feel to this great spot for coffee, a snack or light meal. Recommended are the iced coffee, sundaes, and apple strudel. Breakfast is available. $$. Hviezdoslavovo nám. 11. % 334-974. < 9:00-24:00, M-Su.

London Café- Located at the British Council, this is a favorite spot for English-speakers to grab a leisurely sip or bite. The quiche is great for lunch, as is the tunafish sandwich. Good soups and salads as well. A serene place to catch up on world news as written in English. $. Panská 17.< 9:00-21:00.

Pepsi Bistro- This converted dry cleaners used to be one in a line of old buildings, but now stands alone as a neon beacon illuminating the end of Obchodná ul. The baguette sandwiches and salads are good, but not always available. $. Kollárovo nám. < 10:00-22:00.

Perla- The cafe is OK, but the beer hall in the back left is actually cleaner and smoke-free, with Budvar on tap. Sit at the wooden tables and order mostly Slovak fare from the restaurant menu. The wait staff is pleasant and efficient. $. Mariánska 11. % 364-493. < 8:00-23:00.

Ravijoma- This sprawling complex is supremely located on Námestie SNP. Most dominant is the cafeteria-style eatery with various hot dishes and cold salads. But more quaint is the café out front, specializing in pastries and drinks. $. Nám. SNP. < 7:00-22:00.

Rolo Café- During the day, the café is a kind of suave European coffee bar. At night drink Pilsner Urquel downstairs with a cliquey crowd or retreat to the upstairs for a variety of coffees while overlooking Štefánikova ul. $$ % 491-773. Štefánikova 33. < 10:00-24:00.

Sibyla- Good coffee is often hard to find late at night, so here is a tip. At the top of Nám. SNP, walk down a flight to this café. The decor, featuring fake roses and cushioned semi-circular benches is of questionable character, but get beyond the love connection aura and sample the gourmet coffees. $$. Hurbanovo nám. 9. % 332-852. < 10:00-24:00.

Slamienka- Welcome to the best-smelling place in town. This afternoon and evening gathering spot for the avant garde and intellectuals specializes in Oriental and herbal teas. Tea room, complete with new age philosophy books. Some cold plates, desserts and vegetarian dishes offered. The "India Summer" and Marco Polo Fruit tea are well worth their 30 Sk price tag. $$. Obchodná 26. <9:00 to 22:00.

U 4 Anjelov- Small, modern and classy, this spot set in a corner nook is super for pastries during daylight and drinks after sunset. Its few seats offer intimacy, but demand may exceed supply. Feel free to come in for happy hour or pre- or post-theater. $. Laurinská ul. < 10:00-21:00 M-F.

U Protifašitických Bojovníkov- This characteristic communist-era cafe has good ice cream. Check it out when the weather's warm and the tables are outside. Then the people-watching is superb along the traditional strolling route in Old Town. $. Venturská ul. < 10:00-21:00.

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