Bratislava café

Café Advokát- For a brief respite from the myriad activities on your docket, rub elbows with the city's legal community here. If the clientele has any objection with the racy black and metallic 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 revamped cafe 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 Gremium- A new interior layout has improved the ambiance here. The art gallery has ebbed so that it now surrounds an expanded café. $. Gorkého ul 11. % 321-151. < 8:30-23:00 M-Sa.

Café Krym- Hey, 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- A new café conveniently next door to café Roland. Clean and modern with a Viennese flair. Nice decor - and most exciting, when seated upstairs order your drinks by telephone. $$. Hlavné námestie, % 335-474. < 10:00-22:00, M-Su.

Café Meridian- Okay, so it's the café right at the train station. But think about this: Is there a better people-watching place in the city? Sit out on the terrace for the best view, open only during the warm days. Coffee quality is what you'd might expect from a place that caters to the masses. $. Hlavná stanica. No tel. < 10:00-22:00.

Café Mozart- It takes a little effort to find, but the luscious fruit salad makes it all worth it, considering such treats are especially rare in this city. $. Mozartova ul. No tel. < 10:00-22:00.

Café Propeller- Sluggish does not begin to describe the staff here. This is a true shame, because the location, right on the Danube, cannot be beat. But when you are forced to hunt down service not once, not twice, but three times, it makes you want to hunt for a new place. $$. Vajanského nábr. % 334-596. < 10:00-20:00 M-Su.

Café Roland- An art-nouveau style café located centrally on the Main Square. Excellent coffee and a full bar as well as desserts and light fare served by a pleasant and efficient staff. A good meeting place during the day or evening. This is the place to be seen. On a sunny summer day there is no better place to be in Bratislava. $$. CC: yes. Hlavné námestie 4, % 316-002. < 10:00-22:00 M-F, 12:00-22:00 Sa-Su.

Café Tatra- The chairs look plush; but they aren't. The place tries to look fancy and a touch modern with black sprayed everywhere, but it isn't. Yet it's the joint for the chic and the elite. Blush, coated red lipstick and plumes of smoke wafting from thin, long cigarettes complete the tableau. Go there, order some coffee and hang after the picture show. It's the cool thing to do. Nám. 1 maja. < 10:00-22:00, M-Su.

Café Tulipán- This place is vintage First Czechoslovak Republic. And the prices are only slightly more advanced, with an average meal, including soup and entree costing 55 Sk. Catering to western tastes with ham and eggs and and local ones with bryndzové halušky. $ Štúrova 10. % 325-251. < 8:30-22:00, 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 K-Mart with ample parking is a bonus. $. Klemensova 1. % 323-827. < 10:00-24:00, M-Su.

Columbia Café- Artists, journalists, and businesspeople congregate here for the low prices and lively atmosphere. Feel free to bring your own tapes to listen to. $. Zámočnícka 7. % 335-007. < 10:00-22:00.

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.

Espresso Alexia- Cozy and clean, Alexia is a breath of fresh air. Food offered is - unusually - good for both vegetarian and Slovak palates. $. Záhradnicka 41. % 526-3793. < 10:00-22:00.

Espresso Clip- This Petržalka joint seats 50 and is looking to introduce a host of new specialties. $. Strečniaska 11. % 829-908. < 10:00-22:00.

Espresso Fontana- Virtually surrounded by the Technical University buildings, Fontana caters to the student with limited time and money. Refreshments such as ice cream and pancakes are available. So are mixed drinks. $. Nám. Slobody 1. % 495-653. < 9:00-23:00.

Hlavná stanica- Okay, so it's the café right at the train station. But think about this: Is there a better people-watching place in the city? Sit out on the terrace for the best view, open only during the warm days. Coffee quality is what you'd might expect from a place that caters to the masses, but the daily offering of salads are fresh and satisfying. $. Hlavná stanica.

Jezbera Cukráreň- Rising with 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 offer a cozy feel to this ideal spot for coffee, a snack or light meal. Highly recommended are the iced coffee, the sundaes, and appel strudel, which is a generous portion for 25 Sk. Breakfast is also available, with omelettes, and ham or bacon with eggs among the offerings. $$. Hviezdoslavovo nám. 11. % 334-974. < 8:00-24:00, 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.

Dining Key

Meals:$ = under 100 Sk per entrée, $$ = 100-200 Sk, $$$ = over 200 Sk
Drinks: $ = under 20 Sk per glass of wine/beer, $$ = 20-40 Sk, $$$ = over 40 Sk
CC = Are credit cards taken?
Eng. Menu = Is an English menu available?
Res. = Are reservations suggested?
< = Hours open
% = Telephone number

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