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Andy- A small gallery in which budding Slovak artists' work is displayed. A pleasant stroll from the hrad or from Staré mesto - and a nice stop for a glass of wine - or two. $. Beblavého ulica. < 10:00-23:00, M - Su.

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 Gremium- A new interior layout has improved the ambiance here. The art gallery has ebbed so that it now surrounds an expanded café. Great for drinks, but don't come here hungry or expecting gourmet dessert. $. Gorkého ul 11. % 321-151. < 8:30-23:00 M-Sa.

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.

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.

Food Market- Westerners may feel at home with the variety of cuisine and speed of service here. Choose from the salad stand, pastry stand, burger stand, and Chinese food stand, among others. The common denominator is stand, for that is how most people must eat. $. Gorkého 1. < 9:30-19:00 M-Sa.

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.

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.

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.

Vináreň 44- A typical Slovak vináreň, (wine cellar), - but watch out if you get seated down in the cellar - it can get mighty chilly on a cold night. The first room on the right is dim and cozy with beautiful wood-paneled walls. $$$. Vysoká 44, % 361-167.

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