No great trip is complete without a few fantastic meals. So as a follow up to my city travel guide, I’m sharing a few of my favorite Bratislava restaurants!
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I could give you a flowery description of the restaurant scene in Brataslava, but here’s the important part: there’s a ton on offer! And because as a city it’s less touristy than many other European capitals, the prices are pretty reasonable. So let’s get to my favorite Bratislava
Let’s start off with a bang: Mondieu!! Mondieu has an upscale Parisian cafe vibe, with lovely patio seating outdoors and plush banquette options inside. Bonus: their Laboratorie location has a play area for kiddos. If I lived here, I’ve been all the time.
Mondieu’s specialty is chocolate. And when I say chocolate, I mean putting excellent quality chocolate in EVERYTHING. From espresso drinks to pastries to crepes to hot chocolate. When I say hot chocolate, what I mean is a cup of molten hot chocolate that is so thick and rich you eat it with a teaspoon. It has singlehandedly ruined me for those packets forever.
Not obsessed with chocolate? They have a massive brunch menu with excellent options in the sweet and savory departments. The eggs Benedict was amazing, and I couldn’t stop stealing bites of my friend Naomi’s smoothie bowl.
We went for breakfast the first morning, but it took all my self-control to not go back again the next day. They also have a ridiculous-looking dessert display, so if you find yourself at any time of day you’re sure to leave happy. With three locations in the Old Town, you can’t miss it. And trust me, you don’t want to.
If you want some traditional Slovak options, try Venturska Klubovna. It’s a pub vibe with an extensive menu, perfect for feeding a crowd. They have tons of traditional options, ranging from bar snacks to meals so large I don’t know how anyone finishes them.
The “flat cakes” (the
Bonus: definitely read through the English menu, especially the drinks menu. Everything is punny.
If you want to do something a bit upscale, try
Michalska Cocktail Room
For as small as it is, Bratislava has a suprising number of speakeasies! A friend introduced me to speakeasy culture and taught me a bit about how to find them, and I am now obsessed.
It’s exactly what it sounds like: for the Michalska Cocktail Room, we headed into a restaurant and bypassed the hostess stand to go straight up the stairs. We opened an armoire to find another door, and stepped straight into a dark 1930’s bar scene, complete with bartenders wearing sleeve garters and black and white photos on the walls.
A standard of speakeasies is high-quality cocktails, so skip your usual gin & tonic for something more creative. These bartenders
The other fun part of speakeasies is if you can get in the door of one, they will usually tell you where to find more. So I now have a list of every speakeasy in Bratislava! Message me if you want more details; I want to keep the mystery alive and not post it publicly.
After a night exploring
We had a fantastic waiter who pointed us towards (and away from, something I always appreciate) a few things, and I ended up getting avocado toast with a poached egg and pistachios. It was delicious, and surprisingly filling! This was also the first place I’ve found cold brew in Europe.
Bonus: this site might have a speakeasy connected to it too, this time featuring a 1940’s big band theme. But I’ll leave you to figure out the where and the how.
Bratislava isn’t a massive destination yet, but I predict in another 10 years it’ll be overrun. For a taste of quaint Old Town with a central Europe flair, check it out! I’ve already shared some suggestions on where to stay and what to see. And when you go, these are your best bets for Bratislava restaurants!
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