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Most local restaurants can be found in the pedestrian area of the old town. In addition to traditional Slovak dishes, the restaurants here also offer international cuisine from around the world. The city centre provides options for both food connoisseurs and fast food fans.
One traditional Slovakian dish is “bryndzové halušky” (gnocchi with bryndza cheese – a type of gnocchi served with a soft but intense type of Slovak sheep’s cheese) – there’s simply nothing else like it. Though there may be no such thing as a typical Bratislavan dish, the delicacies provided in the form of Pressburg cuisine – food which combines the best of Slovakia, Hungary and Austria – are well worth a taste. And despite the fact that dishes featuring poppy seeds – such as Mohnnudeln [a sweet dish made from potato dough noodles and ground poppy seeds] or gnocchi – may be very common in Austria, these are actually a rarity in Slovakia. However, should you not be able to control your cravings, you’ll never be too far away from the next poppy seed strudel or the famous Bratislava roll, filled with poppy seeds or walnuts. Slovakian cuisine is a hearty affair which features lots of meat. Dishes such as breaded pork schnitzel, roast pork with dumplings, potato pancakes stuffed with pork or roasted beef, turkey or chicken schnitzel can be found on many menus. However, you can also find many Slovak classics, such as kapustnica (Slovak sauerkraut and sausage soup), gnocchi with bryndza cheese, stuffed peppers or halászlé (fish soup). And to wash it all down, try one of the many excellent Slovak beers which are on offer. Bon appétit!
Twin City Liner recommends:
Hotel Albrecht: Innovative restaurants are a fantastic reason to travel. And the Hotel Albrecht has a restaurant that is just the ticket. Head chef Jaroslav Žídek has put together an exceptionally tempting menu which combines local specialities with international delicacies. By carefully selecting only the freshest ingredients, chefs at the Hotel Albrecht guarantee top-quality dishes. Sit in the conservatory or out on the terrace where, depending on your appetite, an exquisite four-course menu or a selection of smaller culinary delights awaits. Visitors may be pleasantly surprised by the wine menu, which features wines from all over the world and is a strong advocate of organic quality. Wine connoisseurs are sure to get their money’s worth. Fantastic cocktails are served in the hotel’s Albrecht Bar.
Mon.-Fri.: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m./6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. / 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun.: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
UFO: The “UFO” is located in close proximity to the Twin City Liner landing stage, on the Nový Most. During the communist era, this restaurant was a military observation post. Today, it offers not only a breathtaking view, but also a bar, a café and a restaurant which serves up exceptional culinary experiences such as seasonal menus which feature fresh ingredients from small, local suppliers.
Bar: daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., restaurant: daily from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Slovak Pub: Slovak Pub, a spacious establishment which is divided into many different rooms, offers rustic Slovak flair, cheap and perfectly-poured beer, and exquisitely-prepared traditional fare. The pub is designed in the style of a classic mountain cabin, just like those which used to be a common sight in the Liptov region 200 years ago. This makes the atmosphere within this eatery, where wood dominates the décor and space is provided for around 500 guests, historic yet comfortable. A great place to spend your stag or hen do.
Mon.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Sat.: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun.: 12 p.m.- 11 p.m.
Zichy: Good food simply never goes out of style. The venerable restaurant Zichy is located in Ventúrska Street, once part of the route followed by new rulers as part of their coronation procession, in the middle of Bratislava’s old town. Zichy has made a name for itself both in terms of its traditional Slovak fare and its international cuisine.
Mon.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Café Mayer: A traditional old coffee house on the corner of Bratislava’s Main Square (Hlavné námestie). It was founded by the Imperial and Royal confectioner to the court, Julius Mayer, in 1873. It is one of the city’s most famous coffee houses, both for locals and tourists. Like the coffee houses in Vienna, the café still boasts most of its original fittings, which date back to the period in which it was founded. In addition to the coffee house, there is also a confectionery on the premises which conjures up delicious Slovak and Viennese pastries. The Greek embassy is located in the same building. The coffee house was shut down during the communist era. It wasn’t re-opened until 1993.
Tues. & Wed.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
On the waterfront:
The Eurovea Galleria shopping centre is the latest, trendiest shopping centre in Bratislava. Situated right on the banks of the Danube, it is surrounded by a fantastic promenade which features numerous terraces, trendy restaurants and cafés.
Primi River Lounge
Restaurant, bar, café
Mon.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Kolkovna Eurovea Restaurant
Restaurant, bar, café
Mon.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Leberfinger: Pressburg delicacies, daily from 11 a.m.-12 a.m. www.leberfinger.sk
Traja mušketieri: Pub, Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday
Zylinder: Café & restaurant Mon.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. www.zylinder.sk/de/o-nas /