The 10 Best Cafés in Bratislava
Many cafés in Bratislava's Old Town feature outdoor seating - perfect for people-watching and enjoying a sunny day. | Max Pixel
Influenced by nearby Vienna,
café culture in Bratislava
is very much alive. After a limited supply of questionable coffee under Communism, a renewed enthusiasm for quality beans has led the way in Bratislava’s explosion of trendy, hipster, posh, and classic cafés. New cafés are opening regularly in the city, so don’t hesitate to pop in if you spot one that looks great, or try one of our suggestions of the very best cafés in Bratislava.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Contemporary, European, $$$
is credited as having jump-started Bratislava’s original coffee shop revolution, but this café offers so much more than just coffee. Breakfast is served all day long, featuring amazing combinations such as bacon and eggs in a potato and cheddar cup. You can also order a delectable spinach quiche, a sweet waffle loaded with whipped cream, or a slice of one of the daily cakes on offer. If the cake with mint, chocolate, and blueberries is available during your visit, don’t pass it up.
Gorila Urban Space
Cafe, Bar, Contemporary, European, $$$
Gorila Urban Space is definitely in the top three “most hipster” cafés in the city, but if you want to catch up with friends over a delicious chai latte, fuel up on avocado toast, or work on your Macbook in style, then this is the place to be. Gorila also doubles as a bookstore and is extremely dog-friendly – just scroll through their Instagram to get a look at all the cute pups who visit regularly! Opt for a Chemex or a cold brew coffee if you’re feeling fancy; if not, then just stick to an espresso or a flat white.
Restaurant, Bistro, Cafe, Fusion, Contemporary, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Due to Gorila’s popularity, the owners decided to expand their business. They opened Urban House in a great Old Town location with a more extensive food menu and more space for socializing, working, or people-watching. Urban House also has a secret bar on the top floor, a DJ stand for late nights, and some of the most creative cocktails in town. It’s the kind of place you could spend all day eating, drinking, jamming, and enjoying your time in Bratislava.
Zeppelin Cafe & Souvenirs
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bakery, European, $$$
Entering Zeppelin Cafe feels like stepping into an elderly auntie or grandmother‘s home. The café is so very cozy, and the ladies who work there are extremely kind and friendly. You will be immediately drawn to the large display case for the daily offer of cakes towards the rear of the café. We suggest a coffee, a slice of homemade cake, and a seat at one of the cute tables on the street outside the store.
Dobre & Dobré
Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, $$$
Dobre & Dobré
is located in the historic Old Market Hall
, making it the perfect spot for a coffee or tea before browsing the market stalls on a Saturday morning. Dobre & Dobré has large, bright windows that bring lots of sunlight into the café. Dobre & Dobré is unique, as it is run by a local NGO that employs homeless people to work
alongside regular employees as the café. But the focus at Dobre & Dobré is on great coffee and fresh, delicious food. Highly recommended for brunch.
Bakery, Cafe, European
Step into this old world bakery and you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The highlight of a visit to Konditorei Kormuth has to be the magical interior, with the brightly lit display café full of all sorts of tempting sweets. If atmosphere is important to you, then you have to stop here for a coffee, a cake, or some ice cream.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, $$$
With its large, open windows, industrial design, and ample seating space, Five Points might look like a large coffee operation. In fact, Five Points is a local business committed to serving only the best quality coffee. Along with your coffee, you can also order scrambled eggs with bacon and sausage for breakfast or a tasty club sandwich for lunch. When visiting Five Points, don’t order your regular coffee, but try something daring off of the barista daily offer, like the espresso tonic!
Eleven Books & Coffee
Eleven Books & Coffee is one of the best secondhand bookshops in Slovakia (with books in English and German!). While browsing the book selection, you can also enjoy a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Eleven also offers regular live music nights, which are fun to attend with friends.
Cafe, Vegetarian, European, $$$
Foxford is one of the best cafés at which to work or study in Bratislava. It is a large space with several big tables and fast Wi-Fi. There are two floors, and better yet, there is raspberry brownie cheesecake to fuel your study sessions. Foxford also doubles as a bookshop, so if you forgot something to read during your holiday, you are sure to find something in Foxford’s large collection.
L'Aura Cafe Wine Bar – Antik Art Shop
Cafe, European, $$$
is a small and cosy place located near St. Martins Cathedral. Large fresh fruit lemonades are the highlight during the warmer months, while Amaretto lattes and brandy grogs are popular during the colder months. Pause to peruse the antiques in the café, and admire some of the Slovak arts and crafts on display.