The 10 Best Cafes in Kosice

Many cafes in Kosices Old Town feature terraces along the main pedestrian street
Many cafes in Kosice's Old Town feature terraces along the main pedestrian street | © JiriBrozovsky/Flickr

Freelance Travel Writer

Slovakia’s second largest city is home to just over 240,000 residents, an international airport, many cultural institutions, and several excellent cafes serving highly caffeinated beverages to help you power through hours of sightseeing in the picturesque Old Town. Here’s where to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea while in Kosice.

1. HalmiSpace

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Healthy, Coffee, Fast Food

Get your camera ready, stopping for a coffee at HalmiSpace can practically be considered sightseeing. The cafe is located inside a historic old building in Kosice’s Old Town and features vintage decor. They serve coffee from locally sourced roasters and offer daily vegetarian lunch specials. HalmiSpace also offers a co working area with desks available by the day or by the month.

2. San Domenico Caffe

Cafe, Healthy, Fast Food, Dessert, Pastries, Vegetarian

If you have any dietary restrictions, San Domenico Caffe is the very best place in Kosice to select vegetarian, vegan, dairy/ gluten/ sugar free, and raw snacks, breakfast, lunch, or desserts. San Domenico prepares fresh cakes and sweets from high quality ingredients daily, and you will find only 100% Arabica coffee. The house blend is sourced from local roasters 9GramsCoffee. If you’re in the mood to try something different, opt for a Cappuccino Brulee or a Goats Milk Cappriccino.

3. Clematis Coffee & Tea Shop

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Coffee, Steakhouse, Fast Food

If variety is what you’re after, you’ll find it at Clematis Coffee & Tea Shop. The shop offers more than 60 varieties of coffee and 170 varieties of tea! You can also order a slice of delectable cheesecake or seasonal fruit tart to enjoy with your beverage of choice. Clematis also sells ground coffee and loose leaf tea to take away, which can make for a unique souvenir.

4. Kavy Sveta

Cafe, Dessert, Pastries, Fast Food, Vegetarian

Kavy Sveta is a simple coffee bar committed to serving only high quality 100% Arabica coffee. Thanks to its prime location in the center of Kosice’s Old Town, many locals stop into this cosy cafe after lunch for a caffeine fix before heading back to work. You can join them for a coffee refuel in between sightseeing in the St. Elisabeth Cathedral and the Slovak Technical Museum.

5. Caffe Trieste

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian

There are very few coffee chains in Slovakia, but Caffe Trieste is one of the exceptions. Caffe Trieste now has multiple locations in Kosice, as well as other branches in Presov, Bratislava, and Zilina. At this branch you will find good quality coffee at a good price and a lovely summer terrace for people watching in the center of Kosice during warmer months.

6. Caffe Casablanca

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian

During July and August you can often find a live DJ at Caffe Casablanca, spinning house music while young people sip mixed drinks, while meeting friends after work. Caffe Casablanca serves coffee, but what we really recommend is to head here in the afternoon or evening for one of their amazing cocktails. Choose from classics like a Pina Colada or a Tequila Sunrise, or get adventurous and order a Blue Bohemian or a Suntonic.

7. People Cafe Bar

Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

If you like specialty coffee creations, then you will love People Cafe! You will find traditional favorites like lattes and cappucinos on the menu, but there is also the possibility to select a decadent strawberry espresso, a tiramasu latte, or a Jamaican iced latte.

8. Caffe Slavia

Cafe, Fusion, European

If you’d like to sip your coffee in style, the interior of Caffe Slavia is sure to impress. Originally constructed in 1900 in elaborate Secessionist style, the cafe’s large windows overlooking the theatre and luminous glass ceiling still delight guests. Enjoy a homemade slice of decadent chocolate cake with your cappuccino, or enjoy a delicious breakfast of a cheese omelette or scrambled quail eggs.

9. Urban Cafe

Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Pastries, Ice Cream

Urban Cafe might be better classified as a bakery or a sweet shop – if you like to have some dessert with your coffee this is the place. From Belgian chocolates to ice cream to freshly prepared fluffy waffles topped with chocolate and sprinkles, it is easy to get your sugar fix at Urban Cafe.

10. Piano Cafe

Cafe, Pub, Pizzeria, European, Fast Food, Italian, Vegan, Pub Grub

Piano Cafe offers a little bit of everything, from a great coffee menu perfect for late mornings, to an extensive cocktail list for evenings. Plus, live DJS, piano performances, and other musical concerts often take place here in the evenings. Check their Facebook page before visiting to see if anything is on!

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