The love for coffee came to Bratislava from just across the border in Vienna. After the revolution in Slovakia, many cafés offering an amazing atmoshere, delicious coffee and splendid desserts opened around the city center and beyond. Here is our list of the 10 best coffee spots in the beautiful Slovak capital.
Verne has a great retro decor inspired by the books of Julius Verne, after whom the café got its name, and a unique climate created by the antique furniture. It also has a very special location – it is situated in the building of the Academy of Fine Arts, visited by many artists and students. However, locals and tourists love visiting this place as well, and because of that it is always full of life and people. Verne serves great coffee and delicious desserts, and it also has outdoor sitting perfect for the summertime.
Arranged in an old style, with many beautiful paintings and mirrors hanging on the walls, Antik is a nice and cozy place to step in for a drink. The staff are very nice and skillful in making a delicious coffees and the spot has a perfect location nearby the Hlavné námestie, Bratislava’s main square, which makes its outdoor seating a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. Thanks to the heating system installed in the garden, visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the Old Town even in the mid-winter too!
Kaviareň Radnička is a one-of-a-kind place that was created with the beautiful idea of making an open work environment for people with intellectual disabilities. This project is supported by many public and social organizations and engages people with disabilities in the social life of the city. The joint also offers many kinds of drinks, from coffees to teas and other beverages, as well as small biscuits and cakes.
Located close to the presidential palace on Štefánikova Street,AVE Café is a cozy coffee shop with delicious snacks and desserts. The inside is a perfect mix of classy and modern, with brick walls, brown and beige furniture, bright lighting, and…a piano on the ceiling! The service is very friendly and the atmosphere is very lively and youthful. The café also organizes different events and parties, each Thursday creating a space for talented Slovak musicians and bands.
Lampy is a great coffee shop with a mission to light up the social life of the southern part of the city, namely the Petrzalka region, that used to be a separate village in the past. Many cultural events take place here, like fashion shows, dance classes, regular art exhibitions and concert evenings. What’s more, the friendly staff of the café serve freshly roasted coffee and delicious home-made desserts, all in a relaxed and modern interior.
Libresso is located in a renovated forester’s house in the beautiful Horský park, a unique forest environment with a diverse array of flora and fauna. The park is located within the district of the Old Town, and the coffee house is right next to the main entrance. It welcomes visitors with a warm atmosphere, and, although the café is located so close to the center of Bratislava, it is a perfect spot to escape the buzz of the city.
Pod Kamenným Stromom has a very unique location in a 13th century cellar and is decorated with bookshelves and antiques, giving an atmosphere of an old school literary café. Although it is situated in the Old Town area, this place is more tranquil than most, while the vibes are cozy and casual. There is outside seating for those who prefer to enjoy their coffee al fresco, while at night the whole joint transforms into a local pub. Price: Mid-range Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11-12am, Fri 11-2am, Sat 1pm-12am, Sun 3pm-12am Watch out for: Great literary cafe-style atmosphere.
Urban House is a hip spot on the map of coffee shops in Bratislava. It has a modern and unconventional interior, done out with beautiful wooden floors and furniture, along with a colorful hammock and a cool bike that serve as functional decorations. There is outdoor seating as well, although even from the inside visitors have a great view over the whole street, since the cafe has floor-to-ceiling windows. Urban House transforms into a club at night and the people watching opportunities are unrivalled!
TUTO is a multifunctional place that serves breakfast, lunch and coffee, and organizes attractions for children, who have their very own playground available to them every day. In the night the space transforms into a stage however, where DJs and bands give entertainment to patrons. Many events take place here, such as lectures about food and movie screenings. The interior has an industrial look with exposed ceiling grids and black-and-white décor.
Located close to the Old Town walls, on the quiet street of the St. Martin Cathedral, this cozy, artsy place serves delicious coffee classics and variations such as coffee cocktails and coffee with added alcohol. SylBar also has delicious hot chocolates, milkshakes, smoothies and a great choice of teas. The owners are a young couple who put their heart into making this place unique, different and just a tad bohemian.