The most scenic and unique market in Bratislava takes place annually during the month of December in Hlavné námestie, the main square in Bratislava’s picturesque Old Town. The Vianoce (or Christmas) market is worth planning a trip around, but Bratislava offers several other fabulous markets which are open year round. If you’re planning a trip to Bratislava and you enjoy freshly produced local foods, home made jams, regional wines, and shopping with the locals, you’ll definitely enjoy stopping into one of Bratislava’s best markets.
Every Saturday from 10am until 3pm, you can find a wide assortment of locally produced foods and beverages available in the historic Old Market Hall. In addition to holding a weekly farmers market, the building also hosts music performances and other cultural events. Salón Piva (Beer Salon) is a great annual event with locally produced craft beer tastings and the Festival of Light features a unique display on the facade of the building. Two cafes, a grocery shop, a cooking school, and a soda water manufacturers also operate daily in the large building. The building was constructed in 1910 to an extremely modern design for the time by František Nechyba, and still serves as a central meeting point for locals and visitors in the Old Town.
Námestie SNP 484/25, 811 01 Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Slovakia +421 903 707 913
The Good Market only takes place a few days per year, in different locations, so you’ll have to check their webpage before your trip to see if there will be one happening during your stay. If there is, don’t miss it! The Good Market offers healthy, high quality, locally sourced foods and beverages as well as antiques, secondhand clothing, and outdoor music concerts. These market days are designed to offer activities for the whole family to linger and enjoy time together away from the screen or the shopping mall.
No matter which market you choose to visit, there are a few products you simply must try if they happen to be in season during your visit. When it comes to vegetables, Slovak tomatoes and peppers are juicy and delicious. For fruit, look for apricots, cherries, and plums. You simply must find a homemade jam to slather on freshly baked bread or a croissant. The Slovaks brag that they make the best sausage in the world. But their home made cheese and yogurt products are also tasty. Finally, don’t miss the home made pickles or sauerkraut, as these are eaten frequently by Slovaks and are full of probiotics and flavor!