Whether seeking traditional regional cuisine, hip young places or fine dining restaurants, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia
, has it all. The Old Town of the city has many amazing dining places to discover by itself, each hidden down cobblestone lanes or on the edges of its bustling squares. Here’s our top picks for dining in Bratislava’s Old Town.
Located in the west courtyard of the Bratislava Castle, Hradná Hviezda, which literally means “Castle Star”, reflects the historical surroundings with its style and interior. Decorated with beautiful chandeliers and walnut furniture that bring a warm, cozy atmosphere, it is a great place for a romantic evening. The restaurant offers meals of modern Slovak regional cuisine and uses products delivered in daily from the best local producers and farmers. Dishes are also well presented, with a real flair for artistic culinary creation.
Address: Hradná Hviezda, Námestie Alexandra Dubčeka 4809/1, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 944 14 27 18
In the exact same place where the Rhapsody Restaurant is today, once stood a cafe that used to be a famous meeting place of Slovak intellectuals. The restaurant on offer now is open from the early morning hours and welcomes its visitors for a rich breakfast in an elegant but warm and cozy interior of a preserved Art Nouveau styles. During Friday evenings, well known artists give intimate concerts. The chef is passionate about French cuisine, cooking up a range of regional dishes with a slight twist of Slovak on the side.
Address: Rhapsody Restaurant, Štúrova 10, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 2 32 17 18 11
Bar, Restaurant, Creperie, European, Vegetarian, Tea , $$$
Funki Punki‘s aim is to make everyone feel at home, a task they most certainly succeed in. The atmosphere is laid back with an original, yet cozy interior and very nice staff. It advertises itself as a Ikea-free restaurant, which means a personal, unique vibe throughout, and even though the tables and chairs are not matching, the ad hoc styles here look great. Run by young people, the creperie offers delicious sweet and savory pancakes, great freshly roasted coffee, and Slovak and Czech wines and beers to boot.
Address: Funki Punki, Klariská 12, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 2 2102 8881
Bistro, Restaurant, Soup, European, $$$
There are many people who don’t take to soups but Slovaks are not counted in their number. With their tradition to eat soup as an obligatory part of lunch, the folk here just can’t get enough. This small restaurant located on a Kozia street, on the way down from the Castle, offers a different menu every day with such international soup names as African Peanut or German pea soup with beer. The interior is designed in a rustic style with some modern touches and cool decorations, like folk plates on the walls.
Address: Soupa Bistro, Kozia 11, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 948 611 544
Savage Garden Restaurant
Savage Garden Restaurant is located on the most important square in Bratislava, Freedom Square, just a little bit away from the most touristic part of the Old Town, which makes it a good place to rest from the city rush. Savage Garden itself is a place that pumps with energy, drawing a regular crowd of students and young people from the nearby university quarters. The menu offers more traditional meals, as well as something for those who like to experiment with food. The interior of the restaurant is arranged in a rustic style with house plants creating a feeling of an oasis away from the city.
Address: Savage Garden Restaurant, Námestie Slobody, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 917 115 116