In eastern Slovakia, Košice
is a culinary hub for new and innovative international restaurants. But the largest eastern city is also home to many traditional Slovak pubs and bistros serving local brews and wine, as well as national dishes, such as bryndzové halušky, pierogi, cheese, sausages and grilled meats. If you’re lucky enough to visit this undiscovered gem, you can take your pick between traditional Slovak cuisine or fancy fusion restaurants; all of which make for a lovely evening out.
Restaurant, European, $$$
You have to try some traditional Slovak dishes while in Košice, and Republika Východu
is a great place to try them! The menu is available in English, so you will know exactly what you are ordering. Gluten free options are also available. We recommend the mouthwatering pierogi and the strawberry and mascarpone pancakes for dessert.
Restaurant, European, $$$
is a relaxed, cozy Slovak restaurant serving traditional dishes in Košice’s city center. No matter what you order, make sure to get a side of stewed cabbage – theirs is the best! The menu is quite large, so everyone in your group is sure to find something that they’ll like, from grilled meats to salads with locally produced cheese.
Le Colonial Restaurant
Restaurant, European, Fusion, $$$
On a date in Košice? Take your sweetheart to Le Colonial and enjoy the romantic atmosphere and top notch service. You will find a few Slovak favorites along with international cuisine, such as Indian curry chicken or lamb chops wrapped in prosciutto. Make a reservation, then allow the waitstaff to pamper you during a special night out.
Camelot Medieval Restaurant
Restaurant with Rooms, European, Steakhouse, $$$
Dining at Camelot Medieval Restaurant
is about more than just the food. The fun medieval atmosphere and friendly servers make it a must-visit. We recommend ordering the steak plate to share, and of course, some locally brewed beer!
Restaurant, Gastropub, European, Pub Grub, $$$
This restaurant claims to be the “oldest in Slovakia” and dates back to 1542. We aren’t sure if that’s true or not, but we are sure that they brew great beer on their site. Order the “Hostinka 12” and pair it with the phenomenal dumplings or fried cheese.
Bistro, Cafe, Healthy, Fusion, $$$
This adorable bistro makes a magnificent chai latte, but they also make a picture perfect avocado toast. Dobré serves breakfast, lunch and small snacks. Health conscious travelers will enjoy homemade granola, raw cakes and lactose-free options.
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Israeli, $$$
For a taste of the Middle East in Slovakia, head to Burekas. Falafel, hummus, tomato and cucumber salad, pitas and fluffy pastry bureks will draw you in and the backpacker-friendly prices will keep you there. For a flavorful, affordable lunch, don’t miss Burekas.
GESTO Cafe & Brunch
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
As the restaurant’s name indicates, the best time of day to head to GESTO is for brunch. Imagine stacks of bacon and scrambled eggs. Their homemade cakes are also extremely popular. On weekdays during lunch, they have several set menu options, which are a steal. Plus, it’s a bit away from the main tourist route, so you’re sure to enjoy a local favorite!
Bistro, European, Contemporary, $$$
Soup is certainly a staple in the Slovak diet and at Soup Culture you can try several different variations, served in warm edible cones. Most of the soups are also vegan. We highly recommend stopping into Soup Culture for lunch and ordering the garlic soup, as well as a freshly prepared coffee or tea.
Dobré Časy - Slovak Beer House
Gastropub, European, $$$
The main reason to visit Dobré Časy is for their enormous selection of Slovak and Czech draft beers
and bottled beers from all over the world. However, they also serve great beer snacks and meals, including burgers, hot dogs, sausages, fries, chicken wings, and ribs. Come here hungry! The portion sizes are huge!