Where to eat
If you’re heading to Poprad to take advantage of hiking or winter sports in the High Tatras, you’re sure to end the day hungry. Luckily for you, Slovak food is traditionally heavy, so you’ll have no problem filling up on classics like grilled meats, potato wedges, dumplings, and hearty soups. Spend a couple of hours refueling in the stylish Fabrika Restaurant to prepare for your next day on the slopes or trails. Fabrika offers a large, well-cooked rump steak, a flank steak, pork cutlets, or grilled chicken to amplify your protein intake. Sides like dumplings, couscous, and grilled veggies round out the meal. Don’t leave without trying their amazing chocolate cake for dessert!
Fabrika Restaurant – 9, Dlhé Hony 5268, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 52/776 22 22
If you’re in the mood for craft beers and burgers, don’t miss Pivy Dom Dobre Casy. Their huge burgers are stacked with two beef patties, melted cheddar cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce and served with a large side of fries. On warm days, you can enjoy the large outdoor beer garden. This pub also hosts seasonal concerts, just check their Facebook page before visiting to see if anything will be on while you’re in town.
Pivy Dom Dobre Casy – Levočská 211/2, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 901 708 592
If meat isn’t your thing, you’ll find outstanding vegan and vegetarian foods at Lahodnosti. Dining at Lahodnosti feels like dining in your grandma’s house, and the staff are very friendly as well. They offer an always-changing ‘Happy Menu’ featuring a soup plus a main dish. You can also choose to add one of their raw desserts; their strawberry tarts and chocolate brownies are delectable, especially with an espresso.
Lahodnosti – Námestie svätého Egídia 44, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 911 885 756
Where to drink
With a population of just under 60,000 in the Poprad area, there are enough patrons around to keep several pubs, breweries, and wine bars in business year round. If beer and a pub vibe is what you’re after, head to Egidius Brewery, an easy going place with lots of local options on tap and a billiards table. Slovak cherry beer is a special treat, especially on warm summer days.
Egidius Brewery – Námestie svätého Egídia 102/10, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 944 383 780
If wine is more your style, you’ll find a taste of high quality Italian imports at Vinoteka Italiana. You can also enjoy a pre-dinner appetizer or snack here, as there are many Italian tapas on the menu to accompany the wines.
Vinoteka Italiana – Námestie svätého Egídia 32/75, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 905 776 699
If you’d prefer to sample some local Slovak wines, Cork Wine Bar has a great selection of wines from Slovakia and abroad. The English-speaking staff can help you choose something to suite your taste.
Cork Wine Bar – Levočská 845/15, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 917 660 324
Where to stay
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in Poprad to suit all budgets. If you’re planning a trip to Poprad to enjoy some rest and relaxation in the saunas and spa at Aqua City, then the ideal hotel for you is located on-site. In fact, Aqua City offers two boutique hotels, the Hotel Mountain View and the Hotel AquaCity Seasons. The four-star Hotel Mountain View offers luxurious suites with balconies which feature stunning views of the High Tatras. The three-star Hotel AquaCity Seasons offers comfortable rooms with easy access to the water park facilities. Both hotels offer easy access to the pools, the several onsite restaurants, bars, and nightclub, and complimentary breakfast.
Aqua City – Poprad Športová 1397/1,Poprad-Spišská Sobota, Slovakia, +421 52/785 12 22
Another fabulous location is the three-star Hotel Satel, located in the center of town. The central location makes it easy to access all of Poprad’s attractions, and the staff is happy to help with booking your ski or aqua park tickets. A rich buffet breakfast is also offered.
Hotel Satel – Mnoheľova 826/5, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 918 898 720
If you are visiting Poprad on a budget, several ‘penzions’ offer affordable accommodation for €35 (USD$41) per night or less. Some of the most highly rated include Penzion Valentina and Penzion Fantasia. Both feature en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi, and multilingual staff.
Penzion Valentina – Velické námestie 4, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 52/776 84 09
Penzion Fantasia – 1. mája 3817/26, Poprad, Slovakia, +421 911 610 127