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5 best cafes in Bratislava, Slovakia

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(Last Updated On: 03/12/2018)

It was crazy hot Sunday afternoon at the beginning of June. I’ve already spent hours on my way from Bulgaria to Poland and Bratislava was my last stop before catching the train back to Warsaw. On one hand I wanted to explore the city a little bit more – I’ve been there numerous times before but never really saw it properly – but on the other I was so tempted to hide in a nice place and just wait till the evening, without doing anything special. And then I found it – the most perfect cafe ever! Nedless to say I spent there the majority of my time in Bratislava back then and it was the main reason to come back. I wanted to discover more of the best cafes in Bratislava, I had a feeling this city has a really great scene that I’d enjoy so much. And I was right!Here’s a little digression: I’m not a coffee person, I don’t drink it on daily basis (tea, however, is a completely different story). But when I travel I always save some time to explore the local cafe scene (like in Prague) and that’s usually the highlight of my day. It’s just too big pleasure to skip: sipping a hot drink, observing the world around and trying to put on paper my thoughts of the day…


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Anyway, Bratislava has a perfect location – between Vienna and Budapest – to be a cafe hub. You won’t find many grand places with history, like in two mentioned capitals, but the tradition is strong and alive. There’re still plenty of great spots to choose from, and one is better than another. My list of cafes to check was really long and I was kind of lucky as my first day in the city was full of rain and strong wind – that made a perfect timing for one of my favorite things to do in Bratislava – visiting cafes! It took me few attempts to find a place in few but it was definitely worth it! So, here’s a list of 5 best cafes in Bratislava, at least according to me!

Urban Space

That’s the perfect cafe I was talking about at the beginning, the one that made me intrigued about cafes in Bratislava. It’s located at the edge of the Old Town, in a building with the shopping center above and at first it’s easy to miss it. Just look for a big “Gorilla.sk” sign – that’s the name of the online bookstore associated with the brand. Stepping inside is like moving to a different world, it’s like the most perfect urban space I’ve ever seen. The combination of modern architecture, wooden tables and rusty elements is the best and together with a laid-back, creative atmosphere it makes it the hipster heaven (and since I’m a hipster inside that could be a reason why I enjoyed the place so much). During my first visit I just sat by the window, with my computer on and I was productive more than ever, glancing every now and then at the lazy Sunday outside. Urban Space is actually more than a cafe and bookstore, it’s an instutution! If you’re lucky you might came across a movie screening or other event there – check the website for more details. Oh, and their lemonades are absolutely fantastic!

Urban Space, Námestie SNP 488/30, 811 01 Bratislava. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 9:00am-10:00pm, Thu 9:00am-11:00pm, Fri 9:00am-00:00am, Sat 10:00am-00:00am, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm. Cafe latte – 2,49€, Early Grey tea – 2,59€

cafes in bratislava
Urban House

A younger sister of Urban Space – it became so popular that the new place had to be opened! This one can be found in the heart of the Old Town, on Laurinska Street. It is much bigger and with less bookshelves – here they just serve as a decoration and instead of buying books you can do a book swap! Urban House reminds me of a cool, New York loft I know from movies, the one I could instantly move into! The interior is just like in Urban Space – old mixes with new, designer elements clash with rusty details – altogether they make a perfect combination. I honestly don’t know which one of these two I prefer as both are equally awesome! I could spend days there, just enjoying the place and catching up with work and I just can’t imagine a better place to spend a quality time over coffee at!

Urban House, Laurinská 213/14, 811 01 Bratislava. Openin hours: Mon-Thu 08:00am-00:00am, Fri 08:00am-02:00am, Sat 11:00am-02:00am, Sun 11:00am-00:00am. Cafe late 2,79€, Earl Grey tea -2,90€

By the way, there’s also a third place from this chain, Urban Bistro, but I haven’t visited it. If it’s as these two then I’m sure it’s worth checking out!

Dobre dobre

Small but lovely place located on the back of old market hall (that’s definitely worth checking out too!) with historical tiles on the floor and high ceilings. This is one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been to – the cafe is run by the local NGO who supports homeless people. That means they work in the cafe, getting their professional qualifications so they can eventually start a new life. But you won’t nottice that, it’s just a normal cafe. Just keep in mind that when stopping there for a drink you actually help someone. And the place is really pleasant anyway, I really enjoyed having my afternoon tea there! I especially loved the high windows giving the interior so much natural light!

Dobre&Dobre, Nedbalova 485/13, Bratislava. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 08:00am-10:00pm, Sun 09:00am-10:00pm. Cafe latte 2€, Earl Grey tea 2.20€

Dom u Kubistu

Not exactly in the Old Town but close to another major Bratislava attraction – the blue church. It’s actually more of a restaurant, with the concept of 108g portions (don’t worry, it’s just a symbol, you actually get more food) but it’s also a perfect place for a morning coffee, with a book in your hand. If you’re familiar with the history of art you might know the name “cubism” – I didn’t find the information if that’s where the name of the place comes from that but I assume so. Even the interior has this artistic twist!

Dom u Kubistu, Grösslingova 26, Bratislava. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm. Cafe latte 1.90€

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Cafe Stur

A really pleasant place right in the Old Town. It’s on the crossroads of two main pedestrian streets – Panska and Venturska – and it gets busy very often but you can either enjoy sitting outside and looking at the crowds passing by or hide inside and just do your own things with a cup of coffee in a hand. No matter what you will opt for you’re in for a treat! The place is named after Ludovit Stur, the person behind the codification of the Slovak language in the 19th century. The interior is made to transform you back to that times, with small details like hats – lamps or pictures of Mr. Stur. Their cakes are to die for!

Cafe Stur, Panska 23, Bratislava. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:00am-10:00pm, Sat 09:00am-10:00pm, Sun 09:00am-09:00pm. Cafe latte 2.20€, tea 2,00€.

Other cafes in Bratislava I wanted to check out:
*Kafe Scherz
*Next Apache
*Cafe Verne
*Exit
*Foxford
*Axioma
*Kontakt
*Cafe L’Aura

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Do you like visiting cafes when you travel? Would you like to discover cafes in Bratislava? Where did you find the best cafes?


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72 Comments

  • Reply
    Asia
    29/09/2015 at 10:45

    Wow, you found really great places. Even after 2 coffees today I catched taste to drink another one but in such climatic place like above. I couldn’t even decide which one is the best.regards

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      kami
      29/09/2015 at 22:14

      Thanks Asia! Yes, I was really lucky with cafes in Bratislava and I could come back there just to drink more coffee in these awesome places!

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    Katarzyna B. (Wapniaki Wdrodze)
    29/09/2015 at 10:55

    Kami, don’t do it again! I gonna think about visiting Bratislava only for coffee. And spend all that time in cafes!

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      kami
      29/09/2015 at 22:16

      But there’s more to see and do in Bratislava than just cafes! :D It’s just one solid reason to go there! And I honestly hope you will travel there soon, it’s a great city!

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    Ewelina
    29/09/2015 at 12:25

    Kami! “I’m not a coffee person” too, but all the time when I am at a new place I have a willingness to see local bars/caffe’ (what is more with local people). When I am reading this post and I am watching some of photos you put, I am sure I will feel pretty comfy at Urban Space or Urban House. I am crazy about places with lots of books :D.
    There is one thing, prices of coffee and tea in Slavic countries are really high…

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      kami
      29/09/2015 at 22:17

      yes, you’re right about the prices… still I think it’s cheaper in Slovakia (even with €) than in Poland…

      And I always try to go and visit local cafes or bars too! Just to see how they look and feel :) I’m sure you’d love both Urban House and Urban Space, they were amazing!

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    Agnieszka /Zależna w podróży
    29/09/2015 at 14:31

    I’ve been in Foxford and I had really high hopes on it. Unfortunately I was dissapointed. The idea is nice – culinary books’ cafe. But somehow I didn’t feel there very well. I guess that the interior was just too big for me. I prefer more cozy places.

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      kami
      29/09/2015 at 22:19

      yeah, it looked pretty grand from pictures I’ve seen online… I’m also a fan of smaller, cozier places but somehow it didn’t bother me in both Urban Space and Urban House as they’re pretty spacious. I’m even more curious about Foxford now!

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    Tatiana
    29/09/2015 at 14:48

    Urban house and Dobre Dobre look great! Pocket them for the trip to Bratislava.

    • Reply
      kami
      29/09/2015 at 22:19

      You’d love them, I’m sure of that!!

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    łukasz kędzierski - podróże i fotografia
    29/09/2015 at 20:39

    I don’t drink coffee at all, because I don’t like the taste – for me always it is very sour. Of course I can try good cappuccino but with huge amount of milk and cream on top to kill the sour taste – but it is not a coffee anymore:) What I like is the atmosphere in the coffee place, I adore the smell and all stage of preparing good quality of the coffee: perfect burned coffee beans, water, temperature, time.
    Too bad that it is not tasty for me :)

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      kami
      29/09/2015 at 22:37

      haha, I’m just like you! I only accept latte and sometimes cappuccino, only because there’s more milk than coffee in it and then the taste bearable ;) but that’s not the reason to skip such an awesome places like cafes! I adore then for all the reasons you’ve mentioned, and more! :) Always a highlight of my trips!

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    Meanne Anneklien Casica
    30/09/2015 at 05:48

    Cool im heading there tomorrow :) any tips for restaurant to try :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 18:40

      ah, I guess I’m too late with my reply. Did you find any good restaurants? How did you enjoy it?

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    Marta Gawrychowska
    30/09/2015 at 06:00

    Mój temat ❤️

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:30

      no mój też :)

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    Tomek Luks
    30/09/2015 at 06:01

    Ja podobnie, lubię kawiarnie z książkami. Ale jak sobie przypomnę to jakoś zbyt wielu fajnych nie kojarzę, bo i dość rzadko bywam :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:28

      ja lubię, szczególnie w podrózy :)

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    Darek Jedzok
    30/09/2015 at 06:21

    Bratysława to kolejne z miast “za miedzą”, które jakoś zapominam odkryć… Obiecuję poprawę :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:10

      tam gdzie najbliżej to zawsze nie po drodze ;)

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    In Search Of
    30/09/2015 at 06:22

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m heading there in the spring!

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:30

      I hope you will check some of them!

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    Michał Qmoh
    30/09/2015 at 06:25

    Te z książkami podobają mi się najbardziej. Duża kawa i nos w lekturę. To lubię :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:15

      ja też! tak najlepiej!

  • Reply
    Marcin Wesołowski
    30/09/2015 at 06:46

    Może zatrzymamy się po drodze do Budapesztu! Kto wie! :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:10

      przystanek na dzien dobry! tylko, że Wy chyba już do Budapesztu nie jedziecie ;)

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      Marcin Wesołowski
      05/10/2015 at 19:18

      Haha, w środę jeszcze miał to być Budapeszt, ale od piątku to już Florencja ;)

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    Basia Salamon-Szympruch
    30/09/2015 at 13:02

    Te kawiarnio-ksiegarnie są najlepsze. Uwielbiam taką jedną w Sopocie, ale chyba klimat każdej jest super

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:28

      a pamietasz moze nazwe? sprawdziłabym przy okazji

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      Basia Salamon-Szympruch
      05/10/2015 at 19:29

      kurcze nie. coś z book ;) boczna ulica monciaka

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    Szymon Król
    30/09/2015 at 14:56

    A ja jakoś do Bratislavy jeszcze nie trafiłem :/

    • Reply
      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:25

      kiedyś się w końcu trafi

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    Life Good Morning
    30/09/2015 at 19:12

    Właśnie w Bratysławie byłam w jednej szczególnej, tyle, że muszę odkopać nazwę.

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:07

      o, poszukaj proszę, bom ciekawa! :)

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    Przemyslaw Czatrowski
    01/10/2015 at 07:14

    You should have left a book in at least one of those, “Książka w podróży” would be so proud of you :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:13

      true, another reason to come back ;) by the way, is “ksiażka w podrózy” still happening?

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      Przemyslaw Czatrowski
      05/10/2015 at 19:29

      I don’t know. We wanted to leave one in Samos island, but in the end we did not have a book read by both of us, so instead we left our blog’s business cards in all Polish books we could find in the hotel library ;) Maybe it’s not “Książka w podróży”, but it’s close enough :D

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    Biegun Wschodni
    01/10/2015 at 11:19

    Może to jest sposób na odczarowanie Bratysławy w mojej głowie? Bo ja ciągle uważam, że miasta nie są mocną stroną Słowacji i nie umywają się do ich gór, ruin zamków i terenów rekreacyjnych.

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:07

      no to prawda. też mam problem z Bratyslawa, ale pomalu się przekonuję i własnie kawiarnie mi w tym bardzo pomagają!

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    Ollie
    02/10/2015 at 10:49

    Kami sometimes I just hate you ;) You always show me great, not so popular and common places, usually with great atmosphere. I just wish to drink a coffee (latte!) in Bratislava! I love design of those places, love that kind of interior.

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      kami
      02/10/2015 at 12:05

      no, you don’t hate me, you just want to go for latte with me to one of these places ;) We should go to Presso in Cieszyn together, I think you might like it too :)

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    Oliwia Ollie
    02/10/2015 at 10:10

    Rewelacyjne miejsca :)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:29

      najlepsze!

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    Angela
    02/10/2015 at 17:56

    What a great idea! I usually hit up breweries when I travel, but you can get a sense of the community if you hang out in a cafe. I really like the decor in some of the ones as well!

    • Reply
      kami
      05/10/2015 at 21:42

      buI like to try the local craft beer too but I still prefer to visit cafes, especially when they have such a cool vibe like those in Bratislava! But you’re right about the community!

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    antonette - we12travel
    03/10/2015 at 14:39

    The Urban Space looks awesome! Love those large cafes with lots of space that makes you feel you’re out in the open. Plus the books ofcourse – but that porbably won’t surprise you! In Reykjavik there’s a really cool cafe called “Laundromat” where the bar is made of books … needless to say I’m heading there each time I’m around :-)

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      kami
      05/10/2015 at 21:45

      I think I’ve heard about this Reykjavik cafe before! It sounds so cool, and so much like my kind of place! I’m really thinking of returning there, just to enjoy the hipster vibe of Reykjavik!

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    Lauren
    03/10/2015 at 23:01

    I LOVE cafes. I love coffee. I seek out the best cafes when I visit places and I would love to visit any one of these! They’re all awesome in their own way. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      kami
      05/10/2015 at 21:45

      Then I’m sure you’d love them! not only places were awesome but the coffee they served was pretty amazing too!

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    Sarah
    04/10/2015 at 00:50

    I’ve heard Bratislava was not the most exciting city to visit; Well, At least they have cool cafés to hang out in, if I’m ever in town! :)

    • Reply
      kami
      05/10/2015 at 21:49

      It’s not that bad! It gets really bad reputation for being in the shadow of Vienna or Budapest but it actually has some great things and spots to offer, like cafes :)

  • Reply
    Monika Pawłowska-Radzimierska
    04/10/2015 at 10:58

    Ja uwielbiam kawę w …. Wietnamie :) Może inna, ale boska !!! I atmosfera rewelacyjna ;)

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      Kami and the rest of the world
      05/10/2015 at 19:28

      a jeszcze nie miałam okazji spróbować, ale już mnie zaciekawiłaś :)

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    Iza Zawadzka
    04/10/2015 at 16:09

    W Warszawie ma powstać kawiarnia w stylu Dobre dobre. Będzie zatrudniać osoby bezrobotne oraz niepełnosprawne, w tym autystyczne. Fundusze już są, teraz są poszukiwania lokalu. Trzymam mocno kciuki za ten projekt. Mam nadzieję, że jakoś się będą reklamować, żeby tam trafić.

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    Zygmunt Kuba
    08/10/2015 at 06:19

    Patrzę i widzę. Ta Bratysława to było stracony dzień skoro nie trafiłem w takie kawiarenki. Czuć tą Europę Środkową i ducha Andiego Warhola :)

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    Anna Brusewicz
    08/10/2015 at 06:20

    ostatnio w Bukareszcie, spore zaskoczenie :)

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    Mirøslav Hristøff
    10/10/2015 at 19:20

    The ‘Urban’ chain are definitely my type of places. I liked Urban House more than Urban Space. At least from what I saw on the photos. And maybe because house sounds better to me than space :)

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      kami
      17/10/2015 at 21:22

      I understand you so well, these places were amazing! If only we had something similar in Warsaw I’d spend days there!

  • Reply
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    Milosz Zak
    17/12/2015 at 19:35

    There has been a general renaissance in cafe culture across all of Eastern Europe, I can definitely attest to that in Southern Poland. They’re great, and super cozy, but I can never get any work done in places like that.

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      kami
      19/12/2015 at 15:12

      I agree, cafe culture is at its best here, and I couldn’t be happier! Why can’t you work in cafes? For me they’re the best place to work at!

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    Patrick Li
    20/03/2016 at 11:06

    Thanks for the suggestion, for sure will go try all of them over my period of staying here.

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      kami
      13/04/2016 at 09:21

      hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!

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    Absar Ahmad
    05/04/2016 at 12:27

    I love Coffee too much and this is some really good information, awesome job my friend..!

    • Reply
      kami
      13/04/2016 at 09:21

      Thank you

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    Angela Maciel
    06/11/2017 at 19:50

    Urban House have developed a lot and undergone major upgrades :) They have a great coffee taste and the milk froth is delicious and yummilicious :p

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