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Food & Dining in Slovakia


Bryndzové halušky (small, spaetzle-like dumplings with sheep's cheese), potent garlic soup and Slovak white wine. Due to its cooler climate, Slovakia's reds pale in comparison with some of Europe's other offerings. Schnitzels, goulashes and other typically Central European foods. Fresh vegetables are more common here thanks to the large amount of land given over to agriculture.

Slovaks also love noodles with cheese, ham, potatoes, beef, rice, pastries and various vegetables. Other favourites are vyprazany syr (fried cheese with tartar sauce), vyprazany rezen (schnitzel) and zemiakove placky (pork-stuffed potato pancakes).

Because Slovak cuisine is mainly meat-based, vegetarians won't find many choices outside of Bratislava.


Drink and eat in one of the many restaurants in Old Town. Try Prašná bašta for tasty meals, Pizza Mizza for the biggest pizza in the town or Paparazzi for classy Italian meals. Paparazzi's customers, by the way and appropriately enough, are under constant surveillance by a statue equipped with a robust camera. San Marten is another restaurant with great food and excellent service at affordable prices. For good and reasonably priced halušky, the unique Slovak national meal, visit the 1st Slovak Pub at Obchodna námestie. There's a lot of restaurants in Bratislava so there is plenty to pick from.

In Bratislava especially, the number of ethnic restaurants has skyrocketed. In addition to Italian and Chinese cuisine, visitors can choose from Mexican, French, Greek, Indian, Japanese and more.

Interestingly, it is rather hard to find a Slovak restaurant among all those Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Indian and other eateries so if you're in for a real Slovak meal, go either for the Slovak Pub or the fancy and expensive Slovak Restaurant at Hviezdoslavovo námestie, the former being the better pick in terms of pricing and atmosphere, the latter in terms of food. A very new addition is the Presburg restaurant at Michalska, completing the Slovak trio with prices in the mid-range or slightly above.

Of course, junk food can also be found in Bratislava, too. Check Bratislava's special junk food, richman, which is a big bread roll filled with cabbage and cheese and/or meat with mayonnaise. A richman stand, for example, can be found at Kamenné námestie, in front of Tesco. You can also try a sub sandwich from one of the many cafeterias in the city, a good one is on Šafárikovo námestie or in the Stará tržnica hall. Another excellent cafeteria is on Zelená Ulica between Ventúrska Ulica and Hlavné námestie. A big sandwich, a bageta with cheese, ham and eggs would cost you the equivalent of €1.50.

A popular street snack is langos (fried dough brushed with garlic or sprinkled with sugar). Smoked or plain string cheese, it is best bought from farm women on street corners.

Treska is a cold salad made of codfish with mayonnaise and you can buy it fresh in most "Lahôdky" shops, which means somewhat like "delicacies", but generally stands for old fashioned fast food shops - they sell salads, soups, etc, instead of hamburgers or French fries.

For a special dining experience, take a cab to the TV tower on Kamzik and have a lunch at the Veza restaurant. It has a slowly rotating floor enabling you to have a 360 degree view of the city and its surrounding.

In December, don't miss the Christmas market in front of the Old Town Hall. The traditional foods of the Christmas market are roasted beef or chicken sandwich burgers (ciganska pecienka) with mustard and onions, wheat flour tortillas (loksa) with various fillings ranging traditionally from plain ones with goose fat, with garlic or goose liver to poppy seed, nut or chocolate. Bread with pork fat and onions is also popular. You can wash down the food with a cup of red or white mulled wine or a small cup of honey wine.





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