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Shopping in Slovakia


Shop for valenky (colourful felt boots), pottery with flower motifs from Modra, lace, crystal, antiques, peasant frocks, puppets and local handicrafts. Dolls dressed in traditional costume, as well as the costumes themselves, are very popular, especially outside of Bratislava.

Saturday morning markets in many cities and towns are a treat for visitors.

Automatic teller machines (ATM, "bankomat" in Slovak, pl. "bankomaty") are widely available in Slovakia except in smaller villages, and obtaining money there should not present a problem. In most of small villages you can gain money at local postal offices (cashback). Credit cards and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron, Cirrus Maestro are widely accepted both in shops and restaurants in bigger cities.

Shopping hours vary but typically run Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon. Smaller shops may close noon-2 pm for lunch. Larger stores and shopping centers may remain open until 9 pm. Convenience stores often have extended hours.


In Bratislava, the area around Obchodna and Postova streets has the best shopping, particularly good for handicrafts. On Laurinska in the pedestrian zone, you will find a well stocked glass and crystal shop called Rona, selling mostly Slovak glass from Lednicke Rovne. Do not miss the upstairs section accessible through a separate entrance to the left of the shop window. The shop is open seven days a week and Slovak glass and crystal offers an excellent value for money.

For a typical shopping mall experience, head to Aupark, a huge shopping and entertainment complex in Bratislava that features nearly 250 shops, a supermarket, movie complex, restaurants, fitness centre and more. It's located on Einsteinova Street, near Bratislava Castle and the New Bridge. A little further away from the centre, you will find the Avion Shopping Park (near the Airport), as well as the the newest shopping mall, the Shopping Palace.

Often recognisable by the Slovak word "Starozitnosti", these antique shops typically offer paintings and small decorative items. They cluster mostly in and near town centres like Bratislava's Old Town. They can however also be found in some neighbourhoods - and in general the best bargains are of course found away from town centres.

Do visit the Central Market Hall to see colourful stands of fresh fruits and vegetables. It's also a great place to have a snack or quick meal of traditional Slovak culinary specialties, such as Gypsy's roast meat with loksa, sausages and sour cucumbers, along with good wine.





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