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Shopping in Bratislava

Shopping in Bratislava ranges from large malls and boutique designer shops to small antique dealers and shops selling local folk art.

Key areas

Individual shops to try in the Old Town are Cheesy (for Slovak and international cheeses) Baštova 2, next to St Michael's Tower, and Twigi for clothes, jewellery and nick-nacks at Klariská 7 and Klariská 16. Central Europe has a justified fame for crystal, and shops to try are Katka, Panska 24, and Rona, Súhradka 427. For better bargains and antiques, however, try the zalozna (pawn shops) or the underground passage of Hodzovo námestie. For local wines, tokaj and brandies, try Trunk, Hurbanovo námestie 8.


There are two large fruit and vegetable markets near the old town, one about a 15 minute walk from the old town off Žilinská, the other slightly further away on Miletičova. The best shopping for traditional Slovakian crafts is in the Old Town, particularly Obchodna Street, where the huge Uluv craft market ( is located. There are also Christmas markets on Hlavné and Hviezdoslavovo Squares in December, with small kiosks selling traditional handmade goods.

Shopping centres

Bratislava has many large department stores with the latest fashion lines. The biggest is Polus City Center, on Vajnorská Street.

Opening hours

Most shops in Bratislava are open Monday to Friday 0800-1800, and Saturday 0800-1200, with large department stores and shopping centres staying open later (until 2100) and some open on Sundays. During high season most shops of interest to visitors stay open all weekend.


Folk art, traditional pottery and woodcarving from all over Slovakia, locally made jewellery, Slovak wine, tokaj, spirits and cheeses can all be bought at a variety of shops in the old town.

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City Hostel

This is a basic but cheap and clean hostel on the edge of the old town. The single, double, triple and quad rooms each have their own ensuite bathrooms, and there’s free internet access at reception. Other amenities include a summer terrace and secure bicycle parking.

Hostel Blues

This fun and friendly place, just on the edge of the Old Town, is perfect for young travellers on a budget, particularly music-lovers. It hosts concerts weekly and provides free internet access.

Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava

This 162-room hotel on the edge of the Old Town has excellent business and conference facilities as well as very comfortable and elegant rooms for leisure travellers, as well as a gym and sauna. The staff are friendly and helpful.

Hotel Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel

Set in a beautifully restored old building on the Old Town's attractive main promenade, this luxury, 170-room establishment was built in 1837 and boasts a superb Danube view from the seventh-floor terrace, as well as an acclaimed restaurant and a casino. There's a leafy summer terrace, a plush Mirror Bar, an upmarket restaurant (the Savoy), and the buffet breakfasts are legendary.

Hotel Film

This attractive Hollywood-themed hotel, a 5-minute walk north of the Old Town, offers 13 rooms each dedicated to a different film star. It also boasts a pleasant café, cocktail bar and restaurant.

IBIS Bratislava Centrum

This modern 120-room hotel is close to the Old Town and the business district. Its sound-proof rooms with internet and an international on-site restaurant and bar run with the business clientele in mind.