Bratislava is somewhat of a hidden gem in Slovakia. This makes finding its “best ofs” a bit more of a challenge. Fortunately, there is plenty of delectable food available throughout this land of vineyards, mountains and dense forests. You will not have to worry about traffic as you make your way through the food scene in Bratislava. The capital of Slovakia is a pedestrian-only zone.

The cuisine of Bratislava is not for those who wish to watch their waistlines during their visit. It is heavy and rich. That said, the dishes are a wonderful treat. Here, we make it easy for you to find food in Bratislava well worth the indulgence.


If traditional is the route you prefer to take when trying local cuisine, halusky is the perfect choice. A lip-smacking sauce composed of sheep’s cheese atop potato dumplings. The entire concoction is sprinkled with crackling bacon. There is no shortage of restaurants in the town that sell halusky.

Potato Pancakes

Sticking with the potato theme, potato pancakes filled with beef and paprika stew offer a dish that is packed with flavor but is not overly spicy. One plate of this Slovakian classic will fill you up pleasantly for the evening.

BBQ Ribs

You may not think of Slovakia for great BBQ, but this would be a serious oversight. The enormous rack of BBQ ribs served at Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar is one of the best in the world. The sweet sauce makes these pork ribs even more irresistible.

Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Chicken

Believe it or not, you can also find superb Asian cuisine in Bratislava, at the appropriately named Bistro Soho. The popularity of this Asian eatery attests to the appeal of its bowls, one of which is the delicious rice noodles with peanut sauce and chicken.

Meat Cone and Chips

Ice cream is not the only food that is tasty when served on a cone. The meat cone and chips at Orbis is not to be missed. You can even choose the type of sauce you prefer for your chips – which is another word for fries. These fries, along with the succulent meat in the cone, are anything but ordinary.

Ice Cream Koun

If you would rather have your cone filled with ice cream, the gelato at Koun’s is the way to go. The vast selection of flavors includes violet, cheesecake, lemon and fig and ricotta. They also offer traditional flavors for those who prefer the classics.

Beer Brewed In-House

Those who love trying different types of top-notch beer will love Fabrika, a pub that brews its own beer. Not only is there plenty of different types to try here, it is also very good. If you assume that high-quality beer must be expensive, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that half a liter of some varieties costs as little as $2.

Regardless of whether you stick to the traditional, branch out into cuisines from other countries or opt for a combination of both, trying the largely unpublicized cuisine in Bratislava is certainly an exciting, delicious adventure.

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Jim Bozzelli