The 5 Must-Try Coffee Shops in Bratislava
Whilst the popularity of Bratislava continues to rise, their ability to craft the perfect coffee seems to also be maturing. The city’s Old Town thrives on visitors and, as such, coffee shops are starting to become a little more accommodating to the hordes of tourists as many now offer free access to WiFi, which will give you that much needed time to catch up on emails, update your social channels, or remind family and friends that you haven’t died.
After a short weekend in the Slovakian capital, here are a list of coffee shops that I would recommend for you check out on your upcoming visit.
The hipster-paradise of coffee shops within Bratislava. Urban House has big open spaces, wide tables, and plenty of couches for you to rest on after a hard morning/afternoon/evening of exploring the city. Not only does this vibrant coffee shop have a good selection of coffee roasts, their food and dessert menu offers the perfect solution to prevent you from entering into your “hangry” stage. This Old Town haven also has a selection of bespoke cocktails for you to try.
For fans of: Good coffee, tasty cocktails, and pulled pork burgers.
Gorila.sk Urban Space
This coffee shop is the little brother to Urban House and feels like a distant family that you didn’t know you needed in your life. Similar to its sibling, Urban Space has a great selection of coffee blends as well as some perfect food and desserts to satisfy your cravings. With tables and chairs situated centrally within the building, it leaves you the perfect opportunity to get lost in wall-to-wall coverage of books that are on offer. Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page before you visit to see whether they will be hosting any special events: from coffee cupping, to quiz nights, to masterclasses.
For fans of: Books, cultural exhibitions, and fancy salads.
Whilst other coffee shops may claim the noted prize of being the “hipster” coffee shop, Five Points Bratislava does put itself in a strong running with their “#Selfieccino“. Their latest drink gives you the chance to have your face etched onto your coffee, thankfully you get to select your photo and this doesn’t turn into some hellish passport photo-style photoshoot. Aside from the Instagram-driven coffee, Five Points does have a great selection of lunch options as well as their coffee being roasted by Slovakia’s very own 9 Grams Coffee.
For fans of: Instagram likes, fast lunches, and friendly waiters.
This cosy little coffee shop is situated outside the hustle and bustle of Old Town and has become a firm favourite to the local community. U Kubistu pride themselves on home-grown goods and their food menu has plenty of options for those wanting to try a bit of gourmet Slovakian food without the expensive check to go with it. They will even the deliver the coffee to your liking with the help of a little notice board to remind you the differences between the various kinds of coffee options: espresso, cappuccino, flat white, latte, etc.
For fans of: Small dishes, coffee beginners, and travelling workers (this place is laptop-friendly).
Situated a short walk from Bratislava bus station and not too far from U Kubistu, WCafe was my go-to cafe whilst working remotely thanks to their extremely well-designed building. Founded by two architects, the duo were quick to satisfy the needs of any traveller by having the cafe offer the opportunity to use one of the many plug sockets readily available. Aside from their coffee, which is roasted in San Francisco, their menu also includes Lov Organic teas, fresh lemonades, and Slovak wines, but their breakfast menu is the perfect pick-up needed to get you through that treacherous morning.
For fans of: Quick service, work-friendly comforts, and pastry breakfasts.
Places that I didn’t get to try, but heard good things about.
Bean Sport Speciality Coffee: Krížna 4082/10, Bratislava, Slovakia, 811 07.
Light Roast: Legionárska 10632/9, Bratislava, Slovakia, 831 04.
Štúr Café: Štúrova 8, Staré Mesto, Bratislava, Slovakia, 811 02.
Let me know if you have tried any of these places or any other great coffee shops in Bratislava by commenting below.