Visiting Bratislava for the second time now, I gathered some ultimate tips to master the cute city during a weekend trip. Check the previous post about Bratislava I wrote to have more tips for a weekend in Bratislava. So, let’s go, 10 things you can do.
#1 Join a free walking tour
We run into the tour by accident and I loved it! A local guide was telling all the secrets and stories of the city, and it’s basically for free since you can pay whatever you want. I love the idea of these tours and will check now in every city I’ll be traveling to.
#2 Hang out in Urban House for hours
This is not only my favorite spot for a weekend in Bratislava but just the coolest cafe I’ve ever been to. Ever. The lights are perfect, it offers different sitting spots, the staff is super nice, food and drinks are amazing and affordable. You have to come here.
#3 Hang out in Hviezdoslav’s square
Every weekend something is going on here: fairs, concerts, free painting classes and many people to watch.
#4 Try the amazing ice cream by Koun
This ice cream is amazing. Don’t expect classical tastes here, though. I had sour cream and cotton candy. A friend tried nectarine and caramel. They were extremely tasty, I swear. Normally this place is crowded and you have to wait in the line for a couple of minutes, but it’s really worth it.
#5 Take photos of tourists
#6 Walk outside of the old town
We didn’t make it to the other side of the Danube, but even walking through non-touristy districts is great. Meet the real life of Bratislava.
#7 Take a closer look at the city center
After I’ve seen all the important buildings, I start looking beyond the obvious. And discover beautiful advertisements. Or inner yards.
#8 Look for good restaurants & cafes upfront
Normally, I eat somewhere I pass by when travelling. In Bratislava though we didn’t have luck with lunch places. The potatoes look good, but were actually pretty terrible. Walking around and going into a random place (the touristy ones) is not a really good idea. Places we’ve tried and loved:
- Urban House: amazing veggie and meaty burgers, cakes, tea, coffee and lemonades (10€ total).
- Pan Cakes: The cheapest breakfast place I’ve been to ever. For 5€ I had two pancakes and a tea. Wow.
- Enjoy coffee: Nice place with “normal” Viennese prices
- More breakfast places in Bratislava here (in general it’s a very useful page with valuable tips)
#9 Ask a local what to see in Bratislava
… and then discover new parts of the city looking for it. We went into the Slovak National Galery to free. That was interesting.
#10 Take a walk along the Danube
I hope you’ll have a good time in Bratislava! And if you need tis for other cities, check these: Barcelona Randon Things Guide, Barcelona in 3 Days, Prague in Two Days, 8 Things to do in Hamburg, Weekend in Vienna.