Morning: Bratislava is a beautiful city and very accessible on foot, so to fuel up for a weekend of walking start your day at Mondieu for breakfast. They have both inside and outside seating, and on a sunny day it’s great to grab an outdoor table and order one of the delicious fruit juices before deciding what to eat. The menu is big here, so there’s plenty of choice and everything looks incredible; I can certainly recommend the beetroot hummus and avocado on bread – it was delicious!
After this brilliant feed, it’s time to start exploring Bratislava and its Old Town. We decided to embark on a self-guided walking tour, with a map in hand and Google at the ready, so we could find out more about the history. Cumil,Hlavné Námestie and Michael’s Gate are a few of the sights you will see on your tour. Make sure to venture inside of Michael’s Gate and up the tower for a great view of the city and castle.
Before lunch, make your way to the Blue Church (officially called Church of St. Elisabeth), which I’m sure you can guess, is blue in colour. The architecture is very striking and it’s one of the cutest and prettiest churches I’ve seen. Unfortunately, there was maintenance going on so we couldn’t get inside, but it’s meant to be just as beautiful inside, so I would spend an extra 10 minutes checking out the interior.
Afternoon: Keep lunch a relaxed affair with a trip to Kamenne Square. When we visited, there were lots of food stalls in the square and a beer festival happening in the Old Market, so I would definitely recommend wandering this way for an afternoon of food and drink. Each stall offers a different cuisine or speciality, ensuring that there’s great variety, but I would recommend visiting Foodstock – these are some of the best gyoza I’ve had!
Once you’ve eaten/drunk as much as you can, the Grassalkovich Presidential Palace is a short stroll away. The palace is home to the Slovak president and has a fountain at the front and a garden at the back for visitors to enjoy.
Evening: Now it’s time for a more traditional evening. 1st Slovak Pub is the largest bar in Bratislava, which means that your chances of getting a seat are high, so grab a table and consider ordering the platter because it showcases some of the most tradition Slovak food. This includes bryndzové halušky – potato dumplings with bryndza cheese – a delicious and hearty dish. End your meal with a small glass of slivovica a Slovak alcoholic spirit. There are lots of bars in the old town to wander around and dip in and out of depending on the kind of evening you’re looking for.
Morning: This morning, take a walk back to the Old Market Hall, which hosts a variety of local food for purchase between 10am until 3pm every Saturday. However, if you’re not visiting on a Saturday, langos is a breakfast of champions, and can be picked up as you make your way towards the castle.
It’s a lovely walk up to Bratislava Castle because it’s reasonably easy and not too steep. Once at the top you will have brilliant views over the city and can take in the exhibition inside the castle or stroll through the grounds.
Afternoon: Are you ready for another afternoon of food and drink? Taste Bratislava is a great way to find out about the history of Bratislava and Slovakia through its cuisine. We chose the food and beer tour, which I would definitely recommend; our local guide was very informative, and we learnt a lot about Slovak food and people. We received a variety of traditional dishes to share amongst us, and beers to compliment the food, in 3 different restaurants – make sure you try the treska! You can read about the full experience here. Our guide recommended Tatratea, another Slovak spirit, so after your tour visit The White Mouse for a very strong welcome from Bratislava!
Evening: After a couple of busy days, an evening of cocktails overlooking the city is the perfect way to end your time in Bratislava.The UFO has a bar and restaurant in the dome, so it has incredible views over the city and River Danube. Before you settle in the bar make sure to go up to the observation deck and catch the last of the sun, then continue to watch the sunset with drinks and bar snacks.