When you think of places known for their cafe culture, Slovakia might not be your first choice. Bratislava’s best coffee shops rival those in Prague, Vienna or Berlin. Having worked behind the coffee machine for several years it’s safe to say we are also picky about where we go. However, Bratislava exceeds all expectations!
Bratislava’s Best Coffee Shops
As teachers on the go, a stiff cup of coffee is required to get us through the working day. With hundreds of independent cafés around the city, it’s easy to get a good quality, cheap coffee even in residential areas. Here are our top picks!
Bratislava has a small old town and it’s packed with cafés, so let us as expats steer you away from the duds. Five Points is our favourite place to come for a dirty chai cappuccino and a tasty “Melbourne” style brunch. It’s got a ‘selfie cappuccino machine’ too if you feel inclined. Flat whites, salmon loaded bagels and raw cakes are all available here. The weekend is the time to come for all-day breakfasts including their tasty Mexican breakfast. It’s incredibly close to Most SNP bus station, making it super central.
Panská 23, Bratislava
On Obchodná a cute shopping street just past Michael’s Gate is Sweet Beans. It takes its coffee-making seriously with some beautiful fruity coffees and you can get incredible filter coffee here too. Ask for a hand brew (AeroPress) at the brew bar and take part in ‘Cuppings with the Roast Master’ on select Saturdays.
Obchodná, 37b, Bratislava
DOT Contemporary Art Café
Near the Blue Church is this art gallery/café combo, perfect for a coffee and cake and art lovers! DOT is a contemporary space filled with striking artwork from young and local artists. Downstairs you’ll find two rooms with rotating exhibitions and check their website for any events (talks, meet the artist etc) taking place. Their coffees and cake are also quite delicious, in a modern and cosy setting upstairs.
DOT. – Contemporary Art Gallery
Lazaretská 13, Bratislava
This isn’t just one café, it’s a bistro, bar, restaurant and juice shop. The bistro is where the coffee action happens at Fach with their signature coffees from international roasters. They even bake their own bread and buns in their bakery! Their cakes are also highly recommended by us, lovers of a good cake.
Ventúrska ulica 10
Mozartov dom, Bratislava I.
A small café close to the Blue Church on your way back into the city centre. This minimalist coffee shop is where we go for coffee on the go but it’s also lovely to sit in the window on a sunny day in Black. Serious coffee aficionados will recognise the perfectionism that goes into making a coffee here. Everything is a double shot with the blend of your choice. Then you choose the style you want from filter coffee to a flat white, simple really!
Staromestská 3, Bratislava
A start-up by three friends, this company is a supplier of ‘farm to cup’ coffee and their beans are roasted fresh in Bratislava every week. We first discovered them at a market in Stara Trznica which takes place every Saturday. They make use of the whole plant, with tea made from coffee leaves. A great antioxidant and surprisingly fruity! They do have a shop located at the address below or find their stall in the farmer’s market.
Panenska 33, Bratislava
If you like bookshop cafes, then this is our choice! A bookshop on Obchodná street is also home to a café on two floors. Foxford is a great place to work from your laptop, it’s cosy and it has food to keep you going including lots of gluten-free cake options. The coffee itself is good quality and the service is quick and friendly.
Obchodná 26 and Cubicon, Stare Grunty 24
Urban Bistro/ Urban House
Popular with tourists and locals alike, these sister venues are in central locations, in the middle of the old town not far from each other. Modern, hip dining is available in both venues. Urban House is great for working on your laptop and an extensive lunch menu. Urban Bistro is great for a coffee and brunch (they have a particularly good English breakfast). Both venues also have secret hidden cocktail bars which come alive at night!
Urban Bistro, Michalska 5
Urban House, Laurinská 14
Coffee with a metal attitude! Banging coffees and inside this café is a treat for heavy rock and metal fans. Outside at the rear of the building is a garden with tables, plus it’s a suntrap so perfect for chilling on a warm day. The coffee in Mad Drop itself is of great quality and cheaper than some city-centre prices. Our new favourite spot to hang out and it’s only a 15-minute walk from the old town in Blumenthal. Incidentally, it sits directly next to this bus/tram stop. There’s also a beautiful church here that most tourists to the city miss out.
Radlinského 2799/24, Bratislava
Matsu – Premium Tea and Coffee
This wonderful gem is right next to the lovely Medicinal Gardens not far from the Bratislava old town. Their Slovak-Japanese owners offer everything matcha and sake delights. You can get a normal coffee or tea too and they have delicious baked goods. The matcha ice-cream waffle is a delicious treat to enjoy in their Scandinavian/Japanese inspired interiors. Watch out for Matsu’s events, including sake tastings and parties!
Matsu – Premium Tea and Coffee
Maly Princ Espresso Bar
This is one of Bratislava’s best coffee shops! It is located in the new town, near Central Shopping Centre. Maly Princ is a neighbourhood coffee shop, with warm and welcoming staff and a varied menu. There are cakes, coffee, tea and amazing breakfasts, but it also stays open a little later for a beer or wine. It’s a modern, but relaxed space with a corner for children to be entertained too. We recommend the amazingly refreshing espresso tonic on a hot summer day!
Maly Princ Espresso Bar
We hope that quenches your thirst for knowledge of Bratislava’s best coffee shops! For more in-depth guides to the city, check our Bratislava City Card itinerary and the best unique experiences guide!