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Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is located southwestern Slovakia on the borders with Austria and Hungary. It is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Known as Pressburg to German-speakers or Pozsony to Hungarian-speakers, Bratislava got its present name only since 1919. But the city has a long and proud history that dates back to pre-Roman times.
The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories and became a coronation town and the seat of kings and all major organisations and offices. Eleven Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral including The Queen Maria Theresa.
For many people still known as a part of former Czechoslovakia, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia becoming more and more popular city, modern and young so called “Partyslava” or “BARtislava”.
Shopping in Bratislava - Bratislava malls, markets and others
Looking for a shopping paradise? Bratislava with its stores long opening hours and newly built shopping malls open over weekends and holidays is the right place to shop. Like in other places, you can get products of renowned world brands as well as typically Slovak products. The Bratislava Old Town is home to some interesting retailers too such as the jewellery shops, bookstores, wine stores, Czech and Slovak glass and porcelain or ceramics, plenty of antiques and local souvenirs.
Gifts & Local souvenirs
ULUV (SNP square & Obchodna street) traditional folk products
Bratislava souvenir shop (SNP square, next to Mc Donald's)
WEIDLER - 3 shops all in city centre, on Hlavné sq. 2, Handlovska 24 and Shopping Centre Aupark - luxury gifts
FOLK ART, Panska 2
TWIGGI, Klariská 7, ethnic
ALEANA ETHNO, Panská 13
We recommend to visit main square and besides shopping you can enjoy much different atmosphere there by walking around dozens of little wooden kiosks. You can also try Tesco on Kamene square and buy some gifts for reasonable prices.
Crystal & pottery
KATKA, Pánska 24 - luxurious crystal and glass products
RONA, Laurinská 6 - glass & crystal
IN VIVO, Panská 13 - ceramics, pottery
SILKA, Štúrová 9, glass, porcelan, ceramics, silver jewellery
KORAL, Rybarska brana 1, bohemian crystal, glasses, lamps, carafes
MOSER, Zelena street 1-3 - high quality products of outstanding beauty, luxuroius Czech glass products
SLOVENSKÁ ĽUDOVÁ MAJOLIKA, Modra (25 km from Bratislava) - typical Sloavk majolic from Modra, traditional porcelain shop
Art to buy
K GALLERY on Venurska stret 8 - different sorts of applied art e.g. glass, porcelain, furniture, jewellery, clothing…
MICHALSKÝ DVOR on Michalská 3 - czech graphics and paintings, there is a Tea room inside Michalsky Dvor gallery
DONNER on Klobučnícka street 4 - paintings, sculptures, applied art
GALLERY BRUNOVSKY on Michalská 6 - silver jewelery, ceramics, graphics, paintings
GALLERY NOVA on Baštova 2 - oldest private gallery in Slovakia, Slovak & Czech glass
KOMART GALLERY on Zámočnícka street 8 - modern art shop, focus on geometric abstraction pf Central European artists
ARDAN GALLERY on Dobrovičova 7 - Slovak paintings
A plenty of little antique shops are scattered around Bratislava city centre. If you want to sample a few, walk the Korzo (Sedlarska, Michalska) and surrounding streets (Laurinska, Obchodna) and you will find majority of them. There are several of them on Palackeho street near the Reduta building. Most shops cater to an international clients and therefotre are marked in English or German (Antiques, Antiquitaten) but watch those in Slovak too - Starozitnictvo, Starozitnosti.
GALERIA MARÁKY on Panská 17, found at 1937, Tue - Fri 10 am -6 pm, Sat 10 am – 1 pm
STEINER on Ventúrska 20 - books
ANTIKVA on Preposka street 4
STAROŽITNOSTI ANTIK on Michalská st. 3 - various, Mon - Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 1 pm
ANTIQUES AT ZOFKA on Michalska 5 - porcelain, paintings, glass, jewelry
U STAREHO HODINARA on Zidovska street - clock's, watches
STILL ART on Palackého 20 - furniture, paintings, Mon- Fri: 10 am – 6 pm, Sat: 9 am -1 pm
SECESSIONS (Gallery Antika Dorota) on Palackého 8, Mon - Fri 1 pm - 5:30 pm
ART DECORATIONS on Kozia 15, Mon - Thu 11 am -7 pm, Fri 10 am - 6 pm
For Slovak wines but also foreign wines try:
Wineshop Trunk, Zupne namestie, near Michalska street
St. Michael's (at Michalska street)
Vinoteka Sv. Urbana (on Klobucnicka street, near the City Hall)
Wine shop Kodrianka (on Laurinska street) - specialising in Moldavian and French wines
It is worth to visit Matysak Hotel as there is an ancient cellar with room for 45000 bottles. A large selection is available for tasting at the store and buy them in Wine shop. We recomend to visit this cellar and whay not to have a dinner in their cellar restaurant.
Bratislava’s top shopping destinations are its shiny new malls – Polus City Centre, Aupark, Avion Shopping Centre and the newest one Shopping Palace.
Polus City Center is about 15 minutes from downtown by tram (you can take tram No. 1,2 or 4).
Aupark is just 5 minutes by bus (No. 50) or better just 15 minutes walking from downtown - on the south bank of the Danube river. At both ones you will find the most of the same brand-name retailers as in Western Europe as well as a multiplex cinema and a wide variety of eating options.
Avion Shopping Park is located just next to the Airport being a part of shopping area together with Ikea, Kika, Hornbach and some other stores. This one is the most popular one and the biggest one.
Shopping Palace is the newest one but propably because of its distance and size (next to Golden Sands, at the moment in expansion) it is just a standard one althrough you can find ice ring there.
Central Market Mileticova (Centralne trhovisko)
Main and largest Bratislava open air market on Mileticova Street is a different shopping experience. We recommend to visit it on Saturday's morning when it is full of locals selling own production of vegetable, fruits and flowers. As everywhere you can find also cheap clothing kiosks and many other industrial products on very discounted prices. It is easily accessible by public transport (trolleybus 201 or 207).