Slovakia’s capital city is underrated when it comes to food and gourmet specialties. Bratislava is a great place to enjoy traditional Slovak cuisine but also contemporary dishes and street food. Locals are open to new flavours and cuisines which is excellent news for visitors who can try a diverse range of meals, snacks and drinks. In this guide, we highlight the best food tours in Bratislava.
Bratislava Food Tour
Visitors to Bratislava will likely spend most of their time in the historic old town. This is a compact area with narrow streets filled with excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and of course tourist sites and attractions. Be sure to head up to Bratislava Castle for incredible views over the city. Alternatively, you can take the elevator up to the UFO Lookout Tower at the end of the bridge that crosses the Danube for views back towards the castle.
Top PickBratislava: Guided Culinary Tour
Duration: 3 hours.
This guided walking tour will introduce you to Slovak food in Bratislava. I would say it’s more suited to those interested in wine and beer as visits to a wine cellar and a microbrewery are included. Coffee and cake in a traditional coffeehouse, similar to those in Vienna, is also on the agenda.
- Walking tour of the old town with a local guide.
- Visit a 19th-century Viennese style coffeehaus.
- 3 samples of beer from a microbrewery.
- Snacks of pretzels, pate and a pastry.
Pros: Great for those looking to try different Slovak beer and wine like Tokaj wine as well as enjoying the Central European tradition of coffee and cake.
Cons: There aren’t any full meals or traditional savoury dishes on this tour. It’s mostly focused on beer, wine, coffee and some snacks.Check Availability
From Vienna: Explore the Tastes of Bratislava on a Day Trip
Duration: 7 hours.
This is the same tour as the Guided Culinary Tour mentioned above, however, it leaves from Vienna and includes the bus trip to Bratislava and return to Vienna on the same day.
Old Town Cake Tasting Experience
Duration: Short 3-stop tour.
This new food tour in Bratislava is devoted to cake and dessert tastings. Sounds like a dream! Afternoon coffee and cake is a daily ritual in Bratislava, at least it was on the occasions I visited. This cake eating tradition dates back to the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when coffee houses were popular with the elites. But this tour is for everyone. There are only 3-stops so it’s a short tour and great value for what you get.
The article is part of our series on the best Slovak food. Read the full series for information on what to eat in Slovakia.
Map of Bratislava Old Town
Visit Bratislava is the official city tourism website that is a great place to start when looking for information and things to do while on your trip.
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