Trying to find a great flea market, food market or bazaar? Bratislava’s indoor & outdoor markets and bazaars offer great opportunities for vintage finds, antiques and designer items, delicious food or craft goods. So flea-goers, go no further, have a look at our city’s bazaar scene and get inspired below – from vintage clothing to antiquarian books and collectible cameras, we have prepared a list of the best places to pick up a bargain buy:
THE GOOD MARKET – DOBRY TRH
Once upon a time one clever girl from north came to settle in our country and to help us rediscover the beauty of our urban public spaces. It was Illah van Oijen from Netherlands and the first happening under the name “The Good market” took place in Bratislava’s streets in 2011. Since that time this urban market regularly shows our city to its humans in a different angle, revitalizing various places, visible but also hidden streets, squares and corners, and opening forgotten questions about importance of using the public urban spaces.
The market supports local producers, farmer, creative folks and initiatives, and cooperating with the neighbor’s community, the event is alternating the offer of spending free time in the shopping malls – as it is more and more common here. You can find healthy, high quality food and beverages, buy old books, antiques or secondhand clothing and design goods, join some sport or educational activities for the whole family, or just slow down, meet and greet with friends and listen to unplugged concerts.
Nowadays the market occurs at least three times a year in different places which specify its character:
Dobrý trh – Panenská: A community project of street Panenska was created in cooperation of neighbors, based on opening courtyards and gardens for the public and engaging almost everything that is there – from cafes to bookstores (the best one for intellectuals: Artforum), even an evangelic church… The charming Panenska street is closed and occupied with this market for the whole day, offering products from local producers, neighbors and importers of some exceptional products.
Dobrý trh – Jakubák: This edition organized in cooperation with the Slow Food Pressburg organization takes place on Jakubovo square. Focused on honest, slow and traditional production process and carefully chosen best local marketers. Also a place to relax under the trees in the square park, maybe to join some drummer sessions, or some other lectures, maybe applied arts…? Just slow down, grab your coffee and cake and enjoy the moment.
Stará tržnica / The Old Market Hall – For this winter indoor edition the same applies, just give away the open space and add some mulled wine and the possibility to buy some unconventional Christmas presents.
OCCURENCE IN 2016:
23th April 2016: Jakubák on Jakubovo námestie
15th September 2016: Panenská on Panenská street
17th December 2016: Stará tržnica / The Old Market Hall, Námestie SNP 25
CONNECT: Website, Facebook
THE FARMERS MARKET/FRESH MARKET – FARMARSKA TRZNICA
Re-opened in new premises just recently (February 2016) after half a year of waiting, this modern urban market focuses on real, high quality cuisine and thus finally brought us the concept working very well in almost every Western country. This gastronomy model is based on specialties – somehow answering the recent boom of various bistros in the city center.
The space consists of two floors: the ground floor is dedicated to sellers and the first floor to services. So what could you be looking for if you came here hungry? Currently you can choose out of 25 offerings of many, many different cuisines. Just count with us: Slovakian, Hungarian, Croatian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Turkish cuisines, pizzas, kebab, sushi, ramen, pancakes, fish, burgers, hummus, kuskus, raw, vegetarian, gluten-free, macrobiotic food… also some finger food, fresh juices and salads. Besides the quantity, this space is unique for the variety and it might take you some time to decide what you are up for today and the number of opened restaurants is still not final! Recommended is to try all you find interesting, and to come back until you tried them all.
If you come for shopping, you can choose from 50 sellers on the ground floor who are offering fruit, vegetables, milk dairy products, meat, pastries, pies, honey, wine, beer, bio, exotic and alternative products. Beside food and beverages you can find few non-gastro services like a drugstore, bio cosmetics, flowers, breeding products, handicraft goods, stationery, key service, medicine, pastry shop, a coffee shop and tobacconist’s, even a children playground is here… Well, we bet you find something good for you. If you by any chance still don’t have enough, go just a few meters further and check the supermarket Yeme offering fresh Slovak groceries in the neighboring building.
This market is mostly visited and pretty crowded during working days´ lunchtime, but even then you really don’t need to worry about parking – underground parking has a current capacity of 303 spots and another 600 spots are just being finalized outdoor.
FARMERS MARKETS IN BRATISLAVA STREETS – FARMARSKE TRHY
A street in the Bratislava Old Town, Petržalka, Podunajské Biskupice as well as Karlova Ves neighborhoods have a day in the week when a regular farmers markets are held there, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the location. Bratislava is however not the only city where these markets are held – there are tens of other cities in Slovakia, too. The goal of these events is to organize farmers’ markets giving opportunities to local farmers and manufacturers to sell their products directly to the customers and to create a place full of unique flavors, aromas and colors, where people can meet butchers, bakers or milkmen and be able to talk to them and ask for advice or taste their products.
ADDRESS: Uzbecká str. (Podunajské Biskupice) on Tuesdays – monthly; OD Centrum (Karlova Ves) on Wednesdays – weekly; Poľná str. (Old Town) on Thursdays – biweekly; OC TPD Euronics (Petržalka) on Fridays – weekly
OPEN HOURS: 08:00 – 18:00
CONNECT: Website, Facebook
REGULAR MARKET IN THE OLD MARKET HALL – STARA TRZNICA
This regular food market held on Saturdays takes place in the historical eclectic building situated in the city center, where the tradition of Bratislava´s indoor markets was founded hundred years ago. And the last two years it is being rebuilt, after the times when this venue served also as a TV studio.
The main focus of this market is on offering seasonal products grown and produced by farmers and small producers mostly from the Bratislava region, but also a few specialties from foreign countries can be found here. Colorful offer of fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy products, bakery, sweets and other delicacies is usually accompanied by some workshops or fun program for attendees of all ages and simultaneous markets on the first floor. One week is usually dedicated to books, another one to antiques, and then also to flea markets/bazaars. Once you are there, you definitely shouldn’t leave without trying the current wine from Devín (Devínsky ríbezlák), fairtrade syrups Herbert and traditional Bratislava rolls – filled with walnut or poppy seed from FantastiCo (we call them “Bratislavské rožky”).
The capacity of this multi-functional building is up to 1500 attendees and “outside the markets hours” it serves also as a cultural venue for various performances, concerts, festivals and even conferences. Sundays are usually dedicated to various social and cultural events like design and flea markets introducing artists and designers or craftsmen. And this place also conceals two cafes, a grocery shop, a cooking school and a soda water manufacturer. Let us pick at least two: Dobre&Dobré Cafe, with old Bratislava atmosphere and special “good” concept driven by civic association Vagus – some waiters are homeless people and this is part of the project of bringing them back to a normal life. The entrance is from Nedbalova street. And the culinary school of civic association Jem iné, (expressing the approach “I eat different things”), offering cookery courses with focus on healthy food and it is a part of the worldwide Food Revolution Foundation of Jamie Olivier.
STREET FOOD PARK
Come and join other food fans at the square in front of our Old Market Hall (Stara Trznica) for yummy street food and great outdoor atmosphere! Street Food Park is a regular event held each month and hosts street food vendors who offer delicious burgers, hot-dogs, gyoza, pull pork, bear soup, fish & chips, sandwich, tempura, burrito, “párance”, coffee and more.
ADDRESS: Nám. SNP, entrance of the Old Market Hall
OCCURANCE: monthly, please check their Facebook page for the details
MARKET PLACE ON ZILINSKA STREET
Here we have the “mother” of outdoor markets in Bratislava – the authentic Žilinská Market Place which is an integral part of the district under the Main Railway Station since its origins in fifties. This place is very popular thanks to its unique atmosphere. And unfortunately the last fifteen years it is gaining a high public interest due to its unclear future. Every year might be its last one as there are plans to build a parking house, shops and some flats in this lucrative location. This brings a strong feeling of uncertainty to all marketers, which is reflected in their decreasing number and negligence of this place in general.
Nevertheless, for now it is still open and worth of visiting! This place offers goods that taste and smell a bit different than those you find in supermarkets, a bit more real. It is not just fruit and vegetables from local producers but also eggs, sausages, butter, yogurts and other dairy products, pastries, nuts and flowers… you can get here even a home bred duck – if you order it in advance.
The assortment of goods varies almost every week. It depends on the season of the year. Logically, the best offer is during the spring and summer time, with autumn the offering is changing a little but you can come for a good shopping even in December. And the daytime also plays its role here – the richest selection is on Saturday mornings. Recommended is to visit the market very early, during the day the best products might be sold out. And probably the most important influencer is the quality of the harvest. If there is nothing to reap, there is nothing to sell. Other than that you can buy fresh groceries here, and you can enjoy a very human atmosphere.
MARKET PLACE ON MILETICOVA STREET
Everybody in Bratislava knows this iconic outdoor market and people don’t call it other name than “Miletička”. The atmosphere of this farming market is still the same for decades, but what makes this place special is its visitors – it is a great spot for social studies as you can meet almost every representative of a modern city: from hipsters through homeless people, local celebrities and common people of all ages and economical status, mingling and interacting together. No surprise that this is the favorite source of inspiration for screenwriters as it offers an endless repository of unbelievable stories.
So why should you visit Miletička except of the cultural experience from this great mixture of humans? This place accommodates almost 150 seller stands and you can find a great selection of fruit and vegetables and some other groceries here. But also the biggest selection of cheap China goods, almost everything you can image, but mostly clothing and footwear can be found here.
Miletička is the worst places you would ever go for eating and in the same time the greatest place for gourmets. Let us explain – the food is really tasty and the quality is good, but the place is quite dirty and smelly, so you need to accept a lower comfort. Or take a food away with you. So, if you find enough courage, try the local legend – the Vietnamese bistro Phong Nam – where you get great noodles Bun bo Nam Bo or soup Pho. Or try “langoš”, a Hungarian specialty which is a deep fried flat bread with cheese and ketchup, very fat but very yummy!
One more thing to mention – you might face some language barriers here. But don’t worry, just point with finger what you like and don’t forget to smile.
ADDRESS: Miletičova street
OPEN HOURS: MON-FRI 6:00 – 20:00, SAT 6:00 – 15:00 (Flowers available even during Sunday and public holidays)
Urban Market is the most prominent and the biggest alternative event in Slovakia that is focused on the presentation of nowadays fashion and both amateur and professional creative art, design, street art and young art. Since 2010, the Urban Market hosted many Slovak and foreign fashion designers and handmade manufacturers and this number has continued to grow and the range is expanding. Since 2010 Urban Market has hosted tens to hundreds of Slovak and foreign fashion designers and handmade art and design products designers and their number is still increasing as the scale broadens.
Another part of the program is a full-fledged accompanying program consisting of concerts and dj gigs, fashion shows, discussions on current issues, art presentations, exhibitions, street art and graffiti, canvas painting, workshops, etc. There are 3 Urban markets held yearly, one in spring, one in summer and one in winter, with changing locations.
BAZAAR AT THE DEVIN CASTLE
A bazaar of antiques, vintage and handmade production, held always on the last Sunday of the month, from April till September, at the Devin castle. Its location is very popular as the castle is situated on a high cliff over the Morava and Danube rivers, and standing on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria, it offers beautiful panoramic views. The program includes theater performances for children. The entrance fee (4 € regular, 2 € for kids and seniors) includes access to the Devin castle and its surroundings as well. Please be aware that it is prohibited to bring your dogs here. In case of bad weather conditions the bazaar can get cancelled.
ADDRESS: Devin Castle, Muranska cesta 1
OCCURANCE: each last Sunday of the month 10:00 – 15:30, April – September
BURZOBLSAK – BAZAAR ON DRIENOVA STREET
„Burzoblsák,“ as this flea market is called, is an event dedicated for the community and its main aims are recyclation and re-usage of old clothes. There is also an option for sellers to donate clothes for one of orphanages in Bratislava. It is held each first Saturday of the month, starting from 8 am and lasting till 2 pm, lately on Drienova street (used to be on Bajkalska street 20). No entrance fee. Get your special piece directly from the sellers’ trunks or suitcases and enjoy the atmosphere of a real flea market!
ADDRESS: Drienova 16
OCCURANCE: each first Saturday of the month, 8:00 – 14:00
REGULAR FLEA MARKET ON OBCHODNA STREET
Come to purchase clothes and other treasures from the “attic” and rare antiques. If you have similar items at home and you like the idea of selling them on a flea market, sign up as a seller for just 10 €! The market is held in the city center, in the court yard of a popular Lavender shop.
RETRO BAZAAR IN KC DUNAJ
Clothing for ladies, gentlemen and babies, earrings, necklaces, headbands, rings, plates and other antiques as well as natural cosmetics or toys are offered at the retro bazaar in KC Dunaj – a venue which serves as a bar, a club as well as a place for various social events. There is also a design shop where you can find cute accessories, and a gallery for art lovers. Regular thematic parties, live shows, bazaars, literature, theater events – everybody can find their own thing here :) The retro bazaars are usually held from 10 am till 5 pm on chosen Saturdays with free entrance. Please check the venue’s Facebook page or website for the upcoming bazaar details.