If you are obsessed with eating out but would like to avoid making a hole into your budget, this list of the best street food places will be your saviour. Bratislava is lately bursting with stalls serving high quality meals for affordable prices. So pack some napkins – our guide will show you the most delicious street food spots that will make your mouth water :)
This vegan take away food is a life-saver for all plant eaters. It serves delicious vegan meals indistinguishable from the carnivore-friendly stuff. Everything is prepared in front of your eyes. Sometimes they sell the vegan desserts as well. Make sure not to miss their amazing Axel burger! Plus you will save some animal friends :)
Kamenne Square probably has a street-food-positive aura, as this is another stall located there. You can buy here tasty hot dogs of different non traditional styles. The portion is very generous and you will for sure not stay hungry if you take it instead of a normal lunch. We also liked that the sausage was actually longer than the bun, so you did not end up with the dry piece of bread at the end. There is a standing area with counters next to the stall, so you can conveniently eat them there. Definitely not for people on diet!
ORBIS STREET FOOD
Orbis has its menu inspired by the gastronomy from different corners of the world and is currently THE hot spot for locals. The top product Orbis is known for are Belgian fries. These are prepared from special, bigger potatoes and fried twice on the beef grease. As a result, the fries are quite thick, tender and deliciously seasoned! We just love them!
Nice Fries is a food truck parked on Sturova St. It offers various amazing dishes with fries. We have to say that we totally adored their BBQ pulled pork fries! Vegetarians can try sweet potatoes fries with avocado sauce and egg. All dishes are served on a hip newspaper paper and with a classy silver plastic cutlery. Who wouldn’t love that? Plus, they also operate in late evening hours!
ADDRESS: Sturova 19
OPEN HOURS: Follow their FB page for updates
If you want to try an authentic pastrami sandwich, try this place. They moved from the Old Town to the food court of the Aupark shopping center and opened a second branch at Possonium Street Food & Cafe close to the main train station (described below). They make pastrami out of beef in three versions – 50 g, 100 g and double pastrami with 200 g of meat. Beef is seasoned with 15 kinds of herbs and then smoked. It is juicy, tender and goes well with the dressing and pickles. It looks simple but tastes great! Dental floss recommended afterwards:)
Foodstock used to be only a truck offering yummy vegetarian dishes at various festivals and Christmas markets. It quickly became so popular that it was obvious a regular shop was needed. Now you can enjoy this amazing cuisine at a small establishment on Klobučnícka Street. You can either eat your food there or order it „to go“. The menu includes various vegetarian Asia-inspired dishes. Our all time favourite is Gyoza Crunchy filled with local vegetables and topped with the amazing combination of teryiaki, sesame and edamame. Highly addictive! And a nice plus is that you get filtered water for free:)
Bootca Bar stands next to the popular Kuchajda lake, within Nove mesto neighbourhood. It offers quick meals during the summer period – majority of them are healthy and suitable after a work-out. Bootcamp Slovakia started here with its group workouts a couple of years ago and after some time decided to complement its offer and take it a step further – into the food business. We would definitely recommend the Bootca burger which was absolutely delicious and juicy.
ADDRESS: Vajnorska street, lake Kuchajda, from Polus side
OPEN HOURS: There are no official open hours. Come during summer, when the weather is nice.
Chefstreet promises you world street food at one spot. It stands in the popular farmers’ market Freshmarket. Just don’t be surprised that normally it is served on plates to be eaten in the food court – you should ask for a take-away option. Just pick your favourite flavour from the world metropolises’ busy boulevards. We really enjoyed the American Pulled Beef BBQ or the beef Fried Meatballs. You can choose the side dish within the price.
This stall (known as Vrožku before) in Freshmarket’s foodcourt sells the best American hot-dogs! And they are brutally perfect! You can choose from three different versions (bacon, jalapenos or veggie) and each has two different types of sausages to choose from. They use a cooking torch right in front of your eyes to make the sausage baked. We promise you will love it here:)
STREET FOOD & CAFE POSSONIUM
Possonium is a permanent street food garden that offers five different cuisines, so everybody can find something for them. It does not matter if you are a vegan, a „carnivore“, a soup-eater, a hummus lover or a hamburger-addict – variety is the spice of life! We like it here so much that we have written a separate article about this place.
And now something different! Who said that street food must be about greasy fast meals and grabbing a quick bite on the go? This place serves the street food classics in a fashionable way and in the elegant, posh surroundings. Jump Street is fighting the hipster minimal concept by removing the borders of the street food concept and thinking outside of the box.
All the dishes we tried were lip-smacking. All of them have carefully curated recipes and trusted ingredients suppliers. What we definitely recommend is their flagship product, the black golden burger – juicy and full of flavors. And the fries are one of the best we’d had in town so far! Just be careful – it costs more than the average burger in town.
The originality and deliciousness of these pancakes blew us away. What you can expect are yummy pancakes wrapped „to go.“ Folded in a triangular shape and placed into a paper cone which makes it very convenient to eat them while standing on the street or walking. You can choose a sweet or a salty version, gluten-free or with a buckwheat flour. Try their special version of French „crêpe complète“ upgraded by the home-made beetroot chutney!
Buchtáreň found a niche in the local food market and quickly became famous for its Slovak traditional dumplings – buchty! While the place keeps a young spirit thanks to its modern colorful but tiny premises, the dumplings served here are made as per old Slovak recipes. They have mostly sweet buchty but also few salty ones. When ordering, you can choose your filling, topping and dusting. All are then covered by the melted butter and sugar-dusted. If you want to go for the classics, try the one with plum jam and poppyseed.
If you haven’t tried a traditional sweet pastry TRDELNIK, now is the time. They prepare it in a special way and it comes in a cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla or nut flavor. You can have it on its own or with different fillings and extras. One of the options is to have it with nutella, strawberries and ice-cream! Just two things to mention – the ice-cream comes from the machine, so don’t expect an Italian gelato and the pastry itself (not talking about the fillings) is quite big so make sure you are hungry enough or have a peer to split it with. Make sure you are on a cheat day when trying this:)
ARTHUR’S MINIMINI PANCAKES
This place lies at the busy crossroad of Laurinska and Panska Street and can be easily found by the tourists. They have the cutest tiny pancakes ever! You get ten of them and can choose one frosting and one of the toppings with them. We almost felt sorry to eat these cuties but only until we tried the tender dough – we could not stop ourselves afterwards :D The pancakes are available only during the winter season, as the place transforms into an ice cream shop during the warmer period and its ice cream is one of the best we know.
ADDRESS: Laurinska 2
OPEN HOURS: There are no official open hours. Rather contact them to make sure they are open.
You have probably already spotted these cool mobile retro coffee vans from the 30’s and 40’s. You can see the historical touch also at their wooden manual coffee grinder or at their unique manual machine of the La Pavoni brand which also produced the first commercial coffee machine in the world. They will serve you great take away coffee, tea or hot chocolate. You can choose the size of your drink. And look at those cups!
Enjoy great coffee from Mr Bunny’s (as the name translates) wheeled café. You can look forward to the smiling faces of its staff. Just look for the tricycles with a peculiar creature logo – half man and half bunny :) Many say this is the best coffee in town. And recently they have opened their brick and mortar café, too!
ADDRESS: Postova / Safarikovo Square
STREET FOOD PARK
There are plenty of great street food trucks which operate during the Street Food Park Festival. It is a regular street food event organized in front of our Old Market Hall. It is an ideal occasion for those who like to get together with friends in a casual way along with getting something tasty to eat. Come to enjoy some local culture from food trucks and stalls, and have a bite of something prepared in front of your eyes – it’s quick and it’s delicious!
ADDRESS: Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25
Author: Zuzana Mytna