Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, located along the banks of the Danube River, boasts a culinary scene that blends together traditional Eastern European flavors along with contemporary influences. From hearty comfort foods to exquisite pastries, the city offers a tasty journey that might surprise you, as the city’s culinary offerings are a reflection of its rich history and diverse influences. From traditional comfort foods to the classic pirohy and strudels, the city’s dishes are a testament to the locals’ pride in their heritage. Make sure you don’t miss out on visiting the city’s wonderful cafés that help shape the city’s sweet identity.
Bryndzové Halušky is one of the tastiest dishes offered in Slovakia, which truly explains why it is the country’s national dish. Made of halušky, which are dumplings made of boiled potato dough, cooked in a delicious cheese sauce made with sharp bryndza, a soft sheep cheese. It is then finished off with a topping of crispy bacon and chives for a bit of freshness. The result is a truly comforting, delicious, and very rich dish that you’re sure to love.
Kapustnica is Slovakian cabbage soup, which might not sound so exciting, but we promise once you’ve had a taste you’ll be reaching for more. It’s made with lentils, peas, or beans, or for a non-vegetarian variation is made with meat so that it can become a more hearty meal that will keep your warm in the cold winter months. It can be made with either a fish or meat stock as well.
While there are many types and fillings for pirohy, one of the most typical Slovakian is made with bryndza cheese. The country’s take of piegrogi, these delicious boiled dumplings are filled with a bryndza cheese mixture and then served with sour cream and crispy bacon bits.
While Austria is typically the country associated with strudel, Slovakia gives a great rendition of this beloved sweet delight. The Slovak variation of pulled strudel, or ťahaná štrúdľa, is beloved by Slovaks and has become a national dish in its own right. Enjoy it with the classic apple filling alongside vanilla sauce for a truly indulgent treat.
Cafés and Konditoreis
Brastislava is full of an incredible amount of cafes that exemplify the classic cafe culture of this region of the world. Beautiful and ornate historic cafes and contrasted with trendy, modern coffee shops, so there’s truly a caffeine and cake experience that will satisfy any visitor. Of course, you can hop from one to the other as well, enjoying both the cafe culture of the past along with the one of the future.