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Bratislava EVS guide – Markets

Once you're settled in your home, you need to feed yourself. In the city there are plenty of Billa, Tesco, Lidl and other Samoška. But what about fresh food ? No worries, Bratislava has plenty of markets.

 

Miletičova

The most famous and biggest market in town is at Miletičova street and offers everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers to cheap clothes from Asia. Milk products, such as Slovak cheese specialties are not missing, nor are fresh meat from the most talkative butcher ever or several types of tasty pickles. Segedínsky guláš (meat in cabbage souce with dumpligs) is definitely the most popular dish here. Try it! Have you ever drunk fresh juice made from sauerkraut? Look for old grannies sitting next to huge wooden barrels. Watch out it has laxative effect :)

Opening hours : Mon, Tue, Wen, Thu, Fri : 6.00 – 16.30, Sat : 6.00 - 12.00

 

Žilinská

Compared to Miletičova, this one is smaller so it has a different vibe. There is a great bakery with the best brown bread in Bratislava, cheap flowers, organic vegetable and cider. The busiest time at the markets is normally Saturday morning, when home gardeners as well as professional vendors bring their goods into town. Hungarian grannies growing carrots, parsnips, anything you want without all the chemicals that are generally used for growing fruit and veg. From time to time they bring some old bric-a-brac. Some of the vendors even sell home-made sausages. Located on Žilinská ulica, next to the Slovak Radio's building (also known as the inverted pyramid).

Opening hours : Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri : 8.00-15.00 Sat : 7.00–14.00

 

Market halls

There are two market halls in the city : one on Trnavské Mýto and the other in Staré Mesto.

Tržnica

It is called a steamboat by the locals because of its architecture. A pleasant and good-sized year-round indoor market built in the communist era, selling the freshest of local produce (including forest products like herbs and mushrooms) as well as fruits, vegetables and nuts, and various general merchandise. Pubs, little restaurants are to be found on both floors - all of them with a basic charm which can be called authentic. Located on Trnavské Mýto.

Opening hours : Mon, Tue, Wen, Thu, Fri : 06:00 – 17:00, Sat : 6.00 – 14.00

 

Stará Tržnica

The Old Market Hall (Stará tržnica) is situated in a historical building dating from 1910. It currently serves as a meeting point, offering food markets every Saturday and cultural events on other days. The sellers, who take part in the the food markets, are carefully selected, providing only quality food, mostly locally grown or manufactured in the area of Bratislava. However, foreign delicacies can also be found there. The food markets are always accompanied by activities for children, workshops for young and old and various flea markets, which take place on the upper level of the building. Located on Namestie SNP

Opening hours : Sat : 10.00 – 15.00 (July and August : 8.00 -15.00)

 

Other markets

Dobrý trh (Good market)

This market takes place three times a year at different locations. Check the website to know where and when. They gather farmers as well as book sellers and NGOs. Good Market is inspired by traditional street markets. It is a sustainable model that stimulates the local community, and consequently brings a new tourist destination in the district. Retailers presented all kinds of good goods such as bio-products, gastronomy, antiques, books, fashion and design products supported by local musicians and activities for kids and adults.

Website  

 

Flea market

Entrance fee is few cents only, but you will get an inimitable atmosphere and a chance to buy truly anything – ranging from rare radios, through Art Deco furniture to worthless little things, such as a left shoe or dried-out markers. If they don’t have something, it’s just because they forgot to bring it with them. The vendors really have everything, you just have to tell them.

Adress Inter stadium next to Polus City Center, Vajnorská 100

How to get there ? Trolleybuses 205, 204, buses 98, 39, 61, 74... – to Bajkalská

Opening hours : Sunday, from 9.00 till 13.00. Unless there’s a football match.

Entrance fee : 0.80€

 

Christmas market in the old town

December is the traditionally the month when Hlavné, Františkánske and Hviezdoslavovo squares in Bratislava are alive with magical Christmas atmosphere. The most beautiful part of the town is full of savour of various delicacies and Christmas carols can be heard. Every year since 1993, between the end of November and December 23rd, large Christmas markets take place in the very city center of Bratislava. The Bratislava Christmas market has a unique atmosphere and attracts thousands of visitors each day who come together to enjoy pancakes or mulled wine. The program on the Main Square offers visitors carols, Christmas songs and dances from all regions of Slovakia.

Opening hours : Every day from 10.00 till 22.00.

 

Photo credits : Marek Detsko, Dave Collier and Brian Colson

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