After three days in Vienna, we took the train going (anywhere?) to Bratislava (10 euros, 1h30). We mostly focused on the old town and everything it can offers, being around for only one day and a half and having only our poor feet to carry our tired bodies around.
What will remember of Bratislava is its castle watching the city from above, the UFO bridge, of an uncertain taste, its many coffee shops, bar and restaurants who seem to be straight outta (Compton?) Brooklyn.
24h in Bratislava:
Breakfast at Fach.
In the middle of the city center, Fach is a modern and charming coffee shop. The design is outstanding (even the toilets!) and the food excellent while super cheap. The bill was less than 20 euros for eggs benedicts + drinks.
Stroll around the old town, starting with the door at the entrance of the city (Michalská brána).
Head to the old town square and then to St Martin’s cathedral (and the catacombs, if you dare).
From here, go all the way up to the castle and admire the UFO bridge above the Danube.
Lunch at Five Points
Hot drinks (tea or coffee) are taken very seriously. The infusions were presented with an hourglass that gives you the exact time you have to stare at the sand going down of said hourglass before you can start drinking. About the lunch menu: the soup of the day + salad is enough to make you feel full until the afternoon tea.
Then, explore the quays, up to the National Slovak theater, and the modern side of the city. If the weather is nice, you can even have a nap on the grass along the Danube. While going back to the old town, stop by the blue church (Modrý kostol sv. Alžbety) very Instagram friendly.
A cocktail speakeasy.
You enter through a wardrobe (Narnia style), on the top floor (and behind the toilets!) of another bar. Michalská Cocktail Room, that’s its name, isn’t big but has a jazzy and cozy atmosphere that you wouldn’t expect to find in the Bratislavian landscape. (Clichés, clichés). Take the penicillin if you like scotch.
Dinner at Urban House
Their beer menu is famous and their pizzas as well. The mix and match furniture and the big table are perfects to hang out with some locals. And for 6€ the pizza, you have all the rights to take two. Or three.
Last drink at La Putika.
There are a few bars with the same name around town. It is not the kind of bar where you’ll be able to sing “We Will Rock You” until 4 am but if you’re more the last glass(es) slumped on a couch kinda person, La Putika will rock you.