Shopping in Bratislava
Where to shop in Bratislava
Hello my friends!
Bratislava is my hometown. It’s a small, but big hearted capital city of Slovakia, located right in the middle of Europe – geographic-ly 🙂
As I mentioned in the Travel Guide Bratislava – after the fall of communism in 1989 it has caught the attention and the city’s popularity grown a lot among travelers and visitors from all over the world.
It has beautiful, relaxed atmosphere, rich cultural life and nightlife as well. It has its own historical feeling with many historical buildings and monuments. The streets are covered with cute small eco-friendly, themed & urban styled coffee shops and bakeries, souvenirs shops, green places and many hidden spots with breathtaking views on the city’s landscape.
Just a little bit of introduction, because this post is dedicated to Shopping in Bratislava.
Today I will help you discover the best shopping places in Bratislava, especially the best local shopping places & I will help you to find out Where to shop in Bratislava.
Stay tuned and discover the best shopping places in the city, shopping malls with river-side walking areas with cafes, restaurants, greens and view-points, smaller less-known shopping places, locals shopping favorite spots, shopping outlets, local markets, souvenirs shops or other great shopping possibilities nearby Bratislava.
Shopping is one of the favorite activities of the locals. But I mean who doesn’t like it. , right ladies? 🙂 However growing its popularity rapidly also among men.
There is no particular one shopping district in Bratislava, because any shopping places – shopping malls or shopping streets are basically spread out throughout the city, in almost every city’s district.
If you would like to go shopping for clothes, in general the best affordable brands and shops like H&M, Forever 21, Lindex, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Bershka, Zara, mainly concentrates in the shopping malls and centers. However, more luxurious fashion brands stores like Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Balenciaga, Chanel are mainly located in the Old Town Passages. One of them are Luxor Passage & Central Passage.
Central Passage can be entered from SNP Sqaure and Laurinska street and used be a bread market back in 1900 when this passage was builed. Luxor Passage can be entered from 3 streets – Dunajska street, Grosslingova street and Sturova street- where a famous theatre used to stand concentrating famous actors and writers since the 1930s.
On the other hand there is many places to shop for the the budget travelers or visitors who are interested into cheap and discount shopping opportunities, since there is many second-hand shops (NOSENE on Sturova street, Genesis second hand fashion on Rajska street or Textile House on Stefanicova street), with used branded-clothes, luxury fashion from the second hand. But also great deals or discount shopping is usual at the end of winter/ beginning of spring – around February/ March, and then at the end of summer – around September – when the new collections are hitting the stores. But there is also other possibilities to shop discounted clothes and find better shopping deals also throughout the year, in the local hand-made product shops, local clothes shops, penny stores and more – but we will get there later on.
Local shopping places are very popular nowadays. Many young designers are opening their shops, or sell their collections online. There is many local markets organized throughout the year like – Lavender Market ( organized sometimes around May, usually lasts for 2 or 3 days and you can buy there everything hand-made made from lavender or lavender-themed like parfumes, cosmetics, sweets, food, drinks, books, clothes, oils for reasonable prices.
Mileticova Market– is the traditional outdoor market place, where you can buy local foods, clothes, flowers or even buy a home cooked lunch on the weekdays.
The Old Market, situated on SNP Square in the Old Town used to be a market place for local farmers, bakers or other small business owners but later on was closed for a pretty long time. It came back to life thanks to a group of activists and now for few years already, it hosts a lot of festivals even Bratislava Fashion Week took place here in the Old Market. During the day you can come here, shop from the local farmers fresh fruits, veggies, fresh meat, cheese, wine and other great food stuff. You can also buy or eat some cakes or other delicious foods from local bakers or take a seat, have a cup of espresso from the local coffee shop and feel that great historic atmosphere of this place.
Farmer’s markets are also in YEME market, that was rebuiled few years ago from old Ikea store and in Fresh Market. Both are situated almost next to each other in the district called Ruzinov in between sports hall Pasienky and Ice Hockey Stadium Ondreja Nepelu. You can buy here local foods, from local farmers, bread, fresh meat, cheese, cakes, flowers and more, all local and fresh.
There is about 6 big shopping malls in the city. They are usually mixed with offices that are located in the towers wich are connected to this centers, also with movie theatres, food courts, ice hockey stadiums or some of them leads to a great outdoor spaces like Eurovea – located on the very edge of Old Town on the Danube Shore and it is one of the newest ones in the city. This place is one of the nicest malls, with very classy look and modern architecture. It has great outdoor space with promenade on the river shore full of cafes and restaurants near the river Danube – walking distance to the very Old Town. Shops inside the mall are in my opinion not that interesting, so it is worth to come here mainly for the relaxing time.
Aupark – situated on the other side of the river, and other side of the Old Town in the district called Petrzalka (that’s where I come from). It is one of my favourites. If you want to shop for a really good clothes for a good price this place I recommend. There is wide range of stores like Tommy Hilfiger, Mango, H&M, Stradivarius, Bershka, Zara, Roxy, Nike, Adidas.
Avion – as the name says it is located near the airport and it’s connected with Ikea. Thios place is the biggest, it is little far from the old town but worth visiting If you are real shopping lover. There is a wide range of stores. also a hockey stadium and 4D movie theatre. This place would be also my recommendation number 2.
As I mentioned in the beginning, there is no particular shopping district with famous shopping street. However you can find great shops almost in every corner especially in the old town. Good shopping street to choose from would be Obchodna street (in slovak it literally means the Shopping street) or Laurinska or Venturska street, with more luxurious fashion brand stores.
There are not any well known outlet stores in the city. But very close to Bratislava is a village called Voderady with brand new outlet stores – outdoor area, located only about 30 km far from Bratislava.
Even better place would be on the other side of Bratislava in Parnodorf, located in Austria only 30 min drive from Bratislava. You can find here outlets for luxurious fashion brands like Prada, Gucci, Versace, Coach, Guess, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, UGG, Vans and many more. It is also outdoor, builed as a small shopping town. All stores are situated in beautiful houses, all in pastel colors and from there it is just behind a corner to Vienna.
If there is anything you are interested about more detailed, please leave me a comment or message me – I would love to here your opinion or questions and I hope you will use this guide on your next shopping trip to Bratislava.