Saturday morning markets in many cities and towns are a treat for Americans used to shopping only in stores. In Bratislava, visit the Central Market Hall (Trznica at Namestie SNP) to see colorful stands of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great place to have a snack or quick meal of traditional Slovak culinary specialties, such as Gypsy’s roast meat with loksa (potato-dough patties), sausages, and sour cucumbers, along with good wine.
Most shops are open 9am to 6pm weekdays, Saturdays until noon. Department stores are generally open until 4pm on Saturdays. Shopping malls, primarily located in the largest cities (Bratislava, Kosice) are open 10 am – 9pm every day of the week.
Slovakia produces fine wines, such as Tokay, and liqueurs, such as Demanovka, Medovica and plum brandy. You can purchase wine/liqueurs directly from producers if you visit vineyards, such as those on the Small Carpathian Wine Route or in shops.
* Vinoteka Sv. Urbana at Klobucnicka ulica 4, downtown, close to Primatial Palace
* Vino Matysak, with tasting room – This cozy little wine hideaway in the Pyramid building is an easy walk from downtown.
* Kodrianka wine shop, Laurinska 9, in a 13th c. cellar downtown
* Chillon wine bar located at Panska 27, downtown — very friendly atmosphere
For wine and wine glasses:
* Rona sklo, Laurinská 6, downtown – showroom of glass on the 1st & 2nd floor combined with selection of the best Slovak wine producers. Open Sat. until 2pm.
Such as a doll or puppet in folk costume, embroidered or woven fabric, ceramics, folk apparel (blouse, vest, hat, apron), handcast metal shepherd’s bells, figures made of ceramics, straw, wire or cornhusks, and carved wooden items (toys, serving spoon, figures). In addition to traditional folk handicrafts, you can find many attractive handcrafted items that are thoroughly modern in design – clothing, toys, ceramics and more.
Where to buy Handcrafts:
In Bratislava, check out folk art shops on Obchodna Street in the Old Town and on Namestie SNP [Square of the Slovak National Uprising].
ULUV (Ustredie l’udovej umeleckej vyroby)
A chain of stores throughout Slovakia selling folk art and crafts, such as paintings, costumes, clothing, embroidered linens, lace, toys, smaller souvenir items, and more. Main showroom in Bratislava, but shops also located in Banska Bystrica, Bardejov, Piestany, Tatranska Lomnica, Prestov and Kosice. ULUV is an organization dedicated to encouraging the development of folk artists and craftspeople, as well as cooperation between producers and designers. They also offer workshops.
More info www.uluv.sk.
Chain of galleries/shops offering paintings, ceramics, wooden toys and other works by Slovak artists and craftsman. Shops are located in Bratislava, Kosice, Trencin and Zilina.
More info www.remesla.lawit.sk.
In Vivo Shop – ceramics and more (Old Town Bratislava)
Michalská 11, 811 01 Bratislava
Phone: +421 2 541 31 809
Creative contemporary handmade ceramics, plus beautiful handcrafted metal, glass, fabric gift items.
Open M-Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm, Sun. 10 am-8 pm
Jozef – toys (in Kosice)
Hlavna ulica 85, Kosice
Imaginative wooden handmade toys for kids of all ages.
Klariska ul, downtown Bratislava
Cute boutique featuring handmade Slovak gifts and trendy women’s clothing and accessories.
All in Bratislava
Klobucnícka 6 (a few steps from BKIS and Primatial Palace)
* Galeria Brunovsky
Graphics, jewelry, painting, and furniture
* Cafe Galeria Parnas
* Galeria Marat
* Galeria Art
* Derka Gallery
At Zilinska 11
Furniture, paintings, artwork in this gallery located within walking distance from downtown
* Galeria Nova
Baštová 2, downtown Bratislava
* Online gallery
Interesting collection of paintings
All the major cities have antique shops filled with great buys on books, art and furniture. Keep an eye out for Art Nouveau and Art Deco items (also called Secessionist, the Austrian form of Art Nouveau).
All of these antique shops are in the Old Town
* Antikva – Collection includes works from Slovak and European painters, as well as porcelain, ceramic, glass, furniture and jewelery. Separate exhibit of historical folks textiles.
* Starozitnosti u Zofky in a yard under St. Michael´s Tower
* SOGA – auction hall and showroom
* Antiques, Obchodna 12
* Antiques, Obchodna 37
* Antiques Maraky, Panská 17
* Antik – Galeria Degas, Heydukova 9
* Antik Secession – Palackeho 8
Clothing and Accessories:
Creation – hand-dyed silk scarves/ties/dresses
Obchodna 35, 811 07 Bratislava (near InterContinental Hotel downtown)
Phone: 011-421-907 740 550 – Lovely hand-made silk wearable art
Sedlárska 4, downtown Bratislava
Original designs by a Slovak artist (Iveta Ledererova) for men’s clothing and accessories.
A wide range of souvenirs can be bought at the Info desk of BKIS Bratislava Cultural and Information Service.
Coin and Stamp Collecting Shop
Majkova 2 (Avion building, walking distance from downtown Bratislava)
Medená 29, downtown Bratislava
Venturska 9, downtown Bratislava
Cut crystal glasses, vases, bowls
Before the breakup of Czechoslovakia, much of what was marketed as Bohemian crystal was made in Slovakia. Available in gift shops in Bratislava and all around the country, this crystal is marketed under the names Slovglass or LR.
If you’d like to visit the factory and watch glass being blown and etched by hand, the Slovglass factory is in Poltar, in South Central Slovakia, about 10 miles northwest of Rimavska Sobota and 10 miles northeast of Lucenec. The factory store sells handmade items at discounted prices.
Note: Slovglass also produces machine-made glass, but the handmade product is what you want.
Quality framing is very affordable at shops throughout Slovakia