Vegan Travel: Bratislava, Slovakia

If you read my post on things to do in Bratislava you have already seen my top tips for vegan food in Bratislava. You’ll also know that I have promised a more detailed post about all the vegan food I had in Bratislava.

I have found that some Eastern European countries are extremely vegan-friendly. The passion for anything new and exciting is particularly big here, and that seems to include vegan food.

If you’ve read my vegan travel guides to Krakow and Budapest you’ll know that I’ve had some extraordinary vegan food in Eastern Europe. However, with Slovakia being a fairly small country, I didn’t have very high expectations of the vegan food in Bratislava. Luckily, the city’s vegan scene far exceeded my expectations, and I had some fantastic vegan food.

Vegan Fast Food in Bratislava, Slovakia

Vegan fast food seems to be the one thing that every city with at least some vegan options has on hand. The day I arrived in Bratislava, I opted for this easy option and got a burger from a small stall called Vegan Kiosk. I chose the classic burger with cheese because I really like going for the basics. My idea is that if the regular burger is good I can always come back for a different one.

The burger was quite good but didn’t convince me to go back a second time. What I really disliked, however, was that for a little burger stall the place was quite snobbish. Service was unfriendly and extremely slow, but these people coming in for an Instagram photoshoot were treated like royalty whereas regular people were ignored.

If you’re hungry and want a quick bite it’s definitely an easy option, but don’t expect too much.
Kamenné Námestie 1. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 9 pm. https://www.facebook.com/vegankiosk/

A place that I highly recommend is Fach Juice Shop which I already mentioned in my general Bratislava post. I really can’t explain to you how amazing this sandwich was, but I suppose this photo speaks for itself.

The bread in this was absolutely incredible, and the tomato was so juicy and delicious. As Fach Juice Shop is located right in the heart of Bratislava, you will pass by there several times, and I suggest you get a sandwich at least once. There’s also seating inside, but I arrived quite late one day and needed to get going.
Ventúrska 10. Open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 6pm. http://fachbratislava.sk/en/

Another fantastic place I have already mentioned is Balans Bistro. I actually tried going here twice, but the first time it was so full, and people even waited outside so I figured I’d go back another time.

When I finally made it here, I ordered a lemonade with mint and coconut sugar and asked for dinner recommendations. The very kind waitress suggested the Balans burger with fries, and I couldn’t have been more satisfied. The burger was so delicious and juicy, and the fries were fantastic. I loved the dipping sauce that came with them, so rich and flavorful.

Balans Bistro is a very cozy place, and everyone there was so friendly and down to earth. I absolutely recommend you have dinner here at least once.
Živnostenská 2. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday 1 pm to 9 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 8 pm. https://www.facebook.com/balansbistro/

Sweet Surprises

I was really lucky with the weather in Bratislava and decided to try out a popsicle place called Marinela I had found on HappyCow. While the place was originally listed as being entirely vegan, I found out while I was there that only some of their choices are in fact vegan. I opted for the pineapple one, although it was difficult to choose with amazing options like raspberry and mango.

The flavor was so fresh and natural that I could easily tell that the popsicle was made from pure pineapple. I will still say that it was quite expensive which is why I didn’t go back for a second time. I would recommend going once if the weather is good though.
Blumentalska 2731/6. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. http://www.marinela.sk/

One of the highlights of my trip to Bratislava was a fully vegan and zero waste bakery and shop called U Dobrožrúta. The concept is so wonderful because while I do agree that our problematic system itself needs to be changed, I still think being part of the solution requires making personal changes as well.

I went here for breakfast once to try a traditional Slovak custard roll and some tea. While it wasn’t the most delicious thing I had in Bratislava, I also took a banana bread to go which was absolutely delicious.

They had a bunch of yummy looking cakes and other sweets as well, but sadly, when I came back later, they were all out. I did buy a loaf of bread, however, which along with some spreads from the drug store, served as breakfast for the remainder of my trip.

The store was lovely and had a ton of zero waste products. Unfortunately for me, the descriptions were in Slovak only, but you can ask the very friendly staff for help if you need anything.
While U Dobrožrúta is not in an area otherwise of interest to tourists, I suggest you go there at least once during your stay and enjoy the cozy and peaceful atmosphere.
Radlinského 27. Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm. http://facebook.com/pg/udobrozruta

Cozy Spots for Solo Travelers

Personally, I’ve become so used to eating alone while I travel that it doesn’t bother me at all, but I know that for other people it’s a bit more difficult. There were two places for vegan food in Bratislava that I found particularly suitable for solo travelers.

Made with Laf actually has two locations in Bratislava, but I will be speaking about their main restaurant. This casual spot is perfect for solo travelers because it’s not very busy, at least for dinner, and you will be able to sit wherever you feel most comfortable.

I will say that the food is a bit hit and miss here. I didn’t much care for the “Turkish” wrap they recommended to me the first time, though it wasn’t particularly bad either.

However, they really outdid themselves with the fish and chips the second time I came here. I cannot put into words how delicious this dish was. The “fish” was made of celery which is probably the last thing any of us would think of, but it worked so well.

Now, I’ve never had authentic fish and chips and haven’t eaten real fish in almost 20 years so I cannot guarantee that this tastes like the real deal. I simply loved the taste and texture of it, and I think it’s high time vegan chefs come up with better ideas than soy or seitan meat replacements.
Dunajska 34. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 9pm. https://www.facebook.com/madewithlaf/

Another really lovely place was just around the corner from the second Airbnb I stayed at. Vegan Bar looks like a bar and the name sure makes you think it is one, but the opening hours suggest otherwise. This is a fantastic place for lunch with daily specials at amazing prices.

Far too often, vegan meals tend to be overpriced, furthering the notion that this is a lifestyle for the privileged few. Nothing could be further from the truth, and Vegan Bar makes sure everyone can spend their lunch break here.

If you go just after lunch it’s completely empty, making it perfect for solo travelers who are a bit nervous about eating alone. I ended up taking the food to my Airbnb because I was super tired from my trip back from Vienna.

The patties were a bit too salty, but I loved the dish as a whole. So filling and healthy, with a side of buckwheat as well as a creamy kale sauce. And I was thrilled that they didn’t container was plastic-free!
Tovarenska 4. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm. https://www.facebook.com/vegan.bar.ba

Asian Inspired Vegan Food in Bratislava

The final spot for vegan good in Bratislava is Foodstock, which offers Asian foods. Now, while you may not be traveling to Bratislava to try Asian food, it’s always nice to have different options.

I had the Miso XL soup here, and let’s just say, it was XL indeed. They added tofu to it which made it filling enough to keep exploring the city after lunch. The tofu was deliciously crispy (nothing is worse than saggy tofu!) and the whole soup was rich in flavors without being expensive.

Foodstock is right in the heart of the historic center of Bratislava so you will pass by here several times. It also has far better opening hours than any other vegan place in Bratislava. Make sure you eat here at least once.
Klobučnícka 6. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm. https://www.facebook.com/FoodstockBratislava

Overall, it’s easy to find vegan food in Bratislava, Slovakia. There are some absolutely exciting options in this underrated city. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to try more traditional vegan foods, but Bratislava absolutely made up for it with the variety of vegan options.

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Have you ever been to Bratislava as a vegan? Which vegan places did I miss?

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