Avion Shopping Park: Shopping Mall
Avion is probably my favorite shopping center in Bratislava - not only because of its big size but also because of its pleasant atmosphere. It has pretty much everything one could need when going shopping - shops of all kinds, restaurants, cafes, banks, a post office, a cinema, a large hypermarket with groceries, etc. It's located near the Bratislava airport. There's also an Ikea store close by. It's open daily, 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (the hypermarket opens earlier). There's a virtual tour available online at:
for those who might like to see what the center looks like (from the inside as well as outside).
Some other shopping centers in Bratislava are: Aupark Shopping Center, Eurovea Galleria, Polus City Center, Shopping Palace Zlaté Piesky, Central Bratislava, Retro Shopping Gallery, Danubia, Hron.
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Aupark shopping centre.: Big and modern.
This isn't actually a shop, but a shopping centre. The then Mrs_p (now ex) took me along there for a look at the shops (not really my thing) but there did seem to be a very good selection including a number of places well-known in the UK as well as some more local retailers.
As well as the shopping outlets, there is a gym, poll hall, cinema and bowling alley. There is also a fully equipped spa.
Should you get peckish, the Food Court on the first floor has a wide variety of inexpensive eateries including a buffet curry place! As always in Eastern Europe, there are excellent coffee shops and ice-cream parlours as well.
Definitely one for the retail therapy brigade.
What to pay: Certainly cheaper than the UK.
Modul Book Store
If you want to buy some local books or pick up a replacement for that tour book you lost in the bar the night before, Modul is a good place to stop in the Old Town. Centrally located at Laurinska 14, the new and modern Modul has everything from children's books to cookbooks. There is a section of books about Bratislava and Slovakia in numerous languages from English to Japanese. We purchased a nice little tour book for 187 SKK and a map of Bratislava for 56 SKK.
Aupark: Shopping mall
I don`t like shopping centres that much, but Aupark, Bratislava`s biggest shopping mall, is quite ok. It is about 5 minutes by car outside the historic centre of Bratislava. There are street signs. You can even walk from the historic centre to Aupark, you just have to cross the danube bridge at the central bus station and walk through the park- it is about 15 minutes by foot. The building is rather new and modern, using a lot of glass and metal. Don`t expect to make a lot of bargains there, you`ll find mainly branches of international shops like Trussardi, Daniel Hechter, Mango, Mexx, Diesel etc. and their goods are not much cheaper than in other cities. On the 2nd floor there is a swimming pool and spa (Aulandia), they have a gym, a supermarket (with a good choice of slovakian products, it`s bakery is great too), cafés (the "coffee house" is especially nice, you even have wifi there) and a lot more. In case you need a haircut, there are 2 hairdressers. I strongly reccomend to go to the one on the 3rd floor and not to the Studio Krasny Pierot on ground floor. Not that they don`t cut well, but it can happen that they try to rip you off when they see that you are a foreigner. For eating I would reccomend to head for the centre though, I haven`t seen any nice place to have a decent meal :). I ended up with something from the "Delicious India" then, which was not "delicious" at all. The shops are open every day till 9 p.m., the super market closes at 10 p.m.
Tesco: All in one place
After touring few other places this seemed to be very good place to go for inexpensive shopping and supermarket compeared to prices in Finland. Even the department store I was open until 10 clock during the weekdays.
What to buy: Clothes, Shoes, Souveniers, Candy, Drinks
What to pay: Shoes 20€, Winter coat 35€, 0.5 litre Beer 0,4€, Bottle of Vodka 3€
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You can't escape Tesco
There's a huge Tesco store in the eastern side of the Old Town which we shopped in a number of times as it was so close to our hostel. As Bratislava was the last place we visited on our trip we did all our present shopping here and found a good selection of Slovakian wines and alcohol. It's also a good
place to buy picnic supplies or cheap lunches.
Tesco: Everything you are looking for..
Tesco the international chain is also here in Bratislava. They are open everyday. Usually from 8am till 10pm from Monday till Friday. 9am till 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.
What to buy: Food, Clothes, House items and so on..
AUPARK: The largest shopping centre in the city
Aupark, situated on the right bank of river Danube, is the largest shopping mall and entertainment center not only in Bratislava, but in Slovakia. It is about 10 minutes by bus from Bratislava’s city centre, and is therefor a little bit on the outskirts, on the opposite bank. There are around 200 shops, cafes, food joints, restaurants, a multiplex theatre, Billiards and Bowling, a Fitness center and even a CASINO. Like many, you can go there just for people watching also!!!
What to buy: A to Z
What to pay: Much higher than average
Temporary stalls at the Hlavne Nemesti: Local crafts stalss
When I was in the town, there was sort of a fair going on in the Hlavne Nemesti square of the old town and in many other vacant locations of the old town. There were numerous stalls put up by the locals displaying local crafts and handmade souvenirs and DOLLS!!!!
Here are some nice pictures for VTers.
What to buy: Local crafts and various handmade items of day-to-day necessity in the household
What to pay: reasonable. Bratislava is (atleast was) a very inexpensive city
Bratislavsky Hrad: Souvenir shop at the Castle
There is a very nice souvenir shop outside the Bratislava castle, right close to the entrance gate. I found that it has a very nice collection, may be especially because I am a fan of dolls and love collecting them. Not just dolls and toys, but the souvenir shop has loads to offer, and just a window shopping would be interesting. Not a thing to miss if you are visiting the castle.
What to buy: Toys, dolls, artefacts, home decorations, pen stands, photos, wall hangings etc.
Press International Tabak shop.: Cheap cigarettes compared to other countries!
Cigarettes shops in countries like Wien, Praha & Slovakia are called "Tabak" shops. You can purchase newspapers, Magazines & cigarettes...A box of Marlboro is much cheaper here compared in Wien!
What to buy: cigarettes, cigarettes & cigarettes.
What to pay: See inserted picture.
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market: Tourist market in main square
If you are looking for a souvenir to bring home, there's around 15-20 booths set up in the main square selling tshirts, trinkets and all the other stuff that you really don't need but feel compelled to buy. We found a couple of tshirts for our niece and nephew at home that were cute but not particularly cheap. There are a few more booths set up in Hviezdoslavovo Nam, near the Slovak National Theater. Most took payment in either Slovak currency or Euros.
ethnic shop near st martins cathedral
This shop is lovely and tribal
if u are at the bridge area near where the memorial is for the jewish memorial near st martains cathedral
and start making your way back towards the old town center
there is a small shop on the right hand side
nice ethnic jewelry,clothes, scarfs and bags- really hippy but lovely and relaxing
i made a few purchases in here !
What to buy: clogs were only 8 euros
rings, necklaces really pretty, purses , lovely bags and scarfs
What to pay: i paid 300 SKK for the top i got - like a kafkan
the clogs were 8 euros -
i bought a scarf as well here 399 SKK
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Shops and Markets: Big Shop That is Bratislava
In Bratislava you can shop in many places. Markets, indoor and outdoor, speciality shops and department stores. The big stores like Tesco and Dunai are great value for money and you could buy local wines or liquers really cheaply there and also things like fancy boxes of chocolates or watches.
At Christmas the markets are great for crafts and souvenirs , although you need to buy early in the day if you hope to be able to browse in peace and quiet.
The nicest shopping experience I had was in the old indoor market which has recently been refurbished. This market, Stare Trznica, is open every day of the week during business hours and from 6.00 in the morning.
What to buy: In this market I would buy food and crafts. The knitwear was very attractive and very keenly priced. All the produce is fresh and you can also buy hot snacks here. Even if you just want to browse, I think you will find this a very enjoyable place to spend some time in.
What to pay: Not very much.Things are much more reasonably priced than in the shops.
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Note - was not much in way of souvenirs. Best bet was a kiosk at the train station. Had loads of odds and ends, very cool. Not just souvenirs but other stuff too.
Is a small shop at castle.
At Christmas there is fair in square but there wasnt much there in my opinion. However if you are into the local arts n crafts, you may find something
What to buy: model of the castle at the train station kiosk
What to pay: relatively cheap for souvenirs, especially given not many places sell them
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