Category Archives: Shops

The Best of Bratislava’s Antiques

One can rush through Bratislava – see only its ugly outskirts – and come away thinking there is nothing there. Even should one find one’s way to the maze of cobbled Old Town alleys, one can come away not glimpsing … Continue reading

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Majolika, Modra

New year, new porcelain purchase? Well, maybe it should be a consideration. For anyone wanting to bring home a memento of their time in Slovakia, this renowned ceramics shop in the beguiling little town of Modra 28km northeast of Bratislava … Continue reading

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Top Ten Slovak Gift Ideas

To get in gear for the festive season, we’ve produced our top ten of the must-buy traditional Slovak souvenirs. We’re focussing here on things that really aren’t the same if you buy them outside Slovakia, that have a touch of … Continue reading

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The Stop on the Wine Route No One Knows About

A misty October weekend afternoon; the itch to get out into the hills and away from Bratislava overwhelms. The woods are on the turn. It’s been over a month since I’ve been hiking in them. Part yellow, part orange, part … Continue reading

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At the Sign of the White Mouse

I’m British. OK, English… But when I need a pick-me-up it’s not a cup of tea that does it for me (unfortunate; Slovakia has just about every type of tea you could ever hope to drink). It’s not an ale … Continue reading

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Introducing Úl’uv… With Suggestions for Improvement

Úl’uv is Slovakia’s centre for folk art production and, with several strategically-placed outlets in Bratislava, is the obvious first port of call for any visitors to Slovakia who are seeking a souvenir beyond the bog standard tourist tat. There is … Continue reading

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The Antikvariat, Nitra

  It happened like this. We were wandering around Nitra, on a snowy evening in December,  checking out log baskets on the Christmas market (a present for my father). They had a great deal of choice. The selection process took … Continue reading

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Banská Štiavnica’s Mining Museum(s)

For those of you not in the know, Banská Štiavnica is the most famous place that’s not famous in Slovakia. Its location is off the main Bratislava-Tatras-Košice trail but then it has to be: the town is in the rolling Štiavnica Mountains, … Continue reading

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Buying Hiking Maps & Apps

There it is: one of the classic billboard shots for Slovakia’s hiking: the strange twisting path through the wooded chasms of Slovenský Raj, or the Slovak Paradise. Chances are that if you come to this country, want to see the … Continue reading

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Going Over The Border To Get Good Stuff

As you drive across the border between Slovakia and Austria at Berg you get a poignant sense of how it must have seemed, pre-1989. There’s Austria’s flat, open farmland, broken by gentle wooded hills, suddenly erupting up on the other … Continue reading

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