It is the cafes and restaurants around Košice’s Hlavná Námestie (central square) that make the atmosphere of Bratislava’s second city so special. The way the dinky Old Town streets are laid out, with live music from the restaurants ricocheting between them and ample outside tables on which to soak up the afternoon sun, seems like the city was made for sitting, eating and drinking in. And in the spirit of second cities worldwide there is a proud defiance of the capital here in the eating scene which has its own stylish ambience – particularly since the European City of Culture 2013 preparations began. Outside Košice? Well, there are also some gems of eateries in places like Unesco-listed Bardejov or, closer to the Tatras, in the beautiful old towns of Levoča and Kežmarok.
ALSO IN THIS REGION… Stick around in this chapter for more on the culinary offerings of Košice and East Slovakia but don’t forget to check the best things to do in this region, courtesy of our Places to Go/Košice & the East chapter AND our Places to Stay/Košice & the East chapter for cool places to stay hereabouts.