What To Buy In Bratislava, Slovakia

what to buy in bratislava
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Slovakia’s capital sits along the river Danube and is surrounded by vineyards. It is home to the Little Carpathian mountains, which is heavily forested and has perfect cycling and hiking trails. While you are in Bratislava you can visit the Devin Castle ruins and enjoy breathtaking views, the Gothic-style St. Martin’s Catholic Cathedral, the restored hilltop Bratislava baroque castle or Michael’s Gate which is a 14th-century city gate and a museum. Other than these amazing places to visit, there are a number of fun-filled activities you can do, clubs you can go to and enjoy the amazing nightlife and visit restaurants to enjoy fine dining. Don’t forget to indulge in some shopping while you’re here too. Come and check out what to buy in Bratislava, Slovakia.

1. Slovak wine

If you have a unique taste or you generally love wine, then there are about 100 types of Slovak wine you can choose from. This particular wine is produced in southern Slovakia. There are a variety of wines you can choose from depending on your preferences and budget. You can buy a bottle or two as a gift for a friend who loves wine or for your loved one if you are in Slovakia for a business trip. The vineyards that grow grapes are given special attention to producing the best quality grapes and in turn, produce quality wine for you to enjoy.

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2. Folk embroidered clothing

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Get yourself this amazing folk embroidered clothing from Bratislava, and storm the street at home in a glamorous look. Not only are the clothes fashionable they are comfortable and easily blends in with most occasions. You can choose to buy it for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family. It is a piece of history that has found a way to continue staying alive and still worn by the younger generation. The clothing will give you a sense of appreciation every time you put it on.

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3. Carved wooden cross

If you are a religious person or you intend to present one of the beautifully carved wooden crosses to a friend, your prayers are answered! There are a number of wooden crosses beautifully carved in various designs and sizes you can buy and gift to your church or hang in your prayer room at home. You can decide to also buy hand carved small wooden cross necklaces to gift friends and family back home.

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4. Slivovica

Referred to as plum brandy, Slivovica is a potent wine made from damson plums and is produced in eastern and central Europe. This unique type of fruit brandy is a popular drink among the Slovakians and is produced both privately and commercially. This plum brandy is the perfect souvenir to take back home and add to your collection of exotic drinks. Enjoy a tot or two of this amazing plum brandy at the comfort of your home as you unwind after a long day’s work.

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5. Medovina

Another type of amazing alcoholic drink you can buy to add to your exotic drink collection is the Medovina. It is an amazing honey wine and is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks sold around and instead of using grapes honey is used to prepare it. This one of a kind wine is the perfect gift or souvenir for you to carry back home. If you are at home over the weekend or enjoying some alone time with your loved one, pop open this wine and pour yourself a glass, and enjoy as you gracefully end your evening.

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6. A miniature Valaška

Buy yourself a miniature Valaska as your souvenir, keychain collection or just as a gift for someone back home. There are a number of miniatures you can choose from depending on your preferences. You can buy as many as you like and they can be found in most toy shops and other local shops around. If you like collecting miniatures as a hobby, then one of the miniature Valaskas will be a great addition to your collection.

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7. Pijacka Poharik

This tot size bottle often comes bound in leather and a neck strap added. It can be used as a tot glass or just a simple souvenir you can hang at home. In Bohemia, it is known as chimney due to its long neck and fireplace design. You can get them in many sizes and they are easily portable, meaning you can buy as many as you want. These mini bottles are the perfect things to have if you have a party and you want to pass around a tot of Slivovica to the crowd.

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8. Bryndza cheese

Mainly produced in Slovakia, Bryndza is cheese made from sheep’s milk. It has a creamy white appearance with a strong taste and smell. This soft Slovakian cheese is fermented with lactobacilli and a limited amount of salt is added. It has a number of health benefits and is said it helps to prevent cancer. This tasty and delicious white gold is commonly used in Bryndzové halušky adding flavour to the stuffed dumplings.

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9. Supolienky

This traditional doll can be an amazing souvenir for children. They come in different shapes and sizes and if you want something a little different, there is a whole collection you can choose from. You can choose to hang this doll in your house or add it to your doll collection if you fancy collecting different dolls from countries you visit. You can easily find this doll, sold in most toy shops and local shops.

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10. Tatra Tea

This is no ordinary healthy tea, but rather an amazing alcoholic herbal liqueur. This tea-based drink comes in a variety of six different flavours each with different alcohol levels. Depending on your strength and how much liquor you can hold down you can select your beverage with the lowest alcohol percentage of about 22% or as high as 72%. This unique type of tea is the perfect gift you can carry back home to share with your friends and drink mates.

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Bratislava’s souvenirs

Bratislava souvenirs
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With a collection of all these goodies that you can buy, you cannot miss having something amazing to take back home. These will always keep alive the memory of your amazing experiences in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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