Shopping is a popular past time in Bratislava and being the avid shopper, I know where the best deals are in town. Eurovea Galleria, Aupark, and Polus shopping centre are the top three shopping centres located in the centre. Avion Shopping Park and Shopping Palace are also great, but are located out of the centre.
1. Eurovea Galleria
Eurovea Galleria is part of the state-of-the-art multi-functional city quarter located on the Danube River adjacent to Bratislava’s historical centre. Eurovea is fully equipped with a Palace cinema, Sheraton Hotel, and an only member’s fitness centre. Eurovea has designer shops: Tommy Hilfiger and Guess by Marciano. During the summer there are great bargains at Mango and H&M (I just got a pair of jeans for €9.95!) as most of the stores have sales up to 70% off. But when the sales in Eurovea aren’t on, merchandise is regularly priced. Can’t wait for Christmas shopping!
How to get Eurovea Galleria:
Bus station: bus 50 or 70, bus stop Malá Scéna.
Other trams you can take to Šafárikovo square are 4, 5, 9 and 12. Eurovea is a three minute walk away.
Aupark is a must-visit when it comes to shopping in Bratislava. With stores Zara, C&A, Peek and Cloppenburg, and H&M; Aupark is a trendy shopping centre with seasonal sales up to 50%-70% off usually in the summer. Just like its competitor Eurovea, Aupark is your one-stop destination for all your shopping needs.
How to get to Aupark
Bus station: Bus 50 Aupark
Central train station: Bus 93
3. Polus Shopping Centre
Polus Shopping Centre is another popular shopping centre with less designer shops, but has a Carrefour for your supermarket needs and has a lot of bargains on clothes. It is also worth the visit if you love to shop.
How to get to Polus City Centre
From the bus station: Bus 50 Od Slimak
4. My Bratislava
My Bratislava is the newly renovated Tesco located at Kamenné Square. Stop by for your groceries at a trendy department store. Fully-equipped with café’s and a perfect meeting point in the centre.
5. Avion Shopping Park
Avion Shopping Park is also very popular as it has a Hypomarket and IKEA. At Avion you can experience shopping with sales up to 50% off. Avion is a very good shopping centre with great deals.
A tip: If you are near the Bratislava airport, you can stop by Avion if your shopping mood shall arise.
How to get to Avion Shopping Park
Central train station: Bus 61
Bus station: Take trolley bus 202, stop at Prievozská, and take bus 96.
Or trolley bus 205, stop at Slovinská, take bus 63.
6. Shopping Palace
Shopping Palace is also a shopping centre located out of the centre and close to Golden Sands (Zlaté piesky). It is a little smaller than most of the shopping centres in Bratislava, but has a Tesco that is open non-stop (24-hours a day). There are more than a handful of shops in Shopping Palace like New Yorker and Kenvelo. Take tram 2.
If you really want to bargain shop and get a chance to practice your haggling skills, head down to the Miletičova market. I saw merchandise of a large selection of fashion purses €5 – €20, shoes €5 – €20, swimsuits €10 – €20, dresses €8 – €20, and luggage €10 – €20. I got a cute purse at a real bargain, €5.00 – without haggling!
How to get to Miletičova Market.
Central train station: Trolley bus 201, bus stop Miletičova
Bus station: Bus 50 Od Slimak, bus stop Trhovisko
The Commerce market
The Commerce market is located in the Old Town and has many trendy knock-off bags from Couch, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Fashion purses from €10.00 – €25.00. The price of shoes ranges from €5.00 – €20.00. It is also a popular market that has sunglasses, scarves, hats, and fashion accessories from €3.00 – €10.00. A real deal!
How to get to Commerce Market
Central train station: Tram 13, tram stop is Postova, walk a little east on Commerce Street, on your right side enter the hallway with the sign Picollo Pub II and Caiman Pub. The market begins and ends at the corner of Jedlíkova and Kolárska Street.
A tip: You can always try to haggle with the vendors at the markets. Just recently at Top Centrum on 50 Commerce Street, I got a Fendi knock-off bag for €15.00 (originally priced at €25). That’s the best I could do, I’m still practicing the art of haggling.