These markets typically sell a mixture of produce direct from local farms and orchards, herbs, cut flowers, bread, mushrooms, pickled goods like gherkins and peppers, and local cheese and dairy products. There are also small shops selling inexpensive clothing, stationery and wine, as well as cafes and pubs, clustered around them. They might not be as slickly presented as the malls but they present an authentic slice of Bratislava life – and the salespeople are normally more than happy to engage with visitors in a few words of whatever language you can muster.
Saturday morning is normally the busiest time at the markets, when home gardeners as well as professional vendors bring theirs good into town. The pubs nearby range from the spit-and-sawdust variety to some surprisingly smart cafe-restaurants.
The two markets nearest to the old town are: one just off Žilinská Street, about 15 minutes' walk north of the city centre; and another, larger one on Miletičova Street (near the junction with Košická), further out but accessible by tram. There is also an open-air market selling mainly clothes on Jedlikova in the centre of town.
Trhovisko na Žilinskej
811 05 Bratislava
Trhovisko na Miletičovej
Žilinská market: take any tram to the main railway station (hlavná stanica) and get off at the 'Žilinská' stop. The market is behind the apartment building on the right.
Miletičova market: take any tram to Ružinov and get off at the 'Záhradnicka' stop,. Cross the junction (the tram line peels off to the left); the market is about 200 metres down Miletičova Street on the left: look for the red brick chimney.
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