Slovak Christmas Market: 10 Things To Try

We have just returned back to Sweden after a nice weekend in the Slovak capital Bratislava where we took the possibility to once more visit a Slovak Christmas Market. Actually we were quite lucky as it was the first weekend of the annual Christmas market in Bratislava. You should definitely go there if you get the chance – imagine two squares in the quaint old town that are crowded with people enjoying the food and drinks that are on offer. It is indeed a cozy place to spend a few hours when you want something a bit more traditional than what is offered at the bars and restaurants. And let’s not forget the atmosphere when so many people gather in one place.

Here are ten things we think that you should not miss if you visit a Slovak Christmas Market. In Bratislava you will find the markets at the Hviezdoslavovo Square as well as at the Frantiskanske Square.

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Drinks

There are usually several kinds of drinks available at the Slovak Christmas Markets and even though most of them contain alcohol, there is a possibility to also find non-alcoholic drinks.

Medovina

Medovina is a sweet honey wine that is served hot. Similar drinks to medovina are found in a lot of countries in Europe and they go by many different names, such as mead, mjöd and medovukha. There are both bottles of medovina to bring with you as well as small mugs served on the spot at the markets.

Varené Vino

This is hot wine, usually spiced in some way. There are similarities to other mulled wines such as glühwein in Germany and glögg in Sweden. Most stands will serve two varieties, one red and one white. However, some places offer a wide variety of different wines.

Punč

There are usually several different kinds of punč (or punch) on offer. It is usually a combination of strong spirits, different juices, berries and fruits. These are usually served hot and there might be a possibility to find an alternative without alcohol. Dětský punč is meant for kids, so we assume it has no alcohol.

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Food

One thing is for sure, you will see food everywhere. The smell of grilled meat is everywhere and there are plenty of varieties of food to choose from.

Klobása

Klobáse or sausages will be found in plenty. There are different kinds, but most of them have one think in common – the paprika. The grilled sausage usually comes with a few pieces of bread and a click of mustard or ketchup.

Cigánska

This might not be the post politically correct name to use for this traditional dish. Translated into English its  name would mean something like Roma-style. It is either fried chicken or pork and is usually served in a bread with a lot of fried onions and mustard.

Guláš

Guláš or Goulash is either a soup or a stew. It is usually the soup that is found at the markets. Guláš usually contains meat and potatoes as well as the traditional paprika.

We have earlier tried to make our own Slovak Goulash, read about it here >>

Lokše

Lokše are something similar to crepes or pancakes, with the difference that they are made from potatoes. They can be found with several fillings, such as cabbage, sauerkraut, melted lard, liver pates or cheese. There are also sweet versions filled with chocolate, poppy seeds or grounded walnut.

Langoš

Langoš could almost be considered a big plate of fried potato dough. It is served topped with almost anything. The topping usually differs from cheese, ham, garlic or sour cream.

Encián

Also known as hermelin in the Czech Republic, this is a cheese related to the more well known Camembert. It is served in a lot of different ways, either as pickled, grilled or fried. At the Christmas markets it is usually the grilled version that is available.

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Sweets

There are of course a lot of sweets at the markets, but there is one that we cannot miss when at a Slovak Christmas market.

Trdelník

Trdelník is a cylinder shaped sweet pastry that is found in Slovakia and neighboring countries. The dough is rolled around a wooden stick and then grilled before being rolled in sugar and seasoning. It comes with many toppings, such as cinnamon, walnuts or any other of a lot of possibilities.

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your time at the Sloivak Christmas market. That punch sounds really good. It’s neat how every culture has their own twist on the Christmas market. I remember eating Langos as a kid with cinnamon sugar.

  2. OMG I love your post! Christmas is my favorite time of the year and we definitely want to go to a Christmas market in Europe. As a foodie I love how you were descriptive in all the foods and drinks 🙂 They all sound fantastic!

  3. It is so strange that I have not yet visited a Christmas market despite the tradition followed in some parts of my country, India. I remember a friend of mine showed me pictures of Christmas market from North east India. I think I will love trying Guláš. Is there a vegan version for that?

  4. I love Christmas markets especially for all the food and drinks you can taste. I didn’t go to a Slovak Christmas market before but I did go to the ones in Vienna several times and I remember that hot wine and the punch. They were so good to get warm in the freezing cold. I love the simplicity of the sausages which are delicious!

  5. All of these items sound pretty tasty but those two involving potato based dough sound perfect to me! I have only been to one other Christmas market, it was german based but located in Japan. Quite a mix of foods and items. This one sounds a little more concise. ☺️

  6. This is quite an impressive list! I do like chriitmas markets but here all o fthem look the same. These ones on the other hand have so much variety and have so much to offer that t makes me want to leave everything and love to that country!

  7. Aaaaand I’m officially STARVING! I think my new life goal is to just eat and drink everything on this list until I weigh 600lbs and die from the meat sweats. Can you die from the meat sweats? I don’t know. It sounds like a pretty decent way to go though. Little bit of every sausage pastry ever, washed down with some happiness aka warm spiced wine. Yeah, sign me up!

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Christmas markets in Europe. Every place seems to have its own unique version…maybe I will plan an Xmas market-hopping trip some day! As a vegetarian, I have to say that I’m happy to see there’s some interesting to try as well. Thanks for sharing.

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