What is Slovakia famous for? First of all, for locally produced drinks and food. Second, it is famous for amazingly beautiful traditional crafts and folk arts. So, don´t hesitate to bring something that will remind you of your unique experience in Slovakia. Of course, Bratislava is just part of Slovakia. Still, the country is not big and it is much easier to find everything in the capital city. Just make sure that you have left enough space in your luggage to take with you some souvenirs from Slovakia or Bratislava that will remind you of the good times you had there. In such a way, you will be able to recall your special memories whenever you want later on.
1. Decorated Easter eggs
Decorated Easter eggs are known as kraslice in the Slovak language. These are fancy decorated Easter eggs that you will find almost everywhere in the gift shops of Bratislava, regardless of the time of the year. Of course, they are covered with layers of lacquer and impregnated with water-proof protection substances. Still, this is a delicate gift. Make sure you wrap your special souvenirs well before you pack them to your luggage. Kraslice come in different sizes and colors. They also come as magnet, pins, and key-holders.
2. Traditional embroidered clothing
Some might say that it is actually especially for women, but I would not agree. In Bratislava, you can find embroidered clothes for men and women of all ages. There are embroidered outfits even for newborn babies. Traditionally embroidered folk clothes are one of the souvenirs that you can bring from Slovakia. T-shirts, dresses and even hoodies are covered with traditional folk embroidery patterns. All of them are bright and colorful and can be easily found in all the gift shops throughout the capital. Beware that the quality of embroidery varies from place to place, so you should pay attention to little details while you are picking up your best souvenir from Slovakia. One really good shop that is specialized in traditionally embroidered clothes, starting from costumes and finishing with shirts and towels is Parta. There is only one Parta shop in Bratislava.
3. Corn husk dolls
Elaborating corn husk dolls is a traditional folk craft. You might be surprised by the following fact, but it is still quite a popular gift for kids. The dolls represent different perspectives on rural life in Slovakia. They often “wear” traditional folk costumes. According to old local beliefs, the dolls can be used as an amulet, to sleep well or even to cure diseases.
4. Decorated wooden crosses
Central Slovakia, the Podpoľanie region, in particular, is well known for its beautiful tradition of wood carving and outstanding craftsmanship. In Podpoľanie they carve tall wooden crosses and place them on the roadside, as a rule in front of sacred places, such as for instance, churches. These wooden crosses are normally decorated with some colorful paints following traditional folk patterns. They represent different Biblical principles and stories. Of course, it’s highly unlikely that one would like to carry home a sizable 4 or even 5-foot-tall cross. So, the locals produce smaller versions as well. Even if you are not a believer, that is a souvenir that looks beautiful. If you are a religious person, you can hang it on your home’s wall. As a matter of fact, these crosses are a good gift to give as a souvenir to religious family or friends.
5. Slovak wine
In Bratislava, you can find a good choice of wines from all around Slovakia. If you give preference to white wine, try rulandske biele. If your preferred one is red, try frankovka modra. In case you like rosé, try alibernet rosé. You can go for wine degustation in Grand Cru Wine Gallery of Bratislava’s Old Town.
6. A shot glass to wear around your neck
Even if you are not a collector of shot glasses, don’t miss getting your uniquely decorated shot glass covered with leather. These local necklaces are called pijacka poharik.
7. Honey or honey products
Honey is good for health if you do not have any kind of allergies. In Slovakia, there are plenty of places where you can find honey and honey-related products. One of them is medovina. You might ask what is medovina. Try to imagine the taste of honey wine! There are different varieties. It can be dry and sweet. It is best to serve it after dinner like any other dessert wine. Also, in Bratislava, you can find fabulously flavored honey along with ¡ honey-covered. Don´t forget about the spa for your body. There are plenty of bath and body products on the basis of honey as well.
Slivovica is one of the most popular Slovak alcohol beverages. It is a plum-tasting super strong liquor. It can contain up to 50 degrees of alcohol. Although the original taste is plum, you can find and try much more flavors, such as apricot, blueberry or raspberry.
9. Bryndza cheese
Although this souvenir can turn out to be difficult to pack if you travel by plane, it is worth buying it. If you go to Slovakia by any other means of transport such as a car, train or bus, make sure that you get some of the bryndza cheese. Take it home and you will enjoy it the week after your Slovak trip. Bryndza cheese is the core ingredient for many traditional dishes. It will taste good on a simple toast for breakfast!
10. Herbal teas
Natural herbs are highly recommended for the health of every contemporary person. They bring more balance to everyday life, they soothe the stress consequences and increase the natural body’s defense system, empowering immunity. Herbal teas are available in a wide range of Slovak pharmacies and shops. Most of them are produced locally but some of them are made in the Czech Republic. You can look for herbal teas from Baliarne Obchodu, that is a local company that actually produces more than six hundred tons of more than one hundred and fifty various types of tea within the year.