Any joint that brands beef gut as an expensive delicacy is the type of place fit for bourgeois hipsters, right? Well, at Cotroceni’s Ciorbă de Burtă, you’ll find a tasty beef tripe soup made with pork leg, garlic, buttered milk, and vinegar (along with cow stomach, of course). The neighborhood, which was once the site of a 17th-Century monastery-turned-palace, now appeals to the bearded set with places like Control Club (for some serious synthesizer action) and Carol 53, an old house repurposed into a shared-space art center party spot.
Old Town, Bratislava
It’s the eateries in Bratislava that reveal the city’s alternative side. For starters, check out U Kubistu: from the outside, it looks like a boutique that sells clothes and home décor items. Step inside, however, and bam… it’s a bistro with carefully curated coffee, organic meat, and vegetarian food. Meanwhile, Urban House fits the trendy coffee shop aesthetic to a tee with its communal wooden tables, bookshelves, and mismatched metal chairs. But wait, there’s also an EDM/reggae bar that hosts board game nights and a café whose name translates to the word “mustache.”