WAY OUT THERE
Meet your friends, come for a delicious light meal, try one of their homemade lemonades or just relax on a big sofa. This is a coffee shop that also serves as a bookshop and has a particular atmosphere for which it has become so popular among the locals as well as tourists.
You will find the Urban Space at Namestie SNP (SNP square), which is just a few minutes from Bratislava city centre. At the entrance you will see the big sign of »Gorila.sk« – you’re in the right place. If you’re wondering why Gorila.sk is written on the entrance, it’s the title of the online bookshop that was founded there before they launched a coffee shop under the Urban Space name.
Close to the Urban Space there are numerous boutique hotels, but one really grabbed our attention – Mama’s Boutique Hotel, hidden away on a peaceful, leafy residential street behind Bratislava’s prettiest park. The perfect description for Mama’s would be boutique, dignified and offbeat; the hotel consists of 15 rooms and suites and, as an extra bonus, there is a cute terrace out front and a summertime rooftop whirlpool tub that is often devoid of guests.
There is also a meeting room with a capacity of 12 people, and among the hotel’s more singular features are a complimentary laptop and the availability of bicycle rental.
Whilst most of the restaurants offer French-themed cuisine, at Mama’s a pan-Asian food is the speciality – it wowed us!
MEET IN STYLE
One of the Gorila.sk owners always wanted to have a coffee shop and as he is a very good (amateur) interior designer, keen on travelling and visiting bars and restaurants around the globe, he decided to create one to his own taste. Following from that, each event held in Urban House will naturally be special and exciting, as the venue has its own unique and personal vibe.
Urban Space has hosted various events in the past, from concerts and press conferences to movie nights. They have even had an event for BMW, when the new Mini model was launched. Every two months they host a talk show in the style of »The Late Night Show«, when around 130 people gather there. Any kind of event you will might wish to up with, they will go for. However, in line with their interior design it will need to be creative, different and relaxed.
Any great idea or event can be presented at their coffee shop. They can hold events for 130-150 people (depending on the setup), but if you are looking for the space being a bit more personal, Urban Space can accommodate around 80 people.
OFF THE BEATEN MICE TRACK
In Urban Space they serve breakfast, main dishes, and various kinds of nibbles. Their staff would highly recommend an Egg Benedict for breakfast, the Pulled Pork burger for lunch and their cheesecake at pretty much any time of the day.
Their menu is in general quite healthy – try the hummus with pitta bread and olives, which is completely mouth-watering! Otherwise you can find salads, toast and other snacks, all of which are good options for a quick lunch or dinner. Moreover, we can’t overlook their lemonades – our recommendation is to try the elderberry & ginger one with mint and lemon. And for anyone with a sweet tooth there can’t be a day without trying a cake. Thankfully, they have temptingly light and super-tasty cheesecakes.
Whether you prefer to be sitting at a table, on the sofa or by the bar, you’ll find your favourite spot in Urban House, which in also serving as a book store means you can pick up a book from the shelves and have a read, and, if you like it, purchase it as well. They have quite a wide range of English books, so it is easy to spend hours just reading and chilling out. Their concept of a coffee shop inside a bookstore is the latest addition to Bratislava’s café scene, and walk through the aisles at the very back where you will find many other funny things to buy besides just the books. And whether you prefer older or newer movies there is always something that will catch your eye, as they also have a wide range of nicely displayed DVDs.
Urban Space is located at Namestie SNP (SNP square), just a few minutes away from Bratislava city centre. The venue is located in the pedestrian area near Stara tržnica.
DID YOU KNOW
Urban Space has also a »little sister«, named Urban House. As Urban Space became so crowded and visited by all age groups, partly because they come to buy a book and end up staying quite a while longer, they saw the opportunity to create another hip place, which turned out as another »boon« of the venue. Urban House is also located in the city centre, so you always have a choice in case one of the venues is packed (as it often is) to try the other one, or vice versa.
The only difference between Urban Space and Urban House is that the latter does not serve as a bookstore, but just(!) as an amazingly furnished coffee shop.
Gorila.sk Urban Space
Nam. SNP 30
81 101 Bratislava
+421 903 908 857