Republika Východu

International in Košice

With its tongue-in-cheek declaration of independence from Western Slovakia, Republika Východu (Republic of the East) sets a spirited tone. The menu, too, doesn't play by any rules: breakfast on avocado toast or quinoa porridge, studded with raspberries, then hang around to lunch on steak or goat's cheese salad. Bonus: it's lined with bookshelves and there's a children's play area.

Effective service keeps this republic running like clockwork.