Where to eat in Sofia
Sofia is one of the most amazing cities in Bulgaria. Time spent here can be used not only for walking, but also for exploring the classic local cuisine. It is very natural and satisfying – they like a lot of meat, fresh vegetables and cheeses. So in between sightseeing, you will certainly find where to eat tasty and inexpensive in the capital of Bulgaria. Well, we offer you one of the possible lists of the best cafes and restaurants in Sofia. Inexpensive Divaka cafes and restaurants “Divaka” is a network of inexpensive restaurants in the center of Sofia, where not only tourists but also locals themselves like to eat tasty food. The menu here is almost entirely composed of Bulgarian dishes – you can try the famous tarator and kufte. The atmosphere in Divaka is informal and simple – and the prices are matching it. So, soups cost from 3 to 5 levs, and grilled meat – from 7 to 13 levs.
In the city center, near the Tsarska Gradina park in Sofia, there is a colorful beer restaurant where you can appreciate Bulgarian national recipes. A specialty of Dondukov is a delicious beer, which has about 100 varieties here (on average, from 2 to 7 levs per 300-500 ml). The prices in the pub are low, and the food is inexpensive and tasty, so there is no shortage of visitors. The atmosphere, as is usual in institutions of this kind, is quite noisy, but in Bulgarian it is pleasant and welcoming.
Gastrobar 6 If during a walk you are looking for a cafe where to eat tasty and inexpensive food in Sofia, do not pass by this inconspicuous establishment on one of the streets near the center. Here, pleasant homemade food goes well with low prices for the capital of Bulgaria. The average bill is about 25 BGN. The menu of the cafe is rather modest and focused on the European visitor: several types of Bulgarian soups, vegetable salads, pasta, risotto, and for dessert – a homemade cupcake. A small cozy room, friendly and friendly staff, laconic interior and delicious cuisine create a sense of harmony and cause the desire to come here again and again to eat.
Avtentichno Another small and inexpensive cafe where you can eat in Sofia, without interrupting the tourist route. Despite the fact that the menu here is not very extensive, it includes all the most basic dishes, including vegetarian. On average, the price of a hearty meal is about BGN 30. Interestingly, the building also houses the SIS COOP farm store, which actually owns the cafe. Therefore, many come here not only to eat, but also to buy fresh farm products.
There are many more inexpensive cafes in the center of Sofia where you can eat hearty and delicious food. For example, Farmer’s with its huge selection of soups and burgers, or the 2 Giraffes Espresso Bar with great coffee and air croissants, is perfect for breakfast! Kaminata Cafe attracts with traditional recipes and truly generous portions, and the Tricracoto Pile beer bar will be a pleasant discovery for lovers of a foamy drink. Medium-priced establishments Tavern Izbata To start listing the best restaurants in Bulgaria in Sofia, go to one of the most famous institutions with authentic national cuisine. This is exactly what “Izbata” is. Everything is harmonious in this restaurant: from a folk-style interior to traditional Bulgarian food. They invite here to impress the guest, calmly eat tasty kapama in a pleasant atmosphere and drink a glass or two of fragrant brandy. In addition to kapama and brandy, here you can eat perfectly cooked meat with a side dish of vegetables, and for dessert order sweet-ice (tender homemade ice cream) or tseno blak (a kind of yogurt) with honey and nuts. As with many other Sofia restaurants, Izbata prices are average. Meat costs from 12 to 28 levs, alcoholic beverages – from 2-3 levs and above.
Hadjidraganov’s Cellars This is a well-known restaurant in the center of Sofia, where guests can experience the unique atmosphere of ancient Bulgaria and eat tasty and hearty. Traditional Bulgarian food and original ways of serving it, live folk music and an unusual interior stylized as a cellar with its stone walls make visiting this place doubly interesting and memorable. Once here, be sure to try the traditional soup in bread – it is definitely worth your attention. You can also eat Shopska salad, home-style fried potatoes with Bulgarian cheese (siren), baked lamb – you can’t list everything! The price of a dinner for one person is on average 50 levs (without alcoholic drinks).