Best Restaurants in Bulgaria
What’s the best food in Bulgaria? Bulgarian cuisine is rather diverse, with each region of the country boasting their own special dishes and recipes, so there’s plenty to discover and to try if you visit Bulgaria. Here are some of the best restaurants in Bulgaria, where to find them and what dishes to try when you get there.
What do people eat in Bulgaria?
Bulgaria is home to a range of delicious foods that are worth trying. Whether you are looking for a formal dinner or just an informal snack, you are sure to find something that suits your tastes. Burgas has some of the best restaurants in the country, with options for fish lovers as well as meat eaters. Seafood is popular here, from squid to octopus or even cuttlefish balls. You can also sample cevapcici (a type of sausage), soups, salads and pastries while exploring Varna’s best restaurants. Plovdiv is another great place for foodies with its wide range of international cuisine on offer including Japanese noodles, Vietnamese pho soup, Thai curry and Bulgarian salad made with herbs from the region.
Famous Bulgarian Dishes
Balkan burek is a type of pie that can be found throughout the Balkans. It’s often made with feta cheese, onions, potatoes, spinach and spices like black pepper or paprika. The dough is usually layered with cheese, rolled up into a log shape, then baked until it becomes crispy on the outside.
Moussaka is a traditional dish that can be found all around the Balkan region including Bulgaria. It’s a meat-based casserole made with layers of ground lamb (or beef), eggplant or zucchini and tomato sauce topped with cheese. Then it’s baked until everything’s cooked through.
Restaurants in Sofia
Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria, and it has a wide range of restaurants with all sorts of cuisines. For example, if you want Italian food, you can go to Il Gusto on Vitosha Street. You can also stop by La Gatta on Tsar Alexander I Boulevard for pizza or pasta. One of the most famous restaurants in Sofia is The Pasta House on Laveov Street because they have an incredibly long menu with both Bulgarian and international cuisine. They even have a dessert menu! So no matter what you’re craving, chances are you’ll be able to find something tasty at any one of these great restaurants in Sofia.
Restaurants in Plvodiv
Restaurant Amadeus is located on the beachfront with the most beautiful views of the sea. The restaurant serves a variety of cuisine, including Italian, Bulgarian, Asian, and European. There are also many vegetarian options available on the menu.
Ristorante Pescatoria is a popular choice for seafood lovers. They serve only fresh fish that they catch themselves, which has led them to become well known for their fish soup dish served with polenta or pasta. It can get quite busy at night so reservations are recommended.
O’Fortuna Bistro & Wine Bar is another great choice for fine dining during your stay in Plovdiv.
Restaurants in Varna
Varna is home to over 100 restaurants, with many of the best located near the sea. One of the most popular restaurants in Varna is called Alga. This place serves seafood cuisine, ranging from octopus salad, to grilled squid, lobster bisque, and a variety of fish such as sea bass or cod. Another restaurant worth mentioning is called Lazarata. Serving Bulgarian food with a modern twist, Lazarata offers traditional dishes such as cabbage rolls made from beef fillet or filled with ground pork mince and tomato sauce; plov (rice pilaf) with lamb meatballs; beef shish kebabs served on skewers; Bulgarian sausage or sour cabbage soup (shtrudel).
Restaurants in Burgas
A restaurant in Burgas that’s worth your time is called Nisava. It’s a wine bar, with a menu of tapas, salads and fresh fish. The décor is simple but tasteful. The atmosphere is calm, relaxing and romantic. With the variety of wines on offer you’ll be spoilt for choice. And because it’s outside the tourist zone (so prices are lower) it’s one of the cheapest options too!
With the water being so warm this time of year there’s nothing better than spending an evening eating fresh seafood by the harbourside.