10 Things to eat in Sofia and where

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Visiting a foreign country is not only visiting museums and places of interest, but also eat. The food has a fundamental importance for understanding a foreign culture, and for this you should pay particular attention to taste the local dishes of the cities you visit. If you have to visit Sofia in Bulgaria, and eat at a typical restaurant in the city, what would you order?

La Bulgarian cuisine it is famous for having been influenced by neighboring states: in its dishes you will find Greek, Turkish, Macedonian and Serbian influences. Lots of meat, spices, yogurt and strong flavors, but also many new flavors to be discovered.
If you are planning a trip to Sofia consult our "list" on 10 dishes you absolutely must try in this beautiful city in Bulgaria.



Index

  1. Shkembe Chorba
  2. Garlic sauce
  3. Shopska Salata
  4. Kebapcheta
  5. Sarmi
  6. Moussaka
  7. Baklava
  8. Banitza
  9. Mastic
  10. Rakia
  11. Where to eat in Sofia: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Shkembe Chorba

It is one of the Bulgaria's most popular soups, but that does not meet everyone's palates. This dish, which in Sofia you will find practically everywhere, is in fact based on tripe or in some variants lamb or pork gut, which is seasoned with mashed garlic, vinegar and spicy red pepper.

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: tripe or intestine, garlic, vinegar and hot red pepper

2 - Tarator

Staying on the subject "soups", one of the most popular in Sofia. It is a very special dish that is served cold, and is made up of yogurt, cucumbers, fennel, chopped walnuts, parsley and oil. The ideal time to eat it is in summer, when temperatures are they get hotter.



  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: yogurt, cucumbers, fennel, walnuts, parsley, oil

3 - Shopska Salata

Lo Shopska is one of many side salads that you will find in Sofia. It is a very popular dish, which is made up of tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted peppers and cheese. Its history is very special, since it has been specially designed to be a part of a tourism promotion.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted peppers and cheese

4 - Kebapcheta

It's Meatballs, omnipresent in Sofia's kitchen. The traditional ones are made of cow or pork, but in Sofia you will find them in excellent and numerous variations for every palate. A very popular variant is the one that includes chicken meat, always seasoned with dill and garlic.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, cheese, spices

5 - Sarmi

Another very popular dish is Sarmi: It is cabbage leaf rolls, stuffed with minced pork pork and various spices. Among its variants most appreciated by those not used to Bulgarian cuisine is the one that also includes rice in its filling.



  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: cabbage leaves, minced pork, spices, rice

6 - Moussaka

La Moussaka it is one of the most popular Eastern European dishes. Typical of Greek cuisine, it is a very popular dish in Bulgaria. It is one aubergine flan similar to our parmigiana, which in the Balkan version also includes potatoes, minced meat and bechamel.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: eggplant, potatoes, minced meat, bechamel

7 - Baklava

Il Baklava It is definitely one of the most famous and well-known sweets of Bulgarian cuisine. It is a dessert composed of dried fruit and honey (or sugar) originating from Turkey which however is also widespread in the Balkan peninsula. To tell the original recipe is very difficult, since each region has its own variant. Wherever you go, however, the basic concept is the same: thin sheets of phyllo dough, buttered and "seasoned" with chopped walnuts or pistachios.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: phyllo dough, honey, sugar, chopped nuts, butter, pistachios

8 - Banitza

La Banitza (or Banitsa) to see it looks like a giant cinnamon roll. Very popular dish as well as "street food", it is often used to make breakfast with the inhabitants of Sofia. It is prepared with a mixture of egg and pieces of a Bulgarian cheese called sirene, placed between sheets of pasta. In Sofia, however, you could also find it with spinach or pumpkin.



  • Recommended to: Breakfast
  • Average cost: € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: egg, cheese, pasta

9 - Mastika

The Mastika is a mastic flavored liqueur, a resin obtained from mastic. It is a liqueur that is found mainly in Greece, but it is also very popular in Sofia.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: grapes, chews

10 - Rakia

The Rakia is a short, created through the distillation or fermentation of fruit. It is a very strong distillate, which often involves the use of plums and grapes. Be careful to drink it if you are not used to such high alcohol content. In Sofia you will often find it served together with Shopska.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: distilled fruit

Where to eat in Sofia: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The Bulgarian culinary tradition is influenced by the influence of neighboring countries and finds similarities in Balkan cuisine and in Turkish and Greek gastronomic preparations.
In Bulgaria the habit of kick off the meal with a soup (often bean or tripe based, such as shkembe chorba) to continue with a single dish, which generally consists of meat with a side dish: the most used meats are pork or lamb, while different types of vegetables or legumes are used for the side dishes.

Among the unmissable Bulgarian dishes are Banitsa, a series of layers of puff pastry usually filled with cheese and eggs, or the Bulgarian version of Moussaka, an eggplant flan with potatoes, eggs and pork.
The most popular dessert is baklava, phyllo dough enriched with butter, dried fruit and honey.

Eating is very cheap, even if there is no shortage of haute cuisine choices in the city. Here's where to eat in Sofia to discover all the best flavors!

1 - Made in Home

  • Description: hipster place with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences
  • specialty: soups and hummus
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Divaka

  • Description: young restaurant serving traditional cuisine but also international variations
  • specialty: soups served in loaves of slightly stale bread
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Sunmoon Bakery

  • Description- Vegetarian and vegan restaurant, serving fresh and local food as well as healthy
  • specialty: fresh homemade bread, vegetarian dishes and vegan options
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Hadjidraganov's Cellars

  • Description: typically Bulgarian place, steeped in traditional details, slightly oriented to impress visiting tourists, but serving excellent traditional food
  • specialty: meat and cold cuts, cheeses
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Central Market Hall

  • Description: central covered market of the city, full of food of all kinds, as well as shops and shops
  • specialty: street food, local food at cheap prices
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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