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Cazuela de Kavarmá, receta típica búlgara

Casserole Kavarma, Bulgarian typical recipe

“What are the best restaurants in Sofia?” Y “Where to eat well in Sofia?” These are questions that we will try to clarify if you plan to visit Bulgaria and you have to spend one day in Sofia, which it is the most common view that there is the only airport that has direct flights from Spain (more information Sofia Airport here).

And I do not add the question “Where to eat cheaply in Sofia?” because throughout Bulgaria is very cheap eats maintaining the quality of the food at a high level. Bulgarian cuisine is certainly not minimalist kitchen or “new kitchen” French but personally I prefer it that way, if eating out it is because you're hungry, not to charge you a pretty penny for a dish that 8 one above the other ingredients occupies only the size of a spoon, know what I mean… that in Sofia restaurants and generally in the rest of Bulgaria will not pass… However you will be able to taste the freshest and tastiest products you've tried since in Bulgaria proximity products are used, of local farmers…

But we will discuss what are the best restaurants in Sofia in our humble opinion and according to our own experience and we will mention all kinds: of fast food, Traditional style, latest, etc., all you will find in this list of the best restaurants in Sofia :

  • Pod Lipite. Street “Elin Pelin” 1, 1164 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia. Entering this restaurant is like stepping into an old inn or inn, the decoration, the lighting, tablecloths and tables,… all evokes an old inn. Ember has to look where we can see the cook and makes the roasted meat. They offer traditional Bulgarian food with some more international recipe, so that any diner will be satisfied. It has private rooms on the top floor and a small terrace for summer dining. It's in a little downtown neighborhood but well worth the visit because all the dishes we have tried in this restaurant have been the best in terms of quality and taste that we found in Sofia. yes, It is near the football field, so if you are driving avoid going there day game because the whole neighborhood is filled with cars and will be impossible to park…

 

Mejores restaurantes de Sofía pod lipite

Interior del restaurant Pod Glued

 

Terrace Restaurant Pod Lipite

Terrace Restaurant Pod Lipite

 

  • Hadjidraganovite parlor. Street “Hristo Belchev” 18, 1000 Sofia Center. This restaurant Sofia, although unpronounceable for foreigners, It may be one of the most famous restaurants in Sofia among tourists because aside from being in the center, It offers traditional decor and atmosphere of Bulgarian tavern, waiters dressed in typical clothing and there is even live music nights weekend enliven dinner with songs and music typical Bulgarian. It is a very picturesque place, but the food is also very tasty, I recommend the “kavarmá”: an individual earthenware dish with meat and vegetables cooked in this restaurant is delicious. The only downside that we see is that because it is so touristy wanted to exploit it too and the portions are somewhat limited if you go hungry…

 

Decor inside the restaurant Hadjidraganovite-izbi

Decor inside the restaurant Hadjidraganovite-izbi

 

Night show live at the restaurant Hadjidraganovite Izbi

Night show live at the restaurant Hadjidraganovite Izbi

 

Mushroom soup in bread bowl. Typical restaurant Hadjidraganovite Izbi

 

  • Hadjidraganov’s Houses Restaurant. Street “Kozloduy” 75, 1202 Sofia Center. It belongs to the same owners as above, hence the name is as difficult. The decor is also traditional tavern, The advantage of this over the other is that it is quieter, also they sing among the tables on weekends, but being in a neighborhood north of downtown Sofia (by the way, near the Central Railway Station and buses), It has fewer tourists and usually have no problems Table, the other thing that may be more complicated, I recommend booking if you plan to dine at the center…

 

Restaurant exterior decoration Hadjidraganovite Kashti

Restaurant exterior decoration Hadjidraganovite Kashti

 

  • Restaurant Vodenitzata. m. walnuts, 1415 Sofia. This restaurant is not located in Sofia but in a neighborhood on the slopes of Vitosha Mountain, To get there, climb some curves along a road but it is a short drive. The biggest drawback is finding the place if you are from out, because being in the woods you can lose between roads that surround the place, If you go by taxi better, Sofia taxi drivers know it well because it has a lot of tradition. It is a quiet place surrounded by nature, a different way to try typical Bulgarian recipes with a professional bartenders. It is the place I would recommend if you have to take your boss to dinner, and you want to look good, know what I mean… However the prices are similar to other. It has a large terrace with tables for Summer, It is also the only place in Sofia where you can see the famous and ancient Bulgarian ritual of stepping on hot coals barefoot known as “Fire Dance“, Bulgarian “nestinarstvo” (consult the web programming restaurant that is only done in Summer).

 

Vodenitzata restaurant terrace

Vodenitzata restaurant terrace

 

Demonstrating & quot; nestinari" dancing on hot coals

Demonstrating “nestinari” dancing on hot coals

 

  • The hotel restaurant “Niky”. Street “Neofit Rilski”, 16, 1000 Sofia Center. It is in the heart of Sofia but is little known to be inside the hotel of the same name, It is a secret place of the many we know senderismoeuropa.com. People think it is only for hotel guests but anyone can enter from the street and the place is fantastic, especially in summer because it has a glass roof that gives plenty of light, there are small artificial rivers with cold water fish, It's like eating in a botanical garden covered. There are typical Bulgarian cuisine but also international and the prices are low. The place is also quiet and pleasant, outside agglomerations of Vitosha Boulevard is the main street of the city with regard to shopping, cafes and restaurants, although this is only 5 minute walk from there.

 

Restaurant inside the Hotel Niky

Restaurant inside the Hotel Niky

 

  • The Golden Lamb. Bulevar Simeonovsko Shose 231, 1434 Simeonovo, Sofia. Some say that Bulgarian cuisine is always the same: pig, chicken, pig, chicken,… because at all and shows this small restaurant offers in their letter of lamb (hence the name of the place) and also cooked on the grill in full view of diners, If you miss the lamb chops, this is your place in Sofia. It is in the neighborhood on the outskirts of Sofia, Also nearby Vitosha Mountain. You park without problems at the door. The owner makes all: is waiter and kitchen help his wife because the place has few tables, but not known for his sympathy, It is a rather stolid man, but it is his way of being…, the important thing here is that you can eat some lamb dishes at half price in Spain, are you going to miss it?… And do not forget to order some homemade dessert like pudding or baked pumpkin…

 

Restaurante Golden Lamp

homemade food in the Golden Lamp Restaurant (aubergines sauce, Peppers, tomatoes…)

 

  • Restaurant “Staria Chinar”. Bulevar Knyaz Al.Dondukov, 71, 1527 Sofia Center. Another place to look good with visits, friends or colleagues. It is a site “with class”, It is not central but not far away, for example it is near Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, It may be an option if you lunchtime in that area after visiting the Cathedral ago. It also has the distinction of offering among its dishes, Bushmeat: venado, deer, etc… so can vary from the typical Bulgarian cuisine from other restaurants we have mentioned here. It has a large terrace in summer is very nice and quiet, away from traffic.

 

Restaurant interior Staria Chinar

Restaurant interior Staria Chinar

 

Terrace Restaurant Staria Chinar

Terrace Restaurant Staria Chinar

 

  • Shtastlivetsa. Bulevar Vitosha, 27, 1000 Sofia Center. It is certainly the trendy place in Sofia (and also in Veliko Tarnovo where there is another) and the most highly valued by tourists, Aside from being very central in the Vitosha Boulevard which is pedestrian. It has an ornate and colorful decoration, French style and arguably. The dishes are more varied than in other restaurants , more elaborate recipes and a very careful presentation, It's the place “preppy” par excellence for these reasons and because prices are somewhat higher, but consistent with the presentation and quality of the dishes. Also if you want a quality pizza, no need to go to an Italian, here also they make great… And fish dishes: Salmon, etc, other places do not offer… but you have to pay for it later…

 

Salón principal del restaurante Shtastlivetsa

Restaurant main hall Shtastlivetsa

 

  • Mehana Sofia. boulevard “Knyaginya Maria Luiza” 106, 1233 Tsentralna Zhp Gara, Sofia. It is 5 minute walk from the Central Railway Station in Sofia. Barely noticeable outside a restaurant but it is down to a basement and there you find a large living room with traditional wooden tables and even a table inside a huge wooden barrel or other shaped chariot horses, which will delight those seeking an anecdotal picture. The food is of average quality compared to the other places on this list, but it has the advantage that offers buffet meals, You pay a small amount and you can eat all you want of Bulgarian dishes. If you do not know very well the Bulgarian recipes it is a good idea to start here because you can see the look of the food. At night it is normal letter menu. Should check the opening hours as it is a family business and like many others in Bulgaria, family businesses close when it suits them without warning… “this is Bulgaria”!!!… and this particular take a long vacation during the summer…

 

Mehana Sofia, near the Central Railway Station

“Mehana Sofia”, with tables shaped float and wooden barrel.

 

  • fricassee. boulevard “Knyaginya Maria Luiza” 105, 1202 Sofia Center. For those with limited time or budget, It is a fast food place, but fast food home, not manufactured in large franchises as we all know… Here the cooks make food as they would in their own home, It is a service “trays” where you ask him to serve you whatever you want tray there at the counter and pay the weight. Then you take the tray to the table. The recipes we tested there are quite tasty and the value is excellent, as I say come cheap, You can eat a lot, see what you are eating and also immediately serve you kindly, What more could you want?.. By the way the name of this place “fricassee” It is a famous Bulgarian salsa, like the bechamel but more liquid, used in several recipes for meat in sauce… Certainly there are many such places in Sofia, We will recommend this because it is clean, new and we liked more than others we've tested,… It is located near the Railway Station and Bus, to some 10 minute walk. By the way, in own Bus Station, inside, on the top floor, there is another fast food place the same style is also very well.

 

Local fast food & quot; Frikase"

Local fast food “fricassee”

 

If you know Sofia and you have any other favorite restaurant, Leave your suggestions in the comments below please, It may be helpful to other travelers…

And once you've fed you well, do not forget to explore the best sights of the city: Here are some tips for it: “Secrets of the Bulgarian capital: Sofia”

Apart from Sofia, we know many restaurants and other secrets of Bulgaria, but we reserve for our travelers… join us, traveling counting on our services and you will discover the best.

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