The 10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Sofia, Bulgaria

Mekici and jam | © Biser Todorov/Flickr
Mekici and jam | © Biser Todorov/Flickr
Photo of Maria Angelova
10 April 2017

Bulgarians usually have breakfast at home, or buy a croissant on their way to work and eat it on the go. Even if they want to sip their morning coffee somewhere cozy and sunny, they have already had breakfast. There are, however, some places that are trying to change the trend and offer freshly baked croissants, traditional pastries, cakes, and great coffee to start the day. Check out some of the best places to have breakfast in Sofia.

Mekitsa & Coffee

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Bulgarian
Cakey Bakey, ulitsa "Iskar", 36
Cakey Bakey, ulitsa "Iskar", 36 | Pixabay

If you haven’t tried the traditional Bulgarian mekitsa, your stay in Bulgaria simply isn’t complete. Mekitsa is a deep fried pastry, which is usually considered a homemade breakfast, but there’s a special place in Sofia to try it – Mekitsa & Coffee (Mekitsa i Kafe, Мекица и Кафе). Stick to the classics with sugar and jam, or experiment with ham, melon, and peanut butter. Try the homemade lemonade, too.

Cakey Bakey

Bakery, Bulgarian, $$$
Cakey Bakey, ulitsa "Iskar", 36
Cakey Bakey, ulitsa "Iskar", 36 | Pixabay
Cakey Bakey is a place where baking equals love. Every cake and muffin has its story here, and you can be sure that everything is made of the best quality products, as high-quality food is what the owners believe in. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly, and you will enjoy the company of both families and older people satisfying their sweet tooth here on weekends.


Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Bulgarian
Karamel, Sofia
Karamel, Sofia | Pixabay

This venue is first and foremost a cake shop with creative and quality-product cakes, but you will also find some cookies and other sweets. Enjoy your coffee or tea with a piece of cake in the sun – Karamel is situated on a small side street where a few small tables offer a quiet and peaceful environment.

Cookies Bar & Dinner

Restaurant, Bulgarian, $$$

Just a few feet away from the central Slaveykov Square you can find a cozy restaurant offering great quality food from breakfast to dinner. Drink your morning coffee with a view to one of the busy pedestrian streets, Graf Ignatiev St., in the sweet company of their specialty, a “Cookies” cake. There’s a selection of soups, salads, and main courses featuring Bulgarian cuisine every day on Cookies‘ lunch menu.

JoVan The Dutch Bakery

Bakery, Pastelaria, Bulgarian, Pastries

If you walk down Alabin Street in the morning, just follow the irresistible sweet smell, which will take you to this baker’s heaven – JoVan Bakery. Dozens of types of baked sweet and salty pastries are on offer, together with 25 varieties of bread. Although it’s a Dutch bakery, they make one of the best kozunak sweet cake in Sofia (the typical cake Bulgarians eat for Easter).


Ice Cream Parlour, Restaurant, Italian, Ice Cream, $$$

If you like to have ice cream for breakfast, this is your place. Or if you like Italian ice cream as a whole. Confetti is an Italian restaurant and gelateria offering real Italian gelato made of fresh ingredients and real fruit, nuts, and chocolate. Sandwiches and pancakes are on the menu, too, as well as pasta and salads if you need a hearty brunch.

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