The 10 Best Restaurants in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia | Pixabay
Sofia | Pixabay
Photo of Maria Angelova
5 April 2017

Sofia is quite a cosmopolitan city, a mixture of traditional inspiration from the cuisine of all Balkan countries and today’s culinary tendencies wafting in from the Mediterranean, the East, and America. You can find pretty much everything, although Asian food is not yet very popular, and Italian food tends to be not very authentic at most of the places. In short, eating in Sofia is an adventure, where you don’t know what to expect – even if you are surprised by the mix of cuisines, you will most probably like it.


Restaurant, Bulgarian, European, Mediterranean, $$$
Shtastliveca means “the Lucky Man,” and it was one of the pseudonyms used by the famous Bulgarian writer Aleko Konstantinov. The restaurant known as Shtastliveca was so successful in Veliko Tarnovo that they opened a branch in the center of Sofia. Try the traditional Bulgarian cuisine or the local version of international dishes. They have a lunch menu, but you may need a reservation as it’s always busy.

Mr. Pizza

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Bulgarian, European, $$$
Pizza | Pixabay

Most pizzerias in Bulgaria are famous for being low- to medium-cost food venues serving Mediterranean together with Bulgarian traditional dishes. Mr. Pizza is among the chain pizzerias loved for their simple atmosphere and reasonable prices. One of their restaurants is located just a street away from the National Palace of Culture, a subway station, and the main walking Vitosha Boulevard.

Brick Cafe Bar & Dinner

Restaurant, Bulgarian, Mediterranean, American, Healthy, $$$

It’s impossible not to love this restaurant when you take your seat and are immediately served a complimentary glass of sangria. They focus on Mediterranean cuisine and have an American burger menu, but there is also a special section with healthy and special dietary food. It’s a bit far from the city center, but you can take the subway and take off at Joliot-Curie Station. Brick Cafe Bar & Dinner is just across the street when you exit the station.

Before & After

Restaurant, Bulgarian, European, $$$
Before & After is a popular lunch choice for those working in the center of Sofia, but it is also the perfect place for a quiet dinner. The prices are more than reasonable for this part of the capital, and you are just a street away from the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Vitosha Boulevard. The restaurant is set in an old house, which makes the atmosphere special.

Hadjidraganovite Izbi

Restaurant, Bulgarian, $$$

This is probably the best place to try traditional Bulgarian cuisine in Sofia. Some of the products for the dishes are produced by the restaurant itself (some of the traditional meat delicacies, for example). Even Bulgarians come here to rediscover the forgotten dishes from the time of their grannies. Hadjidraganovite Izbi (or Hadjidraganov’s Cellars) restaurant is decorated in a folkloric style with original ornaments and folk items.

Ale House

Restaurant, European, Bulgarian, Fast Food, Pub Grub, Street Food, $$$
Ale House is the only place in Sofia where there is a draught beer tap for every table in the restaurant. The tap has a counter where you can keep an eye on how much beer you’ve consumed. You can choose among appetizers, salads, grilled meats, and many other dishes to accompany all that beer.

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