Located in the city center, Hadriganov’s Houses is an architectural delight. Built in 1866 and spread across four restored houses, its parts are connected via a courtyard. For those seeking to gain an overall picture of the culinary delights that Bulgaria has to offer, the menu here will not disappoint with its selection of traditional dishes from the country’s diverse regions. There are numerous options for meat lovers, with skewers, steaks and more, cooked over a traditional wood-burning oven and plate – a process which further intensifies the flavor of the succulent ingredients.
Tucked away on a side street in the very center of Sofia, this restaurant feels and tastes like homemade food from your granny. Manastirska Magernitsa takes up a two-storey house, a summer and a winter garden with six dining halls. If you come in winter, search for a table near the fireplace for extra coziness. The food, including salads, meat grilled on living embers, and slowly cooked vegetable dishes, is cooked according to traditional recipes from all corners of the country.
If you are looking to add a little jazz to your dining experience in Sofia, then Checkpoint Charly is the place to visit. Situated in the city center, near many theatres and cultural venues, this restaurant offers a selection of modern Bulgarian meals and wines. Every Friday night you can enjoy your meal accompanied by live jazz music. Diners can enjoy the garden on site that pays homage to the Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright, Ivan Vazov. The menu includes several salad dishes, cooked meats and a collection of scrumptious desserts.
Last but not least is one of Sofia’s best-kept secrets. This unique restaurant receives consistently high reviews and is regarded by many as the best dining spot in Bulgaria. Located within a blue-walled villa, it is easy to miss if you are not alert. Once inside, relax and get comfortable, waiting for your food to cook while you sit and read a book. Adi’s Cook & Book, famed for its fine wine collection and international menu, has welcomed the likes of Bill Clinton among its many visitors.
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