The Best Brunches in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Banitsa, a typical Bulgarian breakfast | © Connie Lu/Flickr
Banitsa, a typical Bulgarian breakfast | © Connie Lu/Flickr
Photo of Maria Angelova
9 June 2017

Brunch is not a typical meal in Bulgaria but if you want to take a bite around noon, there are many places in Plovdiv where you can do it surrounded by an artistic atmosphere or relaxing in a shady garden. Here’s Culture Trip’s list of the best brunches in Plovdiv.

Monkey House

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dessert Shop, Dessert, Coffee, Bulgarian, $$$
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Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv
Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv | Courttesy Dolce Fellini

Many people say you can find the best coffee in Plovdiv in Monkey House. Indeed, you will be served excellent coffee and cappuccino, and a wide variety of desserts. The coconut cake is great with a fresh mint lemonade and the tacos are perfect with one of their fine wines.

Toasty

Restaurant, Bulgarian, Dessert, $$$
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Citizens Club is located in the Old Town
Citizens Club is located in the Old Town | © Morris Depot Kid/Flickr
Toasty is a do-it-yourself sandwich venue where you can choose every single ingredient in your sandwich. If you need something more hearty, choose from their pizza menu. Toasty’s desserts are creative and mouth-watering too.

Citizens Club (Grazhdanski Klub)

Restaurant, Bulgarian, $$$
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Citizens Club is located in the Old Town
Citizens Club is located in the Old Town | © Morris Depot Kid/Flickr
This restaurant offers huge portions of delicious food at very affordable prices. Situated in the Old Town, the large shady garden is perfect for the hot summer days in Plovdiv. No matter if you stop for beer and fries or for a hearty stew, save room for one of their seasonal desserts.

Hebros Hotel

Hotel
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Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv
Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv | Courttesy Dolce Fellini

Hebros Hotel is not only one of the best luxury hotels in Plovdiv but its restaurant was chosen for Restaurant of the Year in 2003 by Bulgarian Bacchus Magazine. The restaurant at Hebros Hotel is one of the best places in Plovdiv to try traditional Bulgarian meals and it is a member of the Slow Food movement.

Pavaj

Restaurant, Bulgarian, $$$
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Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv
Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv | Courttesy Dolce Fellini

At Pavaj the menu is short but full of freshness and flavor. You can indulge in tasting traditional Bulgarian dishes and rakia in the homey atmosphere of the restaurant or simply sip a lemonade and watch the world go by. They bake their own bread here and it’s worth pausing your diet to try it!

Smokini

Restaurant, Bulgarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv
Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv | Courttesy Dolce Fellini

This industrial-style restaurant offers you delicious cuisine in the center of Plovdiv. The menu promises a delicious journey around the world and that is exactly what you will get. The restaurant has a lunch menu every day and also serves vegan and vegetarian food.

Stenata

Bakery, Cafe, Dessert, Bulgarian, Coffee, Ice Cream
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Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv
Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv | Courttesy Dolce Fellini
Stenata (meaning The Wall) is an institution when it comes to ice cream and cakes in Plovdiv. Located in the city center, Stenata has a cozy courtyard where you can enjoy the sun while tasting homemade cakes and cookies.

Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria

Cafe, Ice Cream Parlour, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
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Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv
Dolce Fellini Pasticceria & Gelateria, Plovdiv | Courttesy Dolce Fellini
Dolce Fellini is the place to go when you are hungry for authentic Italians sweets. This ice cream parlor has much to offer – from homemade ice cream with real fruit and nuts to tarts, cakes, handmade chocolate, cookies, waffles, ice cream sandwiches and custards. The list is long and calories don’t count when you’re on vacation.

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