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If you visit Sofia, take the opportunity to taste its rich mixture of Balkan, traditional Bulgarian, and Mediterranean cuisine. There’s an enormous variety of restaurants, pizzerias, bistros, and all kinds of food venues to choose from, especially if you are in the city center. Read Culture Trip’s guide of some of the best restaurants in the center of Sofia.
This Italian-inspired food venue serves local and Italian wines with platters of Italian cured meats and cheeses and freshly baked bread. You can add a fresh salad to it or opt for dessert. With a different promotion every night, Ciccione gives you a reason to come back over and over again.
This folklore-style restaurant was created to present the best of Bulgarian cuisine. The authentic atmosphere, with original pieces of antique furniture and everyday items from the past, adds to the good food. The lunch menu in Hadjidraganovite Izbi (or Hadjidraganov’s Cellars) is different every day, and includes a number of house-made specialties.
The first way in which this restaurant will impress you is the beautiful old house where it’s situated. The atmosphere is just the beginning – the food is a mixture of Bulgarian and international dishes with an affordable lunch menu every day. On selected days of the week, tango nights take place in Before & After.
This upscale restaurant in the center of Sofia adds an amazing view to its perfect cuisine. It’s located across the street from the Russian church, with its shiny golden bulb-shaped domes. The wine selection at Corso is excellent, and there’s a special emphasis on healthy food.
If you don’t plan a day trip to Bulgaria’s neighbor, Serbia, then plan at least a visit to the Serbian Bankovich Restaurant. The grilled meats are excellent, as is everything on the lunch menu where other cuisines get involved, too.
If you want to get a quick bite, stop by Garibaldi Square. Fresh Bar Kitchen is designed as a takeaway venue, but you can also pull up a chair and eat on the spot. All the food is cooked fresh each day, and you can see it behind the window display. If you are a burger lover, this is a place you will love, too.