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.
Sun & Moon
Bistro, Restaurant, Healthy, European, Bulgarian, Vegetarian, $$$
Sun & Moon
is the best place to visit if you are vegetarian or want to try some natural, healthy food. They bake more than 15 types of bread every day and offer a veggie lunch menu on weekdays. On a sunny day, you can enjoy your meal at a table outside. Sun & Moon has two locations and a bakery in Sofia.
Restaurant, Bulgarian, European, Soup, $$$
has been around for many years and has become an institution in Sofia. It’s one of the best places to taste traditional Bulgarian food
or to experiment with the local varieties of international dishes. You will be served big portions for reasonable prices. Don’t miss their grilled meat and the soup served in a bread bowl.
Restaurant, Soup, $$$
is a food venue specializing in soups and sandwiches only. The soups are always cooked that day and made of fresh ingredients according to the season, while the sandwiches are prepared in front of you. You can add a local craft beer
to your meal, too.
Ciccione Panini Bar & Bakery # 1
Cafe, Sandwich Shop, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Italian, $$$
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.
Restaurant, Bulgarian, $$$
This folklore-style restaurant was created to present the best of Bulgarian cuisine
. The authentic atmosphere, with original pieces of antique furniture and everyday items from the past, adds to the good food. The lunch menu in Hadjidraganovite Izbi (or Hadjidraganov’s Cellars)
is different every day, and includes a number of house-made specialties.
Before & After
Restaurant, Bulgarian, European, $$$
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.
Restaurant, European, Bulgarian, $$$
is the only Bulgarian restaurant that lets you pour your own beer… from a tap on the wall. At every table! Watch the automatic counting system, similar to the one at gas stations, to see how many liters of beer you’ve imbibed. Add fresh salads and tasty meat dishes to accompany all the beer.
Restaurant, European, Russian, $$$
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.
Fresh Bar Kitchen
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.