See an art exhibition
If you are not well acquainted with the Bulgarian art scene, start from the Varna City Art Gallery that will walk you through the basics, presenting a collection of the best artists in the region over the last century. If you want to meet contemporary artists, head for Largo Art Gallery whose schedule is busy with exhibitions showcasing both well-established and young Bulgarian artists. Contemporary Space is a cultural hub where in addition to art exhibitions, you can see video and audio installations, workshops and courses.
Read a book while sipping your favorite hot drink
There’s nothing better on a cold, rainy day than a good book and a hot drink steaming next to you. Book lovers will feel at home in the café of The Three Dolphins Hotel which has a cozy feeling of somewhere that has gathered the whole world in one place. The venue also features a small food bazaar with products from different parts of the world. You might be surprised to know that the coffee beans for your favorite drink are roasted in a family shop in Austria specially for this café.
27 Gabrovo Str., Varna, Bulgaria, +359 52 600 911
Practice skateboarding indoors
There are few places in Bulgaria where skateboarding can be practiced indoors and Halle 3 in Varna is one of them. It houses a chill zone and ping pong and soccer tables and is a home of various events – from craft bazaars to movie screenings, so check its program in advance.
Drink tea with a cause
The Social Teahouse is not just a regular coffee shop but also a place where young people who grew up in an orphanage are given a chance to have their first job. The venue is decorated in a fresh and upbeat style to contrast the bad weather outside.
53, Preslav Str., Varna, Bulgaria, +359 89 686 4709
Shop in style
You will quickly notice that Varna is a city where women love to dress up and men love to keep fit. What better place to shop for clothes, shoes, and accessories than this?! Discover some of the best Bulgarian brands or if you want to check your favorite international brands, head for Grand Mall or Mall Varna.
See the oldest gold treasure in the world
Few people are aware that Varna is the place where the oldest crafted gold in the world was discovered. Created by the Varna Culture more than 7,000 years ago, it was dug out in 1972 at the Varna Necropolis. Visit the Archaeological Museum in Varna to see the exquisite gold items from the graves and to learn more about these old times and what life was like then.
41, Maria Luisa Blvd, Varna, Bulgaria, +359 52 681 030
Understand life in a Communist country
If you haven’t experienced life in a Communist country, you may be interested in the Retro Museum telling the story of the life of the Bulgarians between 1944 and 1989. You will see home appliances, everyday tools, food and, the biggest attraction, a collection of Soviet-era car makes.
Retro Museum, 2, Akademik Andrei Saharov Str., Varna, Bulgaria, +359 88 600 1070
See the show of the dolphins
One of the biggest and oldest attractions of Varna, the show of the dolphins is a great experience that doesn’t depend on the weather. If you include Festa Dolphinarium in your itinerary, it’s a good idea to buy your tickets in advance, especially in summer when they sell out very fast. You can also sign up for a special swim with the dolphins.
Festa Dolphinarium, Varna, Bulgaria, +359 52 302 199