Where to eat in Sofia? - Dining Options

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In part one of the article, we told you about some traditional Bulgarian foods. Now let’s see how much it will cost and where to eat in Sofia.

Prices in Bulgaria for food and drink

Compared to other Bulgarian cities, life in Sofia can be more expensive. However, when compared to other European cities, the Bulgarian capital offers reasonably priced accommodation and dining options. Prices can be higher in the central areas and upscale establishments, but there are still plenty of places where you can enjoy delicious meals at reasonable prices.

The price of a salad is around 5-6€, a main course on average costs around 10-11€ and desserts are usually 4-5€. Alcohol in Bulgaria is among the cheapest in the European Union. A small rakia costs about 3 euros, and the price for beer is similar.

Where to eat in Sofia?

Here are some recommendations where you can try traditional Bulgarian dishes near Maria Luisa by Introvert Hotels. We do not aim to distinguish the best Bulgarian restaurants in Sofia.
We don’t claim to list the absolute best Bulgarian restaurants in Sofia, but we’re happy to introduce you to places where you won’t go wrong if you decide to eat there.

Popular restaurants in Sofia

  • Stastlivetsa Restaurant – This restaurant on Vitosha Blvd. is the closest to Maria Luisa by Introvert Hotels. After a walk along Vitoshka, you can stop by for a delicious meal. The restaurant features an indoor hall and a summer garden.

  • Happy Bar & Grill – The chain enjoys great popularity throughout Bulgaria. There are 23 restaurants across the country. The closest restaurant to the hotel is located on Sveta Nedelya Square.

Traditional Bulgarian Restaurants in Sofia

If you are in the mood for experimenting with new flavors, you should taste the traditional Bulgarian dishes.Below we are suggesting some places where you can try typical Bulgarian food.

  • Hadjidraganov’s Houses – It takes an 11-minute walk from Maria Luisa by Introvert Hotels. The restaurant is located in restored houses from the Bulgarian Revival era of 1866. A lunch menu is available on weekdays.

  • Manastirska Magernitsa – It will take you 20 minutes to walk to this restaurant. It offers a rich menu of traditional Bulgarian recipes, complemented by carefully selected Bulgarian rakia.

  • Hadjidraganov’s Cellars – The walk to the restaurant takes 14 minutes in the best part of the city center. Besides typical dishes, there is live folklore music every night from 20:00 to 23:00.

Life is short, so eat good food

There’s no better way to start your day than with homemade goodies. For those times when you’re craving for something sweet, pay a visit to one of the pastry shops listed below.

  • Sofiyska banitsa – The nearest location is a 15-minute walk from Maria Luisa by Introvert Hotels in the direction of the Mall of Sofia and Vazrazhdane Park. The bakery offers a variety of baked goods, including banitsa, and desserts.

  • Dutch Bakery JoVan – If you are headed for a walk towards the NDK (National Palace of Culture), we recommend you get something for breakfast from the JoVan bakery. Freshly baked snacks, desserts, and a variety of breads are available. The bakery is a 15-minutes walk from the hotel.

  • Villa Rosiche – This pastry shop is located in an old house across the street from Vitosha Blvd. And there is a lovely seating in the yard for the spring and summer. Stopping by the patisserie guarantees a sweet ending to your walk down the famous boulevard. The cakes are homemade and delicious and the pieces are large. It will take you 20 minutes to get back to the hotel afterward.

Brunch is always a good idea

Brunch, as you may know, is a combination of breakfast and lunch. For a satisfying start to the day, you can visit any of these three places.

  • Cafe 1920 – It is located on Knyaginya Maria Luiza Blvd., the same as our hotel. It will take you exactly 5 minutes to reach it. It gets busy, especially on weekends, but it’s well worth the wait. The menu is diverse and the food is delicious.

  • Rainbow Factory – Here is another place located meters away from Maria Luisa by Introvert Hotels, very famous for local hipsters in the weekends. And when we say meters, we mean 350. Rainbow Factory has been named Sofia’s Best Brunch Place for 2023 and offers desserts, coffee, and salty delights.

  • Boho – Our most recent recommendation is Boho restaurant, which caters to those for whom boho is a way of life. In this restaurant, you will find great egg specialties, vegetarian dishes, excellent cocktails, and aromatic coffee. It’s the perfect choice for brunch or dinner and it’s also conveniently located just a kilometer from Maria Luisa by Introvert Hotels.

We hope that you found inspiration for where to eat in Sofia and that our recommendations were useful. Would you like to get to know Sofia like a local? Don’t miss out on our latest blog articles.

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