Food Lover's Guide to Sofia

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Known for its rich flavors, traditional dishes, and exotic influences, Bulgaria’s diverse cuisine reflects its rich cultural history. Foodies will find plenty to feast on in the Bulgarian capital. Here are your options for Sofia food tours. 

Must-Try Dishes 
Popular Bulgarian dishes include kyufte (beef or pork meatballs seasoned with traditional spices), shishcheta (marinated chicken or pork kebabs grilled with vegetables), gyuvech (a slow-cooked casserole), and moussaka (a lasagna-type dish filled with meat and eggplant). Other menu staples include shopska salad (chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and peppers, topped with sirene, feta-like cheese), tarator soup (yogurt and cucumber soup), and lozovi sarmi (stuffed grape leaves), while main dishes are often served with a dollop of kiselo mlyako (sour yogurt).

For breakfast, tuck into banitsa (flaky sirene-filled pastries) washed down with ayran (a salty yogurt drink). Or, for dessert,  try a slice of sweet baklava (nut-filled layered pastry) or tikvenik (pumpkin and walnut pastry), accompanied by a shot of rakia (fruit brandy).

Must-Do Experiences 
  • Get the inside scoop on the best places to eat and drink in Sofia on a food-tasting tour. 
  • Sample street food and local specialties on a guided tour of Central Market Hall and the Ladies Market.
  • Admire sights like Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia Basilica, and the St. George Rotunda on a morning walking tour, followed by a traditional Bulgarian breakfast.
  • Discover Bulgaria’s winemaking history and sample fine red and white wines during a guided wine tasting.
  • Combine delicious Bulgarian cuisine and traditional entertainment during a Bulgarian dinner and folklore show.
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