This traditional tavern or mehana in Bulgarian is situated in the very centre of Koprivshtitsa - at the 20th April Square. The name of the mehana and the main square are taken from the sacred date of 20th April 1976 when started the so called April uprising of the Bulgarians against the Ottoman yoke. The tavern has 50 seats inside and 50 seats in its summer garden and offers not a very long list of traditional and very tasty dishes and alcohol/non-alcoholic drinks. The atmosphere is nice - they tried to make it authentic, but it's a little bit of touristic though. The waitress was more than kind and fast. The prices are average - for a lunch of 4 adult people and 2 kids we paid around 50 BGN or 25 EUR. You can pay there by cash or by the major credit/debit cards. If you sit in the summer garden right in front of the mehana you will have a nice view at the town centre. There is something like a parking nearby where you could park your car, but I guess that it could be an issue if there are more people willing to visit the central square of the town where there are also shops, other small taverns and the tourist office from where you could get a ticket for 6 museums with a discount.
Favorite Dish: Their soups, but my favourite is the beans soup with home-made nadenitsa (grilled sausage)
This relatively small restaurant in traditional style is a part of a complex with a family hotel and is situated on the main street. It has 45 seats inside (it is air-conditioned inside) and 30 places in its summer garden. The restaurant is known as one of the best restaurants in the town of Koprivshtitsa. The name "chuchura" (spout) comes from the small stone fountain in the centre of the tavern (or mehana in Bulgarian). The restaurant menu is not very long but offers quite tasty traditional dishes and drinks. We tried several of them - kavarma (dish of highly seasoned fried meat from pork or chicken), the so-called "starets po koprivshtenski" (old man in Koprivshtitsa way) - a kind of grilled sausage from pork meat and butcher's cheese (cheese mixed with onions and red pepper). I recommend highly their apple rakia from Novo selo (1.50 BGN or 0.7% EUR for 50 ml) as well as the broached white wine (4 BGN/2 EUR for half a litre of it). Prices are not cheap, but quite normal - for a good dinner for 4 adults and two toddlers we paid around 70 BGN or 35 EUR. You can pay in cash or using all the major cards. There is no parking but you could park your car in front of the restaurant, the street is wide enough for this. The only thing that I don't like about mehana "Chuchura" - if there are more guests you have to wait a LOT for getting what you've ordered so probably they have to think of getting additional staff for the weekends/high tourist season...
Favorite Dish: The butcher's cheese, the beans soup, the Novo selo apple rakia...
This restaurant is located at the corner of the main square.
The staff in traditional costume (?) is smiling and helpful. The setting is lovely (a bit touristy)
The price though somewhat higher than elsewhere are very correct
Ce restaurant est situé au coin de la place principale.
Le personnel en costumes traditionel (?) est souriant et serviable. Le cadre est joli (un peu touristique )
Les prix quoiqu'un peu plus élevé qu'ailleurs restent très correct.
Favorite Dish: I chose a delicious pan fried trout and hearty. Also uses poached.
Accompanied by a white wine country.
Namely, the accompaniments such as fries, bread and salads are paid extra.
J'ai choisis un truite poelée délicieuse et copieuse. Se sert également pochée.
Accompagnée d'un vin blanc du pays.
A savoir que les accompagnements tels que frittes , pain ou salades se paient en supplément.
The tavern is also designed in keeping with the Bulgarian Renaissance style, and here in the cozy humanized atmosphere, you can enjoy the delicious dishes of Koprivshtitsa. There are 40 seats in the tavern and 120 seats in the garden. The menu will impress you and you will never forget it, and the fireplace will warm the spirit and your party mood will run high. And if it became too late you could spend the night in the Hotel St Georges!
Favorite Dish: Here you can taste specialties of Bulgarian national cuisine, game meat, butter beans from Smilian, mashed lentils, breaded yoghurt, rabbit stew, prunes, . Pricing is competitive and reasonable, the chef is high-class.
But the winner is the roasted lamb! I'm simply speechless!
cozy athmosphere, low ceiling, everything in blue tones and a fireplace.
Favorite Dish: kekab (meat served with salad)
delicious local food, nice atmosphere (allthough a bit touristic)
Favorite Dish: kavarma (vetgetables and meat in a pot)