The sign may look a little different in Cyrillic, but you can be sure that the food will be no better than anywhere else in the world.
At least the toilets are free.
Favorite Dish: The only thing worth eating a Maccas are the chips.
This used to be the best place in Plovdiv for me, called restaurant Fresh, where they serve international and Bulgarian kitchen. The unique was that the chef was the owner and he really cooked with passion.
Then they changed it with the name "Chevermeto", they kept the interior and the music style but the atmosphere was not the same anymore.
Now they moved the Armenian restaurant there, where I still haven't been but people say the kitchen is very good. I have to try it soon.
This is one of the fewest restaurants that has his own parking in the center of the city.
(the pictures and the prices are from the previous restaurant, you can see more on their facebook page)
This amazing place in perfect for your lunch or coffee break. They make wonderful coffee (with milk, caramel, or whatever you can imagine). They prepare a great number of toast and sandwiches - all with lettuce, veggies, meat or vegetarian, French or Italian, white or wholemeal bread, just whatever you want. There are also some salads but the cherry of the cake are the their own sweets - chocolate and oat meal bars, creams, etc.
And not at the last place the stuff is very kind!
It's another off the beaten path restaurant in Plovdiv. It's Turkish restaurant with real delicious Turkish food (I'm such a fan of their kitchen!).
They're really good in breads (Puffy and Pide), salads and the famous kebap. You can also have a hookah with the famous Turkish coffee or tea.
The food is not expensive but the alcohol is. So just go there, eat, and get away.
The only thing I'm not satisfied with this restaurant is that in the evening they don't respect the law against smoking. Last time after 10-11 pm they served coffee cups with water on every table to use instead of ashtray.
Unfortunately it's a general problem, not only with this restaurant.
A started to like more and more such small restaurants, where you have specific kitchen and veeeery delicious food. It's obvious that the chef is preparing the meals with passion. Yes, usually they're a little bit more expensive but it all worth it.
Poco Loco (Little Crazy) it's a Mexican restaurant but it also serves Italian food as it is owned by Italians. You can try the typical burritos and nachos meals as well as pasta and lasagna. The portions are big enough tho get full with only one meal. And if you still have some place in your stomach don't miss to try one of the amazing desserts. (Don't read them only in the menu but ask the waitress, sometimes they have additional kinds).
Oh, and what is more - you always receive a compliment from the restaurant - could be wine in the beginning or some digestive after your meal or both if you're lucky!
This is a little local restaurant with only the owner working there. He is VERY friendly and is very glad to talk to the guests although the English is of a lower standard. That is however compensated with a mixture of Bulgarian and Turkish and the outcome is that you understand each other.
He serves a variety of Bulgarian and Turkish dishes, all well done. My favourite was köfte.
The prices are low, even lower than most other smaller or bigger restaurants in town.
During my Bulgarian trips if my hotel doesn't include breakfast I'll usually do what the locals do and pick up a take-away banitza, or other savoury pastry, and wash it down with a cup of machine espresso. Just about every street in any town will have at least one suitable outlet and with a pastry costing at most 1 lev and a coffee about 30 stotinki this is definitely the economical choice.
However on a cold wet day, or if you are feeling like treating yourself, Plovdiv has several upscale coffee shops with a range of delicous cakes and pastries. One such is Butterfly which offers a tempting range of sweet and "salty" patisserie, as good as any you'll find in the swank Parisienne or Viennoise establishments.
Favorite Dish: Here the coffee and banitza combination will cost about 6 leva but on a cold, damp winter morning it's still not a fortune - just don't be tempted to add a large Cognac!
At the back side of the main street we found a peaceful café/pub. We went up to the first floor, it was full of students of the local university, we felt like we were in a greek café as there were many greek students next to us.
The smiley waitress came and we ordered the first beers of the day. We paid 2 leva for a pint.
There was some easy listening music on the decks, our table was next to the window where we had view for the nearby park (pic 2) so we relaxed and planed our itinerary for the next day.
Located on the main pedestrian street it was ideal for a quick and cheap lunch.
They have the usual kebap thing in different sizes, small or huge but we took advantage of the offer - 2 small ones for 1,5lev- (about 0,75 euro!).
There was a long line waiting but hopefully we found a free table outside and we didn’t have to eat it on the street like most of the locals do, of course the locals didn’t care because they didn’t have to walk for 5-6 hours checking every house in the Old Town :)
Before we start walking in the Old Town we stopped at a small café on a peaceful side street. There were some tables outside so it was ideal for a sunny morning. We bought a double espresso and a cappuccino, both of them were served with a small dessert.
I checked the menu to see if there was something light to eat, it was in Bulgarian but there were photos so it wasn’t hard just to point what I wanted to the waitress :) There were many desserts (2-3,70 leva) and light plates based on cheese or ham (3-3,50 leva).
I ended up with something that was like cheese bread, toasted bread mixed with a local cheese plus tomato and cucumber on the side.
The service was really slow but we were on holidays and didn’t really care that much. There was a local family with 3 super energetic children that made noise as there were 30 of them, at a point I was ready to go up to the near by hill and the hang myself from the Radio or Mobile phone Antenna :)
For 2 coffees, 1 bottle of water and the small plate we payed 8 leva (about 4 euro)
This is a very cute open air cafe/pizza restaurant next to the Noris hotel - in fact it is something like a street prolongation of the hotel lobby bar where you could enjoy a coffee, beer, cocktail or a pizza/sandwich with your friends. The prices are about average - you could get a medium-sized- pizza for the price range of 5,50 - 8,00 BGN (3,00-4,00 EUR) - in fact I used the advertised promo to order a pizza and get a free 33 cl beer or Coke. The pizza was quite good, but be careful how you order - one of the waitresses brought us the Margarita cocktail instead of the ordered Margherita pizza. I would recommend the Noris bar (as the owners call it) as quite cute place to meet friends or rest after sight-seeing in Plovdiv (it's very near to the central shopping street of the city) - we have visited it in a very hot day in July, but felt great in the shadow of the big umbrellas and with a cold beer in hand!
Favorite Dish: Try their pizza and cocktails.
This authentic Greek restaurant with a Greek owner is situated in the central part of Plovdiv and has 100 seats inside and 50 seats in its summer garden. The venue is part of a chain with the same name (there are restaurants from this chain in Greece and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria) and is air-conditioned, has its own parking and offers free wireless internet for its guests. You can taste there great Mediterranean fresh seafood and enjoy quite good service. The prices are slighly above average (salad around $3, main course up to $10), but not quite expensive and affordable, you can pay in cash or by debit/credit card. Be careful because if you order fish you are not paying for portion but for weight (the price varies from $20 to $100 depending on the fish per kilo).There are so many delicious dishes that you could taste that I won't be wrong if I say that whatever you choose, you will not make a mistake. I would recommend you to make a reservation since this is quite popular place and sometimes completely full. The working time is everyday from 10:00 a.m. till 01:00 am (every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening there is live Greek music).
Favorite Dish: All the salads, but I love the eggplant salad, the fried squid and octopus.
The A-board outside this restaurant proclaims, in English and Bulgarian, "Armenian food - Taste the difference!" Sounded good to me, even though I didn't even know where Armenia was. All I knew about the place was a vague recollection of someone once telling me that they produce great brandy.
This is an intimate little restaurant with only ten tables split between its two levels and has more a cafe ambiance than that of a formal restaurant. There were only two other tables occupied on the evening I visited but nevertheless there was a slightly exotic buzz, though perhaps that was just the subtle spice aromas wafting from the domestic-sized kitchen.
The menu, also in Bulgarian and English, initially reads like a Bulgarian Mehana's with its sections of salads, appetizers, grills and specialities and indeed many of the Bulgarian staples are represented. Doing a little post-trip research this comes as no surprise as despite Armenia being on the Middle Eastern side of the Black Sea it was under the thrall of the Ottoman Empire for much of the latter half of the second millenium AD and so the National cuisine has similar influences as that of Bulgaria.
Favorite Dish: Although the menu is predominantly Bulgarian there are a couple of sections devoted to Armenian dishes and so that's where I headed. The Salata Ararat starter turned out to be a beautifully presented mini-meze of stuffed aubergine rolls, stuffed vine leaf, strained yoghurt with walnuts, a fresh flavoured aubergine puree and an amazingly tangy white cheese. The niftily-carved boiled egg, slices of tomato and cucumber and some succulent olives made the plate almost a meal in itself.
For my main course I opted for Erevan Koufteta which were meatballs, with a subtle spice of cumin, served with quenelles of creamy mashed potato. These too were well-presented and as tasty as they looked.
Having digressed from the Armenian theme by accompanying my meal with a bottle of Schumensko beer I just had to return to the theme by finishing off with a superbly smoky, carmelly, Armenian brandy to go with my coffee. This was where the friendly little (and I should note very efficient) waitress really showed her professionalism by warming the brandy glass with the coffee machines steamer before serving.
All-in-all this was an excellent meal and if it hadn't been for my succumbing to the temptation of the large brandy I could have gotten away with a bill of about 10 leva including the beer.
Even though I am a great advocate of eating (and drinking) the local stuff there are times when the proverbial change is as good as a rest and here in Plovdiv the Rozenhof Belgian Beer Cafe did the job admirably.
The place has a pretty authentic "Continental" look and feel to it and as the name might suggest specialises in Belgian brews with a good range of drafts and bottles.
The menu offers some Bulgarian dishes, particularly a good salad selection, but is more designed as a menu to accompany the business of beer drinking (and in fact this is one of the few places where you can just sit at the bar and knock back a few without getting funny looks).
Service is friendly and informal, and - dare I say it? ... a lot more relaxed than many of my Belgian experiences.
Favorite Dish: A couple of glasses of Leffe Blonde made an ideal accompaniement to a plate of "Belgian" chicken wings and a tasty plate of sirene-topped fried potatoes - or maybe that was the other way round? Good meaty wings, good beer and even if not particularly cheap by local standards was a lot cheaper than I would have paid in Belgium!
With its profusion of natural timber, gleaming chrome and healthy-looking potted plants Fresh immediately conveys a first impression that lives up to its name. The menu, with its eclectic range of healthy-sounding dishes takes that impression one stage further.
The food offering, which has a slight lean towards seafood, retains a Bulgarian feel with its recognisable format of salads, grills and pot dishes but often takes the familiar ingredients and gives them modern twists. Service was prompt, youthfully-friendly and the general ambiance trendy without being yuppified.
Favorite Dish: I was only loooking for a simple light lunch on my visit and the fresh shrimp salad fitted the bill admirably. This came as a bowl of tasty, good-sized, prawns with the usual salady bits laced through with earthy sauteed mushrooms and finished with a zingy yoghurt dressing. Washed down with a bottle of Zagorka the less than 7 and a half leva bill made for a perfectly satisfying experience.
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