Dibaka is a very nice restaurant the center of Sofia. The food and service is good. It's packed on weekends, but you can not book in advance. We ate like kings, we each had a beer and a bottle of wine between two, appetizer and main course, it was 10 euros per person! It was very cheap because it was a nice place and wasn't like a normal dive. There is a nice terrace outside, with greenery, then a part under a veranda, which is for smokers and not very well ventilated, but if smoke bothers you then there is a smaller room that is not smoking. Bulgaria is a country where people smoke a lot. I tried a soup served in a bread roll, so you eat the bread and soup at the same time. And the traditional roast stuffed peppers and yogurt sauce. The wine is very good, and we were satisfied with the overall quality of the place. It was a little noisy in the restaurant.
I can not comment on other places in Sofia because once we tried this place we didn't go to any other. It is among all the monuments in the center of Sofia, between the National Art Gallery and the Russian church. At night you can park for free in front of the Gallery dinner and go for a walk in the churches. Italian food is good, in quantity and reasonable prices. It's a very cozy place with several rooms and smoking and non-smoking. I'll give you an example of the first night we had dinner for 4. All dishes were tricolori a salad, a pizza prosciutto, vegetable lasagna, spaghetti carbonara about two tortenilli funghi, 4 sprites, 2 beers and half liter and a quarter liter and only fruit and huge ice cream dessert all around 36.20 euros. The website is http://www.victoria.bg/
When I visited, Made in Home was probably the most popular pub and restaurant in Sofia. The atmosphere is very trendy and they serve high-quality dishes ranging from soups to omelette and homemade fries. The clientele and staff are mainly young locals and it's the perfect place to see the modern and young side of Sofia.
While pasta is not the best option to order here, I liked the idea of this fast food, which is entirely made of dough. You enter, order, choose the portion size, and within seconds you find a box of pasta in your hand. It's similar to Chinese food, and difficult to eat; so it will be more logical to use chopsticks instead of a fork. It's small, worthy enough, low-cost, equivalent to €1.50. Great orange juice is squeezed on the spot by the servers.
This is a somewhat casual vegetarian restaurant which is located on the first floor of a building with a hotel (to get to the restaurant, in fact, you must climb the stairs, taking care to find the correct door which is not clearly shown). The restaurant windows offer great views of the street, where the place can be easily spotted by looking at the building on the opposite side of the road. The furniture is a bit casual, but very sophisticated, with plenty of tables, and walls fully decorated with simple, but colorful drawings that make the place feel very nice. The menu is varied, and there's always a daily special to choose from. All dishes provide high quality, and original food, and the portions are very generous.
The Veda House has a relaxing vaguely oriental atmosphere with sofas around tables arranged on a large carpet where you can get comfortable after removing your shoes. They serve a vast selection of black and green teas in cute teapots decorated with with cows, a similar motif that also decorates the outside walls. Quiet and perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Also good if you are vegetarian.
There are lots of bars along Sofia's Boulevard Vitosha, but my favorite place for an evening drink is definately the Green Bar. There are comfy seats looking out over the avenue and aside from drinks, they serve a tasty selection of frappes, ice creams, snacks and non-alcoholic fruit cocktails. Friendly service and lots of young people.
Art Club Museum is a trendy modern cafe located behind Sofia's archaeological museum. My favorite part is the shaded terrace overlooking some of the ancient artifacts scattered about. It's the perfect place for a quiet lunch. They also have two dining rooms inside and a lively bar with good music in the evenings.
If you have not visited the United States or linked donuts to there, here you can taste delicious, very famous donuts from American chain Dunkin Donuts. Tasty and low cost. It's kind of self service. The rooms small, but has a few tables where you sit. They offer a wide variety, from classics donuts filled with creamc or chocolate decorated and cream filled.
At Bomato Jeood, there is no sign but all who pass by can't help but stop and gaze at the display window full of cakes and pies. It's a cute, tiny place (only four tables) but you can savor some excellent pastries and desserts, or get them to go. My favorites were the cottage cheese cake with berries and the chocolate cake with nuts. Amazing!
Raffy Bar & Gelato is a young and dynamic bar that's open all day in downtown Sofia. It's a great place for breakfast in the morning, an aperitif before lunch, or even an after dinner cocktail. The staff is young and the clientele tend to be young, trendy, and informal. They also have a large outdoor terrace for when the weather is nice. There's 90's pop on the radio to keep the atmosphere festive.
This pizza chain is all over Sofia, which is the perfect place to eat a rapid snack. The pizzas are really great, average size, and costs less than 3 lev, which is equivalent to only 1.5 euros. The pizzas are made on the spot, and are quickly ready to be served. You'll have to choose; if you have time I recommend the whole. Besides pizzas, there are other things that seem very attractive to the eye.
It is very likely that you will not find this place in any guide or map, it is a real tavern that I discovered by chance, and certainly does not meet the expectations for tourists, especially because the locals and owners do not speak English. No matter, because you get by. The dining experience at the Bulgarian tavern is really authentic, among locals, which takes a little effort. All super economic courses. The homemade soups are very good, as well as the grilled meat. Also excellent house wine. The informal, family atmosphere, walls with trinkets of all kinds, old memories. The dark wood tables, beautiful fireplace, and counter make a stop here an unforgettable experience.
First of all, getting to the Halbite Pub is not easy. To get there, you have to go through a short tunnel that runs through the walls of a building until you get to the garden where it's located. The restaurant is located on two floor and there are tables in the patio. It might seem like just a bar at first due to the huge selection of beers, but I'd suggest actually ordering food. They serve Bulgarian specialties which were all delicious and hearty, and at some of the lowest prices around. Highly recommended.
It was impossible to resist Cafe Bulgaria's temptations. As you pass by, you see what looks like a huge and ornate palace with display windows filled with delicious cakes. Once you see the interior filled with people enjoying their baked treats, you can't help but go in. The pastries are top notch so it's a perfect place for breakfast or an afternoon tea. The prices are more expensive than average, but of course you're paying for the atmosphere as well.