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Bulgaria Food and Drink

Dinner is a social occasion, with traditional music and dancing in many restaurants, especially in resorts and in some Sofia eateries. Food is hearty and good. Meals usually start with a salad, from which there are many to choose from on the menu.

There are a wide variety of national dishes, as well as Western European standard dishes, which can be chosen on the spot at any restaurant. All good hotels have restaurants and there are many attractive folk-style restaurants and cafés throughout the country.


Tarator - cold soup made from cucumber, walnuts and yoghurt
Shopska salata - huge salad starter with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and white cheese
Kavarma - individual casseroles of pork or veal, onions and mushrooms
Sarmi - stuffed vine or cabbage leaves stuffed with meat
Kebapche - small, strongly spiced, minced meat rolls


Apart from the top hotels, restaurants rarely add service charge so a 10% tip is customary.

Drinking age


Regional drinks

Coffee, served espresso style, is particularly popular.
Drinks made from infusions of mountain herbs and dried leaves, particularly lime.
White wines include Evksinograd, Karlovski Misket and Tamianka.
Heavy red wines include Mavrud and Trakia.
Liquors include mastika (aniseed spirit, usually diluted) and rakia (local brandy).

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