10 Best Places To Eat And Drink In Sofia Bulgaria

Having recently explored Sofia’s diverse food scene, I was amazed with the range and of culinary delights as well how well priced everything was, hence felt compelled to put together this comprehensive guide. From charming cafes ideal for remote work to traditional Bulgarian restaurants and lively bars, this list is a culinary treasure trove for discerning palates. Get ready to embark on a delectable journey through Sofia’s culinary landscape!

#1. Fabrika Daga Café
Must-Try Items: Avocado Toast, Cappuccino, Nutella Pancakes
Price Range: $
Location: Multiple locations

Kickstart your day at Fabrika Daga Café, a trendy spot beloved by locals and tourists alike. This charming café not only offers a variety of artisanal coffee blends but also boasts an impressive selection of freshly baked pastries and delectable brunch options. Indulge in their mouthwatering Avocado Toast or savor the fluffy Nutella Pancakes. Complement your breakfast with a perfectly brewed cappuccino. With affordable prices and multiple locations throughout the city, Fabrika Daga Café caters to the discerning palates of budget-conscious foodies.

Rainbow Factory Sofia

#2. Rainbow Factory
Must-Try Items: ‘Banista’ aka traditional Bulgarian breakfast pastry
Price Range: $$
Location: Multiple locations

Rainbow Factory Sofia
Sandwich

For an extraordinary lunch experience, make your way to Rainbow Factory. This vibrant food market tantalizes your senses with colorful stalls and enticing aromas. Sample the traditional ‘Banista’ with a coffee. For something less traditional but equally amazing try their Rainbow Sushi Rolls, visually stunning and bursting with flavors. And if you’re in the mood for sandwiches, their elevated open lunch sandwiches are mouthwatering and do not disappoint! With moderate prices and multiple locations, Rainbow Factory is a haven for foodies seeking diverse and affordable lunch options.

#3. Made in Home
Must-Try Items: Pastrami Sandwich, Green Detox Smoothie, Matcha Latte
Price Range: $
Location: Multiple locations

Looking for a cozy café to fuel your afternoon productivity? Look no further than Made in Home. With its rustic-chic decor and relaxing ambiance, this café caters to remote workers seeking a productive space. Treat yourself to their mouthwatering Pastrami Sandwich made with freshly baked bread and locally sourced ingredients. Rejuvenate with a refreshing Green Detox Smoothie. And to elevate your energy, indulge in their perfectly frothy Matcha Latte. With pocket-friendly prices and multiple locations, Made in Home offers a culinary haven for budget-conscious travelers.

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#4. Shtastlivetza
Must-Try Items: Shopska Salad, Kavarma (Traditional Stew)
Price Range: $$
Location: Multiple locations

When lunchtime arrives, head to Shtastlivetza to savor authentic Bulgarian cuisine. This popular eatery specializes in traditional comfort food prepared with love and care. Begin with the iconic Shopska Salad—a refreshing medley of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, aromatic peppers, and tangy feta cheese. For the main course, indulge in their flavorful Kavarma, a traditional stew that showcases the richness of Bulgarian flavors. And don’t miss the chance to taste Banitsa, a savory pastry layered with cheese and served with a dollop of yogurt. With moderate prices and multiple locations, Shtastlivetza is a must-visit for an authentic Bulgarian lunch experience.

#5. The Little Things
Must-Try Items: Lamb Stew with Roasted Vegetables, Beetroot Risotto, Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Price Range: $$$
Location: Central Sofia

As the evening approaches, embark on a culinary adventure at The Little Things. This hip restaurant artfully combines traditional Bulgarian flavors with a modern twist, offering unique and unforgettable dishes. Delight in their Lamb Stew with Roasted Vegetables—a hearty and flavorful option. If you prefer vegetarian cuisine, their Beetroot Risotto delivers vibrant colors and indulgent flavors. Another standout choice is their Sweet Potato Gnocchi, served with a creamy sauce and crispy sage. Located in central Sofia, The Little Things guarantees an unforgettable dining experience for those seeking contemporary Bulgarian cuisine.

#6. Moma Food and Wine
Must-Try Items: Grilled Kebapche, Slow-Cooked Lamb, Bulgarian Wine Selection
Price Range: $$$
Location: Central Sofia

Immerse yourself in Bulgaria’s rich culinary heritage at Moma Food and Wine. This traditional restaurant offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of a cozy Bulgarian home. Indulge in their slow-cooked dishes, bursting with authentic flavors. Try their Grilled Kebapche—juicy meat rolls infused with aromatic spices. The Slow-Cooked Lamb, tender and fragrant, is a must-try for meat lovers. Enhance your meal with a glass of carefully selected Bulgarian wine, perfectly paired to complement the flavors. Situated in central Sofia, Moma Food and Wine allows you to savor the essence of Bulgarian cuisine in an elegant setting.

Sofoa Bulgaria bakery

#7. The Little Things Bakery
Must-Try Items: Decadent Chocolate Cake, Flaky Baklava, Red Velvet Cupcakes
Price Range: $
Location: Central Sofia

Indulge your sweet tooth at The Little Things Bakery, a hidden gem known for its mouthwatering desserts and pastries. Step into this charming bakery and let the heavenly aroma of freshly baked treats envelop you. Savor their Decadent Chocolate Cake—a rich and velvety delight that satisfies even the most demanding chocoholics. Delight in their flaky and nutty Baklava for a taste of Mediterranean sweetness. And don’t forget to treat yourself to their Red Velvet Cupcakes—a perfect balance of moist cake and creamy frosting. Located in central Sofia, The Little Things Bakery promises a sweet haven for those seeking delectable treats.

#8. Rakia & Co
Must-Try Items: Classic Rakia, Raspberry-Infused Rakia, Meze Platter
Price Range: $$
Location: Central Sofia

No visit to Sofia would be complete without experiencing rakia, Bulgaria’s traditional fruit brandy. Enter Rakia & Co, a trendy bar celebrating this beloved spirit. Explore an extensive selection of flavors and infusions, immersing yourself in the true essence of Bulgarian culture. Begin with the Classic Rakia to appreciate its authentic flavors. For a twist, indulge in the Raspberry-Infused Rakia—an enticing and refreshing variation. Complement your drinks with a delightful Meze Platter featuring an assortment of traditional Bulgarian appetizers. The cozy and rustic interior, along with the central location, enhances the allure of Rakia & Co.

Izbata Tavern Sofia, Bulgaria

#9. Izbata Tavern
Must-Try Items: Slow-Cooked Lamb Stew, Moussaka, Homemade Rakia
Price Range: $$$
Location: Central Sofia

Bulgarian food
Bulgarian food

For an authentic Bulgarian dinner, venture into the enchanting world of Izbata Tavern. Housed in a charming old house in central Sofia, this traditional restaurant exudes rustic charm and offers an extensive menu of Bulgarian delights. Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Bulgarian cuisine as you sample their Slow-Cooked Lamb Stew—a hearty and comforting dish showcasing the country’s culinary heritage. Another must-try is their classic Moussaka—a layered casserole made with tender meat, eggplant, and a creamy béchamel sauce. To complete your experience, savor their homemade Rakia—a smooth and potent spirit that perfectly embodies Bulgarian tradition. With its central location and elevated price range, Izbata Tavern promises an unforgettable dining experience steeped in Bulgarian culinary traditions.

#10. Raketa Rakia Bar
Must-Try Items: Rakia Flight, Raketa Fuel Cocktail, House made Rakia
Price Range: $$ Location: Central Sofia

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Raketa Rakia Bar

Conclude your culinary journey in Sofia at Raketa Rakia Bar, a trendy and energetic spot capturing the spirit of the city’s nightlife. With its retro-inspired decor, lively atmosphere, and an extensive selection of rakia, this bar entices locals and visitors alike. Embark on a Rakia Flight, an opportunity to sample a range of flavors and infusions, showcasing the true essence of Bulgarian craftsmanship. Don’t miss their signature cocktail, the Raketa Fuel, a refreshing and innovative creation. Enhance your experience with Rakia-Marinated Olives, a delectable accompaniment that perfectly complements the flavors of this cherished spirit. Located in central Sofia, Raketa Rakia Bar invites you to enjoy a vibrant and memorable evening surrounded by the lively energy of the city.

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Sofia, with its vibrant culinary scene and diverse range of dining options, offers an unforgettable experience at what I found to be an extremely affordable price range (having traveled from London!). From cozy cafes ideal for remote work to traditional Bulgarian restaurants celebrating the country’s rich heritage, and lively bars for memorable nights out, this foodie guide has covered it all. Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure through Sofia’s captivating flavors and diverse gastronomy. Happy exploration and bon appétit!