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Food Lover's Guide to Sofia

By Viator, May 2018

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Known for its rich flavors, traditional dishes, and exotic influences, Bulgaria’s diverse cuisine reflects its rich cultural history. Foodies will find plenty to feast on in the Bulgarian capital. Here are your options for Sofia food tours. 

Must-Try Dishes 
Popular Bulgarian dishes include kyufte (beef or pork meatballs seasoned with traditional spices), shishcheta (marinated chicken or pork kebabs grilled with vegetables), gyuvech (a slow-cooked casserole), and moussaka (a lasagna-type dish filled with meat and eggplant). Other menu staples include shopska salad (chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and peppers, topped with sirene, feta-like cheese), tarator soup (yogurt and cucumber soup), and lozovi sarmi (stuffed grape leaves), while main dishes are often served with a dollop of kiselo mlyako (sour yogurt).

For breakfast, tuck into banitsa (flaky sirene-filled pastries) washed down with ayran (a salty yogurt drink). Or, for dessert,  try a slice of sweet baklava (nut-filled layered pastry) or tikvenik (pumpkin and walnut pastry), accompanied by a shot of rakia (fruit brandy).

Must-Do Experiences 
  • Get the inside scoop on the best places to eat and drink in Sofia on a food-tasting tour. 
  • Sample street food and local specialties on a guided tour of Central Market Hall and the Ladies Market.
  • Admire sights like Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Sofia Basilica, and the St. George Rotunda on a morning walking tour, followed by a traditional Bulgarian breakfast.
  • Discover Bulgaria’s winemaking history and sample fine red and white wines during a guided wine tasting.
  • Combine delicious Bulgarian cuisine and traditional entertainment during a Bulgarian dinner and folklore show.

Tours & Tickets

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Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars, Sofia, null
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Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

The Sofia pub crawl is the night walk around Sofia’s hidden and unique bars. This event is not for those looking for loud and smoky rooms; instead, you will ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $12.61
Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour, Sofia, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Discover Bulgarian cuisine and Sofia’s sights on this 3-hour food and culture walking tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, stroll through Sofia’s ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.23
3-Hour Private Bulgarian Food Tasting Tour of Sofia, Sofia, City Tours
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3-Hour Private Bulgarian Food Tasting Tour of Sofia

You want to learn about Bulgaria's culinary traditions and new trends? You want to have a meal in some of the best (and unique) restaurants in Sofia's city ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.02
Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour, Sofia, Food Tours
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Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Feel like a local in Sofia with this 3-hour tour. You will become a real Bulgarian by tasting the traditional food (shopska salad) and drinks (ayryan). ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.95
Plovdiv and Perushtitsa Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Sofia, Sofia, Food Tours
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Plovdiv and Perushtitsa Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Sofia

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Your tour starts with a visit of the ancient city of Plovdiv, which several peoples have inhabited, leaving unique traces of their cultures. The next stop will ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.98
Sofia Evening Panoramic Tour and Bulgarian Dinner Included, Sofia, Day Trips
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Sofia Evening Panoramic Tour and Bulgarian Dinner Included

This is a Private Tour so you will not be combined with other people besides those in your reservation - there will be a private car and a private driver- ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.03
Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour, Sofia, Night Tours
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Rila Monastery private tour will take you to Bulgaria's most important and visited historical site and even more -  Bulgaria's most visited UNESCO place, the ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.51
Breakfast in Sofia Walking Tour, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Breakfast in Sofia Walking Tour

Experience Bulgaria like a local on this tour of Sofia, which includes breakfast. Eat banitsa with ayryan for breakfast, taste delicious fresh fruits and ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.11
Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour, Sofia, Food Tours
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Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Start your day like a local with a Bulgarian breakfast of ‘banitsa’ (savoury pastry) and ‘ayran’ (yoghurt drink), and discover Sofia’s landmarks on this 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.81
Market Food Tour, Sofia, Dining Experiences
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Market Food Tour

The tour takes about 3 hours. It starts everyday at 2 pm. Meeting point is next to the big head statue of Stefan Stambolov in the middle of park Crystal. This ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.09

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