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Bulgaria

Food and drink in Bulgaria

In most of the larger resorts, international cuisine has made a firm name for itself. So you'll find restaurants offering everything from Chinese dishes to great British classics. This means you'll have plenty of gastronomic delights to choose from on holidays to Bulgaria.

Exploring Bulgaria's delicacies

Bulgaria's cuisine features plenty of organic, fresh ingredients and local produce from the many farms dotted across the country.

There are hearty salads such as the shopska salad with grated sirene cheese and parsley on top. You'll find thick stews with vegetables, lamb, fish, chicken or pork and delicious soups which are traditional favourites. You could also try a traditional Bulgarian breakfast staple like banista pastry which is eggs and cheese wrapped in filo pastry. Using simple ingredients, Bulgarian cuisine is deliciously simple, tasty and seasonal.

Show off your savvy at Jack Sparrow, Elenite

It's a familiar name in the most unexpected surroundings, but this restaurant in Elenite is decorated like a charming Caribbean beach shack. That doesn't mean there's not a spacious interior, however, and the menu is more jam-packed than Barbossa's treasure chest.

Whether you choose to sit outside by the coast or indoors under red nautical flair, you're assured a hearty breakfast as much as a fine dinner. Opt for big stews, traditional treats or cheesy chips – there's something here for every manner of peckish buccaneer.

Taste tradition at Tania, Obzor Beach

Whether you're here for the breakfasts, widely known for their massive portions and wholesome flavours, or are instead checking out the steak menu, Tania in Obzor Beach is a venue that keeps on giving. Cheap Bulgaria holidays don't have to mean cutting back on the dining options - you'll get plenty for your money here.

The restaurant's surroundings evoke the Bulgarian traditions of old, while the locally sourced and home-cooked meals give dessert lovers, salad fans and meat aficionados much to rave about. Of course, an extensive drinks menu hardly hurts either.

Romantic dining at Plakamoto, Nessebar

At Plakamoto you can enjoy beautiful sea views on the outdoor terrace adorned with fig trees while you browse the extensive menu, which includes a mixture of authentic cuisine from mixed grills to salads.

Plakamoto also boasts a large and varied seafood menu including everything from mussels to shark, squid and shrimps, which all come beautifully presented, having been prepared using fresh, local ingredients. The fried courgettes are especially good, as is the wine list, presenting some of the best offerings in the region.

A night to remember at Khan's Tent, Sunny Beach

Nestled in the hills high above Sunny Beach, this stunning venue offers a delicious four course meal alongside superb live music and entertainment. Offering amazing panoramic views of the beach and surrounding areas, Khan's Tent can be reached via a 10-minute taxi ride from the main resort and is one of the most popular venues in the area, suitable for the whole family.

The set menu starts traditionally with a freshly prepared shopska salad before moving on to a potato dish with garlic sauce, chicken in a mushroom sauce served with rice and vegetables, and for dessert an big slice of ice cream cake. Expect trapeze artists, contortionists, jugglers and musicians while you enjoy the beautiful setting.

A down to earth dining experience at Gostilnitza Chuchura, Varna

This typically Bulgarian restaurant is located in the city centre and adorned with charming knick-knacks, brick walls, stone floors and tapestries, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is authentic to Bulgaria, offering all the classics from Lamb Kavarma, a hearty stew served in a pretty clay pot, to musaka, which involves minced pork meat, potatoes and eggs. Fresh meat is delivered daily by the owner's father, making the mixed grills an extra tasty option, and the homemade bread is divine.