Bulgaria – a wonderful, rich with food European country. Before to visit the country, we tried to study in detail about the most delicious and wholesome food of the Balkan region. It turned out, that the country is famous for its variety of dairy products, as well as fresh vegetables and fruits, especially in the season. Since tourists are often attracted by exactly the coast of Bulgaria, at the resorts can be found all kinds of seafood delicacies – from a small swell fish (it is very similar to our pilchards) to shark meat or lobsters.
There are a huge number of restaurants, tavernas, cafes and fast food outlets in any seaside town of the country. Prices in them can be very different. First of all cost of dishes in food establishments depends on popularity of the resort. Thus, for example, prices in restaurants in Sunny Beach or in Golden Sands are 2-3 times higher, than in Pomorie. A second in importance – the location of food places: on the main tourist streets, or in a place with a good view of the sea; costs of food will include this feature. An important it would also be an atmosphere of the restaurant, a variety of dishes and the services offered (e.g., live music). Therefore, if you want to dine in a beautiful place inexpensively, it is worth to start thinking about choosing it.
In Bulgarian restaurants, you can find cuisine for everyone. There are: sushi, more familiar to us Russian cuisine and, of course, the Bulgarian. To attract more customers, at the entrance of the restaurant are standing “barkers”. Sometimes it is very difficult to wriggle out from them.
Another feature of Bulgarian food places is an account with the staff. It is believed, that gratuities are not necessary to leave, but the sum is usually rounded to a whole (despite the cheque). If long and patiently to wait for your change in one lev, they will bring it to you, though it is possible, that of the smallest coins. But the waiter can greatly get offended and the next time he would simply ignore you.
The most cheaper option of food in Bulgaria, of course, is to buy products in shops, supermarkets or markets. But even here there are some nuances. The market may not have the product you need, and in the supermarket you can not consider or taste the food. From my own experience, I will add more: prices in supermarkets may differ, though not much.
On vacation, we decided not to spend money on the restaurant food, especially since in the hotel in the morning we could have breakfast. We decided to taste exactly Bulgarian food products. Prices for them were a little higher, than in our country, but in fact the quality can not be compared. By the way: in the bank, we exchanged dollars for levs, therefore the course for us a little bit differed from the one in our footnotes – 1 lev = 15 UAH.
We bought products in the local supermarket “Mladost”. This is a great and convenient store that is located in the New part of Nessebar. It seemed to us the most optimal: prices in the supermarket were slightly lower, than in others. In addition, the main advantage was its unbeatable location – on a way from the beach to our hotel. In the store you can find everything – from hygiene products to children’s nutrition. This is where locals are often make purchases. Here is a wide range of Bulgarian products: all kinds of cheeses, sausages, pates, fish, sweets, fruits and vegetables. If you look closely, you can find products from Greece.
Few days after our arrival, we stumbled on the promotion in supermarket. We had to buy a certain brand of sausage for the sum from 5 levs with the possibility of winning of such products to the amount of 100 levs. A nice gift for us was a prize in 10 levs .
We were very pleased with the quality of foods. The composition of sausages includes natural meat, dairy production is made only of real milk, instead of powder, fish is always fresh, flavorful and incredibly delicious. Even cookies in Bulgaria contrasted sharply with our usual sweets – they were very nourishing. Probably, it is connected with the preparation of the country’s accession to the EU.
Approximate prices for popular foods in supermarket “Mladost” in Nessebar:
- water (1,5 l) – 0,39 levs;
- juices Bravo (2 l) – 3,61 levs;
- сoca-cola (2 l) – 2,31 levs;
- yogurt drink Danon (290 ml) – 1,12 levs;
- Nescafe coffee in sticks (18 g) – 0,32 levs;
- bread (700 g) – 0,96 levs;
- pasta (400 g) – 1,19 levs;
- spice (35 g in glass) – 0,84 levs;
- ham (1 kg) – 15,61 levs;
- sausages (260 g) – 3,28 levs;
- cheese (1 kg) – 7,73 levs;
- cheese Hochland (140 g) – 2,80 levs;
- pates (300 g) – 1,66 levs;
- sheep cheese (800 g) – 10,60 levs;
- butter (200 g) – 2,32 levs;
- sandwich (175 g) – 2,35 levs;
- meat (1 kg of pork) – 8,65 levs;
- fish (Rollmops 250 g in a jar) –2,69 levs;
- olives (1 kg) – 4,80 levs;
- olive oil (500 ml) – 9,69 levs;
- canned corn (540 g) – 2,36 levs;
- canned mushrooms (500 ml) – 2,95 levs;
- canned peaches (0,5 ml) – около 5 levs;
- baby nutrition (400 g) – 12,63 levs;
- ice cream (1,2 l) – 2,45 levs;
- jam (700 g in bucket) – 2,94 levs;
- chocolate (100 g) – from 1,81 levs;
- peaches (1 kg) – 1,50 levs;
- grapes (1 kg) – 1,50 levs;
- figs (1 kg) – 2,55 levs;
- beer (1 l) – 1,90 levs.
However, fruits we bought at the market in Pomorie near the bus station. A wide range of different fruits, affordable prices, only the freshest goodies immediately caught our attention. In Nessebar we were not able to find such a market (the city has only a few stalls with fruits). Grapes we bought for 1,20 levs and 1,50 levs , рeaches – for 0,80 levs and 1 lev [/ lev].
You may be interested in our article: Fruits of Bulgaria.
The most popular dining establishments in Bulgaria for the tourists are McDonalds. We saw one in Bourgas on the main street and one in Sunny Beach. Prices are quite high, but it does not scare vacationers. A hamburger can be purchased for 2,20 levs , cheeseburger for 2,50 levs , ice cream for 3,50 levs , and 0.5 liters of beer for 5,50 levs .
On the street are selling boiled corn, or as it is called in Bulgaria “tsarevitsa”. The cost ranges from 1 lv to 2 levs depending on the resort and the place of sale. No less popular is an ice cream, which is also sold wherever possible. Its cost varies from 1 lv (in Pomorie and Burgas) to 2 levs (in Nessebar and Sunny Beach).
In the cities of Bulgaria are popular coffee machines. Especially a lot of them we saw in Pomorie. The cost of a cup of coffee starts from 0,4 levs (40 stotinkas).
Tips on choosing food products:
You definitely need to taste Bulgarian products. We especially recommend: cheese, ayran (yoghurt milk) – 300 ml – 0,42 levs, tarator (practically our okroshka) – 2 levs per 1 liter, clotted cream (very thick cream) – 2,70 levs, sausages, pate and fish with spices in a jar. You definitely have not eaten such foods.
When buying products, not always try to save and purchase the cheapest food. In Bulgaria, as in other countries, a high-quality products usually costs bit more expensive. This relates primarily to sausages.
About the drinking water: we certainly did not drink it from the tap, but cooked on it (porridge, tea) without unpleasant consequences. As drinking water we bought mostly Iceberg, but the locals, as we have noticed, drink Devin. By the way: it is not necessary to take the water on vacation. Here, it is not so expensive as in European countries.
We do not recommend to visit fast foods in Bulgaria. On the last day of our stay in Nessebar, we decided to try dyuner – looks very similar to the usual shawarma, but only superficially. For 4 levs we received a little bit of meat, fried potatoes, vegetables with sauce, wrapped in pita bread. We absolutely did not like the taste of dyuner. We did not understand why at the kiosk with this “shawarma” always there was a huge line. Unlike dyuner, the pizza was pretty good. The cost of one piece varies from 1,20 levs до 2,50 levs. The prevailing is the dough with a small amount of filling.
We recommend to try very delicious and unusual fruits, typical for Bulgaria: depending on the season it can be figs, kiwi or persimmons.
It is not necessary to order a tour with meals. In Bulgaria you can live even by a small amount of money. All that produced here is of good quality and the food is very tasty and nourishing.
In conclusion, by tradition, we offer a selection of photos on the theme “meals in Bulgaria”:
Useful links and interesting information:
- The cost of holidays in Sunny Beach in Bulgaria?
- Is Pomorie approach for tourist rest?
- Hotel Vanini in New Nessebar: the pros and cons of living in this hotel.
- Our favorite small beach behind stones in Nessebar.
- Old Nessebar and its attractions.
- Unusual fruits and the most delicious goodies of Bulgaria.
- Shopping in Burgas: what to see and to buy in the city?