What to eat and drink in Bulgaria

Here are the top 5 things to eat and drink in Bulgaria when you’re traveling through the Balkans:

1. Banitsa

This is a pastry product, kind of like a pie. You usually eat it for breakfast. Depending on the stuffing, Banitsa can be salty (e.g. with sirene cheese,  spinach, mushrooms, cabbage) or sweet (e.g. pumpkin, apples, walnuts). Excellent as street food, for the on-the-go backpacker.

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Tarator soup

2. Tarator soup

Similar to the Spanish Gazpacho, Tarator is a soup that’s served cold. You make it with yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, oil, and water. In other words, it’s a more liquid version of the Greek’s Tzatziki. However, you can also serve this soup with walnuts, and, to make it even more refreshing on those hot summer days: ice cubes!

3. Shopska salad

This is a salad you will find in every menu when you’re visiting Bulgaria. The Shopska salad is simple and contains basic ingredients (cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, and parsley), but it’s also very tasty. In addition, the colors of its ingredients are also the ones found on the Bulgarian flag.

4. Kavarma

Depending on the Bulgarian region you’re in, the taste of this meal will vary. However, even though the recipes are different, it always contains marinated cooked meat and vegetables, plus spices. Kavarma can be mild or hot, therefore if you’re not into spicy foods, ask beforehand or skip it!

5. Raki (40-90% alc.)

Raki is a common treat in the Balkans. It is made by the distillation of fermenting fruit (grapes, plums, pears, apples, apricots, cherries or figs). The taste of raki might not be to everyone’s liking, but it is definitely something to try, at least once. Cheers!

What about you?

What did you eat and drink in Bulgaria? Or what would you try?
Leave a comment to share your tastes!

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9 Thoughts to “What to eat and drink in Bulgaria”

  1. Since my husband and I are vegan, I always worry about finding something to eat in a foreign country, but I think we would be able to substitute stuff in Bulgaria! Thanks for the info!

  2. I haven’t been to Bulgaria yet, but this all sounds tasty. Kavarma sounds like my kind of dish.

  3. Ann

    So cool, I have never heard of any of these! Would like to try them all at least once.

  4. I’m eager to try the number 4 but as you said number 5 is worth testing it even just for once! I enjoyed this food post.

  5. I would love to try the Tarator soup out of all. Wish there were more vegeterain options.

  6. Going through the list made me a bit hungry! And awesome to find vegetarian options too – so many food lists barely cover those!

  7. Never had Bulgarian food but it honestly sounds all amazing!

  8. Oooh these all sound really good, I don’t think I have tried a single thing on the list! Although Shopska salad sounds a little bit like greek salad…

    Kavarma and Banitsa sound particularly tasty!!

  9. The Holidaymaker

    These all sound good, and would love to try them. I haven’t been to Bulgaria, but love trying the local food. I am adventurous that way.

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