A round up of my favorite Sofia eateries and a great wine shop to boot

Over the course of the last six weeks, I’ve had more than my fair share of encounters with gastronomic heaven. Here’s a brief and practical list of my top 13 Sofia eateries with a bonus wine shop. If you have a suggestion for a place I should try, just send me a message. 

Please note that the list is not ranked. And don’t ask me how many pounds I may or may not have gained while compiling it. Nobless oblige. Gluttony obliges even more. 

Enjoy! 

Bagri

ul. "Dobrudzha" 10, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia

Exquisite food, prepared from carefully sourced local ingredients with great attention to flavor and taste. 

Chicken meatballs at Bagri

Chicken meatballs at Bagri

33 Gastronauts

ul. "Professor Asen Zlatarov" 14, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia

Inventive and uncompromisingly excellent food. 

Black lentil salad at 33 Gastronauts

Black lentil salad at 33 Gastronauts

Lavanda

ul. "Tsar Shishman" 12, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia

Fun, fresh and delectable. 

Sea bream frittata at Lavanda

Sea bream frittata at Lavanda

Aubergine

ul. "Carnegie" 11, 1142 Sofia Center, Sofia

Flawlessly executed contemporary international cuisine.

A finger-licking smoked pepper eggplant dip at Aubergine

A finger-licking smoked pepper eggplant dip at Aubergine

HleBar

ul. "Oborishte" 16, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia

Hearty and heavenly homemade fare.

Bulgarian tarator, mish-mash with feta and  craft red ale

Bulgarian tarator, mish-mash with feta and  craft red ale

Soul Kitchen

ul. "Kokiche" 13, 1164 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia

A very creative and decidedly delicious vegetarian and vegan food

The lovely garden of Soul Kitchen serves as a stage for delectable vegetarian food

The lovely garden of Soul Kitchen serves as a stage for delectable vegetarian food

Bankovich

ul. "6-ti septemvri" 55, 1142 Sofia Center, Sofia

Balkan staples at their best. The grilled meats are outstanding. So is the homemade bread....

The mixed grill at Bankovich

The mixed grill at Bankovich

The Architects’ Club

Reliably delicious food in an elegant setting - both indoor and outdoor. 

ul. "Krakra", 1000 Sofia 

Chopped tomatoes, spring onions at feta at The Architects' Club

Chopped tomatoes, spring onions at feta at The Architects' Club

Made in Home

ul. "Angel Kanchev" 30, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia

Fun and creative. Loved that they had black sea mussels on the menu - and they were prepared very well!

Steamed Black Sea Mussels

Steamed Black Sea Mussels

Atelier

ul. "Professor Asen Zlatarov" 16, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia

I ordered the beef tartare with a quail egg and it was remarkable. 

Beef tartare with quail egg at Atelier

Beef tartare with quail egg at Atelier

Chef’s

ul. "Lyubata", 1407 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia

A fine dining restaurant with a masterfully created seasonal menu of Bulgarian and international fare, often with a twist. 

Pineapple brulée at Chef's

Pineapple brulée at Chef's

The Buffet

ul. "Ekzarh Yosif" 44, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia

A funky neighborhood restaurant with a simply excellent take on traditional Bulgarian dishes 

Grilled kidneys with spring onions at The Buffet

Grilled kidneys with spring onions at The Buffet

The Tea House

This place is a real gem. A marvelous tea selection with many traditional and often rare herbal teas plus a fantastic vegetarian menu. I just can’t get enough….  And they have the coolest restroom I’ve ever been in!

The Tea House's delicious food was devoured before it could be photographed.... 

The Tea House's delicious food was devoured before it could be photographed.... 

EnjoyWine

ul. "Tsar Shishman" 19, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia

EnjoyWine is what happens when people who love Bulgarian wine and who care about how it is made, presented, and consumed, get to work. Very hard and highly professional work. Eva is the relentlessly creative mind behind the concept. Svetlyo, originally an engineer by trade, got a degree in oenology so he can ensure he has the right expertise for this spirited endeavor. 

Disclaimer - Eva and Svetlyo are old friends I recently reconnected with. And no, this is not the reason I am endorsing their shop. The store is a veritable Bulgarian wine heaven - a formidable selection of wines from small winemakers, including the owners’ own line of creative and beautifully executed wines. Their tastings will have you meet some remarkable wines and they do wine tours, too. I know their storefront will be a staple in my walks around Sofia. 

EnjoyWine's own line, called Joy

EnjoyWine's own line, called Joy