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Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

Highlights
  • 3-hour food and culture walking tour of Sofia with an expert guide
  • Discover Sofia’s top attractions and interesting cultural and culinary heritage
  • See the National Theater, King’s Palace and ‘Small Jerusalem Square’ with its churches, mosque and synagogue
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Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
From US$47.30
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Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
From US$47.30
Overview

Experience Sophia’s rich culinary traditions on a 3-hour food and walking tour through the city’s atmospheric markets and neighborhood restaurants. Walk alongside a local foodie as you learn about Bulgaria’s regional cooking traditions, and duck into a café for a fresh salad with ayran, a lightly-fermented yogurt drink. Sample Bulgarian sweets in the bustling aisles of Tsentralni Hali, browse displays of aromatic spices and finish your trip through Sophia’s food culture with mezze with wine at a beloved restaurant. 

What to Expect
Meet your expert guide and the rest of your small group in central Sofia and set off on your walking tour.
Filled with elegant buildings and squares, Sofia is a dream to explore. As you stroll, discover the main landmarks, hear insights about the city’s history and culinary heritage, and enjoy three or four food stops to try delicious local specialities.

Walk past the stately National Theater and admire the King’s Palace and the Presidency building. Then, stop at a cozy cafe popular with the locals. Savor some shopska — a salad made from cucumber, tomatoes, peppers and onions — complemented by some frothy, cold ayran.

Continue to ‘Small Jerusalem Square,' so-named for its proximity to four religious buildings: the Christian Church of St George, St Nedelya Church, the Banya Bashi Mosque, and the Sofia Synagogue.

Walk to your next food stop, the Central Market Hall (Tsentralni Hali). Delve into this covered market and view its century-old architecture as you linger at some enticing food stalls. Sample classic Bulgarian sweets including baklava — filo pastries stuffed with nuts and soaked in syrup — and deep-fried tolumbichki, and perhaps taste some rustic sausages and nuts, depending on what’s available.

Finally, ride Sofia’s metro system, the newest in Europe, to your last stop, a popular Bulgarian restaurant set in four converted houses and decorated in distinct 19th-century regional styles.

Head inside to sample some fruity Bulgarian wine and mezze of local meats such as lukanka (salami), babek (cured sausage), fillet Elena (dry cured meat) and pastarma (cured beef).

Your tour ends at the restaurant, so you can stay on and enjoy more tasty Bulgarian fare before returning on your own.
Reviews (34)
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Reviewed 14 November 2018
Lovely Afternoon

My guide met me at the exact time and location that was prearranged. This is a very nice walking tour of all of many of the highlights of the center of the city. The food offerings are a nice addition to this tour. Don't eat...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank donaldg353
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile
Good way to sample Bulgarian food

Natalie is a good guide. Sampled traditional dishes at lots of different restaurants. Book in advance or there's a chance you won't get on the tour. Pay what you feel is right at the end.

Thank C9693PBchristian
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile
Guide was a no show.

When we arrived there was no guide waiting at the meeting spot. We called the number and they were very confused, and said they'd send somebody within 10 minutes. 30 minutes later we were still waiting in the heat. We called back and they said...More

Thank robdenbl86
Reviewed 30 August 2018
Exceeded all our expectations!

This was our first visit to Sofia and we had only one full day here on 26 July 2018. Our tour was particularly special since it was listed as limited to 12 people, but it was only my husband and myself! Our guide, Marie, was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank MerrieAnn D
Reviewed 22 June 2018
Meager food, cultural walk duplicates free walking tour

I'd expected more food tasting options than only shopska salad and wine-with-salami. The cultural portion was more interesting but duplicated much that was covered in the free Sofia walking tour. No fault of the guide who was knowledgeable but admitted tour improvements were not a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank kamaaina96822
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