The volunteers from Balkan Bites will welcome you with a big smile and a sign with the tour’s logo so you can’t mistaken them. The tour starts at 2 p.m. every day with no exeptions and the duration is about 2 hours. The meeting point is in Park Crystal next to the statue of Stefan Stambolov (MAP). You don’t need a reservation to visit the tour but the maximum number of people they accept is 15, so if you show up late and the group is already full, you have to come back the next day.
I personally admire those guys who created and continue to develop the tour. They work every day to meet foreigner with our traditional food, to tell them more about our traditions and to show them nice places where they can eat healthy and delicious meals. The Sofia’s Free Food Tour is one of the first in the world which makes even me proud!
Balkan Bites provides free samples of delicious Balkan food and a lot of stories about the history of the Bulgarian and Balkan cuisine. There are three restaurants which open their doors for the tourists during the walk. The first one is Supa Star where foreigners can try our delicous cold soup, called “tarator” made with yogurt, cucumbers, cold water, garlic, walnuts, dill and salt.
The guide will also tell you the interesting story about our pride – the yogurt. While walking to the next restaurant you will hear a lot about the squad shops, the street art and many more interesting stories related with Sofia.
(Tarator, Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The socond place where tourists can taste traditional food is called Lubimoto (The Favourit). It’s a family owned restaurant with a traditional style of cooking and atmosphere. Here you can try “shopska salad” made with tomatoes, cucumbers, white cheese, onion, peppers, olive oil and salt. Very tasty!
The last restaurant to visit is Sun Moon – a bakery that prepares over 15 kinds of sourdough bread from flour freshly ground on a stone mill every day and over 25 kinds of healthy sweets. Here the tourists try freshly baked bread with “lutenitsa” (red pepper, aubergine and tomato purée) and “kyopolou” (popular Bulgarian and Turkish relish made principally from roasted eggplants and garlic) on top. Very yummy, I would say!
At the end of the tour everyone knows more about the Bulgarian and Balkan cuisine. The tour provides not only information but also a precious experience. So if you come to Sofia do not hesitate and visit the free food tour Balkan Bites!