Bulgarian cuisine

Bulgarian food is tasty, fresh and hearty. Bulgaria is famous for its quality vegetables and dairy products and its variety of mild spices. Pork and chicken are the most common forms of meat, though fish and veal dishes are also popular and lamb has a special traditional place in Bulgarian cooking.

While many of the staples of Bulgarian cuisine you would also find in Turkey, Greece or Serbia, in Bulgaria each of those has its own local flavour to set it apart from the Balkan neighbours’ version. From hearty salads through delicious pastries to grilled meat classics, here’s 7 Bulgarian dishes you absolutely must try during your stay in the country!



This cold soup is among Bulgarians favorite foods for the summer. It is served as a first course instead of a salad or between meals as refreshment.

Sliced Bulgarian white feta cheese 

Sliced Bulgarian white feta cheese in a dish


Cold Cucumber Soup

60g unsalted butter
1 onion
3 cucumbers
1.5 litres organic chicken stock
½ a bunch of fresh chives
½ a bunch of fresh parsley
2 lemons
200ml single cream

Peel and dice the onion and roughly chop the cucumbers.

Melt the butter in a large pan and sauté the onions over a medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened.

Add the cucumber, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Add the stock, bring to the boil then reduce the heat again. Season well with sea salt and black pepper, and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

Chop and add the chives and parsley leaves, squeeze in the lemon juice and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Transfer to a blender and purée until smooth (in batches, if necessary).

Place the soup in a bowl, allow to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate until cold.

Whisk in the cream, season to taste, then serve.