One of the things I find annoying when it comes to traditional Bulgarian restaurants in Sofia is that they all seem to be very touristic and more expensive than other restaurants are. However, at some point it’s understandable that Bulgarians usually go to that kind of restaurants for celebrations or when they have foreign guests. When I joined the Couchsurfing community I was struggling when it comes to taking my guests to traditional restaurants. However I think I’ve found an optimal solution – Manastirska Magernitza.
Keep in mind – you will hear a lot of English, German, French and whatever language other than Bulgarian there, which is the case in all traditional restaurants in Sofia. However, there are a few things that, according to me, make Manastirska Magernitza the best choice when you want to try some traditional food. First, the restaurant is located in a house with beautiful garden both decorated in the typical Bulgarian style from the past. Decoration is kept simple – nothing less, nothing more.
The other thing about Manastirska Magernitza is my small secret – you can have a three course lunch just 10 leva. Yes, that’s right, just be there before 17:00 every day. Portions are not huge but assuming you order (and you should) their delicious bread you will be full for many hours. Last time I took a friend and we ordered two lunch menus, just one salad and some bread – we couldn’t eat all that food even if we were starving before that.