The team of the only digital guide under the hills constantly informs you about all the new places that appear in our favorite Plovdiv. Today, however, we decided to look back a little in the past and identify for you the restaurants that have withstood the changes over the years.
This year the emblematic restaurant celebrates its 91st birthday. It opened its doors in the distant 1929, which makes it the most dignified in age in our selection. It was designed by the famous arch. Boyan Chinkov on behalf of the owner Dimitar Kozhuharov. In the past it was a favorite place of Plovdiv bohemians and intelligentsia.
Since last year, the restaurant has changed owners and impresses with exquisite interior, completely in the spirit of old Plovdiv. Dozens of photographs are hung on the walls, which take you directly to the City under the hills of those glorious years with views of important buildings and places.
The new menu combines your favorite flavors of pizza, pasta and many other interesting offers. Most of them are served in dough, which is like a trademark of Zlatna Krusha. A rich menu is offered at lunch, and in the warmer months you can enjoy your meals outside in the heart of the already pedestrian Otets Paisii.
In its original form, the cult restaurant opened its doors in the 60s of the last century and quickly gained popularity among the bohemians of the city.
The building itself was built in the 18th century and has been declared a monument of cultural heritage of Bulgaria. The two alafrangas with combined images of still life and landscape, which once gave the house its name, greet the guests of the restaurant intact to this day. The external staircase and the representative courtyard gate give it a special color from the street. Inside, an authentic feeling of the atmosphere of the Revival house has also been preserved.
Exquisite dishes and selected specialties make Alafrangite a favorite place for banquets, family and business celebrations, as well as for quiet lunches and dinners among the unique Old Plovdiv.
The building is one of the monuments of Ottoman architecture that have survived to this day. In the past, it was a dervish Muslim monastery. It was located in the inner part of the fortress (kale), which was called Saruhanli mahala. According to the archives, it was built in the 16th century by Arif Dede during the relocation of the dervishes - Mevlevi from Budapest, after Ingaria gained independence from the Ottoman Empire. It used to be a large cult complex, including a prayer house-mosque, a hall for ritual dances of the dancing or spinning mevleviyas and residential buildings for the dervishes and their sheikh (Muslim abbot).
As early as the end of the 19th century, the monastery was abandoned and only the large hall for ritual dances survived from its complex. The Mevlevi Mosque was preserved until the end of the 1920s, but it collapsed almost to its foundations during the great earthquake in 1928.
Archaeological excavations were carried out in the 1970s in connection with the forthcoming restoration of Mevlevi Khane. Then, on the north side of the building was discovered part of the fortress wall of the ancient city. Premises with different functions and pots were discovered, in which cereals, flour grinding stone, etc. were stored. The finds are now exhibited in the Exposition Hall of the restaurant, under the courtyard of the monastery complex.
After archaeological research and successful restoration, the building has been converted into an oriental Persian-style restaurant complex. The restaurant is named Puldin - after the Slavic name of Plovdiv. It opened on September 3, 1974, and in 1999 was purchased by the current owners. It was completely rebuilt and opened on May 6, 2001.