You won’t see the best of Plovdiv, just staying indoors. As time gets warmer and the sun begins to appear, there is nothing more energizing than a day out in the open under the hills

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You won’t see the best of Plovdiv, just staying indoors. As time gets warmer and the sun begins to appear, there is nothing more energizing than a day out in the open under the hills. People begin to smile, in the hours after work, the bars are already full, and ice cream suddenly becomes a preferred fast food. The good weather fills us with energy and a desire for life, and the team of the only digital guide of Plovdiv is ready again with some ideas for a pleasant stay.

Sunny mornings are always nice for coffee and breakfast in the open and we suggest two options. Take your favorite wake-up drink to go from Croatoan, along with a delicious cookie or croissant from the Kapana Bakery and find the most relaxed and comfortable bench in Bunardzhika Park. There, among the greenery and in the company of the birds and the squirrels, you will be guaranteed to fill with positive energy for an energetic start of the day. In case you feel like eating something more satiating it is time to note that the summer gardens of most restaurants are open and you can choose between delicious mekitsi and French toast with homemade jam in KinoCafe Plovdiv or French pancakes in the summer area of Eddy's.

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Walking and relaxation, but why not in the parks of Plovdiv! Spring is the best time to get your favorite book and choose a place in Tsar-Simeon’s Garden near the fountains, for example. The best thing is that there are large green areas in almost every part of the city. We recently told you about the Lauta Park, where the art of Plovdiv people to have aylyak is surely a level up - there are even stretched hammocks where you can relax after the rich lunch at the barbecue. And when you think you’ve had enough of reading and time outside, we remind you of an interesting secret place in the Old Town. The secret house of tastings, as we call it, is perfect for you to learn something useful about distilling, but also to try interesting high alcoholic flavors in the spacious garden of the authentic Revival building.

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And no, we won’t forget to mention that especially during the spring/summer season the entire space of Kapana is like a huge outdoor bar. Restaurants, bars, and cafes are full of people and life, but no one is sitting because the whole party is out, under the stars and the colorful flags. Whether with a bottle of beer in hand, or a delicious cocktail and an accompaniment of swing, we can’t help but stay out until dawn.

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A gathering point of all the Kapana people is even the square in front of one of the 24-hour shops on the square, known as Shirokoto. Not only arrangements are made here, but also a complete program for the upcoming party tour is being prepared.

The program of the bars is filled with a variety of events and is just a matter of preference to choose your place. Don’t forget that we always keep you informed about all the things that you shouldn’t miss in our regular What to do in Plovdiv posts. Your compass for a pleasant city trip under the hills is ready, and we leave it to you to pick your favorite spot and arrange the company for the coming weekend.