Even though the summer isn’t going well according to our expectations for hot days and scorching nights, our favorite places have long opened their summer gardens and terraces and lure us with a promise of coolness and relaxation.

We like spending time outdoors because surrounded by greenery and under the shade of umbrellas or century-old trees, we can eat something delicious, drink something refreshing, or simply immerse in a holiday atmosphere, even for an hour or two. You probably know some of them, some maybe not, others you simply forgot about. But they all deserve attention, especially on sunny and warm summer days.

A favorite part of the tour of all the tourists and natives, Old Plovdiv, is filled with well-adopted yards that make you feel like you are in your own garden. But with more delicious food and drink, of course! We will outline three of them, but wherever you go, we are convinced that you will enjoy a wonderful view and a wonderful atmosphere.

Konyushnite is one of those emblematic venues that perfectly combine a bar with a large stage to show off various talents or screenings under the sky. The bar works only during the summer, but its terraced garden is an oasis in the urban jungle.

The restaurant Shastlivtsi pod Tepeto has a perfect location, almost above the Holy Virgin church at the very beginning of the Old Town and its garden offers a great view of the temple and the old architecture of the surrounding buildings. Its garden is in gentle pastel tones, the food is incredibly delicious, and the desserts are simply divine.

We can’t miss a Philippopolis, which overlooks the northern part of the city and the spacious garden under the crowns of centuries-old trees makes it a favorite place to meet loved ones or to have family dinners.

We go down a bit in the more central part of the city, and it is definitely worthwhile to distinguish Fabric's cool yard, where several kiwis grow freely. If you visit the bar in early autumn, you can even taste their fruit.

Another favorite place is the summer garden of Memory Wine & Dine, which is a magical place in which you completely forget that you are almost in the very center of the second largest city in Bulgaria. The accompaniment of the piano with the evening dish is enchanting and takes us to magical worlds that add even more to the quality experience. All the lights and noises of the city are somehow muted and distant, and you seem to have sunk in an unearthly timelessness, where only the delicious food and the pleasant company matter.

Salt and Pepper restaurant is where the huge terrace is decorated with a variety of herbs and spices, which contribute to the feeling of home coziness and unobtrusiveness. What's better than the aroma of basil that complements the taste of the pesto in your salad or dish!

We move for a moment in the area of the Rowing Channel, where the greenery can be anywhere, but there are several places where we can be secluded among the city's craziness. The summer garden of Mykonos is superb and colorful, surrounded by natural vegetation, smells of citrus and olive trees. You can’t help but want to sink into this urban oasis and escape for a moment from the hectic daily rhythm. We definitely recommend it for the warmer months. And in combination with the seafood from the menu, we can definitely feel like on a holiday.

And if you want a spacious yard, check out Grebetsa, where there is a large green area, suitable for family celebrations and entertaining outdoor parties.

A wide outdoor area with bridges and great entertainment can also be found in Estrella, where you can safely drink your cocktail while the kids have fun on the swings and climbing frames.

At one of the award-winning restaurants under the hills - Note DI Vino - the fresh garden is divided into two zones, while the delicious and appetizing food itself is a real experience for everyone's senses. Coupled, however, with a good design and a pleasant musical background, it becomes a temptation for vision, hearing, and taste. This is exactly what you can find in  Note di Vino.

A little further away, in the colorful Yuzhen Polyh complex, in addition to a pleasant atmosphere under the shade of a large canopy, the restaurant Rayska Hapka is famous for its huge portions at reasonable prices and is convenient for all lovers of unpretentious atmosphere and delicious food.

It is certainly not easy to cover everything that is worthwhile in one text, so we let you go wild in the comments and offer us your favorite spots during the summer months, and the team of the only digital guide under the hills promises to tour them all.