The colorful district of Plovdiv is undoubtedly one of the most attractive spots in the city center and there is almost no time in the day when it is not full and cheerful. The restaurants are literally next to each other and it seems that you can find absolutely everything within these few small streets. Of course, here you can indulge in Bulgarian cuisine with an interesting original touch, as well as elaborate European recipes and various vegan offers. But also, the constant flow of customers and tourists quite naturally places the price range of the offered meals and drinks in the higher class.
However, the people working here have found several places with quite affordable lunch menus and for less than BGN 10 per portion, you can have a nice meal in the middle of the day.
Festival Restaurant in Kapana is the bold venture of two young people who, together with an experienced chef, taste each recipe and add to the well-known flavors a new accent in accordance with the latest culinary trends. Here you can enjoy homemade fried meatballs from grandma's recipe book, incredibly crispy pork ears or fresh seafood offerings in the summer, but their lunch menu is also not to be missed.
The dishes are from Bulgarian cuisine and are different from their traditional menu. There is always a choice of vegetarian or meat meals, and a slice of the homemade bread is an absolute must.
It was in spring, in our article about the new restaurants in Kapana, that we knew that they would have an interesting menu here, but we already have impressions and that it is preferred for lunch. Every working day they publish their offers on their pages on social media and they make us think early on about a snack and that one-hour break in which we can rest from the hectic work rhythm.
Old Plovdiv Restaurant is not located exactly on the typical tourist streets in Kapana and is often overlooked even by the locals. One of the oldest places in the district, with a rather pleasant covered terrace and a varied lunch menu at good prices.
They rely on the popular "street food" concept, but with a rather interesting original touch. From this year, on weekdays, they also have offers outside the standard list of dishes. These also have a different chef’s interpretation and are a good alternative to get a feel of the atmosphere of the place.
This is not a typical restaurant, but rather we would describe it as a takeaway. It's almost at the end of the district towards the bus stop, but you'll know it by the long line that winds out the front around 12 o'clock. Here is the most budget-friendly option, but also a possibility - if you want to try typical Bulgarian recipes, without special twists and original ideas.
At the end, we’ll add another idea - the Turkish restaurants in the area - Pasha and Sofra, which also have more affordable dishes. The soups and meat-free recipes for sure, and from the meat - it's good to ask what they offer for the day and what the prices are for the portion.