Bulgarian breakfast – a real feast for the eyes and the palate

When I travel I always book accommodation with breakfast included in order not to waste time in the morning. I would recommend you to do so but not in Bulgaria. Why? If you book a hotel in Bulgaria with a continental breakfast included you will miss out a big and an important part of discovering the country – the Bulgarian breakfast. If you book a guesthouse in the mountains or the villages you can enjoy a homemade breakfast/ and food every day. Because Bulgarian breakfast is a real feast for the eyes and the palate after all!

However, if you prefer to book a room in a luxurious hotel, don’t ask for breakfast, otherwise, your experience won’t be authentic and you won’t have the chance to taste Bulgarian pastries. If you visit Bulgaria for the first time (and not only!!!) have breakfast from the local bakeries (закусвални). To introduce you to the Bulgarian breakfast, I’ve chosen five different Bulgarian typical pastries full of calories and easy to find almost everywhere that you absolutely should try.

The first place is for the absolute classic – Banitza with Boza

Banitza resembles the Turkish burek and is made of filo pastry and white Bulgarian cheese (similar to feta). Boza is a typical Bulgarian fermented drink made of barley. You may find this combination greasy and unusual, but give it a try. If you want to know where in Bulgaria you can eat the best banitza ever, check out this article: The apricot paradise – things to do in Northeastern Bulgaria

Traditional Bulgarian breakfast - Banitza

The second place is for Makedonska Mekitza from Dobrinishte

In Dobrinishte you can eat the biggest and the best mekitza garnished with sirene and jam. Mekitza is a big doughnut that goes well with something sweet – icing sugar or jam. Delicious and nutritious! Read more about Bansko region and how to get to Dobrinishte here: Soak in a hot spring, eat the biggest mekitza in the world and had a ride in the Rhodope Narrow Gauge – Winter Fairy Tale in Bansko region

Makedonska Mekitza
Makedonska Mekitza

Next comes milinki and ayran

Another must-try Bulgarian pastry is Milinki. It is a puffy bread filled with sirene and seasoned with sesame seeds. Thus, It’s salty and goes well with ayran.


Kifla with jam and coffee

Furthermore comes kifla with jam and coffee. Kifla is the Bulgarian equivalent of croissant, but with a sweet filling – usually jam or lokum. As it’s sweet, it’s the perfect companion for your morning coffee.

Kifla with filling
Kifla with filling

Fried bread with jam, sirene, honey with tea

This is the traditional breakfast served at the guest houses outside the rated destinations in Bulgaria. Fried bread with jam, honey, sirene, and herbal homemade tea is the mountain classic.

Fried bread
Fried bread

To conclude I hope to have convinced you to eat local when visiting Bulgaria! Because Bulgarian breakfast is a real feast for the eyes and the palate!

Thanks for reading!


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