Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Varna

Archaeological Museum

Exhibits at this vast museum, the best of its kind in Bulgaria, include 6000-year-old bangles, necklaces and earrings said to be the oldest worked gold found in the world. You'll also find Roman surgical implements,…
Top Choice Palace in Balchik

Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens

At the far western end of the seafront, this palace was completed in 1926 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English wife, Queen Marie, when Balchik was part of Romania. Size-wise, it's a relatively modest villa, …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Sveti Konstantin

Bay

Discover the best food in Sveti Konstantin, and arguably in all of greater Varna, at this beachside Lebanese restaurant and cocktail bar. The specialities are fish and barbecue, though the chef has added creative Mi…
Top Choice Seafood in Tsarevo

Ribarska Sreshta

Even if you're not staying at the hotel, consider lunch or dinner at this authentic fish restaurant. There's an extensive menu of fresh fish, including a local favourite: small bluefish (grilled or fried). Choose fr…
Top Choice Bulgarian in Nesebâr

Gloria Mar

For our money, the best dining option in touristy Nesebâr. Fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas and grilled meats, as well as harder-to-find risottos and paellas. There's an extensive wine list and dining on three level…
Top Choice Bulgarian in Sozopol

Mehane Neptun

Occupying a promontory looking out over the sea and Sveti Ivan Island in the distance, the awesome views and the delicious fish combinations, such as mouth-watering stuffed squid, are only partly marred by the somet…
Top Choice International in Burgas

Rosé

Choose from a wide menu of grilled meats and fish, including a superlative lamb-shank offering, or fresh pasta, at this superb restaurant in the city centre. Finish off with a cake or homemade ice cream. Rosé also d…
Top Choice Bulgarian in Varna

Stariya Chinar

This is upmarket Balkan soul food at its best. Try the baked lamb, made to an old Bulgarian recipe, or the divine barbecue pork ribs; it also boasts some rather ornate salads. Outdoor seating is lovely in summer; pa…
Top Choice Seafood in Burgas

Ethno

This downtown restaurant does splendid things with seafood: the Black Sea mussels alone are worth a trip to Burgas. With inviting blue-and-white surrounds that recall the city's Greek heritage, superb (English-speak…
Top Choice Modern European in Varna

Di Wine Restaurant & Wine Cellar

This formal but friendly restaurant is, in the eyes of many, Varna's best fine-dining spot, with a big menu of tempting dishes including rack of lamb, T-bone steaks, guinea fowl, salmon and trout, as well as cheaper…