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Top Choice Monastery in Bulgarian Thrace

Bachkovo Monastery

About 30km south of Plovdiv stands the magnificent Bachkovo Monastery, founded in 1083. Most of the complex dates from the 17th century onwards, with the Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa (1604) as its colourful centrepie…
Top Choice Historic Site in Plovdiv

Roman Amphitheatre

Plovdiv’s magnificent 2nd-century AD amphitheatre, built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, was uncovered during a freak landslide in 1972. It once held about 6000 spectators. Now largely restored, it's one of Bulg…
Top Choice Bulgarian in Plovdiv

Hebros Restaurant

Genteel service and a tranquil setting is exactly what you would expect from the restaurant of the boutique Hebros Hotel. Classic Bulgarian flavours are gently muddled with Western European influences, creating mout…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Plovdiv

Basquiat Wine & Art

A smooth funk soundtrack and great selection of local wines lure an arty crowd to this small Kapana bar. House wines start at 2 lv per glass; for something more memorable, the malina (raspberry-scented) wine packs a…
Top Choice Ruins in Bulgarian Thrace

Red Church

The rust-red ruin of a late Roman church creates an enigmatic silhouette in the fragrant meadowlands outside Perushtitsa, 20km southwest of Plovdiv. The modern visitors centre tells the story of this rare brick cons…
Cafe in Plovdiv

Monkey House

Coffee-lovers can rest easy in the stripped-bare decor of Monkey House, purveyors of Plovdiv's best flat white. The interior is ornamented with jaunty hallmarks such as bicycles and moustachioed pillows; seats range…
Museum in Plovdiv

Balabanov House

One of Plovdiv's most beautiful Bulgarian National Revival–era mansions, Balabanov House is an enjoyable way to experience old town nostalgia as well as contemporary art. The house was faithfully reconstructed in 19…
Bar in Plovdiv

Kotka i Mishka

The crowd at this hole-in-the-wall craft-beer hang-out spills onto the street – such is the bar's deserved popularity, even against stiff competition in buzzing Kapana, but it's too chilled to warrant its hipster la…
European in Plovdiv

Memory

Candlelit tables in a secluded courtyard make Memory a venue to impress, with soul and jazz tunes completing the sultry mood. Its forte is creative interpretations of Western European flavours, such as lamb with min…
Wine Bar in Plovdiv

Vino Culture

Opening up from the blink-and-you'll-miss-it exterior is an airy brick-walled space where staff truly know their vintages. Delicious Bulgarian wines start at 2 lv per glass, while mixed Spanish and Italian tapas suc…