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Top Choice Bulgarian in Melnik

Mehana Chavkova Kâshta

Sit beneath 500-year-old trees and watch Melnik meander past at this superb spot. Like many places in town, grilled meats and Bulgarian dishes are specialities (try the satch, a sizzling flat pan of meat and vegetab…
Museum in Melnik

Kordopulov House

Reportedly Bulgaria's largest Revival-era building, this whitewashed and wooden mansion beams down from a cliff face at the eastern end of Melnik's main road. Dating to 1754, the four-storey mansion was formerly the…
Wine in Melnik

Golden Grapes Festival

It's hardly Bacchanalian – this is small-town Bulgaria, after all – but this annual knees-up gathers local wine producers to showcase their wares and tempt tourists with wine tastings, all set to a backdrop of singi…
Bulgarian in Melnik

Chinarite Restaurant

Midway up the main road, by the bridge, Chinarite's folk-music soundtrack and sword-like shish kebab skewers will draw you in. Its summer garden is a relaxing spot to slurp a cool tarator soup (cucumber, garlic and …
Bulgarian in Melnik

Mehana Mencheva Kâshta

This tavern has a lovely upper porch overlooking the main street down towards the end of the village. It's popular with locals and does the full run of Bulgarian dishes, with an emphasis on barbecued meats and yoghu…
Wine in Melnik

Damianitza

Leading Melnik wine producer Damianitza has a shop poised on the main road, shortly after you enter Melnik village. Tastings are free, though they are contrived to lure you to buy. Still, no hard sell is required on…
Bulgarian in Melnik

Mehana Loznitsite

The vine-covered outdoor area and snug dining hall are equally inviting at this simple tavern within a 19th-century building. Nourishing salads and grilled meats fight for table space against pickled veggies and gla…
Museum in Melnik

Museum of Wine

Learn the history and tools of Melnik's winemaking trade; ogle 400-plus bottles of wine; and work your way through a tasting menu at this fun museum attached to the Hotel Bulgari. Tour groups occasionally dominate t…
Church in Melnik

Sveti Antoni Church

This 19th-century church, signposted from Melnik's main road, is dedicated to the patron saint of the sick. In the unenlightened past, the mentally ill would be brought here to be cured of demonic possession. Ask at…
Ruins in Melnik

Sveta Varvara Church

This 15th-century church, situated just below Kordopulov House, has retained its walls and floor. It's little more than an enigmatic ruin these days, but the faithful still leave occasional offerings such as candles…