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Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument

Visible within a 30km radius, this tremendous Soviet-era monument was opened in 1981 to commemorate the First Bulgarian Empire’s 1300th anniversary. Enormous futurist sculptures depict Bulgaria's medieval rulers, an…
Bulgarian in Shumen

Biraria Regal

This traditional mehana (tavern) enjoys a leafy garden setting and offers a good selection of grills and salads.
Bulgarian in Shumen

Dom na Architekta

This wood-and-stone tavern has great Bulgarian specialities, served in a balmy back garden in summer, and moving indoors in front of a crackling fire in winter.
Pancakes in Shumen


This local takeaway institution, off a side entrance on the square, offers delicious palachinki (pancakes) that you can grab and go, or gobble on a couple of outdoor tables. A pancake with all-natural blueberry or s…
Bulgarian in Shumen

Mehana Popsheitanova Kashta

This wood-framed traditional restaurant has big outdoor benches and also big portions. Try the skewered chicken with cooked red peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushroom.
Bar in Shumen

Club Retro

This cafe-bar in the soothing central park is good for a relaxing coffee by day, or for cocktails, occasional karaoke and live music after sundown.
Club in Shumen

Nightclub Colosseum

Shumen's most popular club nights unfold inside this cavernous disco, which has more than a decade's worth of late nights under its belt. Check its Facebook page for events, from student nights to DJ parties and ret…
Museum in Shumen

Museum Complex of Pancho Vladigerov

One of several National Revival and early 20th-century baroque houses dotted along ul Tsar Osvoboditel's cobblestoned western section, this house-museum commemorates Bulgaria’s most renowned composer and pianist.
Fortress in Shumen

Shumen Fortress

Standing proudly over Shumen at a height of 455m, this 3000-year-old fortress dates back to the Iron Age. Thracian, Roman and Byzantine fortifications followed, and its strategic significance heightened during the S…
Mosque in Shumen

Tombul Mosque

Shumen’s Tombul Mosque was built in 1744 in a fusion of oriental and French baroque styles. At 1730 sq metres, it's the largest mosque still in use in Bulgaria. The 40m-high minaret has 99 stone steps and local beli…