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Top Choice Bulgarian in Sliven

Pri Hadjiyata

This festive local favourite set around a shaded courtyard, with indoor seating for winter, does excellent Bulgarian food prepared and served in the traditional way. Satch (stew baked in a clay pot and served on a h…
Nature Reserve in Sliven

Blue Rocks Nature Park

Despite its enigmatic name, there's little more than a bluish haze hanging over this rubbly nature park. But these hills have revolutionary history: within their folds once hid the haidouks, the freedom fighters who…
Museum in Sliven

Hadzhi Dimitâr Museum

This house-museum dedicated to the rebel-movement leader is set in a lovely wooden building arranged around a cobblestone courtyard. The building features several rooms faithfully preserved in 19th-century style, in…
Museum in Sliven

Mirkovich House

The temporary art exhibitions are a fine excuse to explore this creaky period house, where the crimson rugs and elaborate carved wooden ceilings give an agreeable flavour of the 1930s and '40s.
Market in Sliven

Obshtinski Pazar

Shop with the locals at this large warren of shops, selling everything from jars of honey (4 lv) to bags of spices (1 lv), alongside fruits and vegetables, clothes and electronics supplies. Watch your wallet, but th…
Museum in Sliven

History Museum

Along the mall in a candy-pink building, the History Museum's three floors of displays feature Thracian silverwork, 4th-century urns and other archaeological treasures. English-language explanation is scant, but sta…
Bulgarian in Sliven

Restaurant Toma

This lively mehana outside the Hotel Toma has a typically large menu of traditional Bulgarian specialities. The live Bulgarian music performed nightly often caters to special events. When busy, service can be a bit …
Bulgarian in Sliven

Mehana Vodenitsata

Pull up a wooden bench or stool in the stone-walled courtyard, and dine on stuffed pork and tripe soup, at this amiable out-of-town mehana. Find it on the main Sliven–Stara Zagora road, 12km southwest of Sliven.
Cafe in Sliven

Corner Cafe

Watch the world drift by from this colourful cafe on Sliven's pedestrianised shopping street, whether it's between sips of a coffee crowned with whipped cream, a frosted fruit smoothie, or something stronger.
Gallery in Sliven

Galeriya Dimitâr Dobrovich

Inside a lemon-yellow mansion, which resembles a beautifully iced cake, Galeriya Dimitâr Dobrovich exhibits 20th-century and graphic art across two floors. The gallery is named for the Sliven-born painter who assemb…