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 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 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…
Ruins in Varna

Roman Thermae

The well-preserved ruins of Varna's 2nd-century-AD Roman Thermae are the largest in Bulgaria and the fourth-largest of its kind in Europe. Visitors are allowed to clamber around the various chambers of the bath comp…
Seafood in Varna

Mr Baba

The coast-long trend for novelty ship restaurants has come to Varna, with this handsome, wooden-hulled venture stranded at the far southern end of the beach off bul Primorski, near the port. It features a pricey but…
Music in Varna

Varna Summer International Music Festival

One of the country's leading festivals of orchestral and chamber music, as well as ballet, is held every year in June and July. Events are held at the Open-Air Theatre, the City Art Gallery and the Festival Hall.
Church in Varna

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

Varna's cathedral (1886) is topped with golden onion domes. Note the murals (painted in 1950) and colourful stained-glass windows, though you'll have to pay 5 lv if you want to take photos inside.
Club in Varna

Makalali Beach Bar

Yet another bar along Kraybrezhna aleya in Primorski Park where you can lounge on the beach all day, and then drink and dance all night.
Zoo in Varna

Natural History Museum

The museum presents the flora and fauna of the Black Sea region, divided into sections representing the area's geology, botany, vertebrates and invertebrates. Kids will enjoy the collection of creepy crawlies, such …
International in Varna

Happy Bar & Grill

The local branch of the nationwide casual-dining chain is a godsend to harried parents whose kids are clamouring for 'real food' – ie pizza, sandwiches, burgers and pasta. Everything is much better than you'd expect…