Depending on where you go, value for money in the Bulgarian ski resorts can be fantastic!
The cost of a pint of pilsner lager in a good restaurant or bar is around £1 and
a good freshly baked pizza costs under £5. The best value restaurants are in the
villages and towns, just outside the ski resorts.
It is worth considering whether to hire a car for the transfer from a local hire
company, as you can then drive to the best restaurants! This may depend on how much
you like to drink though. The restaurant and bar prices in the centre of the resort,
in Pamporovo, are still not much more than UK prices! There is also the icy condition
of the roads to consider, whilst these are regularly cleared with snow ploughs, they
can still be hazardous. We tend to pay for a transfer in winter and hire a car in
Spartak in Smolyan
This is a superb value restaurant in the mountain town of Smolyan (20 mins drive
from Pamporovo). We have visited many times and keep returning because of the great
value food. This isn't a tourist restaurant, so don't expect queens English! In fact
don't expect much at all in terms of language! The good news is, the menu is superb
and fully translated into English! Beef and Lamb sizzlers are highly recommended
and the prices are fantastic, somewhere around half UK prices.
Taxi Fares in Pamporovo
If you catch a taxi always agree a firm price before getting in the taxi. In summer
or even in winter (if you are Bulgarian) the price is less than half that of the
ski season! Remember though that taxi drivers only have the ski season to make any
money, as there are many taxis and fewer people using them outside of te ski season.
Pamporovo Old House in Pamporovo
This is one of our favourite restaurants right in the centre of Pamporovo. It has
a large open plan feel with exposed natural timbers and has a great atmosphere, during
the busy ski season it is also easy to get a seat as there is an upper level with
a galleried are and view from above, down to the ground floor. Pizzas are freshly
baked and superb value. There is an extensive menu with a huge charcoal grill for
cooked meats. Price range for half UK to full UK, depending on what you have. If
you can read / check the Bulgarian in the menu, there may even be better prices hidden
from tourist eyes!
The Old House restaurant in Smolyan
The two restaurants at the Castle Hotel, 5 minutes walk behind Cedar Heights apartment
complex near to the Studenets ski lift area.
The Belfry Restaurant
The White House Restaurant
- BBQ 0.350 kg (lamb, pork, chicken): 9.50 levs (£4.75) - Cheverme (roasted lamb)
0.300 kg: 11 levs (£5.50) - Soups: 3.90 levs (£1.95) - A bottle of Bulgarian wine:
11 levs ( £5.50) - Beer in bottle 0.500 L (local): 2 levs (£1.00) - Soft drinks: 1
Reservations: call +359 48 834 629
The Chevermeto Restaurant
- bottle of wine: 14 levs (£7.00) - local beer in bottle of 0.500: 2.50 levs ( £1.25) -
roasted dishes on fire 0.500 kg: 11 levs ( £5.50) - lamb steak 0.300 kg: 14 levs
(£7.00) - soups: 3 levs (£1.50) - salads: 5.50 levs (£2.75)
Reservations: call +359 3021 8338
Live folklore music / dancing - current exchange rate £1.00 = 2.06 Levs