Cook and Eat with a Local is an authentic food experience in the center of Sofia. While traveling abroad, it is always fun to taste the local food. We offer you a chance to get to know the Bulgarian cuisine. So let’s go in the kitchen and cook our own Bulgarian food. Please note that you do not need special cooking skills for joining our tour. We are here to help you with experience and tips. All you need is interest in Bulgarian food and some free time. 🙂

During Cook and Eat with a Local you will taste traditional Bulgarian food and drinks. We will do the shopping, cooking and tasting together. And later you will learn to prepare Bulgarian food. We will share with you some of the small secrets of the local cuisine. And you will see that these are simple tricks but they make it all so tasty. Most of all, forget about the diet! Because on this day it is all about taste. We promise you a fun day in the kitchen!

Cook and Eat with a Local: Learn to prepare Bulgarian food

During the cooking class you will learn to prepare banitsa and shopska salad. These are two of the most traditional meals from the Bulgarian food. But local food goes well with local drinks. You will also get the chance to taste Bulgarian alcohol: a glass of beer, wine or rakia. Rakia is the strongest Bulgarian alcohol. It is like brandy with 50 per cent alcohol. We make it from grapes, plums or apricots. And we usually have a small shot with the shopska salad. Cheers! In Bulgarian we say Nazdrave (Наздраве). 🙂

We can also prepare other meals from the Bulgarian cuisine upon request. Contact us in advance and let us know which meal you want to make. We are open to suggestions. We have the aprons ready for you! 🙂

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Destination: Sofia, Bulgaria
Departure location Meeting in front of St Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria
Departure Time 10:00
Arrival Time 14:00
English/German speaking tour guide Banitsa, local salty pastry
Shopska salad Rakia, beer or wine, local alcohol drinks
Boza, local drink Photos from the tour
Not included
transport costs
The tour could be in Spanish, Arabic and other languages.
When to visit: all year long
Group size: from 1 up to 4 people
Extra information During the cooking class you will meet our cat Greta. Please inform us in advance, if you are allergic to cats.

Additional information

Duration1/2 day
Tour typeCooking
Starting pointSofia


10.00 AM

Meeting in front of Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia city centre.

10.15 AM

Together we will go and buy all the products, needed for the cooking class and bring you to a local home. There you will learn more about the Bulgarian cuisine and traditions.

10.45 AM

Let us cook and prepare our light lunch together. First, we will prepare the banitsa (salty pastry with eggs and cheese).

11.45 PM

We will put it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. While we are waiting for it to get ready, we will taste the Shopska salad (white Bulgarian cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers). The local drink, which is the best friend of the salad, is called rakia. You will get a glass as a starter, but don’t drink it at once.

12.30 PM

With the banitsa you will have the option to taste a local beer or wine and learn how to say Nazdrave (Cheers). Smile and have fun, because we will send you the photos after that to make sure you have a good memory of this day after the Bulgarian alcohol tasting.

2.00 PM

At the end of the cooking class we will give you as a present the recipe for the banitsa. You can prepare it at home for your family and friends and share with them your experience with Bulgarian food.

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