Food and drinks
Cost of food and drinks depends of the area and whether you prefer to eating out or cooking at home. In general, food and drinks in Bulgaria are much cheaper than in other parts of Europe.
Holiday makers who like to eat out will find that restaurants in Bulgaria server great food at low cost, especially if you avoid the typical tourist restaurants. Bulgarian, foreign cuisine and fast food is readily available from the wide range of attractive folk- style tavern (mekhana), restaurants, self-service cafeteria, pizzerias and pastry shops, fast food places, cafes, day and night clubs, bars. Menus are usually printed in both Bulgarian and English and they stay open from 11a.m. to midnight, but some of them may work round the clock. A three course meal costs average €15 per person with a large beer costing €1.30.
Cooking at home always is cheaper. All local products in Bulgaria - like vegetables, meat & milk (and their products), drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) - are at least a third of what you would pay for similar item in UK, Germany or France. Only imported items carry significant cost. Food products can be purchased in all food stores and supermarkets, as well as on the direct producer-consumer market. More than 10 world known retail chains (Billa, Lidl, Kaufland, T-Market) currently operate in Bulgaria, as the number of their supermarkets reaches 1900.