For a small mountain town Bansko has a diverse food scene with a large variety of restaurants and cooking styles. Bulgarian cuisine is very healthy in general with plenty of salads, vegetables, and fruits available. If you are a meat lover, the local grilled specialties will have your taste buds buzzing.

The majority of the produce is organic and the Sunday Farmers Market sells local fruits and veggies. There are a number of supermarkets in town that are pretty well stocked even for the international traveler and there are a Lidl and T Market in Razlog that Coworking Bansko members love visiting. You might be able to get a shared ride when someone else wants to shop. You can also take the bus to Razlog or enjoy a 15 min bike ride (at least going down the hill).

In terms of restaurants, you will find plenty of options depending on your cravings and preferences. In this blog post many of the traditional Bulgarian dishes are explained and there is a picture with the names of popular dishes to try in Bansko and their translations in English, as well as explanations of all the dishes described below. Here you will find a top five of Bansko dishes.

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Bulgarian Dishes

There are many traditional Bulgarian restaurants in Bansko usually named “Mehana” or “Han” that offer a wide variety of the famous mountain cuisine typical for the area. The food is delicious and the portions are enormous. See Places to eat/drink for suggestions where to eat.

Famous Bulgarian dishes to try when visiting Bansko:


Although called starters, most of these dishes are a full sized meal, so plan on a food coma after: