Let's start with the most important (and
costs 1-2 leva in shops, 2-4 leva in bars.
Local brands are Shumensko, Zagorska, Ariana... but you can find German, Belgian and others brands as well.
cost 4-6 leva. Since 1st June, smoking has been prohibited in some public places (restaurants, some bars, etc.)
You can also try banitsa, a sort of cheese pie, and princesa, a sort of toasted bread with cheese and ham on it.
Loaf of bread
I don't know about the prices in Ruse, but taxis are very cheap in Sofia (about 0,55-0,70 leva/km)
Meat dishes are the mainstay of Bulgarian cuisine. There are many variations on stew. Kepabcheta or kufte are typical dishes, based on spicy ground meat formed into patties or balls. These can be purchased on the street as snacks, or, along with other meat dishes, may be accompanied by vegetables or potatoes at restaurants.
Please try tarator and shkembe chorba
Tarator is a cold soup (or a liquid salad) made of yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, walnut, dill, sunflower oil and water and is served chilled or even with ice.
Shkembe chorba is tripe soup with a little paprika. It is so popular that until the 1980's there were restaurants devoted solely to it.
My favourite, which is actually a starter, is sirene po shopski. Think of feta cheese and mozzarella layered with chilies, tomatoes, roasted peppers, oregano and parsley and an egg on top.
Baklava, halva, Turkish delight and
excellent ice-creams are common. Garash is a much-loved
form of chocolate cake based on walnut kernels and
egg-whites in 2mm layers.
DO try boza. It's the national drink! It is a malt drink made from maize and millet and about 1% alcoholic.
(That's a joke, it is disgusting!)