There are more than 40 atmospheric mehanas in the old quarter, all offering basically the same Bulgarian menu, but make sure you don't miss Baryakova, generally rated the best of the lot . However, Dedo Pene is also excellent, with a warren of cozy rooms leading to a small central courtyard. If you've tried these and you're looking for something new, Molerite 1972 (tel. 07443/8494) is another highly rated restaurant, this time just outside the old quarter on Glazne Street (look out for the two large barrels).

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