To walk among the oldest living city in Europe, to eat traditional flavors of the region and to learn historical facts about the food and the country - all this is possible every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. with a starting point in front of the Unification monument. Reservations are required, and groups are a maximum of 10 people in order to maintain the element of community and personal attention to those present. There is also the possibility of private tours on other days and hours after contacting the organization's website.
The idea is of two local guides - Danny and Ilia, who started with their first attempts in the spring of 2019. And just as their tourist product started to gain momentum, the global pandemic kicked in and they put things on hold until this summer season.
Food Walk is the only culinary tour under the hills and we are sure that it will be a real delight for the senses and an unforgettable experience in the ancient city for everyone. The first point of the tour is perhaps the most famous meeting point of the past - Thursday Market. And while you learn interesting historical facts about its creation, the guides from Plovdiv Walks have also prepared a very fun quiz – a challenge in which you can shop for yourself and get things you guess!
The walk continues with the typical Bulgarian breakfast that every grandmother prepares at home - banitsa. It is a national specialty and once you've tried the fluffy baked crusts topped with cheese that melts in your mouth, you can't help but be a fan of it. This is followed by a "deep dive" into one of the most cherished folklore customs - hamkane, and eating an oriental dessert that melts in your mouth and that is loved by young and old alike.
During the culinary tour, you will also enjoy aromatic Mursalski tea, known for its many benefits for our health and associated with the longevity of the people who live in the mountains; you will have a coffee break in Old Plovdiv and then indulge in a hearty lunch with all the appetizing Bulgarian dishes and meat products characteristic of the season. Of course, you won't miss the cooling tarator that we all love in the heat.
The end of the walk will take you to the most photogenic and innovative shop under the hills with a tasting of the best honey in the world. The perfect spot for beautiful Instagram shots and choosing gifts to take home!
Danny and Ilia are tireless and always prepared with stories and facts, so get ready for at least 3 hours of real immersion in the culinary scene and the past of the city under the hills, where every minute is worth it.