Perhaps until about 30 years ago, most of the cakes for both weekdays and holidays were mainly prepared at home. Going to a restaurant or pastry shop was a real experience, especially for children, and drinking coffee and soft drinks outside your home wasn’t a daily routine, but a whole event. That is why it is not surprising that people from Plovdiv remember fondly the neighborhood places where they got away from everyday life and sweetened their lives.
In a previous text, we highlighted some of the most memorable central pastry shops and their specialties, but in the comments on social media, many of you told us about other favorites that also deserve a mention as unforgettable among the slightly older generation.
Fani Nikolova remembers the small Rosa pastry shop, which was located on the corner of Main Street and Otets Paisii Street. There they sold the best boza in Plovdiv, and Angelinka Umurska adds that the tolumbichki were also superb. At that time, the delicious drink was available for about 10 stotinki.
Next to Hali was Havana with its great petit fours that went with the coffee. And the coffee itself was at a price of only 11 stotinki.
Kitka pastry shop was located at the intersection of Ruski Blvd and Shesti Septemvri Blvd. They remember it with the great ashure and tolumbichki, which were authentic there and you could easily eat 3-4 without feeling they’re too sweet and sugary.
The people living around the garden around Captain Raicho enjoyed themselves with an ashure with ice cream at the Kalinka neighborhood sweets place. The recipe is believed to be the oldest known recipe worldwide. Legend has it that it was also Noah's favorite dessert, which is why you can often come upon the ashure under the name Noah's pudding.
Opposite Hotel Bulgaria was the Zaharno petle children's pastry shop, from which the little ones loved the aerochocolate. Its price was about 26 stotinki, and there was an airplane on the package. The brands on the market were not as diverse as they are now, and the other name of the cocoa temptation people remember is Kuma Lisa.
Children from the 1950s and 1960s also remember with nostalgia the lemonade stand in front of the Balkan cinema. There were two taps with carbonated water and two types of syrup - yellow and red. First, it was poured into the tall glasses, and then the water was added. Unforgettable and unique taste!
In later years, around the 90s, ice cream machines became very popular. The ice cream came in white and brown and the texture was very creamy and fluffy.