The history of the place dates back to many years, when its borders stretched from the beginning of the Maritsa river all the way to Otets Paisii Street. Now the area is much smaller, stripped of much of its space, but still an important part of the development and spirit of the city under the hills. The project to turn it into a creative district was part of the program with which Plovdiv won the title of European Capital of Culture in 2019, and although the original idea was to house mainly craft studios and creative businesses, today it is the gathering point for party, delicious food and excellent drinks. Hundreds of Plovdiv residents and guests of the city visit the numerous cafes, restaurants and bars every day to have fun, but we reveal those few sections where you can just get away from the noise and for a moment immerse yourself in that atmosphere of yesteryear.
The first block on the right, immediately after entering the Kapana district from Zhelezarska Street, Altseko is also one of the few remaining streets where cars are allowed. Typical of the area, it is quite short and can be crossed in less than 5 minutes. It is believed to bear the name of an alleged son of Khan Kubrat, who led his Bulgarians to the lands of today's Italy. Today, on it you can come across a few shops, law offices, Mouse House guest house, but there is not a single café or restaurant. Perhaps it is not accidental, since it is crossed by the busiest street in Kapana - Hristo Dyukmedzhiev Street.
Stefan Verković Street
It starts from Frédéric Joliot Curie Street and ends at Tsar Boris Obedinitel Blvd. It is named after Stefan Verković, a Croatian folklorist and archaeologist who made a valuable contribution to the church struggles of the Bulgarians. Among the people working and living in Kapana, it is known for the office of one of the courier companies, which is located in the large business center. Some time ago, the address of the Registration Agency was also there. The Italian restaurant Maramao was there for a few years, but it closed its doors a long time ago and its place remained empty and unoccupied.
Knyaz Bogorodi Street
Its beginning is from Raiko Daskalov, and its end is again on Tsar Boris Obedinitel Blvd. At its very beginning, you can enjoy one of the creations of the famous Plovdiv architect Hristo Peev. The Yellow House was built for Elisaveta Obreikova in 1933 and combines elements of art deco and modernism. Typical of the style are the details on the stairwell, the curves, and from the Art Deco style – its crowning with a dome on the top floor. Then along the street you will come across the Polyclinic of the Ministry of the Interior, the regional directorate of the Ministry of the Interior - Plovdiv, notary offices and residential buildings and cooperatives. It is named after the first governor of Eastern Rumelia. It is believed that in the past it housed the famous Adzhem cafe, which only men entered.
We thought of these right away, and you can add more in the comments if you know of any other Kapana places that are calm and without the usual crowd.