We have written more than once in our digital guide that Plovdiv is a great place for digital nomads and expats. We have an article dedicated on the benefits of the city, and in another article we've outlined the essential steps if you're considering moving under the hills.
Today, however, we’ve collected for you several places where different nationalities always gather and you can hear dozens of languages, learn new things and meet interesting people from every corner of the world. Some are here permanently and have chosen Plovdiv as their second home, while others are tourists and have simply found their favorite spot.
In one of the intersections of the Small Main Street (Raiko Daskalov Street) you will find yourself in a true paradise, especially if you are a French speaker. The bar is spread over two floors and has quite a large space where you can play board games, darts, checkers and meet friends. The clientele is a mix of tourists, expats and locals – certainly diverse and interesting. They organize themed evenings, tournaments, quizzes and all kinds of fun events. It's not as crowded as places in Kapana for example, but also has a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails.
The most authentic Mexican restaurant in Bulgaria is a real jewel for all lovers of Tex-Mex cuisine and foodies who want to try something different and not so typical for Bulgaria. Its creator is Marvin, who literally grew up in the restaurant business. And at the beginning of this year, the creators of Bulgarian Honey Co - Jen and Mitko Katsev - joined him with their knowledge and experience, and together they added some novelties to the list of items.
Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday, in which they try out a new recipe and the ones that are best received by the customers stay on the menu, and this is also the time when there is an organized meeting for all the expats under the hills. This is also the place where you can join in and celebrate major American and Mexican holidays like:
- Cinco de Mayo
- 4th of July - with a special barbecue menu
- Day of the Dead
- Thanksgiving – traditional menu featuring turkey, cranberry sauce and yams. It is also the time to exchange Christmas presents
- Olympic Games
- World Cup
Jazz Café Plovdiv
Right next to the Unification Monument, this is the perfect place to escape the crowds in the central area and enjoy a nice atmosphere and music. There is everything here - well-prepared food, drinks and wine. They organize literary evenings as well as musical ones. There are also regular Weekly MeetUp events every week. We guarantee that you will always come across a diverse and interesting crowd.
Cat & Mouse
One of the first establishments in Kapana has been gathering a large group of different nationalities since its inception. The beloved craft beer bar under the hills attracts everyone not only with its wide selection of beer, but also because the environment and staff are predisposing to a good time and hundreds of stories. Together with the adjacent co-working space, it is an indisputable meeting point for a number of digital nomads and people who want to work in the inspiring atmosphere of the colorful district.
Judge O'Neills Irish Pub
An authentic Irish bar in the very center of Plovdiv! The place has its own signature, including traditional Irish music. A huge selection of whiskeys and a perfect stop in the heart of the city.
The Greek bakery, which tempts everyone with countless sweet delights, is the most common choice for meeting the female part of the expat group on social networks. The girls regularly organize meetups for coffee and something delicious. It is spacious and suitable for outside seating and also has enough space inside and even has a sheltered conservatory!
A cozy bar and shop in the center of Plovdiv, where you can find a full selection of Bulgarian wines from small boutique wineries and try them by the glass or by the whole bottle. They also offer a good range of international labels, which you can pair with something to munch on from the short bites menu. They organize regular events to meet manufacturers and test new products.