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John Lawton took part in
Burgas and the Sea 
festival last year 
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CUltUre & events
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In Burgas you find it all, from puppet theatre to open air events, from rock concerts to opera. But not only Burgasbuzzes. Visit Nessebar where in September the lustrumof the International Honey Festival will be celebrated. Alsobe part of the Apollonia Art Festival in Sozopol again inSeptember. Bulgaria’s coast really comes to life in theSummer months and has more to offer than mere sun, seaand sand; we challenge you to discover the highlights that many will overlook.
Art galleries
Art Style
D-3, ul. Suedinenie 4, tel. +359 (0) 898 781676.
 
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Open 11:00 - 19:00. Closed Sun.
Bogoridi
D-3, ul. Bogoridi 48, tel. +359 56 84 50 70.
 
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Open 11:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun.
Burgas
C-3, ul. Aboba 13, tel. +359 56 83 98 80.
 
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Open 10:00 - 18::30. Closed Sat, Sun.
Dari
D-3, ul. Stefan Karadzha 12, tel. +359 (0) 889508 943.
 
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Open 10:00 - 18:30, Sat 10:00 - 14:30.Closed Sun.
Irta
E-3, ul. Antim l 9, tel. +359 56 84 32 71.
 
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Open09:30 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.
Sea Gallery Briz
D-3, ul. Bogoridi 37A, tel. +359 56 8427 98.
 
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Open 09:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 14:00.
Society of Bulgarian Artists
D-3, ul. Aleksandrovska22, tel. +359 56 84 05 48.
 
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Open 10:00 - 18:00. ClosedSat, Sun.
Cinemas
Trakia
D-3, ul. Tsar Ivan Asen 6, tel. +359 56 84 24 81,trakia.kino-burgas.com.
Music, opera and ballet 
Opera Philharmonic Society Burgas
D-2, ul. KlimentOhridski 2, tel. +359 56 84 07 89, opera.bourgas@yahoo.com, www.operabourgas.com.
Theatres
Adriana Budevska Drama Theatre
D-2, ul. Tsar Asenl 36A, tel. +359 56 84 60 40/+359 56 84 22 66, www.burgteatre.com.
Puppet Theatre
D-2, ul. Kliment Ohridski 2, tel. +35956 84 12 35, dkt_burgas@abv.bg, www.burgaspup-pets.com.
On an area of 5,000 square meters in the Burgas Park Ezeroto in the Sea Garden a peculiar sand city will bebuilt in the beginning of July, 2009, by leading sculptorsworldwide. This year the theme is Fairy-tale Characters.Over 2500 tons of special water-resistant sand will beused for the fantastic models.In its first edition in 2008, this Sand Sculptures Festivalhosted 16 world famous authors. Sculptors from Indone-sia, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Russia,the Ukraine, and Bulgaria took part in the event.The original sand creations will be ehibited until the endof the tourist season. The special lighting and continuousguarding add to the charm of the unique sand city.Web site: http://www.burgasandfest.com/ 
The Sand Sculptures Festival
1st and 2nd of August in theSummer Theatre.
For the first time it was orga-nized in 1973 under the name“Songs for Burgas, the Seaand its Working People”. After its 13th edition the competi-tion stopped eisting, but only for a while. In 1996 it wasrestored under its present name. Through the years of its eistence “Burgas and the Sea” has generated andpopularized the Bulgarian music, has developed thecreativity potential in the filed of the music arts, hassupported composers, poets, artists and has enrichedthe Bulgarian musical culture.www.burgasimoreto.org 
Burgas and the Sea
In 2008 Spirit of Burgas turnedinto the most waited for musicevent in Bulgaria and, already at the time, it was classified asNo.15 of the best festivals inEurope. It charged thousandsof young people with pleasant emotions and boasted up Bur-gas and Bulgaria due to the MTV medium partnership. Re-ports from the Spirit of Burgas and TV shows dedicatedto the festival were broadcast on 9 MTV channels in 36countries. The announcement of the Burgas festival onthe official music television site www.mtv.tv turned to beone of the most read ones. The festival gathered 6,000guests on the first evening and 12,000 guests each on thesecond and third evenings in front of the si stages built upon the territory. Guests’ average age was 25 years. Most of the young people had arrived from England, Poland,Romania and Turkey.Spirit of Burgas, 2009 will be carried out from 14ththrough 16th of August on the city central beach.
Tickets:
Festival ticket for 1 day : 40Lv.Ticket for the 3 festival days: 100Lv.At the entrance of the festival the tickets are:For 1 day – 50Lv.For 3 days – 120Lv.Web site: http://www.spiritofburgas.com/ 
Spirit of Burgas
The festival is organized by the Burgas municipality under the motto ”Let Us Save theHeritage Left by Our Forefathersand Pass It on to Our Children”.It was established in 1965 andthrough the years had earned aninternational prestige by professionalism and authenticity.Every year on the sea shore participants from all over theworld who bear their specific cultures and folklores get together to show them here. In the history of the festivalthere are listed more than 440 folklore ensembles andmore than 18 thousands participants.
This year the festival will take place from 24ththrough 28th of August in the Summer Theatrefor free.
International Folklore Festival
 
Petya Dubarova - theinfant poet
Petya Dubarova (1962-1979) was the young-est among the great-est talents of Bulgaria.She was born on April25, 1962. Her mother Mariya Dubarova wasan elementary schoolliterature teacher at that time, and her fa-ther Stayko Dubarovwas a master worker ina Burgas factory. Initially, Petya attended Ivan Vazov Schoolin Burgas, and after that she became a student in the pres-tigious Burgas English Language School. On December 4,1979, barely 17 years old, she took her own life. Petya was alittle girl when her poetic gift was discovered by Hristo Fotev–already a famous poet in Burgas. Petya was not even ableto write, when she started to create her poems and wordgames. Her poems were published for the first time in theyouth newspaper and magazine Septemvriiche and RodnaRech respectively. Petya’s mentors were (the already men-tioned) Hristo Fotev and Grigor Lenkov, also a poet. Petyahad some acting talent as well: In 1978 she was featured ina movie called Swap whith director Georgi Dyulgerov.The establishment of the house-museum Petya Dubarovawas a natural reaction to the desire of the people to havethe opportunity to feel the authentic atmosphere in whichthe poetess lived and wrote her poems. On August 7, 1995,the house on ul. Gladston 68, which Petya and her parentsoccupied when the poetess was alive, became the house-museum Petya Dubarova. It took two decisions made by thelocal municipality in 1986 and 1990 and also the consent of Petya’s parents to vacate the house.Currently the museum is a cultural and educational insti-tute that tries to find, study, preserve, and popularise thepoetic heritage and personality of this Bulgarian talent. Themuseum is a separate legal entity funded by the municipal-ity’s budget. Since 1995, the museum has been offering its visitors rich ehibit materials: For eample, the interior of Petya’s room is the same as it was when the poetess livedthere. The museum also holds an archive with everything Petya wrote. The primary activity of the museum relatesto encourage creativity within the society as a whole. The following events that are usually organized by the museumhave already established traditions:- National Literature Contest Petya Dubarova- Summer Workshop- Visits by Other Literature Museums- Readings and Presentations of Newly Published Books- National Literature ConferenceEverything the participants in these events have written so far is being kept as part of the museum’s archive as well.
Drowned stars
Drowned stars are floating in the sea.The salt has scorched their fresh blossomHow silently, even without farewell,They lost both light and power.But my heart will turn right nowInto a tomb for them, into a pyramidAnd it will bring them back to life, rebornAs they have ripened inside my flesh as in a clam.Petya DubarovaTranslation from:
 
Удавени звезди
Удавени звезди в морето плуват.Солта цвета им свеж е прегорила.Как тихо, без дори да се сбогуват,изгубиха и светлина, и сила.Но моето сърце ще се превърнев гробница за тях, във пирамидаи живи, преродени ще ги върне,узрели във плътта му като в мида.Петя Дубарова
House Museum of Petya Dubarova
C-1, ul. Glad-ston 68, tel. +359 56 81 41 10, www.burgasmuseums.bg.
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Burgas has plenty of accommodation to suit most bud-gets although there is a sparsity of real high end hotels.Hotels quote their prices in Euros and in Leva. All pricesinclude VAT and most of them offer breakfast, however it is always good to ask just to be sure.
Upmarket 
Bulgaria
D-3, ul. Aleandrovska 21, tel. +359 56 8426 10/+359 (0) 888 646 463, hotelbulgaria@bginfo.net, www.bulgaria-hotel.com.
Although hotel Bulgaria isthe oldest hotel in the city (since 1976), it maintains a goodreputation in terms of quality and service. The hotel is busi-ness class and in the foyer there are various shops including a travel agency office, ticket centre for bus and air tickets,real estate, shop for mobile communication, and a bank.There’s a swimming pool with a bar and spa centre and thehotel boasts of an impressive view.
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160 rooms (89 singles €97, 57 doubles €108, 8 suites €182, 3 Junior Suite €142,3 Presidential Suite €300).
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Burgas
E-2, ul. Khan Krum 5, tel. +359 56 81 6666/+359 (0) 889 733 230, fa +359 56 83 66 66,info@hotelburgas.com, www.hotelburgas.com.
Thisbusiness hotel represents a modern black stone building inthe centre of Burgas. It is close to the train station, the port and the main shopping streets. The interior is elegant anddecorated in modernistic style with white, black, grey andred colours. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, stylish,cream-coloured, with king size beds, LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fiinternet and are centrally air-conditioned. The bathrooms arewith shower cabins or bathtubs, 100% cotton bathrobes andthick oversized bath towels, non-allergic and down pillows,duvets and a housekeeping service twice a day. The apart-ments are chic, hold a see through glass wall to the bathtuband a view to the port and train station. Unfortunately a newbuilding is obscuring part of the view. There is a 24 hour concierge service and in-room breakfast and dining services,laundry and dry cleaning service, conference hall, casino andpiano bar. The hotel also has an equisite top floor restaurant with vanguard French cuisine and 10% discount for guestsof the hotel (read more on p. 18 in our restaurant section).
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32 rooms (28 doubles €51 - 90, 4 apartments €150).
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Chiplakoff 
E-2, ul. Ferdinandova 88, tel. +359 56 82 9325/+359 (0) 886 700 043, chiplakov@abv.bg, www.chiplakov.com.
This boutique hotel is based in a building which is an architectural monument, built in 1925 on therequest of the famous tradesman Bozveliev. It was built by the Italian architect Ricardo Toscani, from the Art Nouveauschool in Italy. His other works are the Burgas Art Gallery (Jewish Synagogue) from 1905 and the Burgas Railway Sta-tion from 1917. The hotel building was reconstructed in 2006by A. Chiplakoff. The rooms are rather small, but decoratedin an old fashioned style in the dark green or rosy colours.The furniture imitates baroque and the wallpaper is silk. Thehotel has an Italian restaurant decorated with pictures fromold time Burgas bringing you back to the aristocratic luury of the beginning of the 20th century (5% discount for guests).Ask for your 5% discount for a weekend and 10% discount for 7 week stay.
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15 rooms (4 singles €40, 10 doubles €55, 1 suite €70).
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Luor
E-4, ul. Bulair 27, tel. +359 56 84 76 70, luor_bs@yahoo.com, www.luor-bs.com.
The three star Luor hotelis situated near the train station and some 400m from thebeach. There are 3 floors with original interior (supposedly)designed in an Egyptian style. The hotel offers a good Italian
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restaurant and a charming lobby bar. Fitness and sauna freeof charge for guests.
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36 rooms (singles €49, 27 doubles €49 - 54, 9 triples €70).
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Mirage
A-1, k-s Slaveykov 93, tel. +359 56 88 08 88, fa+359 56 88 13 15, reservation@mirage-bs.com, www.mirage-bs.com.
The Mirage Hotel is located a kilometreaway from the centre of Burgas, at the intersection of the mainSofia road and the coastal road which goes north to Sunny Beach and Varna. Quite luurious with a striking architecturaldesign. The rooms are well equipped, the carpet is yellow andthe furniture is classic. The hotel includes a restaurant withpiano, a conference hall and guarded parking.
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67 rooms(4 singles €35, 42 doubles €50, 4 suites €98, 1 apartment  €130, 15 VIP Double room €62, 1 Presidential Suite €230).
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Plaza
D-3, ul.Aleko Bogoridi 42, tel. +359 56 84 6295, fa +359 56 84 62 97, info@plazahotel-bg.com,www.plazahotel-bg.com.
This hotel is located on thepedestrian street Bogoridi which leads to the sea garden.Small but luurious with 16 rooms - 11 double and single, 4apartments and a VIP apartment for newly weds. The building is a monument of culture from 1912.With modern style andaccessibility this hotel is a perfect place for travellers. Thehotel has two conference halls with WI-FI and a panorama lift with a central street view.
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16 rooms (11 doubles €51 - 75,suites €95, 4 Junior Suite €96, 1 Presidential Suite €140).
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Mid-range
Bulair
E-4, ul.Bulair 7, tel./fa +359 56 84 43 89, tel.+359 56 84 62 32, bulair@abv.bg, www.hotelbulair.com.
 Hotel Bulair is a perfect place for holidays or business trips.It’s located 500m from the centre near the sea garden. Thehotel offers 14 rooms - 10 double, 3 triple and 1 studio. Therooms are clean and comfortable. In the hotel you can makeuse of the following services - room service (not all night),dry-cleaner, rent-a-car, reservation for buses and air linereservations. The restaurant seats 30. It is an old building,renovated in 2003.
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14 rooms (13 doubles €34 - 39, 1 suite €39 - 44).
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Byala Roza
B-3, k-s Lazur ul. Batak 42, tel. +359 56 8108 50, eliboss@abv.bg, www.whitrose.hit.bg.
Located inthe immediate vicinity of the sea the hotel is known for itscalmness, cosiness and welcoming atmosphere. The roomsare painted in relaing blue and each room has air condition-ing. 9 double rooms and 2 apartments are available. Thereis no restaurant and, although you may have your morning coffee in the lobby, guests constantly checking in and out willnot contribute to its taste.
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11 rooms (7 doubles €26, 2apartments €34).
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Fors
D-3, ul. Konstantin Fotinov 17, tel. +359 56 8288 52, fa +359 56 82 88 53, office@hotelfors-bg.com,www.hotelfors-bg.com.
Located in the centre of Burgas, therooms are comfortable with nice cosy furniture, decorated insoft green/blue and light orange. All mod cons, bathroomsonly with showers. Spacious apartments. The hotel also hasa cosy pizza restaurant, a small but elegant wine hall, andan underground garage.
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22 rooms (20 doubles €34 - 38,2 apartments €51).
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Guest House Fotinov
D-3, ul. Fotinov 22, tel. +359 (0)896 002 864/+359 (0) 897 834 130, info@hotelfotinov.com, www.hotelfotinov.com.
The guest house has roomswhich are a bit on the small side. They are decorated in yellow,green or blue. Located right in the centre of Burgas, close tothe main pedestrian street, surrounded by multiple restau-rants, shops and cafés. For its one star, the guest house isquite nice, comfortable and is definitely worth your stay dueto its central location.
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11 rooms (4 singles €25, 7 doubles €30).
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Budget 
Guest House National
E-4, ul. Philip Kutev 5, tel. +35956 84 13 35.
Located near the train station, restaurant andguest house National holds in total 5 built-in rooms. The viewcurrently has only the surrounding buildings and the entry tothe rooms actually goes through an open air bar facility, part of the restaurant comple. If you don’t mind being close to thetrain station you might consider the hotel, because it is very close to the centre, the beginning of the sea garden and 500m from the central Burgas beach. The common area of therooms is luuriously furnished with leather sofa and sitting area. The rooms are spacious, with nice décor and quite big bathrooms with showers and one is with bathtub. There iscable TV, air conditioner and heating system. The place isperfect for a passing by crowd of friends who would like to try traditional Bulgarian food in traditional surroundings with livemusic in Restaurant National, get a night drink at the open-air bar and go to their luurious apartment the night before they get the train. The restaurant is certainly one of the most  famous and preferred by the locals in Burgas (read morein about restaurant National on p.18 from the restaurantssection).
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5 rooms (3 doubles €30 - 35, 2 triples €65).
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Out of town
Kedara
ul. Angel Dimitrov 16, tel./fa +359 56 8723 95, tel. +359 (0) 896 739 192, kedarahotel@abv.bg, www.kedara-hotel.com.
Hotel Kedara is found in thecentre of Sarafovo. This friendly hotel offers good value for money within the range of budget hotels. The rooms andbathrooms are tidy and clean. Ideal for those who just needto stay for a couple of days in Burgas where Sarafovo is right under the smoke of Burgas airport. Guests get a discount when eating in the restaurant with the same name about 20metres up the street.
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13 rooms (13 doubles €20 - 25).
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Lazuren Bryag
ul. Ribarska 1, Sarafovo, tel. +359 5687 32 18/+359 (0) 898 651 393, lazuren_briag@abv.bg.
 This new hotel is found at the end of Sarafovo, locals are ableto show you the way in case you get lost in this small suburbof Burgas. The rooms are decorated with green carpets andcurtains, and a simple bathroom. While the brochure picturesthe hotel as being on a Maldivan Island the truth is that you have to walk down a narrow path in order to get to thelong stretched beach.
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18 rooms (18 doubles €25 - 30).
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Mirana
ul. Bratzigovo 10, Sarafovo, tel. +359 56 8729 86, fa +359 56 87 27 70, mirana@tourism.bg,www.miranahotel.com.
Mirana is found in the centre of Sarafovo, at first site nothing special with regard to the build-ing; however, when you see your room or apartment you will feel happy to have chosen this place. The rooms are morethan spacious, nicely decorated and furnished. So are thebathrooms. Even more impressive is when you visit Mirana’srestaurant, where the owner, receptionist and cook appear to be one and the same person. In most places it is not theideal situation (welcome to Bulgaria) but it works well. Thistalented manager is also able to assist you in English andGerman. Internet available.
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12 rooms (12 triples €28 - 44).
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Sea Star Hotel (Morska zvezda Hotel)
ul. Priboina19, Sarafovo, tel. +359 56 87 22 26, seastarbg@yahoo.com, www.seastarbg.com.
This is a small, clean, family runhotel, located in Sarafovo, within 2km of the airport and acouple of hundred metres from both the beach and the mainsquare. Comfortable yet inepensive, the charm of the place isonly added to by the non English speaking owner handing youa cell phone so her daughter can ask if breakfast was ok andwould you prefer something different the following day. Theecellent top floor weights room shames many medium sizedhotels which claim to have a gym.
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6 rooms (2 singles €17,3 doubles €20, 1 triple €28).
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Burgas is full of restaurants, pubs, beer-houses, taverns,and refreshment stalls and grocery stores. Most of thehigh-class restaurants have live music, while some offer show programmes too. Food in Burgas is generally cheap,especially if you go shopping in the suburbs or at market-places. The prices in brackets refer to the average cost of a main course.
Bulgarian
Chichovtsi
D-3, ul. Ekzarh Yosif 5, tel. +359 56 84 5561/+359 (0) 899 921 605.
Their slogan is “The family gets boring, the pub doesn’t”. This mehana is located in a2 storey house with a heavily shaded garden with vineyard.There are 100 places inside and 100 outside. The cuisine isBulgarian and tasty. They have Bulgarian live music. The placeis usually full, so it’s good to make a reservation in advance.
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Open 10:00 - 24:00.
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Jelezniyat Svetilnik
D-3, ul. Konstantin Fotinov28, tel. +359 56 84 18 19.
Jelezniat Svetilnik (TheIron Candlestick) is one of many semi-chic restaurantswhere you will find the food to be satisfactory but not outstanding. The seating is nicely positioned andcomfortable. Great for lunch on a heavy shopping day.
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Open 10:30 - 23:30. (5-20Lv).
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Natsional (National)
E-4, ul. Philip Kutev 5, tel.+359 56 84 13 35/+359 (0) 889 91 613.
Easily foundwalking right from the railway station crossing the park and taking the street on your right for about 200 metres,this restaurant is decorated in traditional Bulgarian styleand offers live folklore music in the evenings. The multi-lingual point and order menu makes it easy choosing fromthe mostly Bulgarian dishes. The food comes reasonably quickly. It’s a good place to feel the old fashioned Bulgar-ian atmosphere and try traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00. (5-17Lv).
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French
La Perle Noir
E-2, ul. Khan Krum 5, tel. +359 56 81 6666/+359 (0) 898 455 757, fa +359 56 83 66 66, info@hotelburgas.com, www.hotelburgas.com.
This Frenchrestaurant deserves its name. It is found on the top floor of thestylish black marble building, Hotel Burgas, with a view of theport and the 1917 Italian style railway building. It is designedwith stylish, chic furniture in white, beige and chocolate colourswith ornaments and pendants tinkling quietly. The cuisine isvanguard French, prepared from gourmet products, and withmodern techniques like lofilization, vacuum and spherication.The delicious meals are truly eotic and the restaurant also of- fers sushi. It holds different events and also offers catering ser-vices. There is 10% discount for the guests of hotel Burgas.
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Open 08:00 - 23:00.
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Chinese
Changhai
D-4, ul. Bogoridi 61, tel. +359 56 84 3105/+359 896 219 665.
A 2 floor restaurant, right net to the Sea Garden at the end of the main pedestrianstreet. It is easily recognizable with the red lanterns andthe dragon and panda pictures. The place is arrangedwith wooden seating inside and outside in the garden. Theportions are big and the food is tasty. There is English andBulgarian menu.
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Open 11:00 - 24:00. (5-10Lv).
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Adonis
D-3, ul. Antim I 32, tel. +359 56 84 12 59/+359(0) 889 514 215, dakata_64@abv.bg.
Adonis is locatedclose to the centre of Burgas in a pleasant garden. The ser-vice is good and the waiters actually smile at you while making their rounds. The menu is quite rich and includes multipletype of “sach” (meat or vegetables roasted on an iron plate).They also serve Meican dishes and have an etra lunch menu.
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Open 9:00 - 24:00. (6-10Lv).
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Amstel
D-3, ul. Aleandrovska 49, tel. +359 56 82 76 29.
 An elegant and stylish 3-floor bar and grill restaurant. The cosy 3rd floor VIP area is highly recommended. Food is very good,although a little bit epensive. The staff are kind. The music is fine and not too loud to prevent conversation. The decorationincludes photos of old Burgas. Very big windows with street panorama.
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Open 11:00 - 23:30.
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Boulevard Bar & Dinner
D-4, ul. Bogoridi 60, tel. +35956 82 55 55, invest@abv.bg, www.montecristo.bg.
Thisplace is found on the main pedestrian street, close to the SeaGarden and right net to the Gramophone. It has become aniconic place for the Burgas crowd and a fashionable placeto hang out. Boulevard has two floors and summer seating outside. It is elegantly furnished with wooden and leather  furniture with elements of wrought iron. The food consistsprimarily of different kinds of meat dishes and pizza. They 
Tropikana
C-4, Beach line, Sea Garden, tel.+359 (0)888 338 498.
A bistro on the beach: acooling (sometimes windy) place where you can listento the sound of waves while filling your lungs with the fresh salty air. The atmosphere is eotic, with palmtrees and fishing nets hanging around. The menuoffers pizza, fish, soups, and some ecellent grilleddishes. Prices are normal. Friendly, helpful staff andgood service. 140 seats. Sea and beach panorama.
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Open 07:00 - 24:00.
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Vodenitsata (The Water Mill)
C-4, Beach alley,Sea Garden, tel. +359 (0)878 32 41 00.
A Bulgar-ian style restaurant with waiters wearing traditionalcostumes, and folklore music all adding to the atmo-sphere. The big stone walls make it very refreshing  from the summer heat. The idea was to provide seaand sea park panorama but unfortunately a building was constructed right in front of the garden. There are 2entrances, one from the beach path and the other fromthe garden side. 150 seats. Traditional Bulgarian dishesare included in the menu. Helpful staff and good service.English menu and English speaking staff are available.
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Open 10:00 - 02:00. (3-26Lv).
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Delight
D-3, ul. Slavyanska 3, tel. +359 56 84 0475/+359 (0) 887 393 661, delight_bs@abv.bg.
A uniquecomple, situated in the sea garden, which combines severalplaces, each with its own style, cosiness and relaing atmo-sphere. Ecellent cuisine, refined interior, perfect service, aswell as live performances of famous songs. After 23:00 thevisitors can enjoy the music from the piano bar, situated onthe third floor. In summer a beautiful terrace with 50 seats isopened.
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Open 10:00 - 24:00.
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Golden Fork
C-4, On the beach, tel. +359 (0) 899 862583.
A beach restaurant with calm atmosphere with 70inside and 130 outside seats. Breathtaking sea panorama.Kind and helpful staff. Fast and fine service. Quiet music,relaed feeling and the sound of waves. It can get quite windy.English menu and English-speaking staff are available. Menu:salads, appetizers, grill, fish, sushi, pizza. The occasional livemusic includes: Folk, Chalga, Estrada, pop music. Only one WC and if you find the light switch please let us know.
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Open08:00 - 24:00. (2-22Lv).
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Happy Bar & Grill
C-4, k-s Lazur bl. 5/7, tel. +359 5683 06 66, www.happy.bg.
This restaurant is located acrossthe road from the main entrance to the middle of the seagarden. Happy is a mid-range chain of restaurants, but they know how to cook, everything is delicious and served hot onyour plate. In the garden of this restaurant there is a children’scorner where you also will be served. Including the gardenthere are 130 seating places. The atmosphere is energetic.
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Open 08:00 - 24:00.
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Chadara
C-4, at the entrance of the sea garden, tel.+359 (0) 885 546 804.
A cheap restaurant (with 250seats) facing the street. Most tables are outside which ispleasant for warm days, although noisy and a little hectic.The menu includes pizza, pasta, appetizers, desserts, beer and soft drinks. Waitresses are prompt even when crowded.When we went there, the restaurant was almost full of people.The food is ecellent. The children’s corner about 20m away is visible from the restaurant. Pets are allowed outside.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00. (5-17Lv).
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Starters and salads
Shopska salata ( 
шопска салата
) Baked peppers,cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and white cheese.Snezhanka ( 
снежанка
) Yogurt, choppedcucumbers and garlic.Katak ( 
катък 
) Strained yogurt, mied withwhite cheese. Sometimes you can find it with bakedpeppers, garlic and oil in it.Zelena salata ( 
зелена салата
) Fresh greensalad, fresh onions and olives.Ovcharska salata
(овчарска салата
) Cucumbers,tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, ham, peppers, eggsand cheese.Redena salata ( 
редена салата)
Sliced tomatoes,cucumbers and a piece of white cheese.
Soups
Bob chorba ( 
боб чорба
) Beans, different kinds of vegetables and typical Bulgarian herbs.Shkembe chorba ( 
шкем бе чорба
) Tripe soup,boiled with milk and served with garlic, vinegar andgrounded chilly pepper.Supa Topcheta ( 
супа топчета
) Small meatballs,boiled with vegetables and herbs.Tarator ( 
таратор
) Cold soup made of cucumbers, walnuts, oil and yogurt.Zelenchukova supa ( 
зеленчукова супа
) VegetablesoupPileshka supa ( 
пилешка супа
) Chicken soupSupa Leshta ( 
супа леща
) Lentils, herbsand vegetables.
Meat dishes
Shishche
(шишче
) Small pieces of chickenor pork meat, peppers and onions, lined up on a skewer and grilled.Pileshki drobcheta ( 
пилешки дробчета
) Chicken liver, fired with onionsParzhola ( 
пържола
) Steak Kyufte ( 
кюфте
) Flat meat balls with onionsin it. Can be grilled or fried.Kebapche ( 
кебапче
) Grilled oblong meat Gyuvech ( 
гювеч
) Vegetables, herbs andpieces of meat, baked in an earthenware dish.Gyuveche : ( 
гювече
) Small earthenwaredishes, filled with onions, tomatoes, cheese, sausagesand an egg.
Vegetarian dishes
Yaytsa po panagyurski ( 
яйца по панагюрски
) Eggs,sauced with yogurt, garlic and a little fried red pepper.Sirene po shopski ( 
сирене по шопски
) Whitecheese, baked with tomatoes in a small pot.Kashkaval pane ( 
кашкавал пане
) Yellow cheese fried in eggs and bread-crumbsChushki byurek ( 
чушки бюрек 
) Peppers, filledwith eggs and cheeseZadusheni kartofi ( 
задушени картофи
) Potatoes,stewed with butter and served with garlic and dillMekitsi ( 
мекици
) Fried pieces of dough,usually served with jam or white cheeseBanitsa ( 
баница
) Baked pastry, filledwith miture of white cheese and eggsMish mash ( 
миш-маш
) Mied and fried peppers,tomatoes, onions, eggs and white cheese
Desserts
Kiselo mlyako s orehi I med ( 
кисело мляко с орехи имед
) Yogurt, sauced with honey and cracked walnuts.Krem Karamel ( 
крем карамел
) Milk andeggs, baked over a caramel in small cups.
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Chiplakoff 
D-2, ul. Ferdinandova 88, tel. +359 5682 93 25/+359 (0) 886 700 043, chiplakov@abv.bg, www.chiplakoff.com.
The restaurant has two floorswith inner halls for 90 people and outside garden for 40.The kitchen is two star traditional Italian and three-star Bulgarian. You are offered charcoal-furnace made pizza andthe opportunity of making it by yourself helped by the chef of the restaurant. There is also a wide range of sea foodand variety of cocktails you can enjoy to the background of soft classical music. The staff are English speaking. Alsopossible for wedding ceremonies, family celebrations andbusiness parties. Guests of the hotel get 5% discount.
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Open 7:30 - 23:00. (3-50 Lv).
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Monte Cristo
D-4, ul. Bogoridi 60, tel. +359 56 82 6006, invest@abv.bg, www.montecristo.bg.
The place is ontwo floors. It is set with a lovely combination of stone, woodand leather seating and is decorated with paintings, winebottles and stained glass. The place is illuminated with inter-esting lampions and wrought iron chandeliers. The cuisine isgood and the wine list long. A must visit place for wine lovers.
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Open 10:00 - 24:00.
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Italian
Janny
E-3, ul. Konstantin Fotinov 1, tel. +359 56 82 6136/+359 (0) 895 62 25 88, bachvaroff@yahoo.com.
Just 700 m from the train station, up some stairs, passing by anenormous mirror you find a long narrow restaurant with seating along the front window. The menu offers a variation of Italiandishes, including pizzas and tiramisu. In case you are in needof an Internet connection you can use the Wi-Fi free of charge.
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Open 10:00 - 24:00.
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Luor
D-4, ul. Bulair 27, tel. +359 56 84 74 66, www.luor-bs.com.
This modern Italian restaurant is on the first  floor of the Luor hotel situated near the train station andwithin 5 mins walk from the Sea Garden. The kitchen spe-cialises in pasta and seafood using Italian ingredients, andis particularly proud of its charcoal grilled pizza. Stylish, welldesigned place which is not as epensive as it looks. Thewine list is etensive, old and new world, as well as a variety of Bulgarian wines. The staff are helpful and speak English.
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Open 07:30 - 24:00. (8-12Lv).
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Maracas Bistro
D-3, ul. Al. Bogoridi 19, tel. +359(0) 887 879 101.
A cosy venue situated near the regionalmuseum of Burgas, offers a wide selection of delicious meats,cheese, soups and pastries. Quiet music and elegant furnitureof wood and iron supplement the charming atmosphere.
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Open 08:00 - 24:00.
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Pizza
Maskata
D-2, ul. Aleandar Veliki 4, tel. +359 56 8435 88.
A centrally located pizza restaurant. Nice party-likedecoration. Kids’ birthday parties take place here withspecially organized program and equipment. The food is at times disappointing, especially pasta, but kids will not com-plain. Friendly English speaking staff and menu are available.
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Open 09:00 - 23:00.
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Na Keya
D-4, ul. Tsar Simeon I 3, tel. +359 56 82 83 87,nakeia@restaurant.bg.
An epensive restaurant with ecellent  food. 120 seats. The menu offers pizza, pasta, salads, dessertsetc. Two floors, the toilet is on the second floor. The staff arepolite and patient. There is a separate non-smoking section.
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Open 10:00 - 22:00.
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Red Fo 1
D-2, ul. Maragidik 30, tel. +359 56 80 0182/+359 889 05 44 44, velko_nikolov@abv.bg.
Anelegant centrally located pizza restaurant with European,Bulgarian and Italian food. Stylish interior and pleasant, relaedatmosphere. Food is good, although a little epensive. Freehome delivery with English speaking operators on the phone.45 inside seats. Service is not the fastest, ideal for a lazy lunch. (There is a second restaurant near the University)
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Open 10:00 - 23:00. (6-8Lv).
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BMS - Bulgarian Kitchen
D-2, ul. Aleandrovska20, tel. +359 56 84 20 24.
Fast food including salads, soups, main courses and desserts at quiteaffordable prices. Located on the main pedestrian shop-ping street, a few minutes walk from the train station.
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Open 08:00 - 22:00. (2-5Lv).
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Lotos fast food
D-3, ul. Konstantin Fotinov 29, tel.+359 (0) 885 087 120.
Tasty home cooking, just in themiddle of the shopping area of Burgas, offering salads,soups, main dishes and desserts at affordable prices.
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Open 07:00 - 21:00. (2-5Lv).
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Fast food
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Cafes in Burgas quite often offer much more than just a cupof coffee with pastry or a cup of tea. Most of them havesoups, salads and sandwiches on their menus, so the border between restaurants and cafes is very thin. Look over theselection of cafes in our guide and pick the one that is just right for your mood or occasion.
Foket bar
D-4, ul. Morska 31, tel. +359 56 84 63 79.
A stylish, clean and modern cocktail bar-café on a pedestrianshopping street. Two floors, about 100 seats. Fashionableinterior and loud MTV, hip-hop and house music (louder inthe evening), predominantly teenaged visitors. The menuoffers cocktails, sandwiches, ice cream. Friendly staff.English menu and English speaking staff are available. Werecommend you choose a table viewing Bogoridi Street,because Morska Street is not the best view you can get.
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Open 07:00 - 24:00. (3-7 Lv).
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Incognito
E-3, ul. Aleandar Batenberg 8, tel. +359(0) 888 983 387.
Just along the street from the railway station this café-bar offers you reasonably priced refresh-ments and drinks and a place to hang out with the locals.
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Open 07:00 - 22:00. (1-8Lv).
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Plaza - Living Room
D-3, ul.Aleko Bogoridi 42, tel. +35956 84 62 95, info@plazahotel-bg.com, www.plazahotel-bg.com.
A very luurious café-bar where you can drink your revitalising coffee or enjoy an eotic cocktail while escaping  from the summer heat. 9 tables inside, 3 outside, and 5 on theterrace. Situated on Bogoridi street which leads to the beach,this is one of the best places in the city to indulge in peoplewatching. The staff are friendly and speak good English.
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Open 08:00 - 24:00.
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Tria
D-2, pl. Troikata 3, tel. +359 56 87 08 00.
A hecticcity centre café located on the first floor of the city centreshopping mall. Prices are a little high. The staff are not Englishspeaking and not overly helpful. An English menu is availablewithout prices. If you are searching for a relaed break this isnot the right place. However, it is good for a small rest after an afternoon’s shopping and welcomes you with its huge co-conut like chairs. (Go upstairs to the top floor and you will findits sister cafe, an altogether brighter and more relaing place)
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Open 08:00 - 24:00.
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Unison
D-2, ul. Aleksandrovska 67, tel. +359 5682 52 52.
Decorated in blue, with a comfortable gar-den, the venue offers a wide variety of dishes fromsandwiches to salads and pancakes. Often crowdedespecially during weekends. The menu offers also along list with cocktails, shakes and coffee specialties.
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Open 08:00 - 22:00.
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Burgas has plenty of venues to cater for all tastes. But these places really come alive when the weather warmsup and the summer mood takes hold of the local popula-tion.
Bars
5th Avenue Piano Bar (Piano Bar 5th Avenue Bur-gas centre)
D-3, ul. Lermontov 15, tel. +359 (0) 889905 555.
This Piano Bar is located just behind hotel Bulgariaon one of the central shopping streets, in an undergroundbasement. The atmosphere is nice and cosy. It is very dark inside, after all it’s a piano bar. The music is indeed interest-ing and they have different bands every night. The biggest advantage is that the place doesn’t really close until the last customer has left. There is a 5-70Lv. entrance fee.
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Open22:00 - 04:00. (5-70Lv.).
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Bar Douver Strait
E-3, ul. Bulair 12 A, tel. +359 56 8406 58.
This is a small bar with about 70 places, arranged withblack and red leather seating. It is close to the train stationand offers a friendly environment. The TV is usually turned onthe Fashion channel. Outside in a small yard there are only 4silverfish tables. A quite place where you can enjoy peacefully your morning cup of coffee. In the evening it doesn’t get too full either.
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Open 08:00 - 02:00.
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Broadway
D-3, ul. Silistra 4, tel. +359 56 82 63 88.
 A charming cocktail bar with big garden, modern inte-rior and good staff. It is recommended to go there for your morning coffee or afternoon rest.
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Open 07:00 - 24:00.
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Hawaii Sunrise
D-4, ul. Rayna Knyaginya 16, tel. +35956 82 63 76.
A pleasant cocktail bar (80 seats) just off the central pedestrian area. Relaed atmosphere; very goodcocktails. Prices are reasonable.
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Open 09:00 - 24:30.
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Karamel Whisky Bar
D-2, ul. Aleksandrovska 58, tel.+359 56 85 18 08.
This whiskey bar is located in the PirgosStyle shopping centre and has two entrances. Modern interior,nice music and all the time full of ladies who try to outdo eachother with their latest purchases.
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Open 07:00 - 24:00.
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Malibu
D-3, ul. Georgi Kirkov 3, tel. +359 56 84 16 17.
 This place boasts one of the longest histories in the city.The numerous eotic cocktails and pastries on the menu list always surprise the customers with new entries. A bright,well designed, modern place where you can rela any timeof the day at the counter or lounging on the sofas.
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Open00:00 - 24:00.
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Nataly`s
D-3, ul. Aleksandrovska 21, tel. +359 (0) 88847 81 02, jivka.dimitrova@coolplace.vaklin.com, www.coolplace.bg.
Nataly`s Style cafe a is very popular place inBurgas city. The interior is designed in three types of styles- Caribbean, Old Urban and Irish. In the cafe you’ll find a winter garden with a children’s corner. Fridays and Saturdays are DJnights, when Nataly’s turns into a popular night-club. The threebars offer a wide selection of qualityalcohol
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Open07:00-24:00.
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Clubs
Bacardi
D-3, ul. Aleksandrovska 51, tel. +359 56 8276 29, bacardiclub@bar.bg.
This cafe-bar is on the mainpedestrian street. It is quite popular with the young people intown. The furniture is in red and black. On the second floor DJparties are organized every night during the season. There isan outside garden and a rich cocktail menu.
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Open 07:00 -04:00.
PJGBW
Bohem Рetro Club
D-2, ul. Aleksandrovska 46, tel.+359 56 82 60 91.
One of the most popular places in thecity. The walls are covered with pictures of old Burgas, thereis also an old piano and a lot of antique furniture. Offerssalads, chicken, fish and potato meals, and pasta.
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Open00:00 - 24:00.
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Cocktails & Dreams
C-2, ul. Aleksandrovska 103, tel.+359 56 81 35 21, dimo_baev@abv.bg.
A styled coveredmenu will offer you a huge list of alcoholic and non-alcoholiccocktails, also coffee specialties. Burgas In Your Pocket recommends Bally Beach and Crocodile Cooler. The pricesof all cocktails are between 3.49Lv and 3.99Lv. The first floor,where you can find a lot of laughing young people all the time,is separated into two halls, the second floor is reminiscent of the atmosphere of a Cuban bar.
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Open 07:00 - 01:00.
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Party Club Live
D-3, ul. Aleko Bogoridi 36, tel. +359(0) 898 635 127.
Unpretentious and welcoming place theentrance of which you will find down a side alley off Bogoridistreet. After descending a winding staircase you will be met by what appears to be a tunnel of interconnected cellars whichgive the impression of a dungeon. With its friendly clienteleand staff, this venue comes highly recommended.
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Open10:00 - 04:00.
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Casino Eldorado
D-3, ul. Georgi Kirkov 22, tel.+359 56 84 53 61.
Good choice of slot machinesand electronic roulette.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00.
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Casino Etoal
D-2, ul. Aleandrovska 2, tel.+359 56 84 46 74.
Close to the train station withgood choice of slot machines, elecronic roulette,AGT, MegaJack.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00.
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Casino Magic Coin
E-3, ul. Milin Kamak 1, tel. +359888 078 008/+359 (0)888 078 007.
Casino MagicCoin has three casinos located at different locations inBurgas - ul. Milin Kamuk 1, ul. Tsar Simeon 83 and thebiggest in k-s Slaveikov, bl. 126, across from Technopolis.All of them have different choices of slot machines andelectronic roulette. The name is very apt as your coinswill magically disappear.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00.
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Casino Vega
D-3, ul. Bogoridi 8, tel. +359 56 8445 80.
Big choice of slot machines, electronic rou-lette, in stylish surroundings.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00.
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Casinos
Silver club
D-2, pl. Slaveykov 4, tel. +359 56 84 04 24.
 Located right in the centre, to the left of the town hall, thisbar offers a few outdoor sofas. Dimly lit inside, decoratedwith black and white photos, with loud music and stylishclientele, it has the appearance of a nightclub without agenuine dance floor. The menu offers a dazzling array of cocktails, and a fine selection of whiskies that cater for alltastes and price ranges. Remains open until late.
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Open07:00 - 02:00.
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Pubs 
Grolsch
B-4, Sea garden, net to the Flora ehibi-tion, tel. +359 56 81 34 26.
A relaed and refreshing beer-house in the sea park, hidden among high bushesso the sea is not visible from here. 200 seats. The menuincludes a rich variety of beer, appetizers, fish, salads, grill,roast, meat dishes. The prices of food are from 3 to 14 lv.Service is fine and fast. The place is almost full most of the time. Pleasant quiet music. English menu and English-speaking staff are available. Pets are allowed in the garden.
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Open 10:00 - 24:00.
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Okean I
D-2, ul. Maragidik 17, tel. +359 56 84 35 32.
 A fabulous and cheap restaurant, located on a parallel street to the left of Aleandrovska. Calm, relaing atmosphere; theinterior is a strange eclectic combination of styles (waitressesin Bavarian costumes, MTV music, traditional Bulgarian furniture, coloured glass windows). A nice tavern-like place
Beach Club Barcode
C-4, on the beach, tel.+359 (0) 877 260 837.
The first place you will cometo as you wander down the beach. This open air café/ bar stays open 24 hours in the summer, and has DJs onmost weekends. Get here before 9.00 am on a weekendmorning and you can enjoy a free strip show as the lo-cal girls come to work on their tans. Come earlier if youwant to see the sunrise, but the dregs of the party may still remain. Full moon nights in particular are especially wild. Free Wi-Fi is available so this is a great place tocatch up on your emails, chill out or cool down, and if thebeautiful young girl sunbathing on the beach in front of you, wearing nothing but the skimpiest of G-strings, lookslike the waitress who just served your drink a few minutesearlier…don’t worry, she is just making the most of her break.
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Open 00:00 - 24:00.
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On the beach
to cool down in the hot summer, and enjoy the generally ecellent food and friendly service. Sometimes there is a DJ.You can have a rich meal for 20 lv. (Be aware that there is asmaller sister restaurant of the same name in the Picadilly supermarket which has no English menu or English speaking staff.)
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Open 11:00 - 24:00.
PAS
 
The Hungarian eiles in Shumen,Bulgaria, led by Lajos Kossuthafter the Hungarian Revolutionof 1848, brewed beer andare thought to have found followers among the locals.However, their stay in the city was short and they could not manage to introduce beer tothe masses.The Frenchman Ducorp, whoworked as a railway engineer near Sofia between 1873 and1876, opened a small brewery 
in Knyazhevo. The Czech Jiří 
Prošek, who first came to Bulgaria in 1873 to work onthe same railway line, noted that the local Shopi had thecustom of brewing primitive beer at harvest time. Andprimitive it was. Their recipe: soak grain in water, leaveit to sprout, dry it, add hot water and wild hops, let it  fermentate naturally and cool it.Bulgaria’s earliest commercial brewery was establishedin Plovdiv by the Swiss Rudolf Frick and Friedrich Sulzer in 1876. It became a large and more modern factory be-tween 1879–1881 with the help of another Swiss epert,Christian August Bomanti. Production began in 1882 inthe Kamenitsa area near the city and continues today, itssuccessor being the Kamenitza brewery. The first brew-ery in Varna dates back to 1884, when the contractorsKasabov and Vtichev opened up a small factory. The professional Czech brewer Franz-František Mildeestablished the Shumensko beer factory in Shumenin 1882, and helped in the foundation of the Bulgarian
Brewing Association the same year. Jiří Prošek and his
brothers founded the Vitosha brewery in Sofia in 1884;they also bought Ducorp’s small brewery and ownedthe Dalbok Zimnik cellar. Today, the Vitosha brewery isknown as Ariana.In 1899, Milde’s Bulgarian partners tried to deceivehim, so he bought the Austrian Johann Habermann’sbrewery in Rousse (established in 1876) and startedproducing beer there. Fearing his competition, hispartners quickly paid their debts and Milde returned toShumen, leaving his brother Sebastian as the Rousse factory’s manager.In the late 19th and early 20th century, beer rapidly grew in popularity among the Bulgarian middle class,and a large number of beer houses were established inmost big cities. After World War I, there were already 18breweries in Bulgaria. Besides those already mentioned,these included the Stara Zagora factory of Dr. Kozhuharov(since 1902), the Czechs Malotin and Hozman’s factory inLom, the Habermann and St Petka breweries in Rousse,the German Moritz Ratt’s Cherven Rak factory in Pleven,W. Ollinger’s in Koshava, others in Veliko Tarnovo andGorna Oryahovitsa, etc.Following World War II, as Bulgaria became part of theEastern Bloc, all breweries were nationalized. Since thedemocratic reforms in 1989, the Bulgarian beer market has been dominated by some of the world’s largest multinational beer companies, like InBev with Kamenitza,Astika, Slavena, Plevensko and Burgasko; Heinekenwith Zagorka, Ariana and Stolichno and Carlsberg withPirinksko Pivo and Shumensko.As well as these multinationals, Bulgaria, a young beer drinking country, still has a long list of locally ownedbreweries. Worth mentioning are Bolyarka, Balkan,Habermann, Almus, MM, Ataman, Strumsko and Varna.
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Just 230 km. away from Sofia, in the heart of the historicregion of Trace, there lays the city of Stara Zagora. Besidesits rich historical inheritance, the city of straight streets,linden trees and poets, as it is known in Bulgaria, is famous for being among the birthplaces of one of the most popular Bulgarian beers - Zagorka.History It all started in 1902 with the opening of the “Biraria” / the Beer House/. This is how people in Stara Zagoracalled the new brewing factory of local entrepreneur doc-tor Kozhuharov. After he had tasted delicious Czech beer,he decided to build a brewery when he came back to hishome town.It was after World War II when a new period in Zagorkahistory began. This was a period of reconstruction, modern-ization, and growth. A lot of investments were made. Newautomated heavy duty equipment was installed, which wasat a level comparable with the highest world standards. At the same time, the special attention and care for the quality brought good results.Zagorka was the pioneer in beer marketing as well. For the first time attention was paid to packaging and design. Theportfolio of different tastes and flavors of beer was epanded.Zagorka – the Bulgarian beer - stepped on new markets –Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Libya, and others.Today, more than a century after its foundation, Zagorka isa leading Bulgarian beer brand. More than any other brandit symbolizes long standing tradition, eperience and rich his-tory of ecellent and constant quality. Zagorka stands in highesteem and respect of Bulgarian beer connoisseurs.And even more – it is …The best beer of BulgariaZagorka has always been, and always will be, committedto providing Bulgarian beer lovers with a drinking eperienceof the highest possible standards. With its amber color, fulltaste, and rich aroma Zagorka represents the original tasteof the best Bulgarian beer. Throughout its history Zagorkahas won a number of Bulgarian and international medalsand awards, including the highest in the world quality selec-tion - Monde selection.Zagorka is not only the highest quality lager, but also aleader and an innovator on the Bulgarian market. It wasthe first beer brand to launch cans and the first to beeported.As the general sponsor of the National football team,Zagorka confirms its image as the leading Bulgarian beer. Inits support for the ‘Bulgarian Lions’, Zagorka has committeditself to providing Bulgarian football fans with unforgettableemotions. During the Bulgaria: Ireland football match on June06, with the help of Zagorka nearly 40,000 fans took part in the making of the biggest national flag in the history of Bulgarian football .In the last 14 years Zagorka has been participating actively in the development of Bulgarian men’s tennis as well by sponsoring the most prestigious local men’s tennis tour-nament – Zagorka Tennis Cup. In 2009 the tournament grew to ATP Challengers tournament with a record prize fund of 85,000 EUR that attracted a number of TOP 100players in Sofia.This is why, more than any other beer brand, Zagorka isthe symbol of long-lasting brewing traditions, an eampleof high quality beer and the undisputable leader on theBulgarian beer market.
Zagorka Beer – the leading Bulgarian beer
 
 
Additionally, it should bementioned that the in-ternational beer brandsdominate their ownsubstantial piece of themarket with Stella Artois,Beck’s, Heineken, Staro-pramen, Tuborg and Am-stel. All of these brewedlocally in Bulgaria.Numerous beer festi-vals are organized yearly in the major cities allaround the country, for eample in Sofia, Plovdiv,Pleven, Gabrovo, Sev-lievo, Bansko, Vidin, etc.Beer is packed in various forms, with 0.33 and 0.5-litre glass bottles giving way tolarger and typically more economical 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5-litreplastic bottles for home consumption, but still being popular in restaurants and bars, where draught beer isalso very common, while cans are preferred because of the higher quality.Bulgarians developed their own way of beer drinking. The following sentence we dug from the latest MI5 handbook for spies: Along with your beer ask for a portion of tsatsa (fish)or skara (barbecue), start talking and laughing loudly after your fourth cold fellow, to make people around mistake you for a local. Oh, and please do not forget to cheer the Bulgar-ian way, by looking all around you at each individual with adeep long stare in the eyes and a mumbled “nazdrave”.
Thoughts about beer
• Beer is the greatest invention. The bicycle is also not 
bad, but it doesn’t go well with French fries.
• You have to know your limits when drinking beer otherwise
you may drink too little.
• Consume a woman with beer and a beer without 
women.
• The strength is hidden in beer, the wisdom in wine and
the microbes in water.
• With beer even a shed is heaven.• Better a beer in the hand than a woman on the phone.• A man without beer is like a flower without water.• Drink beer – the money will come by itself.• Beer is not like coffee - one glass is never enough.• Half an hour of healthy laughter does not substitute a
litre of beer.
• For the normal person 1 beer is just fine, 2 beers are a
lot, 3 are not enough.
• You cannot drink too much beer – only the toilet is too
 far.
• A sea of beer is not enough – an ocean is better.• Eat a bo of chocolate and you’ll realize how much better 
it is to drink a crate of beer.
• The national consciousness may have a different colour,
consistency and alcohol content.
• When drinking good beer, a person still wants to live
when he wakes up.
• The non-alcoholic beer is the first step to the rubber 
doll.
• Look at the world through beer and it will seem golden
to you.
• Life without beer is like beer without tapas.• 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
With the support of the Union of Bulgarian Brewers.www.pivovari.comBurgas, Nessebar, Sozopol - this trinity of cities will cost you an additional pair of flip-flops or trainers. Especially thehistoric parts of the last two are mostly free of cars during thesummer season. Strolling down the cobbled stone streetsyou can still get a feeling of the Bulgaria of yesteryear. Thisof course is when you take your walk during early morning or on a moonlit night. During normal daytime hours you may  feel more like a sardine in a can.
Galleries
Art Gallery Petko Zadgorski
D-3, ul. Mitropolit Sime-on 24, tel. +359 56 84 21 69, www.burgasmuseums.bg.
 Burgas Art Gallery is one of the oldest in the country. It is animportant cultural hub of the town. Here numerous lectures,creative meetings, recitals and chamber concerts are held.It is located in the former Jewish synagogue - a remarkablearchitectural monument of the city, built in 1905-1910 by theItalian architect Ricardo Toskani. Its top goes with the totalinvolvement of Burgas prominent public figures, artists andcultural figures. From September 1966 the Art Gallery hasbeen housed in the building of the Jewish synagogue. Until1952 it is enriched with 85 new artworks, including paintingsof: Vladimir Dimitrov-Maistora, Dimitar Gyudzhenov, Ilia Petrov.Today the eposition, located on three floors, presents thebest of its funds, consisting of about 2000 works - paintings,sculpture, graphics. Pride of the gallery is Strandzhanskatacollection of icons, dated from VII through the beginning of century.
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Open 9:00 - 12:00, 14:00-18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.
Churches
St Hach Armenian Church (Armenska Tsurkva)
 D-3, ul. Mihail Lermontov.
Another interesting sight of Bur-gas is the Armenian Church which is located close to BulgariaHotel. It was built in 1855 by the local Armenian minority andsupported by Bulgarians.
St. St. Cyril and Methodius(church)
D-3, pl. Kiril i Methodius,tel. +359 56 84 31 75.
This is themost important Bulgarian Orthodochurch in Burgas. It is located near the market and is fascinating withunique frescoes and its wooden altar.
Museums
Archaeological Ehibition(Arheologicheska ekspoz-itsiya)
D-3, ul. Bogoridi 21,tel. +359 56 84 35 41, www.burgasmuseums.bg.
Housedin an old school for girls from thebeginning of the 20th century, thisis one of the most eye pleasing museums that Burgas has to of- fer, with an attractive display of medieval Bulgarian artefacts. Themuseum introduces the archaeo-logical wealth of this region from the 6th century through tothe 15th century AD. There is a very interesting eposition of  female ornaments from 11th century, there is also one hallwith archaeological artefacts found during the construction of the Thracian highway. Every summer in front of the museumbuilding, craftsmen from Burgas show their work during the folklore festival. Specialized information, postcards, slidesand replicas of original ehibits are available from the informa-tion desk inside the museum.
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Open 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 13:30 - 21:30. Closed Sun. Admission: 3Lv for adults, 1Lv for children, Lecture - 10Lv.
Ethnographic Ehibition (Etnografska ekspoz-itsiya)
D-3, ul. Slavyanska 69, tel. +359 56 84 25 87,www.burgasmuseums.bg.
The museum is housed in anold building from 1873, owned at the time by Dimitar Braka-lov. It showcases a collection of items of everyday life andtraditional culture of the population of this region from theend of 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. A variety of picturesque folk costumes, tetiles, and embroidery patterns gives you an idea of the eternal beauty of the Bulgar-ian traditional art. The museum often organizes presentationof Bulgarian traditional customs in its vast garden.
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Open10:00 - 19:00, Sat 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. Admission:3Lv for adults, 1Lv for children, Lecture - 10Lv.
Natural History Ehibition (Prirodonauchna ekspoz-itsiya)
D-3, ul. Konstantin Fotinov 30, tel. +359 56 8432 39, www.burgasmuseums.bg.
The museum shows thenatural wealth of the Burgas region, laying a special emphasison the vegetation and the bird fauna in the Strandzha Moun-tains, showing the wide diversity of organisms as a result of the evolutionary development. You can also form an idea of the care taken for the preservation of some of the vanish-ing species and natural sites in the region.
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Open 10:00- 19:00, Sat 13:30 - 21:30. Closed Sun. Admission: 3Lv for adults, 1Lv for children, Lecture on 6 languages - 10Lv.
Other sights
The Sea Garden
D-4, .
The Sea Park is situated on a highshore, all of it intersected by flowerbeds, trees and sculptures.There is the bust of Adam Mizcewic, Polish writer and revolu-tionary, who stayed in the city in 1850. Within the park there isthe casino, a small zoo and the open-air theatre, which housesthe annual International Folklore Festival, and where part of the guests at the Golden Orpheus Pop-Festival perform.
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