Guide: Gluten Free Plovdiv

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Firstly, Plovdiv has to have been one of my most favourite places to visit. It is stunning and has lots to see. Eating gluten free in Plovdiv is quite like that of Sofia, where options aren’t in abundance. However, with this guide, there will be several options for you to choose from, including vegan and vegetarian options.

My favourite place whilst here was Veggic, a 100% vegan cafe with plenty of gluten free options and great allergen knowledge. I wish I’d visited here more than once. However, for more traditional food, I definitely recommend Hemingway restaurant and Smokini. Whilst you’re in Bulgaria, make sure to try some Rakia too (sip, don’t shot).

Make sure to also check the bottom of this guide for some ‘must see’ sights.

Happy gluten and dairy free dining in Plovdiv xx

Updated July 2022



I did not find any breakfast-specific eateries in Plovdiv when visiting. Please do feel free to contact me if you come across any.


Lunch and Light Bites

  • Hemingway – as well as dinner, I also recommend Hemingway for lunch. They have both brunch options, like shakshuka, as well as meat and vegetable dishes. This is your place for a slightly heartier lunch.
  • Sofra Turkish – Lots of gluten free items on the menu and knowledgeable of coeliac disease. Great for lunch with smaller dishes and starters.
  • Veggiec – this was my favourite lunch spot in Plovdiv. Everything is 100% vegan and plenty of gluten-free options such as pasta, raw treats, burgers and salad.


  • Hemingway – a must-visit when you’re in Plovdiv. They are highly recommended on Trip Advisor and other gluten free blogs. I had no issue eating here with plenty of traditional options.
  • Pizza lab – the name says it all – this is your place for pizza. They have gluten free bases, vegan cheese, and a variety of toppings. There’s even a build your own pizza where you can choose everything you fancy.
  • Smokini – this place provides more traditional Bulgarian food with a global twist in Plovdiv. Do be wary as some online pages say that the restaurant is 100% gluten free, but I found that gluten was present. My options were limited, but I really enjoyed my visit here and they were super helpful in understanding allergens.
  • Sofra Turkish – your go to place for Turkish, high-quality cuisine. Lots of gluten free and vegetarian options too. Highly recommended for mixed grills and their meat plates.
  • Veggiec – fancying something lighter for dinner? Find all your plant-based, sugar free dishes and sweet treats here. One of my top two safest places to eat in Plovdiv for gluten free.

Sweet Treats

  • Bakery Art – I walked quite a way for this bakery and I will be honest, was a little disappointed. They only had a gluten free cookie and brownie for sale. Good if you want a sweet fix, but I would recommend popping somewhere else for a dessert.
  • Just cakes – the place to try for cake slices, cupcakes, and other sweet treats. They have a selection of both raw and baked desserts for you to choose from with gluten free, vegan, sugar free and keto options.
  • Savi gelato – you will find gluten free vegan ice cream here. I really recommend the dark chocolate vegan sorbet for an indulgent kick.
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