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Things to do in Bansko

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“Enjoy skiing, hiking in the mountain or just the stunning views of Pirin and Rila/Rodopi mountains that open up from the gondola.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Open from breakfast time to late evening. Weekend reservations recommended. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our most preferred place for lunch, especially after ski (Dinners are a must as well). *** Just across our studio *** They offer wide variety of contemporary international cuisine, lots of healthy meals and pizzas and pasta (well-recommended). Service is great. In busy periods, especially for evenings it is good to book in advance. Summer garden is also very nice. Restaurant is usually closed in May”
  • 10 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Lounge
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“One of the symbols of Bansko. A beautiful old and original church and the massive stork nest in the belfry with a bell that is not automated like most these days. Close to one of the village museums. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“the band who play here every year are the best in town - always gets a big crowd in to listen to the rock anthems that are blasted out each night through the ski season - not to be missed if you like to party”
  • 4 locals recommend
Church
“St. Trinity Church is located in Bansko downtown and is one of the symbols of the resort. It is one of the biggest churches in Bulgaria. Until the construction of the St. Aleksandar Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, St. Trinity has been the biggest church in the country and on the Balkan Peninsula.The temple complex comprises the church, the bell tower and the fencing wall, and is announced a monument of architecture”
  • 6 locals recommend
Night Club
“*** 5 mins walking distance from our studio *** Our favorite place for parties- best nightlife in Bansko - they offer very good DJs, (local and international) you can check their Facebook page to see the upcoming events. Have in mind the club is open November-April”
  • 2 locals recommend
Hotel
“you can find small shops for clothes, local products, ski equipment and souvenirs along the street”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“The Kempinski has one of the best spas in Bansko. In additional to massages, they have an indoor and out door pool, ice room, outdoor jacuzzi, several saunas and more. In addition to booking spa services, you will be asked to come by in advance to make a deposit. But it is worth it.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“International Jazz Festival in Bansko is a major one-week summer event held every year beginning of August on an open-air stage (free!)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Ski Chairlift
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Happy End is a popular Apres ski venue across from the gondola. Enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace after skiing or come back after dinner to hear live music and party until early in the morning. It is recommended to stick to wine and beer here as the cocktails are pricey and never as nice as they look on the menu!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bulgarian Restaurant
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“Probably the best Bulgarian restaurant in the area. Great food! Everybody should try it.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is new and has a stylish interior. The bar on the second floor is quite fun. They have live acoustic music or a DJ until 3am on most nites during ski season. It's a fun place to meet locals and tourists. The outdoor terrace is also nice for drinks outside on a sunny day. They also have an interesting food menu. However 8 of us tried various dishes from nachos and pizza to steaks, pasta and Turkish kebabs and none of us would go back for the food. If you decide to try the dinner menu, reservations are recommended during ski season. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They offer a wide menu of food for lunch and dinner and often have live music in the evenings.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Open from breakfast time to late evening. Weekend reservations recommended. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our most preferred place for lunch, especially after ski (Dinners are a must as well). *** Just across our studio *** They offer wide variety of contemporary international cuisine, lots of healthy meals and pizzas and pasta (well-recommended). Service is great. In busy periods, especially for evenings it is good to book in advance. Summer garden is also very nice. Restaurant is usually closed in May”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bulgarian Restaurant
“Probably the best Bulgarian restaurant in the area. Great food! Everybody should try it.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They offer a wide menu of food for lunch and dinner and often have live music in the evenings.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Free transport to and from your hotel. Excellent food and very good atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is new and has a stylish interior. The bar on the second floor is quite fun. They have live acoustic music or a DJ until 3am on most nites during ski season. It's a fun place to meet locals and tourists. The outdoor terrace is also nice for drinks outside on a sunny day. They also have an interesting food menu. However 8 of us tried various dishes from nachos and pizza to steaks, pasta and Turkish kebabs and none of us would go back for the food. If you decide to try the dinner menu, reservations are recommended during ski season. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
  • 2 locals recommend

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