May 11, 2018
A little bit away from the main town centre, and consequently not clogged with tourists, Zest is possibly the first and only Bulgarian bar in Amsterdam. It’s a smallish space with a few boxy benches outside on the pavement. Inside there’s a grand chandelier which is juxtaposed with more quirky and down to earth décor. There is local art on the walls and a few potted plants dotted about the place. Run by Vasil Karov and Nico Hubenov, Zest offers a range of drinks beers, teas and a nice line in Bulgarian wines as well as a small range of cocktails. Keeps things simply and you’ll be best rewarded. The café-bar also serves a range of tapas/mezze plates as well as a number of Bulgarian-influenced dishes, including a delicious organic Bulgarian potato salad, and various Bulgarian stews, like guveche, stuffed peppers and a vegan bobchorba soup in fact vegans and vegetarians are surprisingly well catered to here though there are also burgers if you’d prefer. The atmosphere is laid back and welcoming and later in the evening, with local DJs behind the decks, the place has a really nice buzz about it, cool and convivial. It’s easy to see why this has quickly established itself as a favourite in this part of town.
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