I have been visiting Blagoevgrad a bit more recently, which is a nice break from the monotony. Unlike for Sofia, the information about where to go and what to do is a bit limited, so I rely on word of mouth and help from followers of EGL’s Facebook page. Chaina Vedeka, located in the old quarter, Varosha; is a lovely gem.
I was given directions by a friend and they were obscure, yet surprisingly accurate: near the church, at the house with the drinking fountain. Before I headed to the tea house, I had to take a moment to visit the church. Maybe it was the weather, but I was just overwhelmed with the sheer beauty of the moment.
The house with the fountain was opposite the entrance to the church and the bold artwork through the open door let me know that I was in the right place.
The tea house was empty when I arrived, but it was much livelier when I left. I ordered my favorite jasmine green tea with a bit of honey. The owner Yoliana joined me and despite the fact that she didn’t particularly like jasmine green, the touch of honey really brightened the floral notes. She told me that they moved to this location three months ago and was at the previous location for about six months. I asked her for a physical address, but she didn’t have one. So, let my post and photos guide you to this tea outpost in Varosha.
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