Shumen was a nice city to visit. There’s not an overwhelming amount to see, but it has a beautiful pedestrian street, some interesting monuments, and the biggest mosque in the country. I spent a full day in Shumen exploring the sights. A tourist information center is open along bulevard Slavyanski for ideas on what to see in town.
I stayed at Hotel Minaliat Vek. It’s set in the 18th century home of Bulgarian educator Racho Rachev. It was a very comfortable place to stay and didn’t feel like a hotel at all. I paid €26 for the night.
My dinner was at Popsheytanova Kushta. They serve decent traditional Bulgarian food and have big portions.
No matter where you eat, you should try the locally produced beer, Shumensko Pivo. It’s distributed all over Bulgaria and the brewery is in Shumen. It’s also the oldest brewery in the country, founded in 1882.
Most of the things I wanted to see were within walking distance, but when I needed a taxi, it worked out well. I used three taxis, each one was fair and we got around the language barrier when I needed them to wait. One was even nice enough to call a friend who spoke English to communicate effectively.