Buddha House Café-Library

Author’s note: since 2018, the Buddha House Café-Library has been closed and by 14 January 2019 the location where it used to be is not functioning. However, we decided to leave the article because we wanted you to get an idea why this was one of our and many other people’s favourite place in the city, because we hope that a similar place will soon be again opened to provide the same cozy ambience for creative work and reflection, for meeting friends, for holding presentations and for attending enjoyable jazz and soul music concerts.

bh-1 One of the coziest places I have recently been to in Ruse is the Buddha House café-library. Actually, by the name Buddha House there are four enterprises: the café-library and its adjoining culture club, which I personally regard as one whole, the restaurant, and the spiritual centre. All of them are located at the same address and share a very warm and welcoming atmosphere that can charge your batteries regardless of the time of day. Once you find yourself in front of the door and push on its heavy door-handle, you already feel at home. bh-6

Light-coloured wooden bookshelves on the right, unassuming bar tables, sugar bowls of brown sugar, an appealing barista with warm almond eyes strike the first impression you get – and the most unforgettable one. The home-made lemonade and fragrant cappuccino mark the time as a late Saturday morning that can be any time at any place of the world. Take any of the hard covers from the shelf, lean back on the chair and immerse into the plot having the BH radio music as a background.

This threesome project was established by the owner of Econt Express.

Find more bh-4about the café-library on their Facebook page and on foursquare.

Read on about the restaurant here.

Learn more about the spiritual centre here or buy some literature from here.

And if you want to listen to some really good stuff, go to the BH Radio online.

Here are some photos I made of this inspiring place where you can while the day away together with friends as well as spend the working hours in a creative atmosphere.





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Station Hall

If you are looking for a club where you can dance the night away, listen to the alternative sounds of the ’90s, or enjoy a live band indulging their audience into a myraid of styles from Jazz to Rock and roll, and see a great many locals and have a word with them, this is your place!


Check the program first to know what Station Hall is up to in the evening. And sleep well: I can assure you, cross my heart, over my dead body, you will never hear chalga in this place.

The club is located on the bank of the Danube river. As the rumors have it, the owner (possibly tenant) of Station Hall is an Irish guy. Do not ask me what wind of change has brought him here. I can only bless and cherish the day he heard of Rousse. Rousse needed such a place—and this is me that I tell this to you; me, not living in Rousse.

Station Hall has two halls, one of them is the restaurant. You may wish to have a meal during the day there or dinner in the evening and then just across the door is the club itself. Don’t spare youyrself this experience, just go and enjoy yourself by chatting with friends over a beer, vodka, or many of each depending on your metabolism and enzyme capacity for processing alcohol. The inside is red brick walls, high ceilings (it’s a hall, after all), a stage, and a couple of cosy niches looking out over the scene. No smoking is allowed inside, but you can enjoy a fag outside the front door, or cross the railway and sit by the river to enjoy the sound of the water splashing against the bank. I like this place and sincerely recommend it!

This is the map to Station Hall.

Check out what’s up tonight in Sation Hall on their Facebook page.

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Arena Monbat (Arena Rousse, Bulstrad Arena)

Author’s note: in 2018 Bulstrad Arena was renamed to Arena Monbat, also known as Arena Rousse. The links and text below were respectively updated on 14.01.2019.

Among the greatest and recent accomplishments for Rousse is the newly-built fully-functionaning, though not completely finished, Bulstrad Arena sports venue with a capacity to accommodate more than 8,000 people in live concerts. Its opening was announced at the end of July, 2015 (remember that concert I told you about? Lili Ivanova – rings a bell?) and has already hosted Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Scottish hard-rock band Nazareth, Bosnian world-famous film-music composer Goran Bregovitch, as well as Dunav Ruse women’s basketball tournaments. (Author’s note: despite their unprecedented achievements, the women’s basketball team in Rousse was disbanded at the end of 2017.)


It took the local authorities nigh four decades to complete the sports hall, the construction works having been suspended on various occasions and innumerable reasons, among which some of national importance such as the fall of the Communist regime in 1989. The dead site of construction, cuddled behind a hedge of metal plates, has been a regular sight for what it seemed ages and an alternating symbol of malfunctioning communication between national and regional authorities, lack of investments, change of building intentions, and economic stagnation. For years to come, people would briskly shrug at the question if anyone knew what was going to become of these bare, as if wasted in the limbo of the passing time, hundreds of square metres. Now that the end result was even officially acknowledged in July by the presense of the Prime Minister, I must confess I am happy to see almost all of it said and done and that all efforts on behalf of the local institutions and patience on behalf of the citizens have been worth it.

The official page of the Arena features all scheduled events that are going to take place in it.


As an aside, they host the all-cultural events program for the month on their website too. (Author’s note: which is no lonegr true – their website included that information when the hall was under the Bulstrad Arena management.) If you are still wondering what to see this December, check it out – the program is quite interesting and intended to add to the Christmas holiday spirit. So, my dear fellas, take your child to the Regional Library, your partner to a Christmas concert in Kaneff Centre, or your Granny to the Opera (she does not hear well anyway!) and simply enjoy yourselves!

Here is some additional information on the Arena from Wikipedia.

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