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Guidebook for Sofia

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Guidebook for Sofia

Food Scene
A typical Bulgarian restaurant with nice atmosphere and good food. Choose meat dishes (pork, chicken, lamb, beef) from the menu. The portions are big - one portion is enough for two persons.
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Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant
75 ul. "Kozloduy"
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A typical Bulgarian restaurant with nice atmosphere and good food. Choose meat dishes (pork, chicken, lamb, beef) from the menu. The portions are big - one portion is enough for two persons.
Great Italian ice cream and Italian pizza. It is always very crowdy. Try to find a place outside in the garden.
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Confetti
4 ul. "Graf Ignatiev"
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Great Italian ice cream and Italian pizza. It is always very crowdy. Try to find a place outside in the garden.
Ice cream shop on the main commercial street of Sofia. A great variety of flavors. Fruit flavors, especially mango, are great.
Affredo
12 bul. "Vitosha"
Ice cream shop on the main commercial street of Sofia. A great variety of flavors. Fruit flavors, especially mango, are great.
Restaurant located in an old renovated house. Three floors, no lift. Home made dishes. Preferred by young people.
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The Little Things
37 ul. "Tsar Shishman"
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Restaurant located in an old renovated house. Three floors, no lift. Home made dishes. Preferred by young people.
Great small restaurant for meat lovers. Very simple and short menu with typical Bulgarian meat specialties.
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SkaraBar
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Great small restaurant for meat lovers. Very simple and short menu with typical Bulgarian meat specialties.
Covered market, local producers of food, cosmetics, bed linen and souvenirs
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Sofia's Central Market Hall
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Covered market, local producers of food, cosmetics, bed linen and souvenirs
Tasty Asian fast food on the main pedestrian street.
Wok to Walk
8 bul. "Vitosha"
Tasty Asian fast food on the main pedestrian street.
A beautiful old house in a small inner yard. Homemade cakes and drinks.
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Villa Rosiche
26 ulitsa "Neofit Rilski"
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A beautiful old house in a small inner yard. Homemade cakes and drinks.
French bakery in one of the beautiful central areas of Sofia near the so called Doctors' garden (behind the National Library). Very tasty cakes and good coffee.
Le Salon Aux Fleurs
37 ul. "Oborishte"
French bakery in one of the beautiful central areas of Sofia near the so called Doctors' garden (behind the National Library). Very tasty cakes and good coffee.
Tea house - great variety of teas and handmade cakes, sweets and ice cream. Vegetarian/vegan food.
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Veda House
2 ulitsa "William Gladstone"
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Tea house - great variety of teas and handmade cakes, sweets and ice cream. Vegetarian/vegan food.
Tea house + restaurant + venue for various concerts, exhibitions etc. Located in an old factory.
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Tea House
11 ulitsa "Georgi Benkovski"
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Tea house + restaurant + venue for various concerts, exhibitions etc. Located in an old factory.
Italian bakery on Dondukov Bulevard. Fresh and tasty italian cakes and various sweets. The kitchen is separated by glass wall so you could see the process of making and baking. The bakery has often special offers which you can see at their facebook page.
Orsetti Pasticceria
19 bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov
Italian bakery on Dondukov Bulevard. Fresh and tasty italian cakes and various sweets. The kitchen is separated by glass wall so you could see the process of making and baking. The bakery has often special offers which you can see at their facebook page.
Burger bar - very tasty burgers, interesting recipes. In my opinion the burgers are quite small and the prices a little bit high, but the place is always full of people and this means a lot :)
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Boom! Burgers
15 ul. "Karnigradska"
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Burger bar - very tasty burgers, interesting recipes. In my opinion the burgers are quite small and the prices a little bit high, but the place is always full of people and this means a lot :)
One of the most successful Bulgarian chains of restaurants. The food is good, the prices are reasonable. It is full of people all day long, especially in the evenings so probably you will have to wait for a table 10-15 min.
Happy Grill
17 bul. "Aleksandar Stamboliyski"
One of the most successful Bulgarian chains of restaurants. The food is good, the prices are reasonable. It is full of people all day long, especially in the evenings so probably you will have to wait for a table 10-15 min.
Very popular restaurant in the area. Close to Jolio Curie metro station (line 1). Interesting menu, tasty food, live piano music.
Brick Café bar & dinner
11 ul. "Konstantin Shtarkelov"
Very popular restaurant in the area. Close to Jolio Curie metro station (line 1). Interesting menu, tasty food, live piano music.
Board games bar. Craft beers.
bar Abordage
22 ul. "Veslets"
Board games bar. Craft beers.
Morrocan food. Lovely small outdoor space behind the house with several tables.
Annette
27 улица „Ангел Кънчев“
Morrocan food. Lovely small outdoor space behind the house with several tables.
Italian sandwiches, salami and cheese. Fresh and tasty for quick snack. There are several Ciccione Bars in Sofia.
Ciccione Panini Bar Gurko
Italian sandwiches, salami and cheese. Fresh and tasty for quick snack. There are several Ciccione Bars in Sofia.
Another successful Bulgarian chain of restaurants. International cuisine. Food is tasty, prices are reasonable.
GODZILA
75 bul. "Vasil Levski"
Another successful Bulgarian chain of restaurants. International cuisine. Food is tasty, prices are reasonable.
Latin food, nice atmosphere, live music.
Casa De Cuba
Latin food, nice atmosphere, live music.
Drinks & Nightlife
Good food and drinks. Great live music on the second floor. It is always busy, but the food is very tasty.
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Raffy Bar & Gelato
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Good food and drinks. Great live music on the second floor. It is always busy, but the food is very tasty.
Bar after 22.00h and restaurant before that. A huge variety of rakia, Bulgarian alcohol, nice atmosphere, close to a park, interesting menu.
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Ракия Ракета Бар
17 bul. "Yanko Sakazov"
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Bar after 22.00h and restaurant before that. A huge variety of rakia, Bulgarian alcohol, nice atmosphere, close to a park, interesting menu.
Old and well known nightclub with decent prices.
Cabaret
12 ul. "Hristo Belchev"
Old and well known nightclub with decent prices.
Great venue for live music - lots of Bulgarian bands perform each week.
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Club Terminal 1
1 ul. "Angel Kanchev"
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Great venue for live music - lots of Bulgarian bands perform each week.
Great venue for live music. For more information check their website - http://www.sofialiveclub.com/. English version available.
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Sofia Live Club
1 площад България
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Great venue for live music. For more information check their website - http://www.sofialiveclub.com/. English version available.
Billiard, darts etc.
STIX Bar & Billiards
Billiard, darts etc.
Sens Hotel Roof Top Bar - great location in the heart of Sofia just several steps from the Parliament. Enter the hotel and take the lift to the last floor. You will enjoy a lovely panoramic view, very good service and interesting and quality drinks, especially coctails. The place is expensive !
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Sense Hotel Sofia
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Sens Hotel Roof Top Bar - great location in the heart of Sofia just several steps from the Parliament. Enter the hotel and take the lift to the last floor. You will enjoy a lovely panoramic view, very good service and interesting and quality drinks, especially coctails. The place is expensive !
Piano bar with a long history. Preferred by people of all ages.
Piano Bar Sinatra
5 bul. "Arsenalski"
Piano bar with a long history. Preferred by people of all ages.
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Bedroom Premium
2 ul. Lege
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Caldo bar & lounge
Rock'nRolla
1 ul. "Graf Ignatiev"
Bar Crystal
7Б ul. Aksakov
Behind the royal palace. I would recommend there the cocktails in summer and the tasty hot chocolate in winter.
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Tobacco Garden Bar
6A ul. "Moskovska"
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Behind the royal palace. I would recommend there the cocktails in summer and the tasty hot chocolate in winter.
Stroeja
The Wrong Bar
18 ulitsa "Sheynovo"
Tiffany Sofia
12 ulitsa "Ivan Denkoglu"
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FlipFlop
61 ulitsa "Oborishte"
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Great variety of foreign and local beers for beer lovers. Full of people in the evenings, especially Friday and Saturday. Close to the so called Zaimov garden (a small public park).
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KANAAL - craft beer bar in Sofia
2 bul. "Madrid"
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Great variety of foreign and local beers for beer lovers. Full of people in the evenings, especially Friday and Saturday. Close to the so called Zaimov garden (a small public park).
Essentials
Small grocey store, cheap prices, fresh vegetables and fruits, close to the apartment (100 m after crossing Maria Louisa Blvd.). You can pay only in cash. Open every day.
Promarket
48 ulitsa "Tsar Samuil"
Small grocey store, cheap prices, fresh vegetables and fruits, close to the apartment (100 m after crossing Maria Louisa Blvd.). You can pay only in cash. Open every day.
There are three BILLA shops in the area - one on the Lions' bridge, another - in the open market nearby (Genski pazar) and the last one on the pedestrian Pirotska street. The one at Lions' bridge is very comfortable because you get out of the metro and the entry is in front of you. Open till 22h (Sunday till 21h)
BILLA
9 ul. "Pirotska"
There are three BILLA shops in the area - one on the Lions' bridge, another - in the open market nearby (Genski pazar) and the last one on the pedestrian Pirotska street. The one at Lions' bridge is very comfortable because you get out of the metro and the entry is in front of you. Open till 22h (Sunday till 21h)
Located in Ramada Sofia hotel - 100 m from the apartment. There is a swimming pool and a welness centre (sauna, massages, aqua aerobics etc.)
Victoria SPA
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Located in Ramada Sofia hotel - 100 m from the apartment. There is a swimming pool and a welness centre (sauna, massages, aqua aerobics etc.)
Parks & Nature
The oldest park in Sofia created by king Boris in the beginning of XX century. It is under renovation and each year it looks better and better - alleys, fountains, monuments, lakes etc. Easy access by metro - Sofia University metro station.
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鲍里斯公园
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The oldest park in Sofia created by king Boris in the beginning of XX century. It is under renovation and each year it looks better and better - alleys, fountains, monuments, lakes etc. Easy access by metro - Sofia University metro station.
A beautiful park preferred by the citizens of Sofia.
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South Park
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A beautiful park preferred by the citizens of Sofia.
Vitosha mountain can be reached by public transport - bus or by a taxi. There are many hiking trails but they are not well marked. If you are not experienced in hiking, pay attention
Vitosha Park
Vitosha mountain can be reached by public transport - bus or by a taxi. There are many hiking trails but they are not well marked. If you are not experienced in hiking, pay attention
There are two botanical gardens - one near the Vasil Levski square in the city centre and one after the ring road of Sofia. Both have green houses.
Botanical Garden
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There are two botanical gardens - one near the Vasil Levski square in the city centre and one after the ring road of Sofia. Both have green houses.
Former royal residence with a park. The park is now open for public (ticket at the entrance) only Saturdays and Sundays. In the other days the park and the building are used mostly for shooting movies, TV series and music videos. There is a public bus to the park from Eagles' Bridge.
Vrana Palace
Former royal residence with a park. The park is now open for public (ticket at the entrance) only Saturdays and Sundays. In the other days the park and the building are used mostly for shooting movies, TV series and music videos. There is a public bus to the park from Eagles' Bridge.
Small public garden/park near the monument of Vasil Levski. You can find there Raketa Rakia Bar, SkaraBar, Dobro Restaurant and other smaller local restaurants. Alleys, fountains and children pleygrounds.
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Park "Zaimov"
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Small public garden/park near the monument of Vasil Levski. You can find there Raketa Rakia Bar, SkaraBar, Dobro Restaurant and other smaller local restaurants. Alleys, fountains and children pleygrounds.
A recently renovated big park in the north end of Sofia. You can reach it by car, tram or metro. Suitable for sport activities, lots of playgrounds for children.
North Park
A recently renovated big park in the north end of Sofia. You can reach it by car, tram or metro. Suitable for sport activities, lots of playgrounds for children.
Another option for hiking in Vitosha Mountain for a day. Get to the gondola lift of Simeonovo, then follow the hiking trail and after 2-3 hours you will be on the top of the mountain. Prepare in advance - the weather on Cherni vrah is almost always windy and cold !
Cherni Vrah
Another option for hiking in Vitosha Mountain for a day. Get to the gondola lift of Simeonovo, then follow the hiking trail and after 2-3 hours you will be on the top of the mountain. Prepare in advance - the weather on Cherni vrah is almost always windy and cold !
Vitosha mountain. The Golden Birdges (Zlatnite mostove) aren’t actual bridges. It is actually a stone river that “flows” at an altitude of 1500 to 1350m. Zlatnite mostove are large stone blocks, covered by gold lichens, which gave them their name. Vitosha mountain is just minutes away from Sofia and the Golden Bridges are perfect for a day hike and a picnic at the end.
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Golden Bridges
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Vitosha mountain. The Golden Birdges (Zlatnite mostove) aren’t actual bridges. It is actually a stone river that “flows” at an altitude of 1500 to 1350m. Zlatnite mostove are large stone blocks, covered by gold lichens, which gave them their name. Vitosha mountain is just minutes away from Sofia and the Golden Bridges are perfect for a day hike and a picnic at the end.
Sightseeing
Historical and archaeological reserve "Serdika - Sredets"
4Б ul. "Saborna"
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圣乔治教堂
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The largest Sephardic (Spanish – Jewish) synagogue in Europe is situated in Sofia on the corner of the streets Ekzarh Yosif and G. Washington. The capacity of the hall is 1,170 seats. The interior is decorated by articles of the applied art. The facades are richly decorated with architectural elements, plastic ornaments and stone carvings. A Jewish History Museum of the Organization of the Bulgarian Jews “Shalom” has been operating in the Sofia Synagogue since 1992.A general emphasis of the museum is the rescue of many Bulgarian Jews during the Second World War.
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Sofia Synagogue
18 Exarch Joseph Street
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The largest Sephardic (Spanish – Jewish) synagogue in Europe is situated in Sofia on the corner of the streets Ekzarh Yosif and G. Washington. The capacity of the hall is 1,170 seats. The interior is decorated by articles of the applied art. The facades are richly decorated with architectural elements, plastic ornaments and stone carvings. A Jewish History Museum of the Organization of the Bulgarian Jews “Shalom” has been operating in the Sofia Synagogue since 1992.A general emphasis of the museum is the rescue of many Bulgarian Jews during the Second World War.
NDK
The church “St. Sofia” was built on the place of the necropolis of the city of Serdika (the old name of Sofia) and other older churches from the 4th century and dozens of masonry tombs. During the period of the 11th – 14th century it was a metropolitan church and its glory was so great that in the 14th century it gave its name to the city. Currently the appearance of the temple is as close as possible to its authentic look from the late antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
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圣索菲亚教堂
2 ulitsa Paris
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The church “St. Sofia” was built on the place of the necropolis of the city of Serdika (the old name of Sofia) and other older churches from the 4th century and dozens of masonry tombs. During the period of the 11th – 14th century it was a metropolitan church and its glory was so great that in the 14th century it gave its name to the city. Currently the appearance of the temple is as close as possible to its authentic look from the late antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
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Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski
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Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
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圣尼古拉斯俄罗斯教堂
3 bul. "Tsar Osvoboditel"
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Beautiful building painted in red with many sculptures.
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伊万·瓦佐夫国家剧院
5 ul. "Dyakon Ignatiy"
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Beautiful building painted in red with many sculptures.
狮子桥
Orlov Most
There are three information points in Sofia for tourists. This one is the main one and is situated in the subway of Saint Kliment Ohridski University. You can find there maps, poscards, books etc. The staff speaks English and could provide information about transport, sightseeing, restaurants, cultural events etc. There is also a tourist information centre at Saint Sofia street, close to Serdika metro station and Saint Nedelya Church.
Sofia Tourist Information Centre
22 bul. "Tsar Osvoboditel"
There are three information points in Sofia for tourists. This one is the main one and is situated in the subway of Saint Kliment Ohridski University. You can find there maps, poscards, books etc. The staff speaks English and could provide information about transport, sightseeing, restaurants, cultural events etc. There is also a tourist information centre at Saint Sofia street, close to Serdika metro station and Saint Nedelya Church.
UNESCO cultural heritage. The easiest way to get there is by taxi as it is after the ring road of Sofia. The place is amazing for lovers of history and culture. The guides provide lots of information.
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Boyana Church Museum
3 ул. Боянско езеро
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UNESCO cultural heritage. The easiest way to get there is by taxi as it is after the ring road of Sofia. The place is amazing for lovers of history and culture. The guides provide lots of information.
The mosque Banya Bashi is situated in the center of Sofia, on Maria Luisa boulevard. The mosque was built in accordance with the trends in architecture in the 16th century. It was made of stone and bricks. Nowadays, a public worship with about 500, and during Bayram – with nearly 1,000 believers, is carried out every Friday in the mosque.
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班亚巴什清真寺
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The mosque Banya Bashi is situated in the center of Sofia, on Maria Luisa boulevard. The mosque was built in accordance with the trends in architecture in the 16th century. It was made of stone and bricks. Nowadays, a public worship with about 500, and during Bayram – with nearly 1,000 believers, is carried out every Friday in the mosque.
Catholic Chapel of the Annunciation
5 ul. "Oborishte"
Entertainment & Activities
Cinema City
82 bul. "Aleksandar Stamboliyski"
Dance academy for professional contemporary dancers. In the evenings the dancers give various classes to anyone who would like to join (pilates, ballet, zumba, swing, folklore dances , irish dances etc.) Often there are contemporary events.
Derida Dance Center
245 bul. "Slivnitsa"
Dance academy for professional contemporary dancers. In the evenings the dancers give various classes to anyone who would like to join (pilates, ballet, zumba, swing, folklore dances , irish dances etc.) Often there are contemporary events.
An artificial lake outside Sofia (there is public transport however). A hiking trail around the lake, swimming pool with warm mineral water Corali (close to the bus stop).
Pancharevo
An artificial lake outside Sofia (there is public transport however). A hiking trail around the lake, swimming pool with warm mineral water Corali (close to the bus stop).
Spirka Kino Odeon
Indoor climbing
Climbing NSA
Indoor climbing
In summer - rent a boat or a paddle boat In winter - go ice skating
Lake Ariana
In summer - rent a boat or a paddle boat In winter - go ice skating
It is the oldest and largest Zoo on the Balkan Peninsula. It covers an area of more than 360 decares and was established in 1888 by Prince Ferdinand, and initially it was situated near the former royal palace. It is divided into several sections – herbivores, primates, carnivores, birds, aquarium and terrarium.
Sofia Zoo
It is the oldest and largest Zoo on the Balkan Peninsula. It covers an area of more than 360 decares and was established in 1888 by Prince Ferdinand, and initially it was situated near the former royal palace. It is divided into several sections – herbivores, primates, carnivores, birds, aquarium and terrarium.
Shopping
Big, modern and still cosy bookstore with a cafeteria. Books in different languages, lots of books, games and toys for children.
Greenwich Book Center
Big, modern and still cosy bookstore with a cafeteria. Books in different languages, lots of books, games and toys for children.
Vynil shop
Boogie Exchange
23 ul. "Damyan Gruev"
Vynil shop
Hand made soaps and cosmetics. Made in Bulgaria
Refan
26 bul. "Vitosha"
Hand made soaps and cosmetics. Made in Bulgaria
Organic cosmetics and food.
Зоя БГ - Смесен Магазин
22 ul. "Aksakov"
Organic cosmetics and food.
Orange Center
18 ul. "Graf Ignatiev"
Quality Bulgarian wine from all regions of Bulgaria
Vino Orenda
50А bul. "Makedonia"
Quality Bulgarian wine from all regions of Bulgaria
Russian food. There are many small shops all around Sofia - one is close to the apartment on Hristo Botev Blvd. (probably 7-10 min on foot) - 20 m from the traffic lights on Slivnitsa Blvd and Hristo Botev Blvd.
shop "Berezka"
12 ul. "Nikola Gabrovski"
Russian food. There are many small shops all around Sofia - one is close to the apartment on Hristo Botev Blvd. (probably 7-10 min on foot) - 20 m from the traffic lights on Slivnitsa Blvd and Hristo Botev Blvd.
One of the several shopping malls in Sofia. You can reach it by tram and bus. Variety of shops, reasonable prices.
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Serdika Center
48 bul. "Sitnyakovo"
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One of the several shopping malls in Sofia. You can reach it by tram and bus. Variety of shops, reasonable prices.
You can reach it by metro - line 2. It is close to Yugen park.
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Paradise Center
100 bulevard "Cherni vrah"
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You can reach it by metro - line 2. It is close to Yugen park.
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Bulgaria Mall
69 Bulevard "Bulgaria"
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Shopping mall on the ring road of Sofia close to Ikea. You need a car to get there.
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Sofia Ring Mall
214 ul. "Okolovrasten pat"
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Shopping mall on the ring road of Sofia close to Ikea. You need a car to get there.