There are many places in the Bulgaria’s capital city to keep you busy and well entertained during your stay. You can choose from various activities and I am sure every one of you will find something to his taste.
Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It may be not well known, but its beginning goes back to the 4th BC. In our days Sofia is one of the capitals in the European Union and thus it is easy to visit. The city becomes popular for tourists and travelers because of its fairly affordable standard of life and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
How to spend few days like a local in Sofia? Here are my suggestions:
Start by visiting the museums.
Places that you shouldn’t miss are:
Light a candle....
Then, go to light a candle in the two most impressive churches in Sofia – the Patriarchate Cathedral Alexander Nevski and the beautiful Russian Church. They are centrally located and in Sundays many locals visit them.
Have a lunch at one of the local’s favorite restaurants – Shastlivetsa (“The Lucky Man”). The dishes choices are great and the food is really tasty. The atmosphere in the restaurant is like in no one other place – the interior is decorated in the European style that has been popular among the Bulgarian wealthy community at the beginning of the 20th century.
Drink a coffee at Memento
After lunch, take a coffee at Memento – the Sofia’s most social specialty coffee bar. You will find it at the pedestrian Vitosha Boulevard, not far from the restaurant “Shtastlivetsa”.
Treasure hunt in Shishman Street
Then, you can go for treasure hunting. If you are a lady or you want to buy some gifts for ladies Shishman Street is your place. There you will find few small shops all selling handmade jewelry that will make your gift unique.
Eat at tradtional restaurants for dinner
For dinner try some traditional restaurants (Chevermeto, Manastirska Magernitsa, and MoMa are some of the well known) where you can taste traditional Bulgarian food. In some of these places there is folk live shows too so you can have a glimpse to the rich Bulgarian culture.
Drink on the rooftop terrace at the Sense Hotel
To finish well your evening, you can go for a drink on the rooftop terrace at the Sense Hotel. This bar offers one of the best views of Sofia and the night view of the golden domes of Cathedral Alexander Nevski definitely worth your attention.
Head to the ballet and opera
If you like culture, join the Bulgarians and see some of the ballet and opera productions. The Bulgarian artists are good and professional, and their style is influenced by the Russian ballet style.
Dance like a Bulgarian
And last but not least - participate to the Bulgarian folk dances. You will find a group of young Bulgarian enthusiasts dancing traditional folk dances every Sunday around 5 p.m. at front of the National Theater Ivan Vazov. Don’t be shy; join them, they will be very happy to teach you!