"Sofia Central Market Hall" (or the short name: Halite) is a commercial complex in downtown Sofia, on "Maria Luisa" bulevard, next to the intersection with St. Exarch Joseph. The builing is more than 100 years old and is one of the iconic models of the Bulgarian style "neo-byzantine" architecture of the early XX century. The facades are very rich in stone sculpture and other elements of architectural and artistic synthesis. "Central Sofia Market Hall" is the first modern covered market in Bulgaria. Due to its magnificent architecture in 1955, the building received the status of cultural monument of national importance.
In the area around the market is always busy, there are a lot of people walking around and the trafic is very hectic. Here are crossing the main boulevards in Sofia - "Maria Louisa" boulevard, "Dondukov" street, "Exarch Joseph" street and "Pirotska" street.
The market opens doors back in 1911 and became an important commercial area in the city center. About 1000 employees work in Halite and the commercial premises are located on 3 floors. There you can buy food, clothes, traditional bulgarian souvenirs, leather goods such as belts, purces and bags, meat, fish, milk products, fruit and vegetables. There is also food area where you can eat and drink. For every national holiday such as Easter, Christmas, New Year, there are special fairs organized in the market hall.
The market is open every day, from 8am until 10pm.