Vitosha Street: Vitosha Street
Vitosha Blvd. is Sofia’s main shopping street. The retail outlets of many western brand names are concentrated on the stretch between Patriarch Eftimii Blvd. and St. Nedelya Square (Sheraton Hotel). This is in general an expensive shopping area.
This is a semi-pedestrianised area and its worthwhile checking out the side streets as well. Vitosha is a long street which cuts through the centre of Sofia and walking along Vitosha you’ll also see some of Sofia’s nicest buildings, such as the Sofia Court of Justice and Sveta Nedelya Orthodox Church. The boulevard іs abundant іn many posh stores, restaurants аnd bars.
Bulgarian capital Sofia‘s luxurious Vitosha boulevard has been ranked 52nd among the world’s most expensive shopping streets
What to buy: Many high-end fashion labels hаve outlets оn Vitosha boulevard аnd the neighbouring streets: Gianfranco Ferré, Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Boss, Versace, Escada, Bulgari, D&G, La Perla, Lacoste, Tru Trussardi, Moreschi, Van Laak, Ermenegildo Zegna, Marella, Max Mara, Baldinini.
The Vitosha boulevard has become less attractive due to the ongoing repair works taking place there, as well as the abundance of newly-built shopping malls in Sofia.Related to:
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mall of Sofia: stores with clothes
If you are more interested in clothes you may try Vitosha avenue(pic 3) which is the main commercial street in Sofia full of famous (or not) brand names. It was nice to walk there anyway, and it was funny to see that it was the only avenue they tried to keep clean of snow all the time (pic 4)
Alternative you can check one of the malls. I dont like malls but we passed by Mall of Sofia (pics 1-2) so we checked it. It’s located at bul. Aleksandur Stamboliski 100, 1 station away from Serdika metro station but we just walked there. A typical mall full of different stores with clothes but also some cafes and restaurants.
The most popular mall among visitors is Tzum which is centrally located at bul. Knyaginya Mariya Luiza 2. It opened in 1955 as the biggest mall in Sofia.Related to:
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shopping in Sofia: shopping in Sofia
We didn’t really do any shopping in Sofia. Most of the churches have small stores inside that sell religious icons but also magnets so you don’t need any souvenir store if you just want a small cheap item.
There were many flea markets all over the city but the cold weather and the snow didn’t allow us to check most of them, we preferred the Central Market where we could also drink coffee and had a cheap lunch.
Outside Aleksander Nevski cathedral there were people selling paintings (mainly religious icons), some second hand items, local crafts..
Street market: Zhenski Pazar
Open air markets are very common in eastern Europe and this one was the largest that we saw in Sofia. The individual stalls in the center that pack up every night, there are people selling fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, clothes, pottery, tools, a little bit of everything. In the shops on either side of the market are bakeries, butchers, more clothing stores and one Billa, the main grocery store in Bulgaria. I think it's cool to still see this kind of market, people are out selling stuff that they grow and it's their little piece of commerce.
What to buy: We didn't buy much of anything on this trip but usually we get some fruit or pastries or cookies when we visit these kind of markets
Tattoo Studio " Inky Dragon"
The pioneers in the tattoo art in Bulgaria have gone a long way to become the most professional and talented tattoo masters in Sofia.They are organising the bulgarian Tattoo Fest ,once a year,where tattoo studios from all over the country present and compete with their work .Think about it - If you're getting a tattoo - it's for the lifetime , so you better get the best of the best on your skin.....Related to:
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Cheers: Where To Get Your Tobacco
The one big complaint that I have about Bulgaria as a whole is that cigarettes are too cheap! Which might sound a bit odd coming from me, a totally invertebrate smoker. The fact is that I actually prefer hand-rolling my own cigarettes because I like the taste, but because of the cheapness of ciggies there doesn't seem to be much call for loose tobacco. Which makes for a major challenge anywhere I go.
Here in Sofia I came across this shop, which seems to be part of a small chain, and they stock a couple of brands, including the locally-produced Red Bull. Plus of course the necessary papers to go with it.
What to pay: 7 leva for 40g and 50c for the papers.Related to:
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Internet something...: Internet Café
This is a trendy little internet café on Vitosha Blvd that is not that expensive. The computers are quite new and very fast. You can get one with a headset and/or a webcam if you are looking to chat with the folks back home. There are also drink and snack machines in the foyer. Perhaps the best part of this internet café is that they only allow people to smoke in the stairwell. I have nothing against smokers, but it makes the experience a lot easier on your eyes without smoke in the air.
What to buy: Internet time.
What to pay: 3 leva an hour
Magazin 10 (shop 10): A doll house
Not really a shopping tip unless you're into extravagant, tailor-made clothes. At the window of that store there's a great doll house and every time I pass by it, I stop to admire it. and every time there's something new added: new cars, new furniture, new inhabitants... This is a piece of art! Too bad it's hard to take a good pic. But if you go buy, do stop and you'll be amazed!Related to:
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Iliantzi: Experience The Bazaar Shopping!
It' a huge area packed with numerous stalls, where you can find a lot of discounts.
What to buy: clothes, shoes, stationery, toys...
What to pay: shirts-5 BGN (2,5 EUR) each
jeans-10 BGN (5 EUR) or less
jumpers-20 BGN (10 EUR) each or less
jackets-30 BGN (15 EUR) each or less...
The Book Market
Spread on Slaveikov Square is the biggest book market in Sofia. You can find here books in english , french and other languages ,maps of all kinds from Bulgaria, magazines, dictionnaries, Pirate and licensed software programms and games,music cd's ...Related to:
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Magama - hair specialists: Need a hair makeover ?
Magama - hair specialists
Highly recommended if you want to have hair extensions . 4 you ladies :)))
Prices are very reasonable compared to what I heard in Austria as offers - 1000 euros to 200-300 here.
Natural hair ,latest technilogy...
A lot of our famous folk singers pics were hanging on the walls with a "Thank you" note.
And we all know that they use only the best of the best....
What to pay: 200-500 euros depending on how much locks you want and what technology you chooseRelated to:
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The street market next to Alexander Nevski: Lace
When you get right infront of the main entrance of Alexander Nevski Cathedral
look to your left hand side and you can not miss it.
If you are a lace fan or you want to make a present to your gandma this is the place for you. You will find piles of hand made lace and table cloths hanging around.
The ladies who sell the lace are keep making new ones at the same time.
Here is a bit of advise from me: try to go there with a Bulgarian because otherwise you are risking to pay a higher price :)
What to buy: Lace :)))
What to pay: well, prices range between 10 and 200 leva (EUR 5 to 100) depending on the size and the quality.Related to:
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In the center of Sofia there are many small shops like the one on the picture. They are pretty expensive and don't have the wide range of products one could find in the big department stores in the subburbs. Still, they are a good stop for the tired tourists....
Outdoor stalls in the downtown: Books in cyrillic alphabet
There are several outdoor bookshops or -stalls in Sofia. A long shopping stall was found along one of the streets in the city centre.
What to buy: Books in cyrillic alphabetRelated to:
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