Halite Market, Sofia
I love visiting open air markets in every city but in late February with freezing temperatures and snow all over it was much better to visit the Central Market of Sofia.
In Central Market (Tsentralni Hali) not only we had the chance to drink a coffee and have lunch there but we were surprised of the building itself, the numerous smalls stores (most of the selling food, bread, fruits, vegetables, olives, meat, cheese, some jewelry, wine and other spirits, a farmacy etc) that turn the market into a small mall :)
There is an expensive café on the main floor but also some very cheap options on the upper floor where there is a large seating area. The place was full of locals coming and go, I always love these places no matter it was hard to order my soup because no one seemed to speak English there :)
The market was built in 1909, with an art nouveau façade and a small tower with three clocks. The original mechanism of the clock can still be seen inside the market (walk inside and go to the end of the main floor), it’s beautiful old clock (pic 3)
If you go underground you’ll some more fast food options, a hairdresser but also relics from ancient Serdika!
It’s open 7.00-22.00
That's a small shopping mall housed in a beautiful buildnig. It had been closed and abandoned since the 80's but a few years ago it was finally renovated. On the first level there are stalls selling fruit, bread, olives, food, delicious icecream, gifts, a bar and farmacies. On the second level there are some more stores and a food court with pizza, Bulgarian grill, pizza and doners. On the underground level there are more stores and a self-service restraurant from the Trops chain offering unexpensive Bulgarian food. There are also some archeological remains.
On a stairs-landing you can see a beautiful old clock which has been repaired.
This beautiful building was built in 1910 as the 1st of its kind in Bulgaria. In fact, this area's been a marketplace since the Roman times.
On the ground level, you can see stalls selling fruit and vegetables, local cheese, olives, different kinds of meat, wine and spirits. There are also a few coffee and drinks bars.
On the upper level, you can find fast-food kiosks with a large seating area.
Working hours: 7-24h
Restaurated not too long ago, this place offers a good atmosphere to do some food shopping (especially trying Bulgarian made culinary specialties) and of course to rest and have a drink, or something after an exhausting walk through downtown. :-)
Recently renovated the Halite has all kinds of food,meat, fish, cheeses, and sweets and cafes. The Hall was first opened in 1910.
Enter the Halite and go downstairs. There are some relics of antient Sofia (Serdika, Sredets): bath and a fortress wall
They renew this symbol of Sofia and for this the mayor Sofianski was fired for a few months - the old view on this pic