Central Universal Shop has changed since my visit just after the Soviet era and i believe that it is now a shopping mall where entrepreneurs rent small shops for their goods, including many western brands that the locals cannot afford. During the communist tines it was controlled by the city authorities, and believe me there was not too much to buy there during that period. When i looked around the department store in 1990 most of the shelves were empty but i do remember seeing 1000's of coats, all the same color and design on one floor, millions of umbrellas on another and 1,000's of the same shoes on another floor. Believe it or not, there were only around half a dozen different items in the whole store for sale.
The Tzum building was designed in 1956 and was part of the Largo project, the grand architecture development of the Party House, the Ministry of Electrification Office and the Tzum. This is one of the main landmarks of Sofia.
In 2,000 the store was successfully refurbished and now houses such famous names as---
ASICS ,MARINO COSTA, VALENTINO SECRET, LUXURY GIFTS AND
TYPIC BULGARIAN JEWELLERY, REFAN, GALLERIA ARGENTO, ZOPPINI JEWELS, YUNO PEARLS, CHATON, BIANCA, FOREST JEANS, BAGATT, SWATCH, NIDO, SANTA MARINA, SEVEN SECONDS, ALTINBASH, DENIX, ADIDAS, BOBO ZANDER, ELITA, HARD,
DISCOUNTS, NIA&DO RADO, MORELLATO, VALENTIN, VICTORINOX, IMPULSIVE COSMETICS, GIULIAN, PURPLE, GERMANOS, LAURA ASHLEY, SCARABEY, TRIUMPH, TISSOT, BEAUTY ISLAND, SONY, MAIAKRAFT
I recommend this place for shopping, having fun and even having a dinner in a restaurant. The Sky City Mall is a place where you can go with your family without doubting if your children will feel well or not. They have the opportunity to stay in the big halls with games and bowling while you go shopping or drinking coffee. There are two coffee shops and a pizza-restaurant "Ugo" in the building. The Sky City is a good idea when you have spare time and money to waste :)
Shopping in Sofia
You will probably find that most things in Bulgaria are not expensive so don’t worry in case you need something - the center of the city has lots of shops, supermarkets and boutiques to offer you. The best (but most expensive) shops are on Vitosha boulevard and you can also try shopping in the underpass of the National Palace of Culture or in the two biggest department stores in the center - TSUM and Halite.
The main shopping district is along bul. Vitosha. There are many familiar names such as Benetton and Levi’s. The Central Department Store (TSUM) has five floors and is a fine store with everything that you could want. There is also an exchange office within.