Despite fighting with the heavy traffic and pollution, Sofia is a green city full of spacious parks and lush areas inviting for a nap or picnic on a nice summer day. If you want to swap the restaurant table for a patch of grass, here are the best places in Sofia to head for a casual picnic.
Kambanite is a communist-era monument to the children from around the world set on the outskirts of the city (but easily accessible by subway) where you will both familiarize yourself with the communist monumental sculpture and find a quiet spot for a picnic.
Mount Cherni Vrah is the highest peak of Vitosha Mountain, the massive mountain you see from all parts of Sofia. Although it doesn’t sound like a regular picnic area, you will be surprised to see how many people find shelter from the wind behind a rock and enjoy their lunch after the hike. Getting to Cherni Vrah is easily doable for a day by taking the chairlift from Dragalevtsi neighborhood.
The inhabitants of Sofia often choose to escape the hectic city for the weekend. Vitosha Mountain is a perfect destination with its numerous marked trails, huts, and picnic areas. Momina Skala Hut is one of the most visited spots, accessible by car or by a hiking trail from Boyana neighborhood. If you haven’t brought any food, you can order basic dishes at the hut’s canteen.
Momina Skala Hut, Vitosha Mountain, Bulgaria, +359 88 927 6647