Sofia is bustling with life and creative ideas. One surefire way to see this for yourself is to take a tour around the independent stores scattered around the city. From natural ice cream to indie bookshops and Bulgarian wines, here are the best local businesses.
Gelateria Naturale was the first ice cream parlor in Bulgaria to offer a 100% natural ice cream containing no refined sugar, no palm oil, no colorants or preservatives. There are options for vegans and lactose-intolerant people, and they are all delectable.
Soul Elements takes the elements of nature (water, earth, fire and air) as ingredients of their products meant to soothe your body and soul – candles, handmade chocolates, tea, scarves, high-quality woolen blankets, yoga leggings, and decorative objects. Everything has been made with special attention to detail, and with care for your well-being.
This is a place made by beer fans, for beer fans. At 100 Beers you will be spoiled by the huge choice of quality beer brands and styles from all over the world. This is also a good place to gain some knowledge about Bulgarian craft beers.
If you wish to treat yourself to a freshly baked cupcake with a fluffy, rich frosting, head to Take a Cake. This was the first cupcake bakery in Bulgaria. Tucked away on a quiet side street in the center of Sofia, you won’t see hundreds of sweets behind a glass, but you will have every cupcake decorated in front of your eyes. Don’t forget to ask for the season’s special tastes.
If hunting for second-hand treasures is your passion, you are not alone. Trash Clothing is where you will find carefully selected shoes, coats, dressing gowns, purses and more, from international brands. Shopping here is like trying clothes on in a friend’s bedroom – it’s just as cozy and friendly.