The Coolest Independent Shops in Sofia

Courtesy of Vino Orenda Wine Shop, Sofia
Courtesy of Vino Orenda Wine Shop, Sofia
Photo of Maria Angelova
27 February 2018

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.

Vino Orenda Wine Shop

Wine Bar, Bulgarian
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Vino Orenda WIne Shop in Sofia
Vino Orenda WIne Shop in Sofia | Courtesy of Vino Orenda Wine Shop
If you want to delve into the tastes and aromas of Bulgarian wine, Vino Orenda Wine Shop is the place to go. It was the first shop in Sofia selling only Bulgarian wine. The small store on the corner of Makedonia Boulevard has accommodated more than 300 wines from 60 Bulgarian wineries. The knowledgeable shopkeeper will help you find the best bottle for you.

Elephant Bookstore

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This indie bookstore will satiate your thirst for rare finds, whether that’s books, authentic signed memorabilia, comics or creative gifts. The special selection of second-hand English books will keep you enthralled for hours, but you can also find English books from local authors, like “203 Travel Challenges”. If you are in search of a special gift, at Elephant Bookstore you can find a magazine from anyone’s month and year of birth!

Sassa Björg

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If you want to get to know Bulgarian fashion, the Sofia-based label Sassa Björg is the perfect starting point. The limited ready-to-wear outfits hanging in the store might be your best souvenir from Bulgaria. If you have more time in the city, you can order custom-made clothes, too. Look for the bright red door on Solunska Street.

Soul Elements

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.

14, Krakra Str., 1000 Sofia


Some of the products of Soul Elements | Courtesy of Soul Elements

Take a Cake

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.

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