With a past rooted in Ottoman tradition and Socialist struggle, the narrative of Bulgaria tells a colorful story of conflict, fortitude and perseverance, where the capital city Sofia emerges as a sparkling center of energy and cultural richness. Offering a plethora of compelling galleries, museums, parks and night spots, there has never been a better time to visit the city, which today stands as the second oldest settlement in Europe. An interesting and atmospheric destination, here’s our list of the 10 best things to see and do in Sofia.
One of the oldest restaurants and bars in Sofia, the Pod Lipite Tavern is a rustic pub dating back to 1926, once the favorite haunt of such notable Bulgarian figures as actress Elena Snezhina and writer Angel Karaliychev. Creating hearty, home made Bulgarian dishes with ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s own meat and dairy farm, Pod Lipite is a real taste of authentic Bulgarian cuisine, and uses traditional recipes and cooking methods. Entering into the restaurant itself feels like stepping back into the past, with the stone walls, brick fireplace and wooden beams evoking a homely, countryside charm which erases all traces of busy modernity. Truly a top spot in Sofia, a meal at Pod Lipite is one to remember, not only for its original flavors but also for its unique atmosphere, history and style.