Hidden gems | Charming Sofia

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*Many of the photos are taken with a phone while roaming the city,

so please excuse the poor resolution

Sofia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

It mixes the influence of East & West, old & new, traditional & hip. It has its downsides (try riding a bike without developing superhuman self-protection instincts, I dare you), but it also has piles and piles of urban charm.

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From its Thracian & later Roman proto-self Serdica, through the Byzantine Triaditza, Sofia has a long and colorful history of mixed cultural influence. Nowadays, it is consistently reshaping and improving its cityscape.

 You can find fantastic food at really affordable prices in a growing number of folk cuisine and gourmet joints which pop up all across the city. You have  the gorgeous mount Vitosha just a 20min drive away from the downtown district. There is a growing interest in urban art and building a better cityscape. And last but not least the city mixes a relaxed “you can just have a beer in the park” atmosphere with a mesmerizing mixture of Austrian Neo-Baroque/Secession and glass&steel modern architecture.

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Тhe Saint Seven Apostles: one of the Landmarks of the city.

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Annual air parade near the Sofia Airport

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White wine is served with strawberries or raspberries in Escobar in downtown Sofia.

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Business buildings on Bulgaria Boulevard: experiments of glass and steel.

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Sofia has a lot to offer to foodies: the city’s booming food culture can offer many patisseries, bakeries, gourmet restaurants and all kinds of places where you can clench your thirst for lovely local food and world cuisine.

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Losenetz is one of the city’s oldest hip neighborhoods: full of lovely suburban style homes right in the middle of the city.

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Sofia’s Military Academy Park can offer lovely atmosphere for afternoon walks.

 

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The National Theatre: one of the city’s cultural trademarks. The park around the theatre is where you can find almost everyone in town in warm spring and summer eveneings

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