Shopping in Sofia offers a variety of options ranging from
upscale boutiques and shopping malls and their high-end designer
wares to bustling street markets and bazaars with buskers, jumble
sales and uniquely Bulgarian patrons.
Popular Sofia souvenirs include Bulgarian embroidery, dolls in
traditional costumes, and local instruments such as shepherd''s
pipes (kaval), ocarinas, and tamboura. You can also get beautiful
wool carpets (called kilims) from the weaving town of Chiprovtsi.
Tchu kilim (Carpet House) has a wide selection of these rugs, while
the well-known Pretty Things Shop in Krakra Street offers charming
Sofia mementos like dolls and quilts handmade in their
Sofia also has a number if interesting outdoor street markets
worth a visit. Many are focused predominantly on fresh produce and
household goods for locals, but the market next to Alexander Nevski
Cathedral has a variety of old weapons, jewellery, music
instruments, medal, coins and more.
Be aware when buying clothes in Sofia that Bulgarian sizes are
smaller than European ones.
Many shops in Sofia will only accept cash or local debit cards,
while you can use a credit card in international stores. The prices
displayed generally include the 20% value-added tax, which can be
refunded when you leave Bulgaria.
Opening hours for stores in Sofia are usually from around 9am to
6 or 7pm Monday to Saturday. Not all shops are open on Sundays.