Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria
It's famous for the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Palace of Culture, Boyana Church, and Vrana Palace to visit
CASAVINO and Gifted Sofia for shopaholics and Bar Friday for a great nightlife
Also, Sofia is heaven for food lovers at Made in Home and The Hadjidragana Tavern
Lastly, you can stay at the Grand Hotel while you are exploring the city
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia is a famous landmark you should explore. It's a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral, built-in 1879. This 3rd largest Orthodox Cathedral in Southeast Europe has an amazing Neo-Byzantine style. When you visit this site, don't forget to see its underground museum. The museum has Orthodox icons from the 4th-19th century. Also, there is Alexander Nevsky Square in this area that you can check out.
Visit the biggest exhibition center in south-eastern Europe, National Palace of Culture. The building was opened in 1981. There is a lovely big park with fountains for relaxing and people watching. Besides a great hall to see cultural performances, this area also has a live music venue, pool hall, nice restaurants and night clubs you can stop by.
Sofia is known for its wine. CASAVINO is a popular store to buy Sofia's delicious wine. This place offers a big variety of wine with the high quality you need to check out. Another shop to visit is Gifted Sofia. This is the perfect little shop to get cool Sofia souvenirs from local artists to bring home.
The authentic foods you must try in Sofia is banitsa. It's a traditional Bulgarian breakfast, made of whisked eggs, yogurt, and feta cheese. Kebapche is another local cuisine you must try. It's a grilled dish. You can get those foods at many Bulgarian restaurants in the city. For the drinks, Sofia is famous for its amazing craft beers and Mavrud, a red wine.
People in Sofia speak Bulgarian. But, many young Bulgarians speak and understand English as their second language. In Sofia, the Bulgarian Orthodox is the dominant religion. If you come to this city, you need to behave when you speak to older people because they respect and honor people based on age and position.
The best time to visit Sofia is from June until September. Pleasant weather and mild temperature will welcome you in those months.
Stay at the Grand Hotel when you visit Sofia. This hotel has cool stone and glass architecture. It's also so strategic because it's located in downtown city, 5 minutes walk from National Art Gallery and a 9-minute walk from the closest metro station. Another good place to stay in the Sense Hotel Sofia. It's a comfy hotel, located close to Tsar Osvoboditel, a metro station, and National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria
Come to Made in Home to taste Bulgarian and Western foods inside a homey space. You should try its hummus with a glass of lemonade. For sweets, this restaurant has delicious cheesecakes to offer. Also, have dinner at The Hadjidragana Tavern. It's also a Bulgarian restaurant. It has its best shopska salad and rakia to offer. Also, this place has live music to dance too.
Barista Coffee and More is a cozy cafe to chill out by yourself or with friends. This cafe has delicious breakfast menus. The best options to offer are croissants, sandwiches, and any coffee. Another cafe to visit is Lime. This cafe is so warm and cozy to relax. It has a wooden interior and delicious menu, like cocktails and cakes.
Bar Friday is a most-visited bar, especially by young people. There's always a great party with music and DJs. Also, you can buy drinks at low prices here. Besides its good prices, this bar is open for a long time in the night. You can also come to The Cocktail Bar to get the best cocktail in the city. This bar offers many choices of cocktail for you to order. Other drinks you must try are the refreshing lemonade and coffees.
"Ivan Vazov" National Theater is a stunning performing arts theater. This place opened in 1907 with Neoclassical architecture. Here, you can see a play performance, enjoying the City Garden in front of the theater, or discover its history. Another place to visit is the National Historical Museum, Bulgaria. This is a perfect place to know the history if Sofia. Bulgaria's largest museum was built in 1973. You will see over 650.000 objects inside this place including Valchitran, Dabene, Rogozen, Panagyurishte treasures.
Boyana Church is a good spot to take shots. This is a medieval church with classic frescos and interior. This 19th-century building Offers a scenic background and nice angles. Another spot to go is Vrana Palace. This was a royal palace in Sofia. Now, this place is the house of former Tsar Simeon II and his wife Margarita. But, you can take pictures around the palace with lovely flowers and the cool building.