Shopping in Sofia offers a variety of options ranging from upscale boutiques and shopping malls with high-end designer wares, to bustling street markets and bazaars with buskers, jumble sales and uniquely Bulgarian patrons. Be aware when buying clothes in Sofia that Bulgarian sizes are smaller than European ones.
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 workshop.
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, musical instruments, medals, coins and more.
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.
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