Sofia Restaurants – Le Dome – French Flavour Dinner

One of many Sofia restaurants in the city center is Le Dome – French Flavour Dinner.

I beat out of me the snow before entering the Le Dome. This winter has come too early. 5 o’clock has passed so I am a bit late!

I open the glass door. A young lad, obviously responsible for settling the customers, appears at the end of the light corridor. He recognized me – I was here yesterday as well. He murmured something to someone and disappeared. I passed by the kitchen and entered into the big hall.
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Pod Lipite – Sofia Restaurants Reviews

Pod Lipite Movie

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Sofia Restaurant Etno

Watch the Movie from Etno Restaurant

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Iron Maiden Again in Bulgaria

Iron Maiden starring at the sixth edition of Arena Music – the biggest music fest in Bulgaria

Iron Maiden again in BulgariaThe concert will take place on the 4th of July 2007, at Lokomotiv football stadium in Sofia. Last year Depeche Mode had concert at the same place, where they sang in front of 40 K people.
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Bulgaria Mineral Water

In Bulgaria drinking of mineral water was not popular 5 years ago

Usually Bulgarians drink water from the tap. The water from the tap can be used for cooking, washing and bath. 20 years ago mineral water was considered as healing water and only people with specific health problems had drunken mineral water. In the past the most popular brand was “Hisar” mineral water. It is still one of the top popular brands.

Hisar mineral water bottles look like this

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Spaghetti Company – Sofia Restaurants Reviews

Watch the environment at Spaghetti Company

Culinary Journey at Spaghetti Company

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Flea Market in Sofia

Antiques or just old things? Come and see!

The flea market in Sofia, this one which is next to Alexander Nevski Cathedral, is very interesting place.

Flea market in Sofia, Bulgaria

You can see strange people sell old weapons, jewellery, music instruments, medal, coins etc.

Flea market in Sofia, Bulgaria

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How to Cross the Streets in Sofia

We never ask ourselves how to cross the streets in Sofia We just do it!

During my visits in Western Europe countries I always was surprised the way drivers treat pedestrians. Pedestrians always have priority.

Here in Bulgaria and especially in Sofia, priority has the stronger, and in the most cases this is the man in the car :). But sometimes there are some very brave pedestrians and they have the priority.

What I mean! If there is traffic light – priority has the green light and my recommendation is to cross the streets in Sofia on places with traffic lights or subways.

But you are in Sofia center, there is huge traffic and you can cross the street everywhere in the traffic, only make sure that all cars are stopped at the moment when you step over the road.
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Where is the best Bulgarian Souvenirs Shop in Sofia?

There are many souvenirs shops in Sofia, don’t be afraid you can buy souvenirs even when you leave Sofia, after check in at Sofia airport there are some souvenirs shop.

Royal Palace in Sofia

But if you want to enjoy Bulgarian folk art and crafts I recommend to visit souvenir shop in the Royal Palace (at the same building is National Ethnographic museum).

The shop is at Sofia city center, the address is 2 Alexander Batenberg square. When you climb the stairs, enter Royal Palace and on the right is the door of souvenir shop.

Watch the movie at Royal Palace Souvenir Shop

Here you can buy very nice Bulgarian souvenirs.
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Mall of Sofia

Usually in my weekend schedule there is always booked visit at Mall of Sofia. I like this place not because of shopping possibilities but because this is a place where young people love to go for a coffee, to meet friends, to watch the latest movies and of course there are hundred shops.

Watch the atmosphere at Mall of Sofia

Usually we fist go to the third floor to buy cinema tickets, because the good seats are sold very quickly – I like to watch movie at the center of the row and at the center of the cinema hall. You need to buy thickets minimum one hour in advance if you want to have good seats. I like to have 2 hours for coffee and shopping before watching movie.
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Sofia Shopping Ideas – Pretty Things Shop

Even you are devoted to Sofia shopping it is less probably to get into Pretty Things shop. This small store is at the heart of Sofia, very close to the Patriarh Evtimii Str. (one of the important streets in Sofia), but its entrance is from 6th September Str. UPDATE: The shop is not at this address any more :( I don’t know where they move.

If you go there with taxi cab, tell to the drive to bring you to the corner of the above streets. The exact address is 21B Patriarh Evtimii Str, entrance is on 6th September str.

Pretty Things Shop in Sofia

This small store is amazing, full of colors and brightness. Even if you don’t buy anything it is nice view for your eyes.
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Toilets in Sofia – Public or…

I don’t like this topic and this is the reason I write a page about the toilets in Sofia. Okay, there is not much to say, just want to warn you not to use the public toilets. They are bad managed and not in good condition.

The alternative is to use toilets in the cafes, restaurants and hotels. Even the local residents skip the public toilets. The good news is that there are many, many restaurants and you can ask for toilet.

Most of the toilets in Sofia are paid, something about 0,50 BGN (0,25 euros). The reason toilets are paid is that the restaurant owner doesn’t pay to somebody to take care for toilets, and the toilet fee is a salary for the cleaner-man. Don’t expect to be given receipt, it is absolutely impossible :).
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Internet in Sofia – Where to Find It?

If you are addicted to World Wide Web like me, one of the first things to find out is how to hunt for Internet in Sofia. I swear that to find Internet in Sofia is many times easier and cheaper than in New York or London. Internet cafes are very popular, and you can use computer and internet for only 1-2 BGN (0.5-1 Euro) per hour. There is Internet service in the Computer Games Clubs, these are places where teenagers play network games, but you can check there your e-mail.

It is common to combine computer games and Internet service in one place, this way the owner has two independent income streams.

Reputable hotels have Internet services, but it is good to call to hotel Reception in advance and to check how you can use Internet. For example in Kampisnki Hotel, there is wireless Internet and you can use it everywhere in the building and in a close distance to the hotel. I tried it in the lobby – it is good and free – yes, they didn’t charge me or asked me for a password.
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Do You Need a Visa for Bulgaria?

Before you book a ticket for Sofia, check if you need a visa for Bulgaria. Most of you have ordinary passport type, but because I took this information from Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they support complete list with all types of travel reasons, I decided to put the complete information.

So, if you just travel, check whether you need a visa for Bulgaria at the last column “Ordinary passport”.
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Money Exchange Rates in Sofia

While your plane is landing on Sofia airport may be the first question that comes to your mind is “What are money exchange rates in Sofia?”.

The answer of this question is very easy – you don’t have to care about money exchange rates because in mid-1997, the monetary regime in Bulgaria underwent an abrupt institutional change – from a discretional Central Bank to a Currency Board Arrangement.

In other words in Bulgaria there is fixed exchange rate for euro, 1 euro=1.95583 BGN. All ATMs in Bulgaria operates with local currency – for example if you want to withdraw 100 euros, you will receive their equivalent in BGN (or as local people call to their currency – “lev” is singular form, “leva” is plural form).
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