Elephant Bookstore
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Wonderful bookshop with a vast selection of English books, quirky gifts and a lovely place to browse - cool, stylish and right in the middle of Sofia - open 7 days 10:00 to 22:00....
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  • Vasil Levski Stadium • 7 min walk
  • St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University • 8 min walk
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Caroline
15 contributions
Jan 2020
Googled English book stores and found this place. Not in least what I expected but had lots of interesting books some I have found difficult to find in regular book stores. If I hadn't been limited in space and weight I could have spent a lot of money here but was forced to limit myself to just 2.
Written January 17, 2020
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Plezir T
Sofia, Bulgaria14 contributions
Feb 2012 • Friends
In keeping with an apparent tradition of independent Elephant Bookstores around the world, there's a brand new in Sofia. While there has been one in the town of Yablanitsa, for most of us (me and my friends live in Sofia), it is the first opportunity we have of checking it out. And we are very pleasantly surprised indeed. Not only is it at a nice location - the Tea House at Georgi Benkovski Str. 11, but also has an up-to-date website. Although situated in one small room, it is surprisingly well-stocked by making good use of the extremely high ceiling. But most important of all, its prices are very Bulgarian friendly, generally ranging from 1 to 4 euros...
Written March 1, 2012
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SofiaRodin
Sofia, Bulgaria184 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
Anyone who is pissed off with Amazon should support the local indie bookshop.
Elephant Books on Shishman Street in Sofia is a real find.
And a rarity in Sofia, smiling, friendly people...
Written October 8, 2013
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Matilda Lot
Rijeka, Croatia14 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
When you enter in that bookstore you immediately fall in love. The guys who work there are super fun. The things this bookstore offers are wow, if you want comics, mangas, books of all kinds of genres or just some tiny present for Harry Potter, David Bowie, GoT etc.fan you can find it there. We are surely getting back there.

P.S. Guys we checked you on YouTube, you're great!
Written September 12, 2018
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Tatitt
Sofia, Bulgaria55 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
The place is superb! Great books, great presents and funny little things. Very nice, smiling people! Loved it...
Written February 19, 2018
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Teodor Ivanov
Dobrich, Bulgaria12 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
А specific atmosphere composed of great books and gifts, good music and nice staff. I also love the kitty that lives there. :P
Written March 29, 2016
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Jeanne70
Paris1,034 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
Being in Sofia for a few months, a bookworm and English speaking, I was very keen to find a good English bookshop as soon as we arrived at the Radisson Blu. I went to two bookshops near the hotel, in an underground metro passage and in a gallery near an old style cafe but the selection of books in English was very limited. I thought the British Council would have a library and went there, on Doctors garden but was very disappointed when a receptionist told me that there was no library for a long time and didn't know if there was an English bookshop in Sofia, that was not very helpful, especially when I realised after by accident that there was a very good one and that it was the Elephant Bookstore, just behind the hotel where I was staying. One afternoon, walking in this narrow street, I happened to see a little window display with some books and some beautiful and very British tea pots. I stopped, entered in the shop and had the marvellous surprise to stumble in a wonderful bookshop full of very interesting and inexpensive books of any type, novels, biographies, history and my own favorite, traveling books. Since that day I go there often and buy each time two or three books, it became one of my favorite bookshop in the World, with Calignani in Paris and Kinokunyia in Dubai.
Written July 9, 2013
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pippip80
Great Britain84 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
I just received my items that I ordered 4 days ago, everything is present and correct, impeccably packaged and all are good quality items - there was even a bookmark, 2 Christmas cards & a birthday card all complimentary - I’d mentioned there was a birthday on the call arranging delivery.
This was my first time shopping here, it was easy, the choice is vast from Harry Potter to Frieda Kahlo and the customer service is excellent! I will now be a regular visitor to their website (& 1 day post pandemic their store)- thanks!!
Written December 7, 2020
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Иван Д
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Solo
Nieche gift merch found only in a cosy little bookstore with polite, warm people working there. I am very pleased with my experience and 10/10 will go again.
Written January 6, 2020
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MillievNillie
Nuth, The Netherlands2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
I absolutely love love this store! It’s not just the wide varity off things they sell but it’s the whole atmosphere. It’s the music, the way the store looks and the friendly and helpful owner and staff. You really feel welcome to have a look and take as much time as you want. It’s a small store but I wandered around for more than half an hour because there’s just so much to see. Found some nice christmaspresents and beautiful cards to send to family and friends. You won’t regret going!!
Written November 10, 2019
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