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“Beautiful covered market”

Central Market Hall (Tsentralni Hali)
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Ranked #59 of 213 things to do in Sofia
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Central Market Hall, deserves its name because it is in the center of Sofia, near the mosque, the old mineral baths (closed) and not far from the Sheraton Hotel. It is located in a very beautiful and well preserved old building and the inside is as nice as the outside, well maintained, clean and with some nice features, a cafe in the middle, a fountain and a pretty flight of stairs at the back of the building. There you will find vegetables, fruits, wines stalls, baker, ice cream place and patisseries. One stall sells delicious olives, another one very good ready food if you want to sample some local cuisine. There are also shops selling leather goods (very nice gloves, belts and bags) and a new big shop at the mezzanine level for beauty products (all sorts of make up) and toiletries (soap, shampoos...). The Tsentralni Halite is well worth a visit, even for just ten minutes on the way to another attraction but I would recommend a little caution because there is a very mixed crowd around and it is one of the very few places in Sofia where I didn't feel safe in day time for a moment or two. Too many people are coming really too close on the pretext of looking at whatever you are looking at and I didn't feel entirely comfortable at that time, just be a little aware and careful.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Halite, Sofia's central market building looks exactly like Budapest's central Market.
It is impeccably clean and organised, although the prices are a little higher than in the Ladies' market or other local markets. Shopping in Halite is a pleasure and so is drinking a coffee or having something to eat. In the central market one can find food shops (meat, cheese, honey etc), pastry and candy shops, leather goods shops, cosmetiques and souvenir shops and many other -which I can't remember.
Behind Halite (less than 200 m. far) one can see & visit the Synagogue and a little farther there's the ladies' market. Exactly opposite to the market is the Mosque and less than 200 m away there's the Sheraton Hotel and 3 impressive churches. So, one can combine a lot of things within a small area.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Beautiful building and nice shops inside. But has serious security and hygiene issues. It's disturbing to find out that someone is spying on you in the washroom and than to look for a security guy for more than 10 minutes.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

less smell than the market hall in budapest. Very cheap fresh orange jouise.
there are many different products. best deal is the drinks. more u will see on my pictures.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Two times at this place in several years. Improving and much nicer last time. Position in the centre of Sofia it's the right place for coffee also relaxing a bit from shopping. Opportunities for eating are also a lot but personally I do not found a well muse fo it. Surrounding to the area are several places where you can get by walk and this is one more plus using Market Hall also relaxing a bit.
Just carefully at the entrance of the hall. There are young thieves very professional working in group and targeting any one who shows a little bit insecurity or instability orientating with the market. Do not let bags or other valuable things in empty chairs and out of your observation. It's hard to handle but even have a stretch of protection is also a unforgettable memories from Sofia.

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