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Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this market, by accident. To me, it looked like a very old (but well preserved) Train station at first, but after realizing something is going on inside, we decided to check it out. It's a great place to try local food (and lots of other cuisines), to buy souvenirs and have an inexpensive meal.

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Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

I love visiting markets and buying gifts there. This may not be the best and most interesting market I've ever visited but I liked it. Most stands offer food products and you can definately find something for lunch there or buy some food to eat and/or prepare at home. There is one stand offering souvenirs and there were some really nice things there for a very good price. There is a big drugstore on the upper floor and they offer a wide selection of rose products for a good price. We bought most of "rose" gifts there (and some at the stand in the ground floor) since it was cheaper than some other souvenir shops offering similar products. Since it is very centrally located I think you should check out what they have to offer.

Date of experience: January 2015
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Reviewed December 28, 2014

From the outside, the building appears to be just another charming building. But judging from the number of locals flowing in and out of the building, we decided to take a peak inside. We ended up stumbling upon Sofia's Central Market Hall. Buzzing with activity, the market has 3 floors, a ground floor, an elevated area and a basement.

The first floor contains an array of shops, ranging from a butcher's shop to prepared food stalls. (It even contained a Taiwanese food stall!) In the end, we decided to grab lunch at the stall immediately to the left of the main entrance. It served food by the pound. We had plates of fish, chicken, moussaka, grilled vegetables and other local food, and the food came up to only 25 levs! The food was delicious and cheap: the only drawback was the lack of seating. We had to eat standing up.

Next we proceeded to the basement. The basement contains amongst others, a cafeteria style restaurant with seating and free wifi. It was easy to order since you could just point at what you want from the food on display. (We had dessert here: your regular rice pudding and baklava.)

Also in the basement are two small pits of Ancient Ruins (In the southeast and northeast corners). During the excavation of the basement, the builders must've run across the ruins of the ancient city of Serdica. Carefully preserved are remnants of the city wall and a public bath.

The elevated platform appeared to contain a supermarket. We did not venture up there.

All in all, a great place to get out of the biting cold if you are here in the winter (like we were). Also, something different to take a look at than the regular attractions.

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank JCheng
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Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very charming architecture, but a little too cheap inside. located in the oldest part of Sofia, there's lots of great stuff to see nearby - Lion's bridge, the Central Bath, the Synagogue, the Mosque, Central Universal Store, St. Sofia Church, St. Petka church, Pirotska shopping str and much more!

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed October 24, 2014

We went here for lunch one day. It is a place for Sofians to buy their groceries but also has plenty of choice when it comes to lunch. In the basement there are Roman ruin remains which you can take a look at. I wish my Bulgarian had been a bit better as then I might have been able to order something a bit more exotic than Pizza, but having said that the pizza was good and cost pennies.

Date of experience: October 2014
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