My trusty travel companions were The Brewer holdall which contained all I needed clothes wise for the weekend ( it was just an escape after all) and my Hoxton bag which was perfect for keeping my wallet and phone whilst strolling, people watching and eating of course.
I travelled from Heathrow to Sofia with British Airways /club class £670 return /duration 3 hours ( correct at time of writing)
Stayed at: Hotel Marinela , prices start at £100 per night for a King room with city views. Comes complete with loud peacocks in the morning ( not kidding) and loud music at night so..if you are looking for a quiet hideaway this hotel is not for you. But if you want to see some life, this hotel is quite an adventure and the rooms are nice and spacious.
Stroll down pedestrian Boulevard Vitosha for a spot of people watching and a good coffee. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of snow on Mt Vitosha, which hangs over at the far end of the Boulevard and looks like something out of a film set.
Then head on round the corner to Tsar Shishman Street and Angel Kanchev Street-here you will find a complete melting pot of the very old and somewhat run down with the very trendy and excitingly new- designer boutiques, artisan cafes, artisan eateries, speciality shops and downright traditional ones too.
Made in Home or Made in blue– home made food, good for veggie lunches, chill vibe
The Tea House serves teas, vegetarian food and has live jazz music nights
Bistro pesto Little Italian place serving salads ,two types of pasta and that’s it !! but who needs more?
If you want to try the best homemade Bulgarian ‘Banitsa’ ( pie) some great bakes and perfect coffee, do not miss a pit stop at Daro I absolutely loved this place!!
And if you scream for Ice Cream you can queue and get the best one at Gelateria Naturale
Other things to do, which do not involve food are…
Visit the famous Alexander Nevsky Church the interior is truly stunning, then pick up a Sofia Free Tour , they also do a free hiking and a free biking tour.
Visit the Borisova Gardina Park, for some street entertainment or a little rest, then the park in front of the National Theatre for some live Jazz
If you’re tired and need a taxi download the Taxime app and only use that, if you pick one up from the street you could be charged as much as triple
And if you want a different eating adventure come night time try Umami complete with landscaped gardens, ponds and exotic birds… it’s an experience!