Live Like a Local in Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria | Apartment Tour

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Explore the Charming Neighborhood of Downtown Sofia, Bulgaria

Downtown Sofia boasts a vibrant atmosphere with its lively cafes, local markets, and historical landmarks, making it an ideal place to immerse yourself in the city’s culture. In the last two years we have visited Sofia four times on our way to and from Bansko, Bulgaria. We love staying in the downtown neighborhoods. 

Apartment Stay Location

This time we decided to stay on Solunska Street, just a 5 minute walk from Vitosha Blvd. which is a pedestrian only street lined with cafes, restaurants and shops.

people walking along vitosha blvd sofia bulgaria in the spring
Vitosha Blvd. pedestrian street in Sofia was just three blocks from our room. © Joel Hartz

The neighborhood is peaceful with charming restaurants, wine bars and cafes. There are several art galleries and theaters all within about a 5-minute walk from the apartment.

The apartment’s downtown Sofia, Bulgaria location is ideally situated to visit many of Sofia’s historical attractions.

Popular Attractions in Sofia

10 minute walk from the apartment to The National Palace of Culture

12 minute walk from the apartment to The Saint George Rotunda Church

21 minute walk from the apartment to Patriarchal cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky

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It’s easy to get around Sofia from this apartment. It is conveniently located just 3 minutes from a tram stop and a 12 minute walk to a Metro Station NDK 2.

You can also read a more thorough article about where to stay in Sofia and how to get around the city using public transportation.

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View of apartment building on the corner of Solunska Street Sofia, Bulgaria
Our stay was on a lovely street in the central district of Sofia close to everything © Joel Hartz

Instead of staying in a hotel we opted for a more local experience by booking an apartment. When it comes to staying in Sofia, we’ve found that Airbnb tends to be more expensive than other platforms. We usually use,, or

The apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a small work station, a washer and dryer, and a lovely balcony, perfect for enjoying a glass of local Bulgarian wine.

man showing the interior living room of apartment during tour
Comfortable couch that folds out into another bed. © Joel Hartz

Living Room

Upon entering the apartment, you’ll be greeted by bright, cheery white walls with blue and yellow accents. There’s also a large 4K TV attached to the wall, perfect for watching shows from the comfy couch.

man showing the interior kitchen and washing machine of apartment during tour
The kitchen was well equipped and included a full size refrigerator and washing machine.© Joel Hartz


The kitchen had everything we needed, including a good-sized refrigerator, oven, 2-burner stove top, coffee maker, kettle, and plenty of utensils.

There’s a small clothes washer in the kitchen and a rare dryer in the entryway closet.

The host even left us coffee pods, water snacks, and paper towels which was a nice added touch.

Dedicated Workspace

There’s even a workstation table that drops down from the wall where you can set up your computer which is pretty handy if you work remotely like we do or are digital nomads.

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man showing the interior bedroom of apartment during tour
The bed was super comfortable. © Joel Hartz


In the bedroom you’ll find a very comfortable queen size bed with lots of closet storage, a dresser for clothes and another 4K Tv. 


A small balcony is accessed through the bedroom and we spent a night sitting outside with a bottle of wine listening to the sounds below us from the street. 


Walking into the bathroom you’re met with the open shower concept which is pretty typical in Eastern Europe. It’s not our favorite because water does tend to go everywhere during a shower. Thankfully there is a squeeze mop that takes care of the water quickly. 

Neighborhood Vibe

The apartment is only a five minute walk from the bustling Vitosha Blvd, it’s quiet and has a local residential vibe. 

Coyote, a cute cafe/bar is right across the street, we had coffee there one morning. Grape Central is a highly rated wine bar just a two minute walk from the apartment on Tsar Samuil street. 

A wine and cheese shop is just around the corner on Solunska street and a really good Indonesian restaurant Yati Cooking we ate at is just a four minute walk away.

interior of communist era living room in Sofia Bulgaria
See what life was like under communist rule for a middle class family at The Red Flat in Sofia, Bulgaria © Joel Hartz

If you’re interested in seeing what everyday life was during communism in Bulgaria, definitely check out The Red Flat, only a five minute walk from the apartment.

It’s an immersive museum that shows how a family lived in Sofia with an audio guided tour that walks you through the apartment. We really enjoyed this tour and it was a fascinating look into what life was like under communism. 

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Wrap Up

We enjoyed our stay here so much we booked it for the end of our trip in Bulgaria as well. We highly recommend staying in this part of downtown Sofia, it’s close to a lot of tourist attractions, trams stops and located in a quiet neighborhood. 

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Joel and Michelle