Antique shopping in Sofia, like everywhere, is a confusing affair.
The good news is that Bulgarians are not too keen on old things. They readily part with old objects which then end up in the numerous antique shops, frequented primarily by foreign tourists.
The bad news is that there is a large fake antiques industry, especially for coins and stamps. On top of that, old objects regularly went missing from museum collections and church altars during the turbulent 90s. This illegal activity reached epic proportions, not without the blessing of the authorities.
Still, antique shopping can be a fun experience for people who don't mind being taken to dusty storage places and old warehouses and Sofia is full of antique shops, where you are sure to find something unique to take home whatever your budget.
ANTIQUE MARKET IN SOFIA
The antique market in front of the Nevsky cathedral caters primarily to tourists and sells antiques of all shapes and forms.
English is the language of business here, though many of the vendors speak German, French and Russian.
Look around for Nazi or Soviet military trinkets, old coins or jewelry.
Don’t expect to see fixed prices, if you like anything do not hesitate to bargain, it is part of the fun.