Nadezda is yet another communist-era apartment block complex with a cheerful name! Nadezda means hope.
Most of the buildings here are now hopelessly nearing the end of their projected life.
It is serviced by Metro line 2.
Home to gated communities, a shopping mall and an IKEA, Simeonovo is a good starting point for day trips to Mount Vitosha. The Simeonovo cabin lift will take you 1 km up to Aleko hut /1.3 h hike to Cherni Vrah peak from there/.
Bear in mind that public transportation to the city center is not particularly reliable.
A taxi should cost around 15-20 lv. each way.
“Students' Town” is a neighborhood that never sleeps, which is not necessarily a good thing!
Years ago, somebody decided that it must be a great idea to build the dorms of all local universities in one place and the results were predictable.
The run-down apartment blocks share the space with cafes and clubs of all sizes and variety. Noise is part of life here. Studying, maybe less so.
Despite its optimistic name /mladost means youth in Bulgarian/, this is yet another grim herritage of Communist mass housing projects.
Currently Sofia's second largest neighborhood, Mladost is home to 100 000 people and a large business park.
Home to over 100 000 people, Liulin is Sofia's largest neighborhood built during the Communist era from ready-made concrete panels.
Liulin has 10 "micro-regions" and a variety of supermarkets, fast food chain and restaurants that, as the joke goes, make trips to the city center unnecessary.
Druzba, a neighborhood with a peculiar name which best translates into English as "friendship", is a grim "forest" of premanifactured apartment blocks visible on the way to and from the airport.
Home to charming houses, hidden behind high fences Dragalevci is a good starting point for hiking trips to Mount Vitosha.
Pleasant hotels are situated here, but bear in mind that public transportation to the city center is not particularly reliable.
Taxis should cost around 15-20 lv.
This posh neighborhood right under Mt Vitosha has a long tradition of exclusivity. One of Sofia's medieval rulers had his summer villa in the area and the tradition continues to this day; the presidential residence is here, so are the houses of some of the city's most affluent residents.
To tourists, the area is mainly known for the small Boyana church /an UNESCO site/ and the National History Museum.
Central railway station
One of the more shady parts of town, this is an interesting location for the more adventurous.
You will be near the Lady’s Market and close to the nightly line up of ladies of the night (in all fairness, not all of them are ladies, strictly speaking!). If you don’t plan to be out late at night or you don’t mind what you will see, choose one of the many low-key hotels and hostels in the area.
The area is a 10 minute walk or a very short cab drive from the St. Nedelia Church and is serviced by Metro line 2.
This once-sleepy residential neighborhood is currently Sofia's premier food&drinks destination. New restaurants and bars open here every month.
Only 5-10 minutes walk from the Parliament and Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Lovers of urban chaos, corner coffee shops, narrow sidewalks and old architecture will feel at home in Sofia’s hectic central part.
It is a good starting point to explore the city's churches and museums on foot and sample the nightlife that frequently spills out to the sidewalk in front of nightclubs and bars due to the country's indoor smoking ban.
Located on a hill, this was once a sleepy, green neighborhood reserved for the minor Communist elite.
Today’s Lozenetz is overbuilt and overcrowded, but still boasts one of the highest real estate prices in town.
Parts of it are within walking distance of places of interest and the parts further away are served by the metro. You may be surprised by some pleasant neighborhood cafes and restaurants.