If shopping for international name brands in an air-conditioned environment is your idea of a time well spent, here is a list of the biggest shopping centres in Sofia for you to explore.
Paradise Center is the biggest shopping mall in Bulgaria.
The largest shopping center in the country spreads on 208 000 sq m and has a retail area of 80 000 sq m.
Paradise Center is home to over 300 shops, a 14-screen cinema, including 4DX hall with 100 seats, a rooftop amusement park, a ping-pong club, a climbing center, a ballroom that seats 2000 and a large fitness center to name but a few.
Browse the mall standards like Zara, H&M and Marks & Spenser together with more than 300 outlet retailers.
The mall offers many fast food and midscale sit-down options, while a large Starbuck’s coffee is on the first floor.
Adidas, BCBG Max Azria, Zara, Bershka, H&M, Marks&Spenser, Massimo Dutti, Folli Follie, New Yorker, Reserved, La Perla, Versus Versace, Sephora, Puma, Nike, Lee Cooper, Levi’s, Swarovski, Swatch, Celio, Cesare Paciotti, Oysho, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, Triumph, Calzedonia, Bershka, Cacharel.
How to get to Paradise Center
With the ongoing construction works taking place in the area, the mall is somewhat hard to get to by public transportation. But if you insist, take the Metro line 2 and get off at James Bourchier metro station. From there wait for the temporary bus T10 for the few remaining stops.
Note: A new metro station scheduled to open mid 2016 will provide direct underground access to Paradise Center.
Read more about public transit in Sofia.
If you opt for a taxi, get ready for traffic jams and beware of the “fake” taxis waiting outside this mall’s main entrance.
A taxi from the city center should cost about 6 lv.
Read more about taxis in Sofia.
Serdika Center might not be among the biggest shopping malls in town, but it is here where serious shoppers come to do some serious shopping.
The mall is easy to navigate, packed with global name brand stores and lacks most of the typical mall distraction like movie theatres and ice skating rinks, game rooms and so on.
In the summer months, stop by the rooftop beach bar with views of the city, for a cocktail.
Peek & Cloppenburg
Desigual, Camper, Celio, Furla, Adidas, Bric’s, United Colors of Benetton, Massimo Dutti, Miss Sixty, New Yorker, Paul&Shark, Porshe Design, Converse, Diesel, Este Lauder, Guess, H&M, Hogl, Humanic, Karen Millen, Lush, Lee Cooper, L’Occitane, Marc O’Polo, Palmers, Patritzia Peppe, Reserved, Stefanel, Sisley, Swarovski, United Colors of Benetton, Salamander, Zara, Bershka, Mothercare, Oysho, Pull&Bear, Tom Taylor, The North Face, Springfield, Stradivarius, Samsonite, Replay, Timberland, Triumph, Orsay, Terranova.
Taxi from the city center should cost around 5 lv.
0-4 hours: Free
5-6 hours: 2 lv per hour
After the 7th hour: 3 lv per hour
This large mall offers an ideal mix of shopping and entertainment options with over 150 stores, a movie theatre, a game room and a skating rink in the winter.
Peek & Cloppenburg
Adidas, Bata, United Colors of Benetton, Celio, Cesare Paciotti, Cesare Paciotti, Bershka, Esprit, Furla, Guess, Guy Laroche, H&M, Humanic, Hush Puppies, Lee Cooper, Lush, MAC, Mango, Marks&Spenser, Massimo Dutti, Mothercare, Oysho, Pull&Bear, Palmers, Reserved, Playlife, New Yorker, Rifle, Samsonite, Zara, Women’Secret, Tom Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, The North Face, Springfield, Stradivarius, Sephora, Terranova.
If you choose to go to The Mall with public transportation take buses 176, 84, 204, 213, 214, 284, 305, 306, 313 or 604 or trolley lines 5 and 8 to Darzavna pechatnitsa /Държавна печатница bus stop.
Use the underpass to cross Tsarigradsko Shousse Boulevard and walk from there (5 min).
The bus stop back to the city is in front of the Mall’s main entrance.
Taxi to and from the city center should cost around 8 to 10 lv depending on traffic.
0-4 hrs: free
4-5 hrs: 3 lv
5 and more hrs: 1 lv per hour
The oldest mall in Sofia has passed the heyday of its glory and is far from the shopping destination it once was. Still, its central location and a 12 screen IMAX movie theatre continue to make it a part of many residents’ weekly routine.
Adidas, United Colors of Benetton, Sisley, Celio, Tally Weijl, Esprit, Estee Laudes Clinique, Etam, H&M, Hush Puppies, Lee Cooper, Mexx Motivi, Nike, Orsay, Palmers, Promod, S. Oliver, Swatch, Terranova, Tom Taylor, Triumph.
Walk from St Nedelya Square (7 min) or take the Metro Line 1 to Metro station Opalchenska and walk for 3 minutes.
Trams 10, 8 and 3 and trolleys 6, 7 and 11 stop in front of the Mall of Sofia at Opalchenska Street stop.
0-20 min: free
After 20 min: 2 lv per hour
The newest mall in town, the Sofia Ring Mall is on Sofia’s South Ring road, attached to an IKEA and has numerous sit down open air dining options with a view of the mountain, a movie theatre, an outdoor stage and a small park.
Adidas, Alcott, Bric’s, Calzedonia, Desigual, Folli Follie, French Connection, H&M, Lee Cooper, Mango, New Yorker, Next, Nike, Oasis, OVS, Terranova, Petit Bateau, Puma, Tom Taylor, United Colors of Benetton, Yamamay. Terranova, OVS
Envisioned as a high-end mall Bulgaria Mall has attracted several luxury boutiques and has pleasant sit down restaurants and cafes with a view to the mountain and a cinema.
Bata, Camper, Desigual, Esprit, Fornarina, Gas, Geox, Guess, H&M, Pepe Jeans, Playlife, Stefanel, Terranova, Triumph, United Colors of Benetton
Take tram 7 to Todor Kableshkov Street stop.
0-2 hrs: Free