A few blocks from the “Halite” is Sofia’s most interesting market, known as the Women’s Market. It is the largest open-air market in Sofia and the only one preserving the old “charshiyas”, dating back to Ottoman rule. The market is a symbol of the old commercial habits and managed to retain its characteristic and distinctive appearance despite a number of historical transformations.
The space is in one of the most interesting parts of the city, which to this day is living proof of the dynamism,cultural diversity, and tolerance of the city, where different religions and nationalities meet. Precisely because of the colourful inhabitants of the neighbourhood around the Women’s Market, you will find all kinds of services and products of Eastern cultures there: from hummus, olives, nuts, and tahini from Arabic stalls, to fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables, cheese and sausages from local producers, to traditional ceramics, carpets and textiles, clothes and souvenirs, Arabic barber shops and all kinds of Chinese goods. Around the corner, there are many second-hand shops with really good finds for sustainable fashion lovers.
#sоSofia tip: Buy delicious tomatoes or try delicious Arabic specialties from the pubs around.