Visiting a city for the first time surely means to do some “touristic” things, that’s normal. But probably you will take the best of the city living as a loca. Sofia is a very “young” and dynamic place, with several traditions, places and activities for locals.
One of the best spot in this sense is the City Market Hall: this nice building will capture your attention not only for the design, but also for smells and flavours. Yes, this is another reason to visit Bulgaria: food! The Market Hall host the typical food market made of traditions, where you can spend some time tasting different food and enjoying local people in their daily routine.
There’s something more that impressed me in Sofia: books. Anywhere and anytime you will see libraries, bookstores, book markets. Buying books in Sofia is so easy and cheap and, if you are lucky, you will find books in English, French, Spanish, Italian and your language too. The best place to search them, and one of my favourite place in Sofia in general, is the book market in Slaveikov Square, full of booksellers with both new and second-hand editions. In the area around the square there are also some cool libraries, cafes, restaurants where you can spend some time as a local!