Ready for a gay Sofia tour?
Here’s the interview of Stefan, a local guy from the city.
Hello Stefan, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Stefan. I was born in Sofia, where I work as a photographer. I graduated as a PR in tourism and Photographer in Sofia University.
I have been visiting 84 cities on 4 different continents. My favorite city is Rome, there is my heart, but my beloved country for traveling is Spain.
Why do you love Sofia that much?
Sofia is a lovely and surprising City with an exciting history and culture, a beautiful architecture, and a pleasant everyday life, the one you can get in a big city.
Though Sofia is pretty small, surrounded by nature and mountains, what I really love. Some monuments from Byzantine and Communist time are imposing, but there are also some smaller hidden local gems all around the City.
My favorite local places
Rooftop bar. This is one of my favorite places in Sofia because you can see most of the city’s monuments from the panoramic bar, and sunset is amazing
Garden of the National Theatre – it’s one of my favorite places to relax, take photographs and to have a drink with friends.
My favorite restaurants
Pub Divaka – it’s a place where locals like to go for lunch or dinner because here you can have typical Bulgarian food for an excellent price.
Restaurant Agarta – a charming place with “homemade ” food and delightful staff.
Which are the main places that you like to show travelers in Sofia?
National Theatre: it’s a magnificent classical building with pretty fountains outside. It’s one of the main meeting points for locals, with plenty of café and restaurants all around.
The gardens of the National Gallery: this is the perfect place to relax and have a drink after a visit to the city
Thermal mineral water springs: this is something quite unique, and for sure you would like to spend a few hours there relaxing, swimming, drinking.
Alexander Nevski Cathedral: the biggest Cathedral in the Balkans. It’s beautiful inside and outside, with plenty of domes, marble, and gold. It’s undoubtedly the most iconic building in the City.
What about gay life in Sofia?
There is a real gay area in Sofia. It’s a pretty small one, which is an advantage because you can walk from one place to another all night round.
Those venues are not always easy to find, but when you are there, you will love it as there is still a nice and relax atmosphere, with an international and Bulgarian touch.
Gay Sofia bars
Definitely, that is Memento –a nice bar with good music and a great atmosphere.
Secret Garden – its nice place where you can get to see the local gay scene and meet new local people. In the summer they have a charming garden, and it’s a pleasure to sit there for a drink.
One to one – it’s the newest gay disco in Sofia, with young people and excellent music for dancing
French bar – it’s another gay nightclub in Sofia. It is very popular with trans and lesbians.