What Can You See & Do with 100eur in Sofia, Bulgaria?
And How Much Did I Spend?
I challenged myself when I travelled in Sofia in Bulgaria.
What can you get with 100 euro in 48 hours in the city?
If you’re looking for a budget destination to visit this year keep on reading as I’ll share several cool things to do and see in Sofia, Bulgaria. Where to eat delicious food, including fine dining on a budget.
Can you guess how much I spent in 48 hours?
For this trip I teamed up with bunq and used my bunq card for the payments as it allowed me to save money thanks to their Zero FX feature. For my flight I paid 190eur total because I had to pay extra for my carry on. I stayed with my friends who are Bulgarian.
My friend is also the one who introduced me to bunq as he was able to use it to make a transfer to a foreign account without having to pay extra.
48 hours in Sofia, Bulgaria
Started the day with getting coffee at Chucky’s Coffee House. I paid for both of us and paid 3.17 EUR for 2 coffees and saved 0.10 with the Bunq ZeroFX.
Then we walked around to discover more of the city by foot. The cool thing about Sofia is that it’s a city that has a big park in the centre and the mountains are so close that you can see snowy mountain tops when you look up. This park in the city center has this wooden house that’s being rebuild.
During the Summer they organize several activities and this place also becomes a Summer theater where you can watch movies.
Where To Eat Brunch in Sofia, Bulgaria
Then we had brunch and chose several dishes to share. I absolutely loved the modern design of this place and how it mixed vibrant colors with plants. And off course the food was delicious. The total was 28 leva which is 14 eur for 3 people. I transferred 7 eur afterwards because we couldn’t split the bill on the spot.
Where To Eat Lunch in Sofia, Bulgaria
For lunch we stopped at the colorful Made in Blue restaurant which offers healthy dishes in a design vintage decor. The front has a garden but you can also sit inside. I had the haloumi salad and my friend had this colorful dish. I also had their homemade lemonade.
I paid for lunch for both of us and paid 18.51eur and saved 0.56 with Bunq ZeroFX.
Coffee Work Space in Sofia, Bulgaria
Since I had some work to do on my laptop I went to the The Library Cafe at NDK (Club Peroto) for a couple of hours and had a latte that costed 1.28 and I saved 0.04.
Experience New Bulgarian Cuisine at
For dinner we went to Restaurant Bagri. Bagri embodies New Bulgarian cuisine and is probably one of the most thrilling culinary experiences you can have in Sofia. The ingredients and meals served are seasonal and from local production. Plus it’s healthy.
On your plate you’ll find refreshing new presentations of sometimes known ingredients but thanks to the preparation and combination of it you’re in for an exciting experience.
The night we went it happened to be Sofia Restaurant Week so I got a 4 course meal for just 18,41 EUR and saved 0.55 with the bunq Zerofx feature.
Visit the Mountains in Sofia, Bulgaria
The next day we went up to the mountains to get some fresh air. And what a cool and refreshing contrast to the city. It’s only half an hour by car and the bus also goes up there. If you take the bus 69 you’ll pay around 0.80 eurocents.
Before going up with had breakfast at this organic place called Art and Love and bought some things to go. I had different local Bulgarian foods of which one was sweet and the others salty and a coffee. In total for everything I paid 7.67 EUR and saved 0.23 with the ZeroFX feature.
We went for a walk for a couple of hours and met a cool bulgarian couple with kids who started talking to us. She's a teacher who loves Brazil and that’s how we connected. And she and her husband also have a bakery.
She told me she met the previous Brazilian president Dilma who is half Bulgarian. And off course the mountain and forrest is free so you can go here and walk, have a picnic with friends and family and resource.
Later we went for another coffee & cake break and this time my friend paid. Afterwards we walked around Sofia.
Because the city is small you can easily walk around and discover Sofia’s highlights such as the Alexander Nevski cathedral and the area around it. If you walk further you can also see the roman ruins. As we happened to go there we spotted a couple dancing salsa near it.
We stopped for a drink at the creative Cush bar which is a bar, coffee house and right next to it there’s a cinema. Here my friends paid for my drink
In front of it you’ll find fountains where you can fill your bottle for free with the mineral water which also has health benefits. Due note that the water will be warm.
And last but not least we had dinner at Mediteraneo a beautiful restaurant where you can go for italian food and especially the seafood. My friend paid the bill so I transferred my share to her which was 10eur for a risotto with shrimps and my drink.