Art Club Sofia | Арт Клуб София

Art club Sofia

A cute, small cafe called Art Club. Situated close to the park Borisova Gradina, this is a wonderful place for a cup of tea or a glass wine after wandering around.

They have lots of events, involving live music. You can check the Events tab on their Facebook page to find out more about current events.

Address: Street Tsar Ivan Asen II 6b, 1124 Sofia | улица Цар Иван Асен II 6Б
Coordinates: 42.690216, 23.339476

How to get there?
It’s super closeart-club to the big square Orlov Most. You can go there by bus, trolley bus and metro. Add a 5 minute walk to this and you’ll find yourself sipping hot tea in this cute bar!

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Piano bar limited | Пиано бар ‘limited’

Piano Bar interior

Piano bar impression2I love this place! It has this nice vibe, great music and awesome people. It’s situated in the center of Blagoevgrad, in a small street next to the big shopping street. All you can see from the outside is the entrance with above ‘Piano bar limited’. Right after the entrance there are stairs, going down to the bar itself. I’ve seen this in every bar I’ve been to in this city. All the bars and clubs are underground. Smart, because you won’t have other people complaining about noise (in the Netherlands we don’t have this as much).

So, downstairs there’s a guarded coat stand, with on your left the toilets (with chill out couch in the girls bathroom, watch out guys! ‘Going to the toilet’ will never mean the same again). On the right is the bar, with 3 bars and barstools and tables with seats. It’s really cozy, with tea lights everywhere. There’s also a piano and they often have a band performing (awesome!). For those who like performing themselves, every thursday there’s karaoke night. They often organize evenings with Rock (and Roll) and once a month there’s a Bulgarian evening on friday.

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The people who come here are between 23ish and 35ish years old. Of course there are exceptions! If you want to go on a saturday night and would like a place to sit, you can make a reservation (on the number 0898 828 828). It’s not required though. The idea is to have conversations while listening to the music, though the music gets louder as the night continues. A good excuse for some dancing or a more intimate conversation (read: yelling in each others ears). A great place for an amazing night out.

An impression:

Address according to their FB page:
Street Todor Alexandrov 23, Blagoevgrad | Улица Тодор Александров 23
Where the entrance is:
Street Petko. D. Petkov 2, Blagoevgrad | Улица Петко. Д. Петков 2
Coordinates: 42.019304, 23.099606

How to get there?
howtogettopianobarWhen you’re walking on the big shopping street between BILLA (orange) and the big mall LARGO (green) it’s the fourth street from BILLA on your right, and the third street from LARGO on your left. When you stand in front of the street you’ve got a kiosk and a clothing store called ALEXANDRA on your left, and the Shamrock restaurant and an oldskool phone on the wall next to it on your right. It’s halfway down this street on your right!

Bachkovo monastery | Бачковски манастир

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When we drove to the Bachkovo monastery, we saw the signs on our way there. The last one led us to the parking lot. After we parked the car we followed the street which went up hill to the monastery. Along the street were many souvenir shops and food stands. They sell pottery, candy, herbs, bracelets and more. I bought myself some herbs once. You will pass a gate and a little fountain and before you know it you will stand in front of the monastery, with on your right some beautiful trees.

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Next to the entrance is also a small fountain. The beautiful gate will lead you to the courtyard, with in the middle an orthodox church, a big tree with a gutter around it, a patch of grass with a fountain on it, chickens and a rooster walking around and the beautiful 3 stories of monk cells (and probably others things, this makes me curious!) surrounding this all.

Also good to know, on the left side of the monastery, opposite the entrance of the church, there’s a door. You should definitely check if it’s open, because there’s another little courtyard behind it with another little church. You can’t enter the church, but the view from outside is amazing already. When you’re not sure about whether it’s okay to go there, ask someone ‘Mozhe li da pogledam kakwo e tam?’ May I see what’s there?

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I really like this monastery. It’s a cozy one and it really feels like you’re back in time (when there aren’t groups of tourists..). I’ve been here 3 times and it has been wonderful every time.

Adress: Plovdiv and the Valley of the Kings | Пловдив и Долината на тракийските царе
Coordinates: 41.943642, 24.855324

How to get there?
When you drive on the 86 between Asenovgrad and Chepelare you will find Bachkovo monastery on the east side of the road. It lies beneath the town of Bachkovo. From Asenovgrad it’s about 10 km, from Chepelare about 43 km. You will see the signs when you get closer, including the one leading to the parking lot next to the road. It’s next to a river, where there’s a walking bridge.

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Yo-ho-Hostel Varna | Йо-Хо-Хостел Варна

normal_100_5049This hostel is awesome. As soon as you enter you will find yourself in an aquarium hallway. The stairs will lead you to the hostel itself, with the reception. It’s really messy, creative, cozy, free minded, international and fun. There’s always someone there to help you, they speak English and are more than willing to help you. They’ve got their own citymaps with places to go and things to do and they will love to tell you their favorite places. And when their day of work is over, you can come along aswell!

normal__MG_0746There are pictures, posters, figurines, paintings and many other stuff around the hostel. There are rooms for 11 and 4 people, but it’s also possible to have a private room for 2 or 1. The cheapest bed will cost you 14 leva and will be in the 11-bed dorm.

There are showers on both floors of the hostel, there’s a livingroom with couches, computers, a table with some chairs and there’s a kitchen where you can find your not-so-amazing breakfast (Tip: toast your bread!). There’s also a backyard, with lots of places to hang out.

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The hostel can help you with activities. It’s possible to go bungeejumping, or to join a boat trip on a ‘Waterbattleship’. And there’s more!

I loved how easy it was to meet new people there. This hostel attracts people who are open to meeting other people, and after hanging out in the living room a little bit, we got ourselves a dinerdate with 3 others. It was also nice to ask whoever was around to join the Free Varna Tour, because that way you will see more of the city and you will also get to know the ones you ‘know’ from the hostel better.

DSCN5495Varna is a coastal town, and I think the best time to go there is in the summer. There are people everywhere, there’s live music, nice beachbars and restaurants, it’s so alive! There’s a creative, free vibe, and there’s a big offer in different music and scenes. It’s a touristic city, but the diversity of the tourists is big.

Adress: ulitsa ‘Ruse’ 23, 9000 Varna (улица ‘Русе’ 23, 9000 Варна)
Coordinates: 43.203645, 27.910240

How to get there?
It’s really close to the cathedral of the assumption of the blessed virgin, the biggest church in Varna. When you’re standing on the side of the church with all the taxis in the front, follow the big street to the right a little bit. There’s an underpass. Then follow the street and take the first left. Yo-ho-hostel is on the right side of the street, with a door post and a sign above it.

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Hostel Old Plovdiv

1359625375677408 This is a beautiful and cozy hostel in the center of the Old Town of Plovdiv. You’re surrounded by an ethnographic museum, the amfi theater, the top of the hill with an amazing view (watch a sunset there!), part of the ancient stadium, church of the holy mother of god, restaurants, shops with handmade products, the dzhumaya mosque and many more. Wander around in the old streets and take time to look around.

The hostel has several rooms, for 2,3 or 4 people. It’s also possible to have a single room, or to ask kindly for a room for 5. Each room has something special, unique bedframes and antique accessories. There’s even a room with an amazing painting on the wall. None of them have a bathroom, you can find those next to the hallway with the reception.

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In the morning there’s a good breakfast, which you can eat outside in the garden. There’s also a ‘livingroom’ with a big baroque-ish couch and chairs. There’s a computer aswell.
The staff is great, they speak English and know a lot about the old town and Plovdiv. The staff I met was also great to hang out with in the garden! There’s always someone at the reception.

Adress: ulitsa ‘Chetvarti yanuari’ 3, 4000 Plovdiv | улица ‘Четвърти януари’ з
Coordinates: 42.149872, 24.752254

How to get there?
Walking from the shoppingstreet
Somewhere in the middle of the shopping street you find the mosque (pink), part of the ancient stadium and a little park(green).
Walk between de mosque and the park all the way up. Keep the church on your right. When you arrive on a little square go left. You will find the hostel at the left side.

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The busses stop at boulevard Tsar Boris III Obedinitel right after the tunnel. When you get out walk the stairs (red), with the tunnel on your right. Take the second street right, then a left and a right and you will find the hostel at the right side.

From the train/bus station (they’re pretty much next to each other) you can take bus 7, 20, 26 or shuttlebus2. You can buy bustickets in the bus. When with a car or taxi you can either stop at boulevard Tsar Boris III Obedinitel and walk the red route or follow the green line. Taxi’s will bring you halfway up there. There a possibility to park your car when you get on the ‘blue’ street, right before the church.