Well, I live in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and here now there is some snow and minus temperatures. So nice cold winter weather!
I do have a lot of fun during the winter and I am very happy to share with you 10 alternative ways to stay cool and excited when outside is minus 20 degrees.
Let’s discover Sofia!
- Painting and drinking wine at the newest hit in Sofia – Rosso
Have you heard about this place? It is painting and wine bar in Lozenets, Sofia. Rosso. Charming atmosphere, nice people and so much art on this place!
You can paint your best picture while drinking wine.
During the whole time an experienced painter is helping you. His explanations and ideas are so good, so no matter how “unarty” you think you are, you will have really nice picture to take at home.
Rosso has a facebook page and you can trace their events. Also check the locations in the facebook page. It’s really fantastic place to go and relax creatively!
Sofia Ring Mall has indoor karting and you can drift yourself! If you are a group of friends, they can organize a competition and wake up your sport spirit! The karting has challenging runways so be careful!
- Skiing/ exploring Vitosha mountain
The best thing you can do during the winter is to go and celebrate the snow. Sofia has a big advantage as an European capital – it’s close to Vitosha mountain.In fact, Sofia is the only one European capital with a mountain really near to the city center! So if you do skiing, go to feel the mountain. If not, you can always learn. At least there is a fantastic paths you can have a fresh walk.
For skiing in Vitosha mountain more info check here.
For just nice walks – Vitosha mountain again is the right place. It’s no more than 30 – 40 minutes far away from the city center of Sofia!
After the beautiful walk/ skiing it’s strongly recommended to eat in guesthouse “Moten” as the food is one of the most delicious and represents the Bulgarian traditional kitchen.
Yes, You can do it! How about some cocktails with friends and after that you can sing together your favorite songs. I can recommend one cozy place in Student city area. Student city is a place especially for young students, there are plenty of bars, discos, caffees. If you want to party, this is where most of the people in Sofia regularly go.
Let’s go back to the karaoke night. I recommend – Sound Wave. Really nice modest bar for everyone! Find them here.
They have a big big list of songs which can be sung, so no way to have a bad night there.
It’s a rock bar so it’s time for headbanging!
In Sofia, there are plenty of hotels where you can swim and relax the whole day.
I recommend Victoria Spa in Ramada hotel. The facilities are nice, it’s clean and the pool is huge, which is important if you want to swim. They have relaxing area, two saunas, steam bath, big pool and pool for kids, Jacuzzi, massages, fitness and group sport activities.
More information you can easily find on their site.
- Escape rooms
Entertain, friends, thinking, new challenge, secrets… Yes, all these you can feel if you try some of Sofia escape rooms. It is a room where you and friends need to discover, explore and find the answers of puzzles from different areas. It helps you also to develop your team building skills.
The full list of all escape rooms in Sofia can be found here, so don’t wait and book your new challenge!
No matter of your nationality almost all escape rooms in Sofia have English versions.
- Boom! Burgers N Steaks
Why not having an amazing burger, specialized exactly for you. Find the place here in the city center of Sofia. You can arrange the perfect burger for you, they have plenty of combinations. Boom yourself with a burger!
If you overeat, you can always have a nice walk on the main Sofia boulevard Vitoshka. It’s a really charming area, one of my favorite for a walk.
Check also and St. Alexander Nevsky Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in the city center of Sofia.
- Latino dances
Well, this is one of my passions. It’s being more and more promoted recently. There are organized classes by reputable dance schools. My school is Salsa Ritmo and I believe they are the best!
My teachers – Tedy & Mitko, become the 4th in the world this winter in bachata style! Check Salsa Ritmo’s site here and choose a class! They also have a facebook page with news and exciting Latino events.
Also there are plenty of places to go just for salsa party dancing. They are very social latino events, you can meet really interesting people and burn some calories, while having fun!
I have two favorites for Latino parties in Sofia:
- Kango jumps
Well, let’s jump into the world of Kango jums. It is recently very popular in Sofia to try this sport activity. I really enjoy it. It is a mix of cardio and burning exercises on a loud music. The feeling is refreshing and you can stay slim and feel beautiful! Almost in each neighbourhood of Sofia there are Kango jump facilities. Be crazy, cool and fit with Kango jumps.
- Ice skating
Well, one of my favorite activities during the winter. Actually you can practice them only when it’s winter. Ice skating in Sofia is available for you on many places. Check the list here thanks to two amazing travel bloggers and sisters. Their site is fascinating.
My favorite ice skating places in Sofia are the Winter Palace (it is in Student city, Sofia) and Ariana lake ( in the city center of Sofia).
Love the winter! Do you?