“Zhenski Bazaar”: The Main Market in the Heart of Sofia

Just the right treats. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

“Zhenski Pazar”, the “Women’s Market” in the heart of Sofia, is one of those places you ought to see. It looks a little less exotic than before, since the place recently had a major makeover. But, compared to most of the city center of Sofia, this market seems like the “real Bulgaria”, meaning it still has part of its charm. Walking around here is like time travel, at least a little.

They sell it all: Water pipes, fruit, veggies, nuts, fish, coffee, Bulgarian bakery products, such as banitsa, t-shirts, pants, chocolate. Well, it’s all. Many elderly people, Bulgarian Roma, but also tourists are wandering around this location. Some vendors do not want their merchandise photographed, but others do not mind.

The prices at “Zhenski Pazar” are mostly quite low. Some locals are disappointed about the quality of the fruit though. Vendors do not let their customers choose which apples or cherries they want, and they end up with partially rotten fruit. But this does not seem to apply to all of them.

“Zhenski Pazar” is the right place to have a coffee at, while sitting on a bench, watching. And it is the right place for using cameras. 

On Zhenski Bazar, you will find it all. How about a shiny new water tap? Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

On Zhenski Bazar, you will find it all. How about a shiny new water tap? Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

All kinds of fish, one, to be precise, are being offered here. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

All kinds of fish, one, to be precise, are being offered here. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

These are the beans you need. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

These are the beans you need. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

What kind of creamy stuff this is? We don't have the faintest clue. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

What kind of creamy stuff this is? We don’t have the faintest clue. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

These apples look great. But not all fruit sold here is fresh. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

These apples look great. But not all fruit sold here is fresh. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

 

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  1. Katerina Witt November 3, 2016 at 11:50 AM · Reply

    I love your page and find always interesting things to read about! Keep on with the good work!
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