Luxury hotels and shopping pavilions are located on Vitosha Boulevard. Away from the busy boulevard attractive hotel at medium and low prices can be found, as well as small restaurants and cafes that are sure to appeal to budget travelers.
Stores open no later than 10:00 am and serve visitors to 7:00-8:00 pm. Saturday is a half-day, commercial pavilions work till 2:00-3:00pm; the common day-off is Sunday.
Shoppers should pay attention to original handicrafts, local wines and traditional sweets. They remain the most popular souvenirs for tourists.
The city has well developed system of cashless payment; credit cards of international standard are taken in all major restaurants, hotels and shopping complexes. Cash will be useful to those who plan to shop at open markets and dine in small cafes away from the city center.
Tourists who expect to use a taxi are sure to bargain with a driver in advance. Taxis can be called by phone or taken from the parking lot.