Every time I visit Чайна/Tea House (Чай във Фабриката)
, I discover somеthing new. This was my first trip to the Tea House since my return from the US and it was just as I remembered it; warm and cozy environment, fantastic artwork from talented artists adorning the walls, handmade ceramic by Efrat Green
lining the shelves, the wafting odor of freshly brewed tea… and something new… something alluring… ahhh… the intoxicating musty smell of recently loved books.
When we walked in I noticed a sign for a bookstore, but I couldn’t see anything but a small shelf in the middle of the room, which was not exactly what I would call a shop, so I turned my focus back to having tea.
When my husband went to use the restroom, he came back he asked me if I knew about the English language bookstore in the back… they even have children’s books, he said! Hardly able to contain myself, I jumped up and headed toward the back through the swinging wooden doors.
The Elephant Bookstore
! There was something celestial about the way the light shone through the window and the French doors opened their arms to invite you further into the book nook.
The space was teeming with tomes, they overflowed into the corridor and I hardly knew where to begin, until I noticed the words River Cottage
in a bin outside the door. It was as if the bookshop was luring me in with a box filled with smart, natural cookbook titles, organic gardening guides and books to encourage kids to cook and garden… The selection of just this one box was amazing. Even better were the prices. These were gently used books from the UK priced between 5 – 12 lv. Even if you found such titles in the book shops in the mall or other places that are geared toward foreigners, you wouldn’t find such reasonable prices.
It turns out that Elephant Bookstore
opened in December 2011. It is run by a British man and Bulgarian women. They are passionate about books and make selections that are interesting to read, not just “chick-lit”! This is the first outpost for Elephant Bookstore
in Sofia. You can also order books online through their website, which is available in English and Bulgarian. The best part is that no matter how many books you order online the deliver price is just 3.95 lv through Bulgarian post. Faster delivery is available or you can also visit their main location about an hour outside Sofia. You can get updates from Elephant Bookstore through Facebook
or visit their website for on-line shopping etc…
I can think of nothing more enjoyable than drinking tea and perusing books. It is a concept that I am familiar with in the US, but this is the first time I have seen such a combination in Bulgaria. Please visit Чайна/Tea House (Чай във Фабриката)
and enjoy not only tea, but other beverages as well and vegetarian cuisine. If you “Like”the Tea House’s Facebook page
, you can find out their event schedule, which includes live music and weekend events for children and parents, like Efrat Green’s Play with Clay