Photosynthesis

Honestly, if someone hadn’t arranged a meeting at the Photosynthesis café, I would have never known it existed. I always associate this place as a store for photography, but upstairs on the second floor is a beautiful gallery cum café.

The space is open and bright. Plenty of room to sit without bumping into your neighbor.

The walls are adorn with amazing photographs. I am not sure if it is a rotating exhibit or permanent installation. I was really taken with the beautiful and inspiring nature scenes.

They also have a menu for food. You can order a sandwich or other light bites. Judging from what my friend ordered the portions seem healthy and by healthy I mean sizable. 

Photosynthesis
57 Vasil Levski Blvd./бул. “Васил Левски” 57
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 09:30-20:30, Sat. 10:00-20:30, Sun. 10:00-19:00 
Tel: 02/980 73 71; 0888 024 999 
E-mail: center@photosynthesis.bg, photo@photosynthesis.bg
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Artnewscafe

Honestly, finding cool places to visit outside Sofia requires a bit more research. So, I found out about artnewscafe in Plovdiv through some events that they organized with Gaillot Chocolate, whose workshop is also located in Plovdiv. The cafe can be found at the end of the hip Otets Paisiy street.

The exterior uses the popular look of natural pine and glass, which is seen quite often in Sofia in designs by Funkt. The graffiti adds a nice touch.

The small interior houses a bar stocked with spirits and lots of books on shelfs, some design items for sale and other bric a brac…
To the right of the entrance is a small room with a few tables and chairs, plus more shelves with books.
From our hotel room at the Art Hotel Dali, which is also on Otets Paisiy, we could see this from our window. I figured it was some sort of public art installation, but it wasn’t till I saw that the artnewscafe was selling  PLOVEDIV tee shirts (15lv) and canvas tote bags (10lv) that the bartender told me about the “All We Need Is PLOVEDIV” campaign… I got a shirt for me and some Gaillot Chocolates for the girls.

Otets Paisiy 38, 
Plovdiv, Bulgaria 
Mon – Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sun: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm 
Phone 032 623 895 
e: news@artnewscafe.com 

Paper Cake

Paper Cake, a bookshop and chocolatier situated on the bustling Rakovski street; this little shop is something unique because they don’t limit themselves to coffee and tea, but alcohol as well.

I was a little confused about the Chocolaterie aspect because all I saw offered were some small cakes, which seemed only marginally chocolatey. I was told that they normally have selection, but not the day of my visit.

The coffee is average, but they don’t claim to be a cafe or bar. The focus seems to be on the books and providing a space to brows and enjoy. They also have a limited selection of English language books.

Papercake is split level, so you can chill out upstairs in the loft, which has plenty of couches and nooks.

I liked the eclectic collection of furniture, like the wake board table supported by the legs of an ironing board and other decorative elements. Many places in Sofia are becoming rather homogenized by frequently utilizing a similar design style, this unpretentious and laid back environment is conducive to sipping a coffee and typing away on an iPhone writing a blog post.

122 Rakovski str.,
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Hours Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Phone 088 922 6822