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Traditional Bulgarian Items ( textile, handicrafts, jewelry... etc)

Good Day,

We are traveling to Sofia soon, and I am writing to inquire about the traditional/local markets and shopping areas. We are highly interested in locally produced goods such as textiles, clothing, handicrafts etc. We are only interested in real local/traditional items, NOTHING COMMERCIAL OR TOURISTY.

Would anyone kindly suggest good places and shopping areas/streets.

Highly appreciate your assistance.

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I think you'll enjoy a visit to the National Ethnology Museum, as a start, and they had an interesting gift shop, but I didn't have any time there.

The Central Market Hall with non-food items on the top floor is another possibility, but not without tourists. I visited the Ladies Market (Zhenski Pazar), which is very local indeed, but mostly for produce and cheap housewares. The flea market near Nevski Cathedral is touristy, and includes old knickknacks and communist-era memorabilia.