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Are you looking for the best Instagram spots around Sofia?

If so, you’re definitely in the right place!

After living in the capital city for seven weeks, I found 17 amazing Instagram spots around Sofia and throughout Bulgaria as well.

So, now you can just browse the list below for all the best photo spots around Sofia and beyond and then pick your favorite picture-perfect shots for your visit!

Each one outside of the city center also comes with a complete guide on where it is, how to get there, and more, so traveling around Sofia and beyond for photos has never been easier.

First, let’s get started with a map of the top seven Instagram spots around Sofia that you can visit on one easy walking route through the city. It covers:

  • A. Regional History Museum
  • B. Largo Sofia
  • C. Church St. George Rotunda
  • D. The Russian Church
  • E. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • F. Ivan Vazov National Theater
  • G. The View Restaurant

Best of all, you’ll finish with a drink and a view at The View Restaurant to round out your night.

Then, if you’re still looking for more, the list of the 17 best Instagram spots around Sofia will help you explore hikes on Vitosha Mountain, the nearby cities of Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, a beach town on the Black Sea, and much more.

Keep reading to discover the 17 best Instagram spots around Sofia, take your own Sofia Instagram Walking Tour of the city, and capture the beautiful sites of Bulgaria along the way!



Sofia Instagram Walking Route

Use this map to visit the first seven Instagram spots around Sofia on this list. It covers about 4 km and takes 53 minutes in total to walk between the site.

If you’re pressed for time, you can also skip the last spot (The View Restaurant) and significantly shorten the route!


The Sofia Regional History Museum

1. The Sofia Regional History Museum


Largo Communist Party Headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria

2. Largo (the former Communist Party Headquarters)


St. George Rotunda, the oldest ruins in Sofia

3. Dusk at the St. George Rotunda ruins


The Russian Church in Sofia, Bulgaria

4. The Russian Church


The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia

5. Dusk at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral


Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia, Bulgaria

6. Ivan Vazov National Theater


the view restaurant is one of the best photo spots around sofia

7. The View Restaurant

This concludes the Sofia Instagram Walking Route, but keep reading to discover more sites, hiking routes, volunteer opportunities, and photo ops worth traveling for both around Sofia and beyond!


The colorful side streets in Sofia

8. The Colorful Side Streets of Sofia


volunteering with puppies at Animal Rescue Sofia

9. Animal Rescue Sofia

Location: 30 minutes from Sofia
Learn more with my guide to volunteering in Sofia with these adorable doggos!


view of Sofia from Kamen Del

10. Kamen Del View Point

Location: 45 minutes from Sofia
Learn how to hike to Kamen Del with this guide!


hiking in Sofia on Vitosha Mountain

11. Hiking at Aleko Hut

Where: 45 minutes from Sofia
Learn how to hike at Aleko Hut with this guide!


Seven Rila Lakes hike in Bulgaria

12. Hiking at the Seven Rila Lakes

Location: 1.5 hours from Sofia
Click here to learn how to take a day trip to the Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia.


The Kapana arts district in Plovdiv

13. The Kapana District in Plovdiv

Location: 2 hours from Sofia
Learn how to spend 24 hours in Plovdiv and click here to book your stay in the city!


view point in Plovdiv

14. Nebet Tepe Hill in Plovdiv


Veliko Tarnovo, a cliffside town in Bulgaria

15. The Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo

Where: 3 hours from Sofia
Learn how to get to Veliko Tarnovo and then click here to book your stay!


Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo

16. Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo


Sozopol Beach in Bulgaria

17. Sozopol on the Black Sea

Where: 6 hours from Sofia
Learn how to get to Sozopol (and what to do in the beachside town)and then click here to book your stay.


Bonus: Where to Stay in Sofia

The best place to stay in Sofia is in the center around Vitosha Boulevard. Some of the top-rated hotels in this area are The Grand Hotel Sofia and the Arena di Serdica Hotel.

For something a bit more budget friendly, the Valon Theater Apartment is only $46 for a five-person stay while the Gurgulyat 29 Apartment is only $34 for six people.

For solo travelers, the H20 Hostel has dorm beds for only $6 per night.

If you’re visiting Bulgaria and love to take photos, you’re in luck. I was surprised to find that pretty much everywhere in the country is picturesque and perfect for the Instagram fiend in you.

So, use this list to discover the 17 best Instagram spots around Sofia and beyond, and enjoy the beauty of Bulgaria along the way 🙂

Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Sofia and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on to plan the perfect night, weekend, or long-term stay in the city.


This article is part of the See Sofia Series. Read the rest below:

Hiking in Sofia: How to Get to Vitosha Mountain

How to Volunteer in Sofia at Animal Rescue Sofia 

3 Bulgarian Cities You Should Visit from Sofia

6 Sofia Travel Tips You Need to Know Before You Go

Or, explore the complete Bulgaria Series for more insider tips on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in the country.


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