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  • Exhibitions12.03 Thursday - 19.04 sundayWhat Do You See?Some of the best contemporary works by Bulgarian artists invite the active participation of visitors who can give their feedback on how the works make them feel.Qsofia art Gallery, ul. Gurko 1. Open 10:00 - 19:00, sun 11:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon.

    Stephan StoYanov GallerY neW York at aroSita GallerYNew York gallerist Stephan Stoyanov has taken over Arosita Gallery for the spring and summer and is showing some excit-ing contemporary artists from around the world. The latest exhibition focuses on landscapes and features paintings, photographs and video art.Qarosita Gallery, ul. Vrabcha 12, Open 14:00-19:00, Closed sun, Mon.

    Cultural heritaGe of BulGariaFascinating exhibition of some of the most famous Bulgarian buildings made out of matchsticks. You will see the UNESCO World Heritage Monument of the Rila Monastery (made out of 6 million sticks for 17 years), St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and many other.QndK, hall 3.3. Open 09:00 - 17:00. Closed sat, sun. 3 leva and 1 lev for children under 18 and pensioners.

    Jazz ConCErts27.04 MOndayJoe lovano & BulGarian raDio BiG BanDThe JazzIT festival of Bulgarian National Radios Big Band opens with Grammy award winner Joe Lovano. The great saxophonists first performance in Bul-garia promises to be an event not to be missed.Qsofia Live Club, MndK. starts 20:00. Tickets 30 leva.

    intErnational33 GaStronautSMany years back, when there were few decent places to eat in Sofia, 33 Chairs at this location was one exception. With a wink to an old favourite, the completely new and different 33 Gastronauts ensures that this address continues to be associated with good dining experiences. The interior is light and homely, the service friendly and the menu is best described as innovative European. Everything we ordered was very fresh and tasty, both the lunchtime specials and a la carte menu items.QC-5, ul. Prof. asen Zlatarov 14, Msofiyski universitet, tel. (+359) 879 375 233, www.33gastronauts.com. Open 11:00 0:00. PJA6IBSWaGartaThe light and airy ambience invites you to relax here and enjoy the high quality predominantly Balkan cuisine, friendly service, accompanied by good music and all at very reasonable prices. There is an enclosed heated pavement dining area which is popular with smokers.Qd-3, ul. angel Kanchev 32, MndK, tel. (+359) 87 962 9419. PJABSW

    BraSSerieUltra trendy, sleek interior and a very beautiful patio area at the back. The menu is brief and original with a good variety of dishes and taste styles. Eve-ning bookings essential. Bio breakfast every morning from 10 till 11.30 am. On Sundays Thai BBQ.QC-3, pl. rayko daskalov 3, Mserdika, tel. (+359) 2 980 0398, www.brasserie-bg.com. Open 10:00 24:00. PABCheCkpoint CharlYLive jazz on Friday evenings adds to the attraction of this popular restaurant with its stylish modern interior. Offering contemporary versions of traditional Bulgarian dishes, there is also a daily lunchtime menu.QC-4, ul. Ivan Vazov 12, Msofiyski universitet, tel. (+359) 2 988 0370. Open 11:30 - 23:30 PJAEB WCorSo CenterA welcome addition in the centre of town, just opposite the Russian church. The ground floor offers a new take on the food court fast dining concept with a warm and cosy environment, natural materials and muted colours. You can se-lect from various counters fresh salads and sandwiches, ready cooked warm dish and soup of the day and pastries. On the upper level there is an a la carte restaurant.QC-4, bul. Tsar Osvoboditel 10, Mserdika/sofiyski universitet, tel. (+359) 888 83 82 28. Open 08:00 22:30. PJAVBSW

    letranGerSofias longest running French restaurant is in the up and coming area just off bul. Maria Luiza. The chalkboard menu includes all that is traditional about French cuisine, with chef Oliviers special touch. Food and service are always excellent.QB-3, ul. Tsar simeon 78, Mserdika, tel. (+359) 2 983 1417, (+359) 88 752 3376. Open Mon-Fri 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00, sat 18:00 - 22:00. Closed sun. PTJA6

    GErmanDie lte lampeTypical pub-style interior including the large Stammtisch for regular guests and traditional German and Austrian dishes featuring sauerkraut, wurst, bret-zels, and much more, make the only authentic Germanic pub in Sofia. Slightly off the beaten track, die lte Lampe is to be found in the vicinity of City Centre Sofia.QF-2, ul. Kotel 2, tel. (+359) 2 964 0386, www.fenerite.com. PX

    hEalth FoodSoul kitChenIf you thought vegan was bland and boring think again! Soul Kitchen will inspire you to indulge in tasty well presented dishes made from the freshest ingredients available without any animal products. The menu is inspired by dishes from around the world. Set in a charming old house, the trendy interior is broken down into several smaller dining areas.Qd-4, ul. Kokiche 13, tel. (+359) 876 440 003, (+359) 2 865 8080, www.soulkitchen.bg. Open 10:00 0:00. TNBSun moonRestaurant, cafe and shop specialised in home-made vegetarian healthfood. The emphasis is on local, organic fruits and vegetables as well as breads and pastries made from spelt, oats and other cereals.QC-3, ul. W. Gladstone 18B (corner of Knyaz Boris I), Mserdika, tel. (+359) 895 64 84 77, www.sunmoon.bg. Open 8:00 22:00, sun 12:00 21:00. JBS

    indianGurkhaThis restaurant is owned by a Nepali chef. The menu features excellent tradi-tional Indian and Nepali cuisine. Diners are welcomed with a selection of spicy Indian snacks and sauces. Oriental decor touches makes for a cosy dining am-bience.QF-2, ul. Tsvetna Gradina 56, MEvropeyski soyuz, tel. (+359) 2 865 02 16, (+359) 88 493 9100, www.gurkhabg.com. Open 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon. PAIVBS

    SpiCe houSeGood Indian food, refreshingly friendly and co-operative service. British run.Qd-2, ul. han asparuh 3, Mserdika, tel. (+359) 87 614 5372, www.spicehouse.bg. Open 11:30 - 23:00, sat 17:00 - 23:00. Closed sun. Deliveries from: 2.50 leva. PTJAGBSW

    the CompanYGreat interior and friendly welcome at this Irish-owned restaurant/bar. Foot-ball and rugby on the big screen ensure a steady flow of expats early in the evening, with live music on the menu after 22:00 several nights per week. QC-4, ul. slavyanska 24, tel. (+359) 2 950 4317, thecompany.bg. Open 17:00 02:00, Fri, sat, sun 12:00 02:00. JAE

    mEditErranEanCatCh a makThe name of this popular restaurant is a play on a traditional Bulgarian polenta dish known as kachamak, and yes you will find some hearty polenta dishes on the menu which features freshly inspired Bulgarian with the best of Mediter-ranean e.g. lamb meatballs with mint, crispy squid with chilli, carrot soup with orange are just a few of the temptations we have tried. All good. Always busy, so booking is advisable especially on weekends.Qd-3, ul. neofit rilski 62, tel. (+359) 890 121 012. Open 11:00 23:45.ChefSThis well-known restaurant, started by some of the countrys top chefs has fi-nally moved from its original location outside the city limits (en route to Samo-kov) to a more central spot in Lozenets.The menu has some Asian influences, but also traditional dishes and a few standard favourites. Chefs also offers a good spectrum of Bulgarian wines and some imported ones as well. The ser-vice is very attentive and friendly.QF-3, ul. Lyubata 13, tel. (+359) 896 723 222, www.chefs-bg.com. Open 11:30 - 23:30. PABWDi valliSmall smart restaurant in the Doctors Garden area with an emphasis on Medi-terranean cuisine and seafood. Prices are surprisingly reasonable consider-ing the area and the quality of the food. Excellent service and desserts. Their restaurant in Sozopol at the Black Sea is hugely popular during the summer months.QC-5, ul. Oborishte 23, Msofiyski universitet, tel. (+359) 888 982 265.forno CipolliniGreat lively atmosphere and interior at this genuine Italian joint serving pizza, pasta and salads. The pizzas feature ultra-thin dough. Be sure to book as its very popular.QC-5, ul. Oborishte 36a, Msofiyski universitet, tel. (+359) 887 778464, www.forno.bg. Open 12:00 - 23:00. PAGB

    paStorantCharming and intimate restaurant done out in a refreshing pale green and decorated with delightful knick-knacks. The pasta is some of the best in Sofia. QC-3, ul. Tsar asen 16, Mserdika, tel. (+359) 2 981 4482, www.pastorant.eu. Open 12:00 22:30. JBSpaGhetti kitChenWarm, earthy tones, raw natural materials and a variety of seating options on several levels all arranged around a very visible kitchen hub. If pasta is not your thing, there are also fish, steaks, salads and more. Lunchtime specials and brunch on Sunday from 11:30-16:00.QC-4, ul. 6ti septemvri 9, Mso-fiyski universitet, tel. (+359) 890 566 666, www.spaghetti-kitchen.com. Open 10:00 01:00. PJABW

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    piroGov emerGenCY hoSpitalConditions may leave something to be desired but this is the place to head for if you have an A&E incident.Qd-2, bul. Totleben 21, www.pirogov.bg.

    rEal EstatECleveS luxurY apartment rentalSSophisticated rental apartments in the most convenient areas of Sofia.Qul. sv. Pimen Zografski 16C , Izgrev, tel. (+ 359) 0 700 17 008, office@cleves.bg.

    GalarDo real eStateSofia based real estate agency specialised in four main areas sales, rent, prop-erty management and package services for foreigners. Spoken languages: Bulgarian, English, French.Qul. G.s. rakovski 96, 2nd floor, tel. (+359) 2 821 21 21, office@galardo.bg, www.galardo.bg. Open 09:00 18:00. Closed sat, sun.

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    Cafes, bars & Clubsrestaurants restaurants restaurantsrestaurantsrestaurants Cafes, bars & ClubsSofias city centre is packed with restaurants, bistros, cafes of all kinds and for all pockets. In a bid to beat the financial crisis, most restaurants now offer daily lunch specials at very competitive rates, so if you are on a budget but still enjoy eating out now is yo