Slanchogled (means sunflower in Bulgarian) is probably the oldest store for craft and art supplies I know and it still remains one of the best in Sofia. Not that it has that many goods but the place is really inspiring. Going there is a favourite ritual of mine even though lately I haven’t been crafting anything. One can still be inspired or buy a splendid decoration.
Slanchogled is situated in a 2-floored old house on the popular Ivan Vazov Str. There is no chance you’ll miss it – the facade of the house is a good example of street art in Sofia, drawn on each side. Also the shop window is always decorated splendidly so it will probably catch your eye.
Slanchogled has 2 entrances, both leading to the main second floor, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose.
On the first floor there are mainly supplies for drawing: brushes, books, notebooks, pencils and tripods. If you choose the other entrance you will find different wrapping papers. Narrow wooden squeaking stairs will get you to the second floor – my favourite space for different types of papers.
If you get too tired and confused you may sit on some of the vintage sofas there and just stare at all the artsy chaos around you.
Interesting fact: there is another Slanchogled shop in Camden town in London as well.