Yes, this is fast food. Every city has its own habits in this area and although soups have recently come en vogue here (check out the Soup Me article), the doener kebab is an eternal classic.
I have also noticed that doener tends to be different in each one of its capitals. In Berlin it comes with its fantastic sauces in the colors of the rainbow – an indispensable 03:00 takeaway, though this kind of rich yellow or purple looks quite suspicious on food. In Istanbul, on the contrary, doeners tend to be rather dry and simple, coming in ordinary bread unless you ask for them “wrapped”.
For a complete doener kebab map of Europe, I strongly recommend the Bulgarian version – rather imaginative, with salads, pickles, French fries, and sometimes even rice and beans! – in an Arabic wrap with more down-to-earth garlic and pepper sauces. The best place to get this is Alaeddin doener – the stuffiest, juiciest sandwiches in town for the best price, never skimpy on the ingredients.
Lying in the proper doener area of the Ladies’ market (check out the article), they are bit outside of the center, but if you are already there or just arrived at the train station, it’s perfect. Their fat falafel sandwich for 2.00 is definitely the best fast food deal in Sofia, and it’s open 24 hours.
For the healthy eaters they have even launched the “doener light” – whatever that may entail. There’s also another stand at the Slivnitsa/Rakovski crossing.
Aladdin Doener & Falafel | Snacks | Falafel sandwich BGN 2
52, Maria Louisa Blvd.
24 hours daily