Pchela is one of the oldest and most popular confectioneries in Sofia, as it has been around spreading its sweetness for about 25 years now. When it was first opened in 1993 it was probably one of the few good pastry shops, and I must say it might not look as fancy or offer as pretentious sweets as some others, but its high quality remains unbeaten.
It’s the place I go to if I feel like eating a piece of cake or a triguna – doughy dessert, smothered in sugar syrup. Their Saher cake is worth trying, especially if you ask the friendly lady at the counter to serve it warmed up and accompanied with a scoop of ice cream. Another characteristic thing here is the boza on tap – one of the best in Sofia, considering there are very little places left where it is still being served at all.
Pchela is special, because it offers sweets for every taste and mainly because you can find all kinds of clients coming here – from schoolchildren, through working class and business, to groups of elderly, who linger for coffee and a chat. It is a great place to observe the different layers of Bulgarian society, but do not expect too much coziness. With its simple tables and chairs, this self-service confectionary is designed to suit your needs for something sweet rather than for long people-watching… however, even if you only focus on the cake, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!