The “third wave” of coffee is a movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine. In other words, these places are very serious about their coffee. Each cup is a work of art, from the bean to the design of the foam on top. (Be aware, they will usually look at you in horror if you try to order a decaffeinated coffee, as that is not “real coffee”.)
Dabov Specialty Coffee:
ul. Lyuben Karavelov 58 (Near NDK) There is a small seating area at Dabov, but the location is better suited to a serious coffee tasting experience, rather than working on your laptop. Hint: Sign up for a “cupping” class to take your coffee knowledge to the next level.
Drekka Coffee & Tea Shop:
ul. William Gladstone 60 (Near Center) The futuristic minimalist design makes this coffee shop an Instagramer’s dream. Hint: Come with enough time to browse their collection of coffee themed books
ul. Hristo Belchev 29 (Near Center) This coffee shop is in a convenient location just one block from Vitosha Boulevard, the main pedestrian zone. Hint: The craft beer shop next door is also worth a stop.
Rainbow Factory (Fabrika Daga):
ul. Veslets 10 (Near Serdika) & ul. Sheynovo 13B (Near Doctors Garden) What sets Rainbow Factory apart is the excellent food and desserts you can order to accompany your fancy coffee. Hint: Try the Sunday brunch menu.
Owllee Coffee House:
bul. Tsar Osvoboditel 27 (Near Sofia University) This tiny coffee shop is in a nice location to explore the Oborishte neighborhood, one of the oldest and most aristocratic areas in the city. Hint: Take your coffee to Doctor’s Garden Park for some great people watching.
Let us know if you think there are others that should be on the list!