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Sofia Sex Guide advises where to find sex, working girls, prostitution, street hookers, brothels, red-light districts, sex shops, prostitutes, erotic massage parlors, strip clubs and escorts in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sofia (София) is the capital of Bulgaria. It is also the biggest city in the country with about 1.4 million citizens (including suburbs).

Sex and Prostitution in Sofia

Prostitution is illegal in Bulgaria but tolerated. Bulgaria sexual attitudes are fairly liberal. Prostitution is rampant, especially in resort towns and seaports. In Sofia, there are many prostitutes and competition is the sex business is very tough.

There are lots of beautiful and slim girls living in Sofia. Some of them are very open minded and ready to have a sexual relationship with a foreigner. Some girls are doing it in hope to get a wealthy husband but some might have sex just for fun. You can find lots of normal local Bulgarian sexy girls from the nightclubs or bars at weekends.

Sofia Female Escorts

Sofia doesn't have the best selection of independent female escorts comparing to some other cities in Europe. But definitely you can still find escorts from Sofia if you like East European girls.

Red Light Districts

Vitosha Boulevard, the main shopping street of Sofia

There is no official red-light district in Sofia as there are in some European cities, but you can find prostitution from the Vitocha boulevard which is considered as unofficial red light area of Sofia. Street prostitutes are very rare at the Vitocha BLVD, but there are some sex clubs on this street and many independent escorts have flats on this boulevard and the surrounding areas.

The other unofficial red light district in Sofia is near Pliska Hotel and park areas near Lion's Bridge, or Lvov Most, also have unsavoury sorts hanging about and there's the occasional mugging, so be careful.

There are no window prostitution or any other flashy red lights on these areas. Only street whores and bordellos.

Prostitutes and Sex Workers

Prices for female escorts depend of type of service and where you find them. Example if you find them from the bordellos or escort clubs, the price can be up to a 200BGL (100€), but if you do a little online research and find a girl you like the sex will cost around 100BGL (50€) per hour, but there are however some elite escorts who charge 1000BGL (500€) for overnight. The sex prices in the street can be as little as 25-30BGL (about 13-15 euros) for cheapest street freelancers (usually Gypsies woman) per act or per hour.

You should always use condom with a sex worker in Bulgaria because there are STD´s among the streetwalkers and high-end escorts.

Street Hookers

You do not have to search long time for street hookers in Sofia. At the daytime, street level sex workers are only on the few areas, but at the nigh time girls are selling sex in many different areas of Sofia. In the weekends there are whores all over the city, even in some areas not mentioned below! Simple and quick blowjob in a back alley or car costs 25 TO 40BGL (13 to 20€) and sex costs around 50BGL (25€). Some girls will even offer sex for a lower price as there is so much competition.

WikiSexGuide spotted highway
prostitutes 50 km from Sofia way to Montana.

Here are places to find street walkers in Sofia:

  • As so often the area around the big hotels in Sofia is playground of street prostitutes, like Sveta Nedelya Square in front of the luxurious Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.
  • In the Happy Grill restaurant opposite to the Sheraton there is also possibility to order girls through one of the employees there.
  • The areas around Lion Hotel and Sun Hotel are often frequented by streetwalkers, usually Romanian girls.
  • Street action is also taking place along the big boulevard Maria Luisa and near Luvov Most (Lion Bridge).
  • The streets area at the back of the old Market Hall near Scotty’s hotel are also worth a try when looking for street action.
  • With your car you can pick up girls in Simeonovo street and on the highway near the Mladost district where often Romanian ladies try to grab your attention.
  • Plana Hotel, in the area around this three stars hotel situated on Ivan Ivanov street 85 provides good opportunities to pick up ladies.
  • Hristo Botev boulevard, same street as where the Sin City nightclub used to be located. Sin City no longer exists. There are however two sex shops down close by that sell Poppers. Not a lot of action here anymore. There are plenty of cops waiting to arrest any hookers.
  • Park behind the National Art Galery and the Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral; this area is sometimes frequented by working girls of different quality.
  • Highway from Sofia to Montana, about 50 km from Sofia you can find a Shell gas station (on the left side of the road when driving from Sofia to Montana) with a pit-stop place for the trucks. There are many working girls waiting for the clients. Some of the girls are very pretty and some are not. Prices for one good-looking girl were the followings in May 2015: BJ 15 euros, full service (sex) 25 euros, but you might be able to negotiate it even cheaper. Some of the girls might be shemales so watch out.
  • There is a hotel towards the Central Rail Station, on Histov Botev with girls for 40Lev and room hire 10Lev. Watch for Green Flashing Lights.

Hookup and Pick Up Local Girls

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Adult Locations

Sofia is not the best place for mongering but not the worst either. You can find plenty of adult venues where you can get sexual services.

Escort Services and Agencies

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Some of the girls work as an escorts in Sofia do have a fake photos on their escort profiles. So you should be prepared that sometimes the girl does not look like what you see in the picture.

Erotic Massage Parlors

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There are more Asian massage salons opening in Sofia but not all of these premises offer Happy Ending as most would expect. There are some erotic massage parlors which have mostly local girls offering a sensual massage. The price of the 1 hour massage is usually 60 to 80 BGL (30 to 40 €) and Hand Job cost about 30 to 60 BGL (15 to 30 €) more. Some of the massage girls are skilled and in some massage salons at Sofia you can get even Nuru Massage or Tantric Massage.

Brothels and Sex Clubs

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Europa View Map

Permanently Closed
Praha boulevard 32, Sofia

Club Libido View Map

Permanently Closed
Dondukov 9, Sofia

Amour View Map

Permanently Closed
Skobelev Boulevard 69, Sofia

Many of Sofia’s brothels are located in Vitocha boulevard and girls ask usually low prices, starting from only €30 per hour. Many brothels and clubs have also escort girls who can visit your hotel or apartment. Places mentioned above in the "Strip Clubs & Lap Dance" section also sell sex and can be considered as a whore houses

Any taxi driver in Sofia will take you to a whore house for a small commission. Usually you pay maybe €10 more if a cab driver will direct you to a brothel.

The brothels which are located in a private apartments are often the cheapest. These type of places have usually 2 to 5 prostitutes and customers can have sex with them in a private rooms of the apartments.

Sex Clubs

Some information might be outdated (call first if they are still operating):

  • Club Diamant - ap.1, fl.1, #6 Ivailo str. - 00359 (0)2 / 9520925; 00359 / (0)99 271927
  • Club Kristal - ap1., fl.1, entr.3, #146 Slivnica blvd - 00359 (0)2 / 8324191, 00359 / (0)99 258586
  • Sallon Lady - ap.1, fl1, #25 Murfy str. - 00359 (0)2 / 9437103; GSM: 00359 / (0)98 307666
  • Sex Club Contesa - #14, Vitosha blvd., Sofia - 00359 / (0)899 539556, 00359 (0)2 / 9897562
  • Sex Club Bohemy - ap.2, fl.1, ent.A, #2B, Haydushka gora str., c/x Strelbishte, Sofia - 00359 (0)2 / 580506, 00359 / (0)898 666316
  • Sex Club Anakonda - #5 Shandor Petyofi str., Sofia - 00359 (0)898 / 908046, 00359 (0)2 / 8519672
  • Sex club RealXXL - ap.1, ent.G, bl.208, General Vladimir Vazov blvd., Sofia - 00359 (0)2 / 8463657, 00359 (0)2 / 9435507, 00359 / (0)897 323232
  • Sex club Monika - #37, W.Gladstone st.-00359 (0)2 / 9808632, 00359 / (0)888 800454
  • Sex Club Escort - ap.3, #49, Chataldja str. - 00359 / (0)89 8470521
  • Sex club Bonita - #9A, Krakra str. (red bell) - 00359 (0)2 / 9433360, 00359 / (0)888 400588
  • Sex club Eva - #87, Luben Karavelov str. - 00359 (0)2 / 9877936, 00359 / (0)888 601720
  • Sex Club Ksaviera - #43 Pirotska str. (corner with Hristo Botev) - 00359 (0)2 / 9861258, 00359 / (0)899 343437
  • Sex Club 69 - ap.1, fl.1, entr.1, #86 Vitosha blvd - 00359 (0)2 / 9543738, 00359 / (0)898 470526, 00359 / (0)888 315969
  • Sex club Rai (Paradise) -00359 (0)2 / 225806, 00359 / (0)898 227711
  • Sex Club The Place - Garibaldi Sq.,
  • Sex Club Silvia - +359 (0)2 8708570
  • Sex Club Enigma - #13, Dondukov blvd (near the bridge Chavdar), ap.5

Strip Clubs and Striptease

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20 Knyaginya Maria Luisa Boulevard, Sofia
Kempinski Hotel Zografski

Angels View Map

Angels, piano bar with light erotic entertainment in the upscale Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.
Sveta Nedelya Square 5

Cleopatra View Map

In Hemus Hotel which is close to the Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia and the Hilton hotel, you will find nightclub Cleopatra. In most clubs that officially do not offer other sexual services than (private) lap dance and striptease there are usually hostesses who are available to accompany you to you ...
31 Cherny Vrah Blvd, Sofia

Taboo Club View Map

Tabu Club is a well known or even notorious night club in Sofia, which has also private rooms available.
София, пл. Народно Събрание 12

Erotic Bar Velvet View Map

You can have a private striptease and spend private time with girls in intimate rooms.
12-14 Slaveikov blvd, Sofia

Bar Flirt View Map

Bar Flirt - girls are offering erotic services.
Slivnica Boulevard 108, Sofia

Playboyz View Map

In the prestigious 5 star Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia you can visit nightclub Playboyz that also has a Jacuzzi.
Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia

There are approximately 90 clubs for prostitution in Sophia, the first of which opened as a massage parlor in 1992. (Simeon Simeonov, Sophia Police directorate, "Bulgaria sex club urges lawmakers to legalize prostitution," EDT, 12 September 1997)

There are two type of gentlemen´s clubs in Sofia:

a) The ones where you can watch girls stripping (nude bars) by paying an entrance fee and then they will sell other services by asking you to buy drinks for yourself and their hostesses and they will sell their 1-to-1 private and VIP rooms etc. The girls will always try to sell their drinks at a premium (30BGL to 150BGL)

b) The other type is, where you can pay a "table fee" (starts at 100BGL) and it comes with limited drinks included and girls do not strip like nude bars but they wear very revealing outfits and do party dance. Also you can pay them privately to have dance which is usually less intimate than strip club private rooms. These type of clubs have strict policies around time and bouncers.

From both places you can almost always buy sex. Prices vary, but they start from 100BGL (50€), depending the place. On an Average you expect to pay 200BGL depends on the girl. Nude bars mostly conceal their pricing (depending on the season) and can charge up to a 500BGL (250€) for private VIP services including drinks.

The most well known strip clubs in Sofia are Erotic Ba (31 Cherny Vrah Blvd., 1421 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia) They provide some of Sofia’s best adult entertainment and dildo show. Mens Paradise (19 Karnigradska Str, Sofia) is another great strip joint where you can enjoy toppless shows.

Peep Show Bar 1 & 2 are two small bars in Sofia where you can get a drink and watch one of several shows performed live in front of you. You can find these strip clubs from “Lavov Most” Square №7 and Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 33, Sofia.

Bar Kama Sutra has good striptease options. Entry is 5 LVL and lap dances start at 20 LVL with private shows costing 120-150 LVL. Locations is bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov 19, 1000 Sofia

Karaoke and KTVs

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There aren't any KTVs in Bulgaria. KTVs are popular only in Asia.

Swinger Clubs and BDSM

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Like in any other big European city, you can find some swinging action in Sofia. There are probably few swinger clubs.

Sex Shops and Adult Stores

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If you don’t feel like visiting or cannot find any local sex shops in Sofia, you can easily order adult products from Online Sex Shop.

Sex shop View Map

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Vorino 52

Sex Shop Cleopatra View Map

Cleopatra is a luxury sex shop in Sofia. We offer huge variety of sex toys, sex stimulants, erotic lingerie and male sex toys.
Studentski grad, ul. "Prof. D-r Ivan Stranski" 1 V + 359 893 97 31 27

Sex Shop Erotika

Sex Shop Erotika is adult store 5 years for sex toys, vibrators, erotic lingerie wuth experience at Sofia, Bulgaria, str. Gotse Delchev 113
Sofia, bul. Gotse Delchev 113 +359877641319
Shipchenski prohod 5, Sofia
ulitsa "Pirotska" 8, Sofia, Bulgaria
Yosif V. Gurko 19, Sofia

Some of the adult stores in Sofia have a sex kino on the building, but the others only sell sex toys, porn movies, condoms, lubricants and other sex related items.

Flamingo’s (“Tsar Simeon” 200, 1303 Sofia) has a wide ange of sex toys and includes novelty items as well as some specialist items. You can also find sex films, books and magazines.

Sexwell has various locations in Sofia and it is Bulgaria’s biggest chain sex store and as well as selling a huge range of products online has several shops in Sofia. Web:

Other sex shops in Sofia:

  • Amazonka, 20A Akademik Boris Stefanov Street, Sofia 1700
  • Cupidon, “Hristo Botev” 37, 1606 Sofia
  • Sex Erotika, 52 Vorino Street, Sofia 1680
  • Sexsale, bl. 226 ground floor, 2 Druzhba, Sofia 1582
  • Sex Toys, 8, Pirotska Street, Sofia

Love Hotels and Short Time Hotels

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There aren't any real love hotels in Sofia, but all the working girls know the nearest short-time hotel where you can rent a room for an hour.

Nightclubs and Bars

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Sofia has quite good night life. You can try to hook up with local sexy Bulgarian girls at the nightclubs, bars or pubs.

  • OSCAR Club, ul.Dobrudzha 1, tel.: +359 89 966 6633
  • Bedroom Premium Club, ul.Lege 2, tel.: +359 88 886 0666
  • Yalta Club, Tsar Osvoboditel 20, tel.: +359 89 787 0230
  • Club Maze, ul.Hristo Belchev 1, tel.: +359 88 848 8053
  • Carrusel club, ul.Georgi Sava Rakovski 108, tel.: +359 87 707 8080

Gay and Lesbian

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32 Todor Aleksandrov Blvd, Sofia

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Gay parties every Thursday! Otherwise this is a gay friendly club with chillout music frequented by young open minded mixed crowd.
6 Baba Nedelia, Sofia

In Da Club View Map

This gay club has 3 levels, massive dance floors, and is open 24 hours a day so the party never stops. A roof terrace, open in the summer, is another attraction.
33 Tsar Samuil, Sofia

Club Chillout View Map

Big, beautiful spaces are lavishly laid out with fashionable, pure white sofas, plenty of disco lights, and huge mirrors so you can keep watch on whoever catches your eye. Attracts both a gay and straight people. To get to Club Chillout take tram 1,7,18, 20, 22 to these stops - Banya Bashi Mosque st ...
5 Triaditsa, Sofia

Taragon Steam View Map

This is a gay venue in a very private, discrete location. Registered as a relax studio with a steam room, private cabins. Couples can go with one ticket, using one locker. Open Wed-Sun 16-22h. Entrance prices: BGN 10.- / EUR 5.-.
10 Bratovan, Sofia

Bali Spa Center View Map

BALI SPA & SAUNA LOUNGE-YOUR OASIS IN SOFIA CITY CENTERBALI sauna is a spacious and cozy SPA lounge located in the heart of the city of Sofia. The premises of BALI have been specially reshaped and redesigned and have a total area of 300 square meters. BALI Spa & Sauna lounge is aimed to providing ...
ul. "Hristo Belchev" 3

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Bulgaria blvd.96

Exit Club View Map

A coffee shop by daytime and laid-back club by night. Exit Club is a very well known club, perfect for pre-partying. However, there are reports of foreigners being charged too much in Exit, so check your change.
16 Lavele, Sofia

Red B and B Red House View Map

Newly open Bed and Breakfast in Sofia city centre. Organizes bi-weekly Boys Night Parties for men only.
15 Liuben Karavelov, Sofia

Adonis Bar View Map

This venue may be closed. Adonis is one of the oldest gay bars in the Bulgaria, and recently re-opened after a brief closure. The tiny bar is a bit hard to find, as you have to ring a bell next to a black door, and follow the stairs down to the small basement club.
122 Knyiaz Boris, Sofia

Homosexuality is not openly accepted. Bulgarians are no so tolerant to gays and lesbians.

Gay Male Prostitutes:

Male street hookers in Sofia can be found in the area around the Bus and Train Station, Maria Luiza Blvd, the Parks (around the Palace of Culture and Borisova) and the Lions' Bridge (Lavov Most). There are mostly transsexual prostitutes, but sometime also male whores. It is much safer to find a high-end male escort from the internet and have sex with them as this are can be very dangerous at the night and many of the sex workers are drug addicts or other low-life people. Sex in this are cost around 50 leva.

Some of the Gay Clubs, Gay Parties, Gay Bars, Gay Saunas, Gay Hotels and Gay Cruising Clubs of Sofia are listed in here:

Other Adult Services

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There are many different kind of adult services in Sofia.


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Transsexuals and Shemales

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Area around the Bus and Train Station, Maria Luiza Blvd, the Parks (around the Palace of Culture and Borisova) and the Lions' Bridge (Lavov Most), there are prostitutes (both female and transsexual) offering their services at night. Trannies in this area ask about 50BGL (25€) for sex services, but the price can be bargained lower. These type of t-girls are not very attractive and you should be extra careful in the area as most of them will steal your cellphone or wallet if they get a chance. Even muggings are not un-common in the area. It is much safer to find shemale escorts in Sofia who advertise online. There are not many of these type of t-girl sex workers, but this way you get to have sex at the warm apartment and most of the time you can even shower right after. It will cost you more, but not much as mostly 100-200 BGL (50-100€) is the price of a trans girl in Sofia.

Sexual Services for Women

For tourist women in Sofia, finding sex should not be hard as most local men like foreign ladies. There are many good night clubs and discos. Male prostitution is also not uncommon, but most male hookers are only for men, but there are some male escorts who also serve ladies for about 100-200 BGL (50-100€) per hour.

In Sofia there are some man formations that provide strip shows for ladies but most of them are guest artist and you must check their programs to find the place where they have a tour in this moment.

Some of the groups Man erotic Show in Sofia (show for women) are:

Sleeping and Girl Friendly Hotels

A good alternative to hotels is to rent a fair prized apartment.

Girl friendly Hotels

Usually the staff in hotels allows to bring girls for the night but it is very common that they require registration and not rarely an extra fee will added to your hotel bill.

  • In Shans 2 hotel at street Kiril i Metodii 96, near the central railway station, you can rent a room for short period and bring girls.
  • In the cheap prized Pliska Hotel you can order girls through the security staff.
  • Radisson SAS Grand Hotel is considered to be one the most girl friendly hotel.
  • Girl friendly is the three star Serdika Hotel, in the very centre of Sofia and close to the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
  • Plana Hotel this 3 star hotel on Ivan Ivanov street 85 has the reputation of being tolerant towards bringing girls to your room.
  • Arena di Serdica, 5-star hotel on Budapeshta street 2-4, this luxurious upscale hotel with friendly staff has a very girl friendly reputation.
  • Holiday Inn Sofia, comfortable and coveniently located girl hotel on Alexandar Malinov Boulevard 111.

Stay Safe

If you have a car, you are recommended to park it in a paid guarded lot. Parking in the center is difficult; although you can find free spaces, the Bulgarian police tends to behave harshly towards foreign license plates. Even though the other cars appear to be parked legitimately, double check that there are no signs or pavement markings prohibiting it. If you drive out of the city (or enter the country by road) you must have a vignette (винетка) on every high-way. Buy it right away at the border (even though no one will tell you to and there may not be signs) or before leaving Sofia(rental car) from any fuel station. The price (2011) is 10 leva for one week - this is the shortest period available, also one-month and one-year vignettes are available. You must place it on the front window, in the bottom right corner. The fine, if you forget the vignette, is about 200 leva.

Car lights are also compulsory in the light part of the day all year long. Pedestrians should be careful since Bulgarian drivers do not yield right of way to those on foot.

Generally at night, you should avoid the area around the Bus and Train Station, Maria Luiza Blvd, the Parks (around the Palace of Culture and Borisova) and the Lions' Bridge (Lavov Most). This is especially true for single women and girls. Junkies get high there, prostitutes (both female and transsexual) offer their "services", some people might want to tempt you with touts of contraband (stolen, illegal, etc.) and/or then try to mug you. These areas are also frequented with the homeless and the drunk. If your hotel is in the area you'll be alright, just don't hang around it unnecessarily. Try to act like you are familiar with the area (and farmiliarize yourself during the day) and look like a local. As long as you avoid the poorly lit areas, the centre is okay, stick to the well-lit areas such as Vitoshka, the Largo, the Sheraton hotel, the Ivan Vazov theater and Voenniya Klub (Military Club). It is wise to choose a hotel/hostel in a better location, such as the ones listed above. Do not get into conflict with locals especially if they seem aggressive or drunk. Avoid football fan groups, they tend to be drunk and aggressive. Avoid wearing football shirts or scarves of the Sofia-based football teams, especially on match days.

On top of it all there are strong allegations of deep-rooted corruption in the Bulgarian justice system. Foreigners may find themselves in serious difficulty if they get into any legal trouble. There are many other reports of violence on foreigners in Sofia, although all of them were 'aggravated' cases such as a person trying to illegally buy documents or drugs. Be careful with taxis, make sure you check the prices first before you get in (the fare is per kilometer and it should be something like 0.79 during the day and 0.90 during the night, avoid cabs that display their fare as above 1.00), also make sure the cab has the driver's card on the front with his name. Also, be wary of money exchange shops. Some of them exchange money for generally lower rates than displayed on the exchange rate panel. Go to banks, otherwise you can easily become a victim and if you want your money back the security guard might intimidate you, rough you up or physically abuse you. One such change shop is on Maria Luiza as you walk towards the Lion's bridge (Лъвов мост) just after Halite (Халите) and Ekzarh Yosif street (you'll recognise it by the misspelling of currency, spelled 'currensy').

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