Chekmedje: romantic little place in the heart of Sofia
Chekmedje is among those special places, where you immediately feel cozy right at the very doorstep. This romantic little place is a shop and a café all at once, where you can have a cup of green tea and buy some hand knit accessories for your home and for your personal usage. Chekmedje is located right in the very heart of Sofia city, on 7-9 Luben Karavelov Str., near Chervenata Kusta restaurant, and works every day from 10 am until 8 pm. This little place is so close to our StaySofia office that we visit it at least two times a week and we always find something adorable to buy. We also come here to feel at home, to enjoy a tasty cup of Italian espresso, or a glass of homemade lemonade, elderberry syrus, or raspberries syrup. They also serve sweets.
The hand-knit products at Chekmedje come at a fair price and the choice is really impressive – bags, gloves and hats, scarves, belts and so on. The two girls – Irena and Anna, who made this whole project work, do the knitting themselves, using the best materials available, following the techniques they learned from their grandmothers. The design is simple; the items are done with love – a combination that gives results. This small Bulgarian brand that is focused on home accessories and recycling has been in the thoughts and hearts of the two girls for ages. Thus, after prooving how successful they can be in other spheres of business, they decided to finally create the brand and do what they like.
As every self-respecting drawer (this is how Chekmedje is translated from Bulgarian), this lovely place has so many hidden treasures. You just have to stop for a second, enter this magical world and forget all the crazy situations in your everyday routine. Chekmedje is not just a shop to buy hand-knit gifts (though you can do that) and it is not just a café to enjoy an afternoon cup (though you can do this as well), it is a place that will calm your soul down and voilà…you will find yourself.