What to do in Kyiv
Noodles vs marketing (Khrestovyi Ln, 8/9) Ramen, super nice chef, quick, small cosy space. Note: the chef was also our cook for the wedding 🍴🍾
Banh Mi Vs. Marketing (Tsitadelna 6/9, entry at the back of the building) The newest place of Zhenya, the tastiest sandwiches you can ever eat in Ukraine. All with locally sourced products.
The Burger (Arena City, Velyka Vasylkivska St, 5) (nice offers: 150–199 UAH burger + unlimited Pepsi + fries + coleslaw) have other dishes than burgers
MOMO (Sahaidachnoho St, 24) Kyiv equivalent of Prêt à manger. Superb choice of vegan / veggie / omnivorous products. Super low prices, great location near the harbor (Poshtova Plosha) and cosy atmosphere.
Mimosa (Baseina St, 1) a classy atmosphere to eat NY style pizzas cooked in the wood oven in the middle of the restaurant. Excellent salads as well
3b café (Khoryva St, 23 & Shota Rustaveli St, 22a), meat and grilled food. Good prices.
Lyubimyi Dyadya (Pankivska St, 20) very tasty meals with meat/grilled veggies, nice design. Better to book before.
Kitayskiy Privet (Ivana Franka St, 7)
Kyiv is not super rich in Chinese restaurants. But this one largely compensate for the absence of all the others. Fair prices and amazing design.
Shoti (вул. Мечнікова, 9) Georgian, excellent price / quality, amazing modern architecture, super tasty, slightly upscale. Booking absolutely needed
Il Molino pizza (many locations) chain of pizzerias, probably the best pizzas in Kyiv.
Gogi (Tolstoho St, 13) Georgian, nice architecture, slightly cheaper than Shoti.
Musafir (Saksahanskoho St, 57А) very tasty tatar food and excellent price / quality relationship. Need to book in advance usually.
(in Metrograd Bessarabs'ka Square) founded by a veteran of Donbas war, he hires other veterans to reintegrate them in society, nice atmosphere and great choices of pizzas.
And some places to hangout and shop between your delicious meals...
BARS / COFFEES
Kosatka (Velyka Zhytomyrska St, 25/2) modern atmosphere, concerts sometimes, nice food and drinks.
Parovoz (Velyka Vasylkivska St, 19) prohibition time themed cocktail bar in front of Lva Tolstoho metro station.
The Blue Cup coffee (5 Pushkinskaya Str) coffee with a nice atmosphere and nice cakes.
Wolkonsky (many places) the best bakery in Kyiv. Try the croissant with orange and almonds!
Small talking (Lysenko St, 3) cute café with healthy snacks.
Krapka koma litpub (Antonovycha St, 14) nice burgers and grilled dishes. Musicians often.
Turka (Gonchara St 32A) coffee-shop with delicious coffees and cakes.
CLUBS / MUSIC
Atlas (Sichovykh Striltsiv St, 37) very nice concerts.
Roof (Sichovykh Striltsiv St, 37 (next to Atlas) outdoor stage on the roof of a building only summer and spring
Closer (Nyzhnoiurkivska St, 31) One of the most famous alternative nightclubs in Kyiv. Jazz every Thursdays.
Plivka (Vasylkivska street 1) a very nicely located alternative nightclub with a diverse programmation and very photogenic atmosphere.
Kyiv Opera (Volodymyrska St, 50) Ballet and Opera house. Impressive architecture, great performances and absolutely affordable (tickets from 2€)
Kyiv South Shore ("Южный Берег Киева", Truhaniv Island, access from the Pedestrian bridge) beach club with a great view on the city. Concerts, bar, lots of places to chill.
Platforma art zavod (Bilomorska St., 1) cultural center built in an abandoned factory. Concerts, co-working spaces, festivals, exhibitions.
SHOPPING / MISC
Vsi Svoï (Всі. Свої Магазин, Khreschatyk St, 27) the best place to buy Ukrainian contemporary clothes and accessories. Prices are scandalously fair. It would be a mistake not to visit it during your stay.
TSUM (Khreschatyk St, 38) Kyiv's central shopping mall on the main street. It reopened in Dec. 2016 and offers lots of cool fashion brands, international and Ukrainian.
Knigarnya E (Mykoly Lysenka St, 3) Ukrainian bookshop. If you'll mostly find books in Ukrainian, you'll also be able to find some nice ones in English like this one.
Ocean Plaza (metro Lybidska) a huge but design mall with tons of contemporary brands and even an Auchan supermarket, like in France!
places to visit
Pinchuk Art Center (Velyka Vasylkivska St, 1) contemporary art center exhibiting some of the most famous and expensive artists.
Climb in Rodina Mat's arm (Museum of Great Patriotic War, Arsenalna metro)come early in the morning to be sure to have a place. 200 UAH / pers and the craziest view over Kyiv from the shield of the huge stainless steel statue.
Mejyhiria (better to go by taxi / car) the residence of former president Viktor Yanukovych now turned into a giant museum of corruption.
Explore Kyiv Murals
Hundreds of buildings in Kyiv have been painted by artists from all over the world. You'll probably see some from your taxi from the airport. But you have chances to discover many other while visiting the city.
You can find a crazily dense map locating them all here.