What to do in Kyiv?
After living for over four years in Kyiv, my wife and I identified plenty of places we love to spend time at. This little list is here to help future visitors of this wonderful capital enjoying their trip to the fullest. If you have any question or idea of place to add to this list, please send me an email.
We also placed them on a map so you can see which ones are near your hotel! You can even open this map in Google maps.
Shoti (Mechnikova St, 9) Georgian, excellent price / quality, amazing modern architecture, super tasty, slightly upscale. Booking absolutely needed. A must in Kyiv.
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.
Chicken Kyiv (Khreschatyk St, 15/4,) The place to try the tastiest chicken Kyiv in the city for a fair price in a fancy atmosphere. From the same owner as .
The Last Barricade (Under the Independence Square) fun and surprising location discover some parts of Ukrainian revolution. A place to visit for the experience more than for the taste of the food.
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
Faina Familia (many locations) a chain of mediterranean restaurant with excellent value for money. Try their mix grill, their tapas and their cheesecake. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a bit “our cafeteria”.
(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.
Musafir (Saksahanskoho St, 57А) very tasty tatar food at a great price. Try their shashlicks and chebureks! Need to book in advance.
Il Molino pizza (many locations) chain of pizzerias, probably the best pizzas in Kyiv.
Lyubimyi Dyadya (Pankivska St, 20) very tasty meals with meat/grilled veggies, nice design. Better to book before.
The Burger (Arena City, Velyka Vasylkivska St, 5) (nice offers: 150–199 UAH burger + unlimited Pepsi + fries + coleslaw) have other dishes than burgers
3b café (Khoryva St, 23 & Shota Rustaveli St, 22a), meat and grilled food. Good prices.
There’s been a recent boom in asian food recently. Here are some of our favorite places.
Noodles vs marketing (Khrestovyi Ln, 8/9) The best ramen you can eat in Ukraine. Everything is made in front of you with local quality ingredients, including the noodles. The space is tiny and hidden, which makes it a location for Ukrainian connaisseurs.
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. Since September, they also make a tasty
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.
Vietnamskiy Priviet (Bessarabsky Rynok) A vietnamese fast food located inside Bessarabska Market. Very tasty and quick service. And eating in the middle of this old market is a great experience.
TinTin (Vulytsya V'yacheslava Lypynsʹkoho, 15) Vietnamese restaurant located next to the velodrome. The location is modern and worth seeing and the food is very tasty.
And some places to hangout and shop between your delicious meals...
BARS / COFFEES
Urban space 500 (Boris Hrinchenka str, 9) A very large surface created by 500 people to stimulate social projects. Great food at very fair prices and rooms themed according to the different districts of Kyiv.
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!
Bursa (Kostiantynivska St, 11) on the top of one of the coolest new hotels that opened in the center of hipster friendly Podil area, the terrasse offers you a wonderful view on the city and some amazing cocktails.
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.
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.
Update: They now opened a furniture shop on the other side of the boulevard. Lots of great things for home.
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.
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.