Travel Kyiv, Ukraine - Eat, Sleep, Get Inspired - Short Trip Tips
In my last post, I gave you some tips about getting to Kyiv and around. Now, I will come to the essential questions of traveling: where to eat and sleep? During my short stay, I mostly followed recommendations of locals. Of course, you can also use the common rating platforms for hotels and restaurants. Closing this post, I would like to inspire you with some pictures of the city rather than telling you what sights you can visit - since every travel guide lists them.
Where to eat?
Note: In Kyiv, you will find a (mobile) coffee bar on almost every corner. It’s hard to give a recommendation so I suggest to follow the crowds.
Milk Bar, Shota Rustaveli St, 16
The milk bar is located between Taras Shevchenko University and Palace of Sports. It serves milk (haha), third wave coffee and all kinds of food from breakfast to dinner. Unfortunatley, I didn’t meet Alex. Find the menu here.
Pliacky Lviv, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho vulytsia 10
The city of Lviv is famous for its strudel so I strongly recommend to taste them at on of the Pliacky Lviv Cafés. You don’t want to miss it, so I suggest to remember their logo.
O’Panas, Tereshhenkovskaya St., 10
At O’Panas you will get traditional Ukrainian food. It’s located in the Taras Shevchenko Park next to the university. Find our more here.
Attention: The honey cake is to die for!
Krym, Shevchenka prov. 1
Krym restaurant is a very cozy place with a wide range of traditional food (and honey cake!). It’s located near Independence Square. Find our more here.
Puzata Hata, various locations
Puzata Hata is a canteen-like restaurant which you find at different locations in Kyiv. It offers a wide range of Ukrainian and international dishes. It’s a really good option if you travel on a budget and still want to taste all kinds of local food.
Where to stay?
CITYHOTEL, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho str. 56A
The CITYHOTEL is a 4*-hotel located in the historic city center of Kyiv. It’s in walking distance to all major sights. The hotel has a very high standard with spacious rooms and beautiful décor. I can’t rate the restaurant since I only had breakfast. Which not only was delicious but also offered an amazing view over the city (it’s on th 14th floor!). The staff is very friendly and I enjoyed staying there.
Hotel Ukraine, Instytutska Str. 4
The Hotel Ukraine is another 4*-hotel but it’s not the same category as the CITYHOTEL. It is an old hotel (1912) and all rooms have been renovated (not too recently, though). The room comes without a safe.
The location of the hotel is central and most sights are close by. From you room you look over the Independence Square where the revolution took place.
There is a lot to do in Kyiv. I skipped the museums and took advantage of the good weather.
Andriyivskyy Descent Arkhitektora Horodetskoho St St. Sophia’s Cathedral St. Andrew’s Church Hotel Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University “Yellow Building” Street Art
In memoriam to the victims of Euromaidan
Do you have some recommendations for Kyiv which are off the beaten track? Do not hesitate to comment!