Where to go for a delicious meal in Kyiv: top must-visit restaurants in the capital
The capital of Ukraine has many historical and cultural attractions, as well as interesting restaurants that will not leave any gourmet indifferent. Find out more about the most interesting places in Kyiv that will impress you with both taste and concept
Despite the full-scale invasion of russia, the restaurant business in Ukraine continues to survive and even grow. In Kyiv alone, more than a hundred new establishments have opened since February 2022. In addition, the variety of cuisines and craft establishments sometimes amazes even true gourmets.
So, where to go for a delicious meal in the capital and at the same time enjoy a beautiful interior, an unusual concept or history - we will tell you further in the article.
This is a Ukrainian cuisine restaurant with a special authentic interior that attracts the attention of aesthetes and Instagram fans. The menu offers many dishes: soups, main courses, appetizers, pies, pancakes and desserts. In addition, the restaurant has a breakfast menu, as well as a separate section of dishes that can be taken to go or ordered for delivery.
Where: Kyiv, 18 Mechnikova St.
Last Barricade bar and restaurant
This is a place where visitors can not only enjoy Ukrainian cuisine and drinks, but also visit the museum of three Ukrainian revolutions of modern times: the 1991 Granite Revolution, the 2004 Orange Revolution, and the 2014 Revolution of Dignity.
To get in, you need to know the password. Here's a hint - it's a famous quote from Taras Shevchenko's work, which has gained even more meaning and significance for Ukrainians during the full-scale invasion of russia.
Where: Kyiv, 1, Maidan Nezalezhnosti St.
This is an authentic place in the style of old Europe and the Renaissance. The restaurant has several themed halls (Belgian, French, German and hunting), as well as many paintings and sculptures by masters from different countries, which were created in Antwerp, Belgium. The restaurant offers European cuisine, as well as rare varieties of real Belgian beer.
Where: Kyiv, 38A Yevhenia Chykalenko St.
Chaguan tea house
This is a unique "tree house" located in Podil district. Here visitors can enjoy a cup of authentic Chinese tea in complete silence in the middle of the garden. In addition, the place offers tea ceremonies for lovers of traditions and master classes.
Where: 62B Verkhniy Val St., Kyiv
Mono-cafe Cutlet in Kyiv style
This place was opened during the war, but has already gained recognition among the capital's residents, in particular because the cafe has become a Ukrainian alternative to popular foreign fast food joints that closed due to the russian invasion. The restaurant serves traditional Kyiv cutlets in various variations, as well as salads, desserts, and drinks.
Where: 17 Khreshchatyk Street, Kyiv.
This place combines a gastronomic shop, city bistro and bar. The main concept of the place is the development of modern Ukrainian cuisine. In addition, the founders strive to bring together local food producers, chefs, bartenders, artists, and citizens. Here you can taste many unusual dishes, such as hot jellied meat or onion pancakes, as well as create your own signature cocktail.
Where: 48 Velyka Vasylkivska St., Kyiv
The city bar Manifest is one of the favorite gathering places for Kyivites. We can't describe this place better than its owners, so we'll quote them: "A city bar with vintage drawers. Drinks and dishes that catch up with stolen history. Adherents of hedonism and localism."
Where: Kyiv, 5 Prorizna St.
Passenger gastro bar
The special feature of this place is its location, as it is an official bomb shelter in the center of Kyiv. The interior is unlikely to leave anyone indifferent, because everything here looks like you're traveling in a compartment of an old train, even special screens broadcast the scenery "outside the window".
Where: Kyiv, 33/35 Saksahanskoho St.
The restaurant is divided into several thematic zones. It offers breakfast, delicious pastries and coffee, as well as alcoholic beverages. In addition, the bakery produces not only sweet croissants and buns, but also rye and wheat bread, as well as products made from organic French flour. Kyiv residents say that this is one of the most delicious bakeries in the capital.
Where: Kyiv, 21 Yaroslavska St.
This restaurant is considered to be a cult one, as it has a long history. The first mention of the place where the restaurant is currently located dates back to 1799. Back then it was called the Red Tavern and was considered one of the most beautiful locations of that time. The restaurant got its current name in 1959, but unfortunately, from 1989 to 2011, the place was out of business. Today, however, visitors can enjoy delicious dishes among the picturesque nature and walls that have preserved the entire history of past events.
Where: 1 Akademika Hlushkova Avenue, Kyiv
Kupidon kneipp club
This is one of the oldest coffee shops in Kyiv, which is considered the capital's first literary and cultural hub. Here, visitors can not only enjoy delicious food and coffee in a special atmosphere, but also buy books or attend a literature or movie night.
Where: 1-3 Pushkinska St., Kyiv.
And for those who are just planning a trip to the Ukrainian capital, we suggest combining delicious with interesting and useful things and booking a tour of Kyiv. On Visit Ukraine's website, you will find more than 200 different tours of Ukrainian cities that can satisfy the needs and preferences of the most demanding tourists. By the way, with us you can taste Kyiv as part of one of our gastronomic tours. Follow the link and choose the tour of your dreams, and we will do our best to make your trip truly unforgettable.
We remind you! Despite the full-scale invasion of russia, foreign tourists continue to travel to Ukraine. We talked to foreigners who visited Ukraine during the war and found out what motivates them to travel to Ukraine in wartime, which cities they choose, and what they remember and are most impressed by. Read the answers to all these questions in the interview here.
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