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Coffee shops have become record holders: how has the number of establishments in Ukraine changed since the beginning of the war?

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Coffee shops have become record holders: how has the number of establishments in Ukraine changed since the beginning of the war?

Ukraine's restaurant market has undergone changes since the full-scale invasion, with the number of coffee shops growing at a record high, while the number of bars has fallen dramatically. Find out more about how the market has changed over the two years of war and which establishments have opened the most

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War has an unprecedented impact on every economic sector, and the restaurant market is no exception. However, even in the face of a full-scale invasion, this area continues to develop. And according to a study by the restaurant automation company Poster and the specialized publication "Restaurateur roars and groans", there is even an increase in the number of restaurants in two segments of the restaurant business. Read more about how the restaurant market in Ukraine has changed since 2021 in the article below.


Read about how the hotel and tourism business in Ukraine works during the war in an interview with Anton Taranenko, founder and CEO of the Visit Ukraine online platform.




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How many establishments have closed and opened during the war in Ukraine?


Analysts analyzed general market statistics accumulated from various open sources and concluded that during the war, coffee shops and fast food showed the best results in terms of the number of openings.


The general results (comparing data for April 2024 and December 2021) are as follows:


– the number of coffee shops in Ukraine increased by 35%;

– the number of fast food outlets increased by 15%;

– the number of bakeries decreased by 9%;

– the number of cafes and restaurants decreased by 13% and 17% respectively;

– the number of pubs and bars decreased by 16% and 32%, respectively;

– the number of delivery establishments decreased by 17%;

– the number of confectioneries decreased by 34%.


The largest drop in the number of establishments was recorded in hookah bars - a 35% reduction compared to the number before the full-scale war.


Read more about how the revenues and average check of the restaurant business have changed in this article.


We remind you! In the first quarter of 2024, a record number of new businesses were registered in Ukraine. The number of sole proprietorships opened over the past three months exceeds the pre-war figures for 2021. Read what kind of business and in which regions Ukrainians are most actively opening in our previous article.


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Ihor Usyk is the Head of Legal Department at Visit Ukraine


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