Top destination - Why go there in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine - Maydan place, and the main street, Khreshchatyk
Maydan place, and the main street, Khreshchatyk

Historically very rich, Kiev is full of surprises. Sometimes called the greenest city in Europe, it's hard to get enough of its parks - there is always some to explore. As good for museums, indoor (Chernobyl, ...) or outdoor (Great Patriotic War, ...), for partying, for chilling in summer in one the many beach clubs, or to enjoy some city snow in winter, there is always something interesting to do.

  • Is tap water safe to drink in Kiev, Ukraine ?
  • Yes - but locals rather use it boiled and drink bottled water
  • Average prices in Kiev (USD - 1€ = USD$1.2209 )
  • Public transport ticket : 0.16 |
  • Taxi (5km) : 1.59 |
  • Train (200km) : 3.28 |
  • Restaurant (2 persons) : 50 |
  • 5* hotel : 380 |
  • 3* hotel : 90 |
  • Appartment rent : 390 |
  • Women haircut : 9.90 |
  • Men haircut : 7.24 |
  • Weekend city break (2 persons, 1 hotel night, without flights) : 550
Amazing Amazing 6/6 (1)  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine

 Best hotels - Where to stay in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Boutique Hotel spa Kiev

Boutique Hotel spa Kiev - Indoor swimming pool
Indoor swimming pool

The best spa around Kiev ! Featuring a hotel part in case you want to stay, the spa is also accessible to visitors, where you'll pay by the time you stay (app. 300GRN for an hour). The sushis served there are great - and the rest of the food is as well. Spa has so many interesting parts : saunas, hammams, indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor warm and cold baths, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi.

Hotel Khreschatyk Kiev

Hotel Khreschatyk Kiev - Contemporary room
Contemporary room

Ideally situated at the beginning of city's main street, close to many restaurants, this hotel is a good choice. Half refurbished, you can be lucky or not, with an old soviet-style room, or a new contemporary one.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Free wifi is fine but could be better Good wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |60 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Khreschatyk St, 14, Kyiv, Ukraine

Hotel Ibis Kiev

Hotel Ibis Kiev - view on the trainstation with clear sky
view on the trainstation with clear sky

Ideally situated next to the Caribbean Club, and at walking distance of the Shevchenko park this hotel, recent, cheap and comfortable, is an ideal point to stay for short or longer period of time. Wifi is working great, available everywhere in the building. Every floor has a small balcony with awesome view on the trainstation, perfect to take nice city shots or to have a quiet smoke. Restaurant has a nice food offer, working 24h. No room service, but you can take in your room your order. Exceptionally, that hotel offers an amazing 4am to 12 buffet breakfast – reduced in terms of choice before 6 and after 10. Whole staff is nice and competent, and they will surely help you finding whatever it is you’d like to do. From airport, you’ll get there for about 400GRN (15€), and you’ll reach city center for 100GRN (4€). For a change, you can also visit the Memento Italian restaurant or the Beirut express Lebanese restaurant closeby. Approximate price One night for one person 50€, one dinner 8€, one breakfast 3€

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |No problem experienced with free wifi during the stay Perfect wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |50 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd, 25, Kiev, Ukraine

Royal Hotel De Paris

Royal Hotel De Paris - Bed
Bed

Very fancy hotel, situated right in Arena City, and therefore in the heart of all entertainment : restaurants, bars, night clubs, strip clubs. Staying on weekends might be dangerous if you are not partying, as you'll hear the bass until party ends. Otherwise very convenient if you do go to party !

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Free wifi is fine but could be better Good wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |55 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Chervonoarmiiska St, 5/7, Kiev, Ukraine, 02000
Nearby :  The Burger    Under Wonder    Skybar   

 Finest restaurants - Where to eat in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Varenichnaya Katyusha, amazing Ukrainian food

Varenichnaya Katyusha, amazing Ukrainian food - Dumplings filled with raspberry, and a carrot juice
Dumplings filled with raspberry, and a carrot juice

For amazing local food, in a real restaurant, visit one of the Varenichnaya Katyusha, there are 9 of them in town. Delicious for breakfast, lunch, or diner, their specialty, as indicated by the name, is homemade pancakes, blinis and dumplings. Each plate looks tastier than the other - and you can even take anything home, including some homemade jam and other off-menus preparations.

Amazing Amazing 6/6 (1)  |Cheap-Cheap Cheap  |200 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine ул. Красноармейская, 38, Kiev, Ukraine

The Burger

The Burger - morning special burger with avocado
morning special burger with avocado

Situated in Arena city, The Burger is the right place to eat a good…. burger. Either before party, where you can also enjoy drinks on the terrace in summer, or after party, as the place is open around the clock, it’s one of the best places in town for a burger. At walking distance, about 30 meters, of clubs like Skybar, do not hesitate to visit it especially in the morning. The quality is great, the staff is good, and they will accommodate your requests without any problem. I for example ordered custom burgers with slice of avocado or pineapple, which wasn’t on the menu.

Tchatchapoury Georgian restaurant

Tchatchapoury Georgian restaurant - Brochettes mix
Brochettes mix

Amateurs of barbecues, or more generally of Georgian food, this restaurant is for you ! The portions are generous, it is tasty, easy to share, and will definitely not leave you your seat with an empty stomach.

Beirut express

Beirut express - two different specialty dishes
two different specialty dishes

Lebanese food, at a very affordable price. Choice is more than reasonable, and dishes are served rather fast – although we visited out of rush hours and not many guests were present. Very comfortable seating, including sofa and round tables, and quiet atmosphere.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Cheap-Cheap Cheap  |7 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd, 60, Kiev, Ukraine
Nearby :  Hotel Ibis Kiev   

Mister Zuma

Mister Zuma - sushi and wine
sushi and wine

Situated on the 5th floor of the Gulliver shopping center, and open during weekend until 2 am, it’s an ideal place for a date on a comfortable terrace in summer. A large choice of sushis and main dishes is proposed, and it is also possible to accompany the dinner with a shisha. The terrace, opened in summer only, has a DJ giving a nice ambiance, without being loud, but ideal for talking. One part of the terrace has chairs and tables, the other one has comfy sofas. Approximate price Dinner for two with shisha and a bottle of wine : 2500 GRN (90€)

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Expensive-Expensive Expensive  |1200 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Esplanadna St, 1, Kiev, Ukraine

Memento restaurant pizzeria

Memento restaurant pizzeria - pizza preparation counter
pizza preparation counter

A great Italian restaurant, with large food / pizza / dessert menus, situated next to circus, that definitely worth the trip. Pizza are entirely prepared under your eyes (if you stand up and go to the counter), including the paste, and taste amazing, just like the rest of the complete and engaging menu, from starters to dessert – which are so nicely displayed that it’s hard to resist them. Approximate price Dinner for two persons with a bottle of wine 1500GRN (55€)

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |700 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine вул. Золотоустівська, 2/4, Kyiv, Ukraine
Nearby :  Hotel Ibis Kiev   

Under Wonder

Under Wonder - dessert with pineapple
dessert with pineapple

In the city center, this posh restaurant offers fancy culinary experiences, which aren’t for all wallets. However, it is calm and cozy, and it’s a good place for a date.

Nearby :  Royal Hotel De Paris   

Sushiya sushis restaurants

Sushiya sushis restaurants - salmon sushi set
salmon sushi set

One of the best sushi chains in Kiev, which delivery nearly round the clock, and has many openings around the city. Don’t hesitate to try one of their Philadelphia special rolls, and ask for a sweet teriyaki sauce. At least some of their terraces are non smoking. Approximate price One person full meal with drinks, about 500UAH / 17€

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |500 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Holosiivskyi Ave, 58a, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
Nearby :  Hotel Ibis Kiev   

Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano - Hamburger
Hamburger

Right next to the entrance of Ocean Plaza mall, this restaurant has a large smoking terrace, and offers a good choice of food. Ideal for a break during shopping. Approximate price One dinner around 400UAH / 13€

Kanapa restaurant

Kanapa restaurant - real black caviar entry course
real black caviar entry course

At the top of Andriyivskyy descent, in the heart of the old part of Kiev, this restaurant is recommended in summer for a romantic terrace date. The food is absolutely delicious, featuring the best of slavic cuisine, and the view on Kiev is one of the best you can get from a terrace. Seating is very comfortable, service is fast, wine choice is very good. Approximate price One person full dinner with wine, about 1500UAH / 50€

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Extravagant-Extravagant Extravagant  |1500 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Andriivskyi descent, 19, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01025

Vino e Cucina

Vino e Cucina - Christmas tree
Christmas tree

Fancy and classy restaurant, but popular, it's a good place for Italian food, especially desserts.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |30 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Sichovykh Striltsiv St, 82, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000

Entertainment Complex Avalon

Entertainment Complex Avalon - Rooftop restaurant
Rooftop restaurant

Avalon is not only a restaurant, it's a complex : an indoor restaurant, a rooftop restaurant, and a club. The rooftop restaurant is one of the best in Kiev, and will surely please you.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |50 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Leontovycha St, 3, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000

Cafe Teplitsa

Cafe Teplitsa - Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz

Especially interesting at night, when they have local DJs playing, this small and cozy cafe is a nice place for a tasty dinner or a pre party drink. Approximate price One person full meal with drinks, about 500UAH / 17€

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |500 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Starovokzalna St, 13, Kyiv, Ukraine, 04046
Nearby :  Hotel Ibis Kiev   

Koya Asian restaurant & bar

Koya Asian restaurant & bar - rice with chicken
rice with chicken

Situated right in Arena city, the entertainment place in the center of the city, Koya restaurant is a good place to start the evening. Recently opened restaurant in 2016, the cuisine is audacious and tasty, for a reasonable price. The open kitchen proves you that everything is made fresh and with high quality. Approximate price One person main course with wine, 900 UAH (30€)

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |Expensive-Expensive Expensive  |900 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine ул. Красноармейская 1, Киев, Ukraine
Nearby :  Skybar    The Burger   

Murakami sushis

Murakami sushis - salmon and avocado sushis selection
salmon and avocado sushis selection

Very good sushis, well presented, and comfortable venues – great for a date, or a meeting with a larger group. The sushis with Philadelphia cheese, along with teriyaki sauce, are worth the price.

Expensive-Expensive Expensive  |34 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Peremohy Ave, 87, Kiev, Ukraine

 What to see in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Shevchenko park

Shevchenko park - Valentine's decorations
Valentine's decorations

For a nice walk outside, enjoying either the summer sun, or the winter snow, Shevchenko park, opposite the university, is a great place to chill out during any season. Do not hesitate to stay there for a while and enjoy a drink or an ice cream.

Nearby :  Hotel Ibis Kiev   

Expo center

Expo center - Outdoor piano and old building
Outdoor piano and old building

With many old style buildings, and interesting events, it might be the place to attend some original exhibitions - or simply chill in the park or in summer join the beach club.

Nearby :  ПИРС 39   

 Excellent activities - What to do in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Beach club La provincia

Beach club La provincia - View on the main pool from a mattress
View on the main pool from a mattress

If you're in Kiev in summer, and can manage your way with a taxi, this confidential beach club is the best of all. Not widely known, it's easy to get a deck chair or a mattress even if getting there late on weekend. Featuring two pools, good choice of food and drink, and quality service, plus some games for kids, and a beach on the river close by, there's everything needed to spend a great sunny day.

Bora Bora beach club

Bora Bora beach club - Beach view
Beach view

A personal favorite beach club in Kiev ! Why ? It has music, but is still calm, it has got two swimming pool, plus a beach, it has beach deck chairs next to the river, and mattresses next to the pools. There aren't much kids. Staff and prices are correct. If you visit it on weekends, you better be there before lunch time, or you'll hardly find a place to lay down.

Amazing Amazing 6/6 (1)  |400 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Молодіжний, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000

Free walking tours in Kyiv

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Amazing Amazing 6/6 (1)  |Cheap-Cheap Cheap  |

Sobi Club Kiev

Sobi Club Kiev - Sobi club's main pool
Sobi club's main pool

A little outside of Kiev, this beach club is simply amazing, for a day, vacation, or even a wedding. It hosts 2 pools, a spa with several saunas, a hotel, a garden with deck chairs, table tennis, basket ball field, ... As it is generally overcrowded on weekends, service is a little slow and restricted, but it is good enough - after all, it's a perfect place to chill and relax.

Pripyat day tour - visit of the abandoned city of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Pripyat day tour - visit of the abandoned city of Chernobyl nuclear disaster - Abandoned bumper cars
Abandoned bumper cars

In the region of Kiev, at about a 3 hours drive, it is possible to go for a day tour to visit the abandoned city of Pripyat, which was built to host the workers of the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which exploded in 1986. The tour is the city of Pripyat is now safe, as most of the radioactive isotopes have reached their mid-life. The level of radiation received during a day tour is equivalent to one of an intercontinental flight.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |66 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Pripyat, Ukraine

X-park, seasonal sport

X-park, seasonal sport - Icy river in which you can swim after sauna in winter
Icy river in which you can swim after sauna in winter

X-park, on an island on the river close to the center of Kiev, is the place to enjoy seasonal sports in the city. In winter, it is a great place to enjoy a Banya, a Russian sauna : sauna, beating with leafs, and short swim in the icy river. In summer, you can enjoy many water sports, like wakeboard. Reservation recommended !

ПИРС 39

ПИРС 39 - Swimming pool with view on expo center
Swimming pool with view on expo center

Newly opened beach club, in the expo center, it's a very chill place without much children. It has a large pool, and also a beach volley playground.

Nearby :  Expo center   

Olmeca plage

Olmeca plage - Pool view
Pool view

A large pool with long chairs / mattresses, a beach with lot of long chairs.... this sounds awesome ! Olmeca is a nice place, however, very crowded, especially on weekends, with loud music, and many kids. Not the best place to relax, but a good one to take a refreshing swim under the sun.

Not so good Not so good 2/6 (1)  |400 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Пляж Молодіжний, Kiev, Ukraine, 61070

 Best clubs - Where to party in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Caribbean Club

Caribbean Club - live dancing show
live dancing show

Probably one of the best clubs in town. Featuring regular shows, live bands, dancers, and other surprises, this club is the perfect place for dance lovers. Prices are affordable, and mostly latin music is played, until 6am on Fridays and Saturdays. Drinks are affordable, and you generally don’t have to wait much to get served. A large dancefloor (on which drinks are not allowed) is ideal for real dancing. Many tables are available around the dancefloor, and a 2nd floor offers seating only. It’s possible to eat, and smoke some shisha. Approximate price Male entry 250GRN (10€), female entrance 150GRN (5€), one long drink about 5€

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |250 UAH  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine Symona Petlyury St, 4, Kiev, Ukraine
Nearby :  Hotel Ibis Kiev   

Skybar

Skybar - main stage with dancing show
main stage with dancing show

A very good club, always with a nice photograph. Playing mostly electronic music, there’s always some show with dancers going on, mostly females but also some males. The skybar club kiev has a large non smoking room with dancefloor / DJ / lot of tables, and a smaller smoking terrace with another bar, another DJ, and some more tables. Drinks prices are reasonable, and ambiance is generally very good. Although, in Summer, it has troubles to get full before 2 / 3 am, in winter it is hard to get in past midnight. Skybar kiev menu consists mostly of sushis, served with a very good presentation. Situated in Arena city, there are many things nearby to do before, for example eating in Koya restaurant, and you can always switch club for another one. Skybar Kiev is unfortunately closed for summer 2018, as it is being renovated. However, they partnered with Bora Bora beach club to offer Bora Bora by Skybar club Kiev. Sky bar kiev prices : approximate price Male entry 200GRN / 7€, female entrance free, one long drink around 100UAH / 4€ - Sky Bar kiev price might change depending on the event

D*Lux Entertainment Complex

D*Lux Entertainment Complex - Indoor main stage
Indoor main stage

Club on two levels in Kiev - featuring an outdoor terrace on top of that in summer, it's a pretty good choice for going out. As you'll have two to three different ambiances (lounge, main stage, outdoor terrace), with several bars and enough spaces for all.

CHI by Decadence House Киев

CHI by Decadence House Киев - main stage and lazers
main stage and lazers

A bit away from the center, on a party street, Chi is a new venue from 2016. It is usually packed, and has a constant show with dancers. Music is only electronic. Approximate price One glass of wine : 170 GRN (6€), Entry 7€ for men, free for women

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |7 EUR  |See on map of Kiev, Ukraine А,, Parkova Rd, 16, Kiev, Ukraine

 Where to shop in Kiev, Ukraine ?

Ukraina Shopping Mall

Ukraina Shopping Mall - Outside view
Outside view

You'll generally find most of what you need in this mall : clothes, souvenirs, sport, jewelry, exchange service, ...