Trip Report

Like a local in Kyiv

We lived for a few months in Ukraine, exploring Kyiv and its surroundings.

by karolinaAbout Me:The adamant wanderer. I started traveling with my parents as a kid and caught the vagabond bug ;-) Been traveling ever since. I came back to Europe after living in Asia for a while but mostly waiting for Covid madness to calm down between ... read more

EuropeUkraine120 days / June - July - August - September 2021

Highs & Lows

Hidden gems in Podil

Difficult to communicate in English

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have taken some taken some lessons in Russian prior to the trip. Or at least learn how to read Cyrillic. Not understanding Cyrillic makes a simple grocery shopping trip a real struggle.

  • How was the food?

    * Hum:Hum - cool, land back place in Podil with good breakfast and lots of vegetarian/vegan options * Mama Manana - Georgian cousine, moderate prices, nice decor, many locations * Puzata Hata - budget option, lots of locations, Ukrainian food * Chernomorka - a few locations in Kiev, very good fish and seafood * The Life of Wonderful People - beautiful decor, many vegetarian options, good breakfast and lunch, nice vibe in the evening * Kyiv Food Market - lots of food options to choose from, live music in the evenings * Viet Bar - best pho we could find * TAKAVA Coffee Buffet - good specialty coffee, many locations * Drunk Cherry - a few locations in Kiev, yummy cherry wine * Lviv Croissants - you'll see it on every corner, good sandwich fast food, some veggie options * Basque - a hole in the wall right in the city centre, excellent basque cheesecake and good coffee, good pit stop if you need a sugar rush...Read More

  • Transportation Tips?

    Some tube stations in Kyiv are really beautiful. It's worth to take a tube trip just to see some of them.

  • Any surprises?

    Certain areas in Kyiv can be hilly so bring comfy shoes.