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Top Choice Museum in Kharkiv

Kharkiv Art Museum

Kharkiv's most famous museum owns one of many versions of Ilya Repin's Zaporizhsky Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Turkish Sultan, which is found in a room full of Repin paintings in the museum's permanent collecti…
Top Choice Square in Kharkiv

Ploshcha Svobody

Locals claim that this huge expanse of cobbles is the second-largest in the world after Beijing's Tiananmen Sq. At 750m long it's indisputably huge and is certainly Kharkiv's most unique sight. Planned as an ense…
Top Choice Park in Kharkiv

Shevchenko Park

Central Shevchenko Park is one of those post-Soviet parks where you can sit for hours watching families boarding the kiddy train, listening to some remarkably talented buskers, and pondering the shortness of some sk…
Top Choice Square in Kharkiv

Ploshcha Konstytutsiyi

If you are looking for a meeting point in Kharkiv, nothing beats the spot under the giant thermometer that adorns Istorychny Muzey metro exit to pl Konstytutsiyi. Just west of the square, the gleaming domes of the P…
Uzbek in Kharkiv


The chef here fries up a mean plov (pilaf) and other Uzbek treats you won't recognise by name, but by ingredients. Most stick to the exotic-sounding salads and grilled meats, the staples of ex-Soviet Central Asia. T…
Pub in Kharkiv

Irish Pub

Offers exactly what you'd expect: plenty of beer (fine imports and inexpensive domestic lagers), sports on TV, a few strange Irish dishes and the chance to hobnob with Kharkiv expats.
Pub in Kharkiv


Beloved English ales like Owd Rodger and Riggwelter, as well as its own numbered beers plus an encyclopaedic food menu.
Museum in Kharkiv

Kharkiv History Museum

You can’t miss the large granite sculptural ensemble commemorating Kharkiv’s designation as the first capital of Soviet Ukraine on 24 December 1917. Nearby are several anti-aircraft guns and tanks. These are associa…
Italian in Kharkiv


Brand-new Italian job in the Ave Plaza shopping centre complete with faux Roman columns, Venetian-themed frescoes, loud Ukrainian FM radio and affordable Appenine edibles, plus sushi.
Ukrainian in Kharkiv

Puzata Khata

This city-centre branch of Ukraine's most celebrated fast-food chain is incongruously styled as a warren of thatched cottages bedecked in bucolic knickknackery, but the food is cheap as you like and it can be elbow …