Restaurants

Top Choice International in Kyiv

Under Wonder

With its multicoloured tinted glass, purple tablecloths, lots of woodwork and racks of old newspapers, this place is a kind of magic. And it only gets better when you order. Chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes, o…
Top Choice Tatar in Kyiv

Musafir

One of Bakhchysaray's best restaurants, Musafir relocated to Kyiv in May 2015. A plov master conjures a magic stew in the kazan (traditional wrought-iron bowl). Apart from the usual Tatar dishes, they make excellent…
Top Choice Ukrainian in Kyiv

Spotykach

A tribute to the 1960s, this discreetly stylish retro-Soviet cellar will make even a hardened dissident shed a nostalgic tear. The menu is Kremlin banquet, but with a definite Ukrainian twist. Spotykach is vodka-bas…
Top Choice Ukrainian in Kyiv

Kanapa

Sneak away from the busy uzviz and you'll find yourself in what seems like a treehouse – a wooden terrace perched above the dense green canopy underneath. A unique place, Kanapa serves gentrified, 21st-century Ukrai…
Top Choice Spanish in Kyiv

Arbequina

Barcelona meets Odesa in this miniature restaurant a few steps from Maidan square. Food is mostly Spanish – think paella and fideua – but the chef successfully experiments with Black Sea fish and Eastern European st…
Top Choice Fast Food in Kyiv

Kyivska Perepichka

A perpetually long queue moves with lightning speed towards a window where two women hand out pieces of fried dough enclosing a mouthwatering sausage. The place became a local institution long before the first 'hot …
Ukrainian in Kyiv

Harbuzyk

This fun, if slightly hokey, eatery offers a great introduction to Ukrainian food without breaking the bank. Pumpkin is not just in the name, it's all over the menu – from the mammlyha (Hutsul polenta-like dish) to …
Ukrainian in Kyiv

Pervak

This place masterfully re-creates old Kyiv (c 1900) without falling into the schmaltz trap that dogs many a Ukrainian-theme restaurant. The chefs boldly prepare original takes on Ukrainian classics, which are adroit…
Italian in Kyiv

Walter's

In Kiev, there is no shortage of good Italian restaurants, but in this one you can hear Italian spoken most of the time, because Walter, the owner, made it a home away from home for expats from the Apennines – a sur…
Seafood in Kyiv

Barkas

Fresh from the Black Sea is the fish and fresh from Sevastopol is this Crimean transplant. It's not only about local seafood favourites like sargan and barabulya. The chef plays with the best Crimean produce, includ…