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Spotykach

Spotykach

Spotykach shed its retro-Soviet theme in 2014 and adopted a Ukraininan revolutionary theme, with pictures of Taras Shevchenko and Bohdan Khelmytsky (and Che Guevara) replacing Lenin. They do highly original takes...

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Kanapa

Kanapa

Sneak away from the busy uzviz into this beautiful old wooden house with sliding-glass doors overlooking a lush ravine out back. Kanapa serves modern cuisine largely made from its own farm's produce. Traditional...

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Ostannya Barikada

Ostannya Barikada

Hidden in a 'secret bunker' under maidan Nezalezhnosti, this is both a nationalist shrine and one of Kyiv's best restaurants. Everything – from the cheeses and horilka (vodka) to the craft beer and steaks – is...

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Musafir

Musafir

One of Bakhchysaray's best restaurants, Musafir relocated to Kyiv in May 2015. The unmistakable scent of Crimean cooking wafts from the kitchen, where a plov (pilaf) master conjures a magic stew in the kazan...

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Osteria Pantagruel

Osteria Pantagruel

Kyiv's best Italian restaurant has been around seemingly forever, churning out legendary homemade pasta and risotto in a whitewashed cellar smack next to Zoloti Vorota. The warm months see tables and chairs spill...

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Shoti

Shoti

This is modern Georgian cuisine at its finest. Try the fork-whipped egg-and-butter khachapuri (cheese bread) and a shoulder of lamb or charcoal-grilled catfish, all served with fresh, complimentary shoti...

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Kyivska Perepichka

Kyivska Perepichka

A perpetually long queue moves with lightning speed towards a window where two women hand out pieces of fried dough enclosing a mouth-watering sausage. The place became a local institution long before the first...

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Puzata Khata

Puzata Khata

An upscale stolovaya, 'Hut of the Pot Belly' is an excellent place for budget travellers to sample traditional Ukrainian cuisine. There are plenty of soups and salads, cheap veggie options, delicious pastries and...

Vegetarian in Kyiv

Imbir

Imbir

'Ginger' is a delightfully earthy cafe filled with books, Zen-inspired music and the scent of jasmine. The Asian and European menu is all-vegetarian, including plenty of vegan and raw options, and there's a cosy...

Vietnamese in Kyiv

Tintin

This gem enjoys a wonderfully surreal end-of-the-universe setting by the velodrome and doubles as a really cool bar. Owners seem to be positively obsessed with Vietnamese soups and curries, and super-friendly...

Ukrainian in Kyiv

Barvy

There are only so many quintessential Ukrainian dishes for experiment-prone chefs to play with, but it's not an obstacle for the true culinary pioneers who run this place. Airy, with comfortable sofas instead of...

Ukrainian in Kyiv

Klyukva i Bryukva

Klyukva i Bryukva

Foodies will love this farm-to-table restaurant for its seasonal menu and locally sourced ingredients. Classic dishes are incorporated with different but complementary tastes, like sweet and salty, hence the...

International in Kyiv

Good Wine

Good Wine

This is much more than the best wine shop in increasingly wine-happy Kyiv. On the premises you'll also find an upscale grocery store, a top pizzeria (Napule) and a handful of cafes – most notably trendy Lucky...

Ukrainian in Kyiv

Harbuzyk

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 varenyky to the banosh (Hutsul...

Ukrainian in Kyiv

Pervak

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...

International in Kyiv

Barsuk

Barsuk

Tucked away in a small lane opposite Pechersky market, the Badger set several trends when it opened in 2010 – namely, gastropub, organic food and open-view kitchen. Renowned local chef Dima Borisov has since done...

Italian in Kyiv

Vero Vero

Vero Vero

In addition to being the most kid-friendly restaurant in town, Vero Vero serves some of the best Italian food in Italy-obsessed Kyiv, highlighted by its mozzarella menu. Summer is best, when tables are set around...

Tatar in Kyiv

Krym

Krym

Krym also goes by 'Qirim' and occupies several spaces around maydan Nezalezhnosti, including a well-placed summer terrace. Tasty and wildly affordable Crimean specialities such as a delicious Tatar salad infused...

Pizza in Kyiv

Pizza Veterano

Pizza Veterano

This centrally located pizzeria is entirely owned and operated by veterans of the war in the east. More than a great story, it actually has really good pizza. There's indoor and outdoor seating, plenty of...

Ukrainian in Kyiv

Khutorets na Dnipri

Khutorets na Dnipri

For a memorable dining experience on the Dnipro River, visit this elegant restaurant in a stationary boat. The view alone is worth the visit but the menu is also impressive. They offer all the classics, plus...