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Top Choice Cemetery in Lviv

Lychakivsky Cemetery

Don't leave town until you've seen this amazing 42ha cemetery, only a short ride on tram 7 from the centre. This is the Père Lachaise of Eastern Europe, with the same sort of overgrown grounds and Gothic aura as the…
Top Choice Museum in Lviv

Lvivarnya

Revamped in 2017, the museum belonging to Lviv's brewery is an impressive, modern experience, a world away for the rickety post-Soviet repositories of the past found in many Ukrainian cities. The well-presented exhi…
Top Choice Museum in Lviv

National Museum and Memorial to the Victims of Occupation

This infamous building on vul Bryullova was used as a prison by the Poles, Nazis and communists in turn, but the small and very moving exhibition over two floors focuses on Stalinist atrocities in the early years of…
Top Choice Square in Lviv

Ploshcha Rynok

Lviv was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1998, and this old market square lies at its heart. The square was progressively rebuilt after a major fire in the early 16th century destroyed the original. Around …
Top Choice Eastern European in Lviv

Baczewski

Here's how you compress your Lviv cultural studies into one evening out. Start with Jewish forschmak (herring pate), eased down by Ukrainian nalyvky (digestives) and followed by Hungarian fish soup. Proceed to Polis…
Top Choice Chocolate in Lviv

Lvivska Maysternya Shokoladu

A chocoholic's dream, nothing quite prepares you for this branch of Lviv's most famous franchise export. Over several floors of a seemingly endlessly vertical old townhouse, you'll find countless cafe tables intersp…
Top Choice Brewery in Lviv

Pravda Beer Theatre

The latest addition to Lviv's drinking scene is this dramatically industrial, multistorey beer temple right on pl Rynok. The master brewer here creates several types of beer, often given imaginative and sometimes po…
Top Choice European in Lviv

Kupol

One of the pretourism ‘originals’, this place is designed to feel like stepping back in time – to 1938 in particular, ‘the year before civilisation ended’ (ie before the Soviets rolled in). The old-world interior wi…
Top Choice Bar in Lviv

Pyana Vyshnya

It's easy to find this one-drink bar – just look for the crowd of people on pl Rynok holding tiny glasses of something crimson, any time of the day. The tipple in question is the namesake, 18.5% volume, bitter-sweet…
Top Choice Food in Lviv

Lvivska Maysternya Pryanykiv

This award-winning gingerbread shop is a must-see, even if you are on a sugar-free diet. The delicious tooth-rotters are decorated in everything from Ukrainian tridents and embroidery motifs to The Simpsons and funn…