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Top Choice Cemetery in Lviv

Lychakiv Cemetery

Don't leave town until you've seen this amazing 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 famo…
Top Choice European in Lviv

Masonic Restaurant

Ascend to the 2nd floor and open the door of apartment 8. You'll be accosted by an unshaven bachelor type, who eventually opens the door to reveal a fancy beamed restaurant full of Masonic symbols and portraits. Adv…
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 nalivki (digestives) and followed by Hungarian fish soup. Proceed to Polis…
Top Choice Cafe in Lviv

Kabinet Cafe

The jumble of moth-eaten antique chairs and sofas, book-lined walls and dusty parquet floors are no product of a restaurateur's imagination – this place is real! Evoking prewar (and pre-tourism) Lviv, it would be a …
Top Choice Ukrainian in Lviv

Trapezna Idey

An unmarked door behind the paper-aeroplane monument leads into the bowels of Bernardine monastery, where this lovely local-intelligentsia fave is hiding, together with a modern art gallery called the Museum of Idea…
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. The 19t…
Street in Lviv

Prospekt Svobody

Just in case it should ever slip your mind that Lviv is Ukraine's most patriotic large city, an enormous statue of Taras Shevchenko rises up in the middle of Prospekt Svobody (Freedom Ave). A gift from the Ukrainian…
Museum in Lviv

Lviv History Museum

Lviv's main museum is split into three collections dotted around pl Rynok. The best branch is at No 6. Here you can enjoy the Italian Renaissance inner courtyard and slide around the exquisitely decorated interior i…
Chapel in Lviv

Boyim Chapel

Just off pl Rynok's southwest corner, the blackened facade of the burial chapel (1615) belonging to Hungarian merchant Georgi Boyim and his family is covered in magnificent if somewhat morbid carvings. Atop the cupo…
Cathedral in Lviv

Latin Cathedral

With various chunks dating from between 1370 and 1480, this working cathedral is one of Lviv’s most impressive churches. The exterior is most definitely Gothic, while the heavily gilded interior, one of the city’s h…