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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 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


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 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…
European in Lviv


There's no gimmick at one of Lviv's finest dining spots where the refined interior, peaceful music and perfectly placed patio compliment food that puts this place ahead of its rivals. Fancy European fare like fondue…
Cafe in Lviv

Puzata Khata

This super-sized version of Ukraine’s No 1 restaurant chain stands out for its classy, Hutsul-themed interior and pure Ukrainian-rock soundtrack. There’s another, more tranquil branch at pr Shevchenka 10.
Cafe in Lviv


This cafe–art gallery in the shadow of the Dominican Cathedral has a relaxed vibe. It's particularly popular with bohemian, alternative types but seems to attract pretty much everyone, really. The summertime outdoor…
Cafe in Lviv

Italiysky Dvorik

Even if you decide to skip the Lviv History Museum, it's worth popping in for a coffee in its aptly named inner courtyard. There's a 2uah fee to enter.
Live Music in Lviv


This superb basement venue next to the Philarmonia reverberates with live Ukrainian rock music every night of the week.