Restaurants

Top Choice Ukrainian in Kharkiv

Plasticine Crow

If you've been to Lviv, this is one of those – ‘emotional restaurants’ – again. Hungry? Get some theatre for starters. To come in, you'll first have to confront a ‘janitor’ character who will be helping you to guess…
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 Ukrainian in Kyiv

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 on…
Top Choice Ukrainian in Kyiv

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 it …
Top Choice International in Chernivtsi

Reflection

Tea, porridge, real English breakfasts – if you're from Blighty you'll love this tranquil retreat with its boutique interior, impeccably polite, English-speaking waiters and a quite un-Ukrainian atmosphere of calm a…
Top Choice Food Hall in Odesa

City Food Market

Once an itinerant tribe, congregating here and there for irregular jamborees, Odesa foodies now have a rather palatial indoors base. The two-storey building is divided between shops, each with its own kitchen dedica…
Top Choice Ukrainian in Kyiv

Ostannya Barikada

Hidden in a 'secret bunker' under maydan 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 100% …
Top Choice Tatar in Kyiv

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 (tradit…
Top Choice Ukrainian in Yaremche

Hutsulshchyna

Quite understandably the backdrop to many souvenir photos, this large, ornate log cabin built in the 1950s serves pretty decent food. The menu includes river fish, forest mushrooms, polenta, pancakes and all sorts o…
Top Choice Italian in Kyiv

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 on…