Shopping in Western Ukraine

  • Top ChoiceShopping 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 interspersed with displays offering great slabs of Belgian-style chockie and all kinds of creations (animals, hearts, pralines) in milk and dark versions that will have you drooling. A dream come true for fans of the 1970s Willy Wonka films. And don't worry if you don't manage to make it here – LMS has shop-cafes in 25 other Ukrainian cities, plus Baku and Kraków.

  • Top ChoiceShopping 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 funny farm animals. You can also enjoy a gingerbread treat together with a cup of Lviv coffee in the cafe, or create your own in a special workshop.

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    Etno-Halereya

    If you are in the market for some traditional Ukrainian folk costume and have rather a large budget, this vintage emporium sells the real thing with exquisitely crafted vyshyvanky (embroidered tunics), ruchnyky (ornamental towels) and jewellery, all from the last century, going for thousands of hryvnya. There's also a small museum (admission 30uah) with more valuable pieces.

  • Shopping in Lviv

    Iconart Gallery

    Small shop and adjoining gallery specialising in high-quality modern twists on sacral art, including brightly coloured icons painted on glass and aged lime wood. Many of the artists work as curators and restorers at the nearby National Museum.

  • Shopping in Lviv

    Knyharnya Ye

    Part of a chain, this excellent bookstore is of interest to foreign visitors thanks to its maps (Carpathians, other Ukrainian cities), better-than-average range of postcards, Lviv-themed guides in English and impressive coffee-table books on all things western Ukraine.

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    Outdoor Arts & Crafts Market

    Located opposite the Zankovetska Theatre, this quite large market is the place to head if you are in the market for some Putin toilet roll, hairy Carpathian rugs, Soviet and prewar junk, pysanky (patterned eggs), woodcrafts and lots of dubious art.

  • Shopping in Lviv

    Vinil Klub

    Lviv's first post-digital vinyl shop is a cool place with racks of used LPs from both abroad and the ex-USSR, Ukrainian CDs and a cellar where you can lounge around on beanbags listening to Lviv rock or Bob Marley.

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    Roshen

    The Lviv branch of president Poroshenko's signature chocolate shop is a carbon copy of all the others across Ukraine, complete with clockwork window display, large pick 'n' mix sweet section and powerful air-con.

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    Mamyna Svitlytsya

    This friendly souvenir shop sources Carpathian ceramics and embroidery direct from producers, meaning you get the real deal for a lower price. The range of Kosiv ceramics is particularly impressive.

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    Opera Passage

    Elite-brand shopping mall housing a tranquil cafe and a better-than-average supermarket in the basement.

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    Second-hand Book Market

    Gathered aptly around the statue of Ukraine's first printer, Fedorov, this been-here-forever second-hand book market offers an eclectic range of reading matter, from Kobzar in original to Mein Kampf, Polish cookbooks to the complete works of Ivan Franko, all laid-out on Soviet-era folding beds.

  • Shopping in Lviv

    Arsen

    Lviv's best central supermarket is this round-the-clock affair buried deep under the embarrassingly upmarket Roksolana shopping mall. For a cheap and healthy picnic meal try their huge range of ready-made food priced per 100g.

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    Krakivsky Rynok

    Fans of outdoor markets will enjoy this real, bustling Soviet-style rynok (market) with all the fresh fruit, raw meat and cheap junk that entails.

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    Radist

    Beautiful traditionally embroidered clothes made in Lviv and sold for realistic prices. Staff speak no English but are helpful and friendly.

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    Terra Incognita

    Outdoor gear shop selling good-quality essentials you might need for a hike into the Carpathians. Also stocks hiking maps.

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    Gorgany.com

    Outdoor gear store with international brands.

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    Shos Tsikave

    This tiny emporium is the antidote to Ukraine’s souvenir industry and offers one-of-a-kind handmade crafts, some produced by disabled children. It’s buried deep behind the facades on pl Rynok’s southern flank – enter along the alleyway next to Lvivski Plyatsky. Also has a tranquil courtyard cafe.

  • Shopping in Lviv

    Fanat

    The local football team is FK Karpaty Lviv who play in the highest Ukrainian league. This is where you can pick up the team paraphernalia and there's also a small museum dedicated to western Ukraine's most successful club.

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    Ravlyk

    Located in the Museum of Ethnography, Arts & Crafts, the quality of the souvenirs at Ravlyk is high, particularly the pysanky.

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    Dim Knyhy

    The 'House of Books' is a reliable stop-off if you are sourcing maps of the Carpathians, postcards, books in English and publications on Lviv and Ukraine.