Kiev is the vibrant capital city of Ukraine. It’s one of the unmissable places (with Odessa and some other major towns) you have to visit while discovering the country. Known for its religious architecture, secular monuments and history museums, the town has a vast range of attractive things to do to please all of its visitors, but one of the best might be its incredible variety of traditional and delicious foods. In this article, we’ll focus on 8 of the best restaurants you can stop by in Kiev to experience a great taste of the rich and old Ukrainian cuisine while you vacation in the country.
1. Spotykach restaurant
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If you’re looking for a great choice of both veggie and non-vegetarian dishes, you knocked on the right door. Here, you’ll enjoy great burgers and other mixes of classic and “modern” local food in a great atmosphere coming with an excellent service. You’ll appreciate dining inside or outside in the beautiful spaces of the restaurant. But most of all, you’ll discover the greatest recipes of ancient Kiev dishes such as the Kiev cake, the standard Kotlet-Kiev, the Kiev borsch, the icecream-eskimo, baked roller on a shovel, Kievan bread and much more!
Address: Volodymyrska St, 16, Kyiv, Київська, Ukraine, 01025
Website: Spotykach restaurant
2. Kanapa restaurant
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Featuring pre-revolutionary recipes from different regions of the country and also modern interpretations, at Kanapa you’ll discover a new range to savor, both traditional and authentic. Prepared from seasonal and local products, the dishes go from meat to fresh fish and will blast your senses away. Furthermore, coming along with the meals, the extensive Ukrainian wine list and the selection of local cheeses will fulfill all your wishes. You’ll enjoy having a great dinner in this beautiful wooden building of the nineteenth century, where exhibitions are displayed all year round.
Address: Andriivs'kyi descent, 19, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01025
Website: Kanapa restaurant
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3. Pervak restaurant
If you are looking for a good restaurant where you can relax while eating great food, drink wine and sit in a pleasant atmosphere, Pervak is your place. Here you’ll enjoy such a good choice of dishes but not only the food will blow your mind, the atmosphere will also be adjusted regarding your tastes and you’ll be able to choose virtually everything for what, where, when and how you’ll eat. Welcome to a real Ukrainian folk restaurant where everything is as needed and from which you won’t want to leave.
Address: Rohnidynska St, 2, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01004
Website: Pervak restaurant (in Ukrainian)
Literary meaning cafe “Ginger”, this place is also unmissable in Kiev. This cosy vegetarian restaurant will bring you your dose of healthy and proper food. With vegetarian and vegan recipes interpreting traditional dishes, here, you’ll get closer to a different way of eating. Vegetarian omelette and rolls with seaweed, tofu and many other dishes…you’ll be surprised to discover how great and tasty their specialities are. Well, a nice and pleasant place coming along with a friendly staff and delicious food and drinks. What more could you ask for?
Address: Zhylianska St, 7, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
Website: Ginger Imbur (in Ukrainian)
5. Odessa restaurant
Here’s another great address to be in Kiev for those looking for a tasty discovery. In the city centre of Kiev, opposite the National Palace of Culture and Arts “Ukraina”, the Odessa restaurant is one not to miss. From Black Sea fish dishes, roasted fillet of Kalkan and baked vegetables, Borodinsky bread soup with Kalkan ravioli, Fillet of Kalkan with zucchini pasta, and chili and green onion, here, you’ll just have too much choice on the menu! Most of all, the prices will correspond to the level of the gastronomy your looking for. A must!
Address: Velyka Vasylkivska St, 114, Kyiv, Ukraine, 03150
Website: Odessa restaurant
6. Shoti restaurant
This Italian restaurant might be the best of all in Kiev and features osteria pantagruel with home-made pasta, pizzeria Napulè with Neapolitan pizza, baked in a wood-fired oven and more for your greatest joy. You’ll appreciate being served like a king by the friendly staff for a great Italian dinner in Ukraine.
Address: Mechnykova St, 9, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01133
Website: Shoti restaurant
7. Tsarke Selo restaurant
The first Ukrainian national cuisine restaurant which opened in 1998, the Tsarke Selo preserves and spreads the best Ukrainian hospitality traditions in this cosy, friendly and welcoming restaurant. Right in the middle of Kiev, nearby the great sights of the town, you’ll enjoy coming here after or during a sightseeing tour. The restaurant will please your taste buds with its many ancient recipes, traditional Ukrainian beverages and vintage European wines. A real insight into Ukraine’s traditions.
Tsarke Selo restaurant
Address: Lavrska str, Lavrska St, 22, Kiev, Ukraine, 02000
Website: Tsarke Selo restaurant
8. Musafir restaurant
The tasty food, such as Crimean Tartar and Polva or Burma dishes accompanied by bread and hummus (and additional vegetarian options) will just blow your mind, for a very small price. In Musafir, you’ll end up full and pleased, with the friendly staff and cool atmosphere of this authentic Crimean restaurant. A great value for money in the Ukrainian city.
Address: Saksahanskoho St, 57А, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
Website: Musafir restaurant (in Russian)
Discover the delights of Ukraine!
With these 8 top-ranked restaurants in Kiev, you’ll get true insight into the country’s gastronomy, traditions and rich cuisine. From vegetarian to meat, bread to cakes, prepare yourself to discover a huge range of tasty dishes coming from both the country’s old traditions and the modern and creative gastronomy innovations.
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