15 reasons to visit Kyiv – the amazing capital of Ukraine

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With the current situation in Ukraine, with a heavy heart, I strongly advise not visiting the country. This is the older, pre-war article and you can use it for future inspiration and information to plan a trip when it’s safe to visit Ukraine again.

I’ve just returned from yet another trip to Kyiv, Ukraine.

I honestly can’t count now how many times I’ve been there – recently it became one of my most frequently visited cities in Europe.

And I really don’t mind that at all as every time I visit Kyiv it’s a treat!

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Reasons to visit Kyiv, Ukraine

If you’re wondering if Kyiv is worth visiting there’s a simple answer to that question – definitely yes!

There are so many reasons to visit Kyiv, from amazing architecture to interesting history and vibrant atmosphere and each of them is already a good excuse to plan the trip to the capital of Ukraine.

I remember how, before my first trip in 2012, I knew next to nothing about the place and how quickly I fell for it.

The city really has it all and now more than ever is a good time to visit Kyiv.

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Long and interesting history

You might remember disturbing pictures from the center of Kyiv a few years ago when the revolution took over the streets and the president Viktor Yanukovych resigned.

You can still see remnants of these tragic events on the streets of Kyiv, especially around Maidan Nezalezhnosti area where the pictures of those who lost their lives are displayed.

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But Kyiv has much, much longer history!

In fact, this is one of the oldest and most important cities in Eastern Europe that had a huge impact on the area.

It was founded at the beginning of the 5th century and over four centuries later it became the center of Kievan Rus – the Federation of East Slavic tribes that is considered the cultural ancestor of modern Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

From the year 1363 on Kyiv was part of Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Cossack Hetmanate, Russian Empire, Ukrainian People’s Republic, Soviet Union and finally, in 1991 it became the capital of the independent state.

Over the centuries it always played an important role and you can see the remnants of the great times all over the city. It’s fascinating to track down the history when you visit Kyiv!

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Beautiful golden dome churches

Golden dome churches are somehow the symbol of Eastern Europe and there is no better place to admire them than Kyiv.

There are so many beautiful churches in the capital of Ukraine it’s hard to pick the most amazing one.

Pechersk Lavra complex, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, since the foundation in 11th century has been one of the most important places for the Orthodox Christians.

Another UNESCO place – Saint Sophia Cathedral – and especially its interior takes a breath away (when you’re there be sure to climb to the bell tower for one of the best views of Kyiv!).

But my three favorite churches, all looking like straight from the fairy-tale, are St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, St Andrew’s Church and St Volodymyr’s Cathedral.

If you like shiny places you’re in for a treat!

If you have time I definitely recommend taking a tour at Pechersk Lavra as this place is really fascinating! Click here for more details and current prices!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Impressive Soviet architecture

Everyone knows I’m a big fan of Soviet architecture so Kyiv is like a huge playground for me (and, with almost 3 million inhabitants, I mean really huge!).

Most of the visitors will admire Khreschatyk street – the main avenue in the center that over the weekends turns into pedestrian zone.

But Kyiv has so much more to offer when it comes to the Soviet architecture.

If you’re into it too jump into the blue metro line and go to Expo center (Vystavkovyi tsentr) – I was literally walking around with jaw dropped, that’s how many awesomeness I’ve seen around!

On the other side of the street, you will find part of the university that you’d like to check out too for the concrete bas-reliefs.

Other spots that should interest you are State Scientific-Technical Library (near the Lybidska metro station), crematorium at Baikove Cemetery or Hotel Salute, just to name few.

There’s a Soviet Kyiv tour that you might be interested in joining – click here for more details!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

The Motherland Monument

This itself is a very solid reason to visit Kyiv and one of the best things to see in the city! An enormous Motherland Monument gives me a “wtf?” reaction every single time I see it.

The first time I visited the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War (until 2015 known as Museum of the Great Patriotic War) it was even crazier – the old war songs were played loud from the speakers around, giving the place even more surreal feel.

You walk through the tunnel with enormous Soviet bas-reliefs and at the end, you are greeted by even more enormous statue – try to beat that!

Well, with a height of 102 meters you can see the statue from far away but combined with the tunnel it makes your jaw drop.

You can go up the statue, either to the pedestal or to the shield – either option offers great views but the second one is definitely more thrilling!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Beautiful architecture

So yes, the churches in Kyiv are spectacular, the Soviet buildings are pretty amazing.

But that’s not all the architectonic wonders you can find in the Ukrainian capital! There’s so much beauty in the center of Kyiv, so many random houses that catch the eye!

But of them all, I’ve found the prettiest buildings in the back of Khreschatyk, along Arkhitektora Horodetskoho street or to Yaroslaviv Val street close to Zoloty Vorota.

The most famous one is definitely House with Chimeras – too bad these days you can’t get very close as it’s such a beauty!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Street art

Recently Kyiv has become the capital of street art in Eastern Europe. It’s impossible to see all the amazing works there over the weekend only, there’re so many of them.

But you can try to find some and a great online map will definitely help you with that – you can check it here.

The biggest influence on Kyiv’s street art has recent politic events and Ukrainian identity.

You can see works by some of the world-famous artists on the walls of Kyiv, including Fintan Magee, ROA or Vhils.

Be sure to check my friends Kirsty and Mark’s post about street art in Kyiv too!

You might also want to join the street art tour in Kyiv – click here for more details!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Food and cafe scene

Ukrainian food, even if a bit heavy, is really delicious.

I can live on various kinds of vareniki, sirinki and just salads for a week and still enjoy every meal (been there, done that!).

But in Kyiv not only you will find Ukrainian food, but there are also numerous international restaurants that are really affordable and with good quality of dishes.

If you’re looking for Georgian, Italian or just about any other kind of food – you can easily find it in Kyiv!

As I’m really into cafes Kyiv wins my heart on this field too.

There are so many of them, they are so cool and the prices are extremely cheap! By now I even have a loyalty card to some of them.

If I ever decide to become a digital nomad (which I highly doubt) Kyiv will be very high on the list of places I’d like as a base and that’s mostly because of the cafes.

If you’d like to find the best places check out the list of best cafes in Kyiv by my friend and fellow blogger Megan!

Speaking of food – there’s one more reason why Kyiv is amazing and that’s markets.

While most of the people go to Besarabsky Market I prefer Zhitniy Market in Podil area.

It’s much more authentic, so much is going on there, you can buy so many amazing products there and the building itself is another gem.

If you’d like to learn more about Ukrainian cuisine you should join the gastro tour! Click here for more details!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Diverse city

One of the reasons why I enjoy Kyiv so much is its diversity. You literally have everything in there and the city never gets boring.

After so many visits I still have lots of areas and angles to discover in Kyiv and each new trip there makes me super excited.

I don’t think I know any other capital that has so much to offer!

Before my first visit I’ve thought the weekend will be enough to get to know Kyiv, now I can see how naive I was. Kyiv really has it all!

Kyiv is diverse not only when it comes to architecture but also in vibe.

You can feel the good, old times only to enter a few minutes later the very much hip and trendy place: what happens for example when you go to Artzavod Platform and need to go through Lisova market.

Another place with the old-fashioned atmosphere is Hidropark with an amusement park that could as well has been in the 1990s or the seniors having open-air dance classes with the old school music.

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Vibrant atmosphere

No matter which season I’m in Kyiv the atmosphere is always vibrant, making the city inviting.

People are out on the streets, enjoying the outdoor attractions (there always seems to be something happening, especially between St. Sophia’s and St. Michael’s churches).

In the warm weekend evenings, Khreschatyk is buzzing with life and is just the best place for people watching.

And all over the city, you will find numerous outdoor bars, restaurants, and cafes bursting at the seams.

People of Kyiv love to spend their time outside and this vibe is definitely addictive!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

Relax in the park

For such a huge city Kyiv can be relaxing too.

You can take a rest at the sandy beaches at the shore of Dnieper river (fun fact: it used to be possible take the zip line across the river!) – I don’t know many European capitals where you can do that, actually now that I think of it only Warsaw comes to my mind.

But my favorite place to relax in Kyiv is Shevchenko Park, located in the very center close to the main university building.

I spent hours there, chilling on the funky benches, watching people, reading or napping. When I have nothing else to do in Kyiv I just head to Shevchenko Park and chill there, such a pleasant place it is!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

Alternative, quirky Kyiv

But Kyiv isn’t only this cute capital. It has the edgy, alternative and quirky side too.

You already know about street art, brutalism architecture or countless cafes and bars (some of them hidden in the gates or located in the garage).

But there’s more!

Besarabski Market, besides being a decent place to shop for the local produce, is also a meeting place for hipsters, dining in the local restaurants.

Close to the fairytale-like St. Andrew’s church you will find the lane full of crazy sculptures, including clearly overdosed Alice in Wonderland.

Cross the river and you’ll be in a completely different world, the concrete jungle with enormous blocks of flats so high you lost the track when counting the floors.

Among them, you can find little parks, lakes or gems like Art Zavod Platforma – the biggest creative and cultural center in Ukraine.

Kyiv is also home to the funky funicular that goes up from the Podil area (next to Poshtova Ploshcha metro station) to the St. Michael’s Monastery.

It looks like from some futuristic movie and, even if it’s part of the public transport system, you’re encouraged to take pictures of it (such a nice change from so many of the post-Soviet countries)!

If you’d like to get to know the alternative side of Kyiv you can join the pub crawl tour – click here for more details!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

The deepest metro station in the world

I’m a huge fan of metro systems just about everywhere and while the one in Kyiv doesn’t really make my heart beat faster (unlike metro in Kharkiv, Moscow or, recently, in Baku and Tashkent) there are few stations that I certainly appreciate, like Zoloti Vorota.

But the most famous one is, with no doubts, Arsenalna station.

With the location 105 meters underground it holds the title of the deepest metro station in the world.

Once I checked how much time it takes from the moment you leave the train till the moment you make it outside – it was a bit over 6 minutes, and escalators in Kyiv’s metro are crazy fast, so fast you need to jump on them when you’re still not used.

If like me, you’re interested in the metro system and its history you should join the metro tour! Click here for more details!

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visit Kiev Ukraine

visit Kiev Ukraine

Kyiv is safe

There’s this stereotype that Eastern Europe is unsafe. With the recent war in Ukraine Kyiv is considered by many to be a super dangerous place.

Even before the recent revolution I got worried comments and looks from my closest family and friends, asking what I’m getting myself into with the idea of traveling to Kyiv.

Well, this couldn’t be farther from the true.

While every now and then we get news of some incidents happening in Kyiv (don’t they happen just about everywhere?) I feel very safe in the city and there wasn’t even one situation when I felt something is wrong.

Of course, you need to be careful, like everywhere else, it’s a big city after all. But I don’t think there’re any major threats or issues you need to be aware of.

I wrote the whole article about safety in Ukraine – you can read it here!

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Kyiv is really affordable

Already before the revolution in 2014 Kyiv was a very affordable capital but after those events, the value of Ukrainian hryvnia dropped a lot, like three times.

Now Kyiv is among the cheapest cities in Europe and the quality you get for so little money is outstanding.

Accommodation, food, going out, cultural events and any other expenses won’t drain your budget really.

Another reason why it’s worth to visit Kyiv now is helping the economy, and especially local people. While it’s crazy cheap for us it’s not for the residents and by spending money you support them.

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Getaway to Chernobyl and the rest of Ukraine

The most popular day trip from Kyiv is the Chernobyl tour. The exclusion zone and the place of the most tragic and best known nuclear disaster in 1986 are only one hour away from Kyiv.

I visited Chernobyl and Pripyat and while before the trip I was slightly skeptical I really loved it and I can recommend it to everyone! It’s such a somber yet fascinating experience!

Chernobyl tour

Kyiv is also a great getaway to Ukraine!

With numerous train connections just about everywhere it’s easy to explore this beautiful country. There are buses too but I definitely recommend trains.

They are cheap, efficient, of a decent standard and you can buy the ticket online in advance. You can also meet or just observe fellow passengers and get a good insight into the local life.

Now that I think of it I took bus only once in Ukraine, between Kamianets Podilskyi and Chernivtsi – all my other journeys were by train.

Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Odessa, Ukraine

Lviv, Ukraine

Visit Kyiv – practical information

How to get to Kyiv + how to get to the center

If you’re flying to Kyiv you have two airports to choose from: Zhuliany (for low-cost airlines mostly) and Borispol. I think this is the only city where the low-cost airport is actually much more convenient than the regular one.

Zhuliany is located in the city, you have the public transport stop 3 minutes walking from the terminal (you need to go straight from the building and shortly you will see the stop on your left side, next to the main road) and for as little as 5 UAH you can be in the center.

Trolleybus no 9 takes you directly to the center (Lev Tolstoy Square), passing the train station and University metro station along the way.

There’re also other minibusses and trolleys going to Shulyavska metro station from where you can easily go everywhere.

If you land in the evening you can take Uber for 120 UAH (at least that’s what I paid once on Friday evening from Zhuliany to Arsenalna metro station), there is free wifi at the airport so you can arrange everything easily. From what I’ve heard from fellow passengers taxis charge around 500 UAH…

If you don’t want to deal with all the hassle after arriving just book the private transfer to the center – click here for more details!

Borispol, the main airport, is located some 40 minutes away from the city.

You can get the Sky Bus for 100 UAH all the way to the main train station (the stop is on the other side of the tracks than the main hall and metro station). The buses depart every 15 minutes.

There is also a direct train from Borispol to the central train station but the schedule is a bit chaotic.

You can also book the private transfer to the center and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Click here for the details!

If you arrive in Kyiv by train you need to take the metro to get to the center.

There’s a metro stop Vokzalna next to the train station. When you exit the main hall you need to go left to the round building some 50 meters away (or just follow the people and look for the M sign).

3 metro stops and you’re at Maydan Nezalezhnosti, the main square in Kyiv.

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visit Kiev Ukraine

Where to stay in Kyiv, Ukraine

This is the question I get the most often – where to stay in Kyiv.

Personally, my favorite area is around Zolote Vorota metro station as the location is just perfect and the neighborhood itself is really lovely.

It’s close everywhere and you have two metro lines crossing there, and another one just short walk away at Khreschatyk/Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

Kyiv (and Ukraine in general) offers a great quality/price ratio (it’s the only country where I feel stupid for paying so little for such a good service). And accommodation is no different here.

You can find a place to stay for every kind of traveler and it won’t drain your pocket. Here are few of my types:



Luxury hotels:

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How to travel around Kyiv

The core of Kyiv public transport is the metro system with three lines.

They can easily take you to all the city’s highlights: Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Khreschatyk (stations with the same name), St. Sophia’s, St. Michael’s, Zolote Vorota (station Teatralna/Zolote Vorota), Podil area (stations Poshtova Ploschta or Kontraktova Ploschta), Lavra and Motherland Monument (Arsenalna and a bit of walking).

All three lines cross in the center making it easy to change between them.

One ride costs 8 hryvnias and you can get a token either in the ticket office or in the machine, you can also use your Mastercard to enter the metro.

There’s also a big network of buses, minibusses, trams, and trolleybuses.

You pay for the ride inside, either to the person who collects the money and sells a ticket or directly to the driver.

Kiev metro

Insurance for Ukraine

I never travel without the insurance as you never know what might happen on the road and better safe than sorry (I’ve learnt my lesson).

I can recommend SafetyWing that offer the insurance dedicated to travelers just like you and me.

Click here to get the insurance policy for Ukraine here.

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  • Reply
    John Campbell
    19/08/2018 at 09:43

    Kami, This is an great article and the Ukraine is definitely a place I want to visit once I get over there. But I have another question for you now. I am an American who wants to retire in Poland next Spring or Summer. I have been looking at many cities and would like to narrow down my choices to just a few that I will check out once I get there. One city that seems interesting and inexpensive, but that I can find little about is Kielce, can you give me your opinions about it? Also looking at Katowice & Gdansk, and half a dozen others. Can you make any suggestions to help me narrow it down? But, is Kielce a possibility or should I cross it off my list? I love your insights and way of looking at all the places you’ve spent time, so especially regarding your home country of Poland I’m hoping you have a few words of wisdom? Thank you so much in advance.

    • Reply
      19/08/2018 at 09:51

      Thank you for your comment John! To be honest I don’t really like Kielce as there’s not all that much to see and do. I think Katowice or Gdańsk would be good choices, depending if you prefer mountains or see. If you’re after culture then maybe Lublin or Poznań would be good, or Wrocław (then you’d be also close to Germany and Czech Republic, and mountains). Or Warsaw as you’re centrally located then :) Maybe asking me wasn’t such a good option after all, I gave you more ideas than I should have ;)

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        John Campbell
        19/08/2018 at 12:02

        Thank you very much for your reply! I do think it’s helpful! As a reader of your blog for a while, I’ve always loved the way you can (usually) find something interesting to appreciate about almost every place you visit! In fact, it would be hard to decide based your descriptions, as everywhere you go sounds wonderful in some way or another! Not surprisingly, those cities you named were also on my list, along with Krakow and Bydgoszcz. Katowice tops my list mostly because of your piece on it, where you called it the most underrated city in Poland. Many have said, it’s best to go and spend the first few months traveling around seeing the different cities in Poland, as it’s a diverse country with something for everyone. I like it all, sea, mountains, cultural activities & events, so it’s about the best compromise for me. Thank you again for responding and thank you for all the info you provide about your travels!

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          14/09/2018 at 11:44

          Thank you so much for your nice comment John! I always try to focus on positives and I believe every place has something interesting to offer so I always find beauty where others can’t see it. And Poland really is diverse so you will definitely be busy here :) if you have any questions about Poland feel free to ask!

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        Chris Baumgart
        21/12/2019 at 06:14

        Lublin old town us fun & lovely but I don’t remember many people speaking English.
        Would you recommend Slovenia or Ukraine for a visit this summer?

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          13/01/2020 at 12:13

          It’s hard to compare these two countries really, depends what you are looking for. Ukraine will be definitely cheaper.

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      15/04/2019 at 20:50

      In my opinion (I’m from Poland): Warsaw. Krakow. Gdansk. Lodz. Wroclaw. Katowice

  • Reply
    Libbie Griffin
    19/08/2018 at 13:15

    Thank you for all this good information and for your fine photographs. I plan to spend a few days in Kiev in 2019 and this blog will be saved today and read often as the time of my visit nears. Kiev appears to be a beautiful and exciting city. I look forward to reading about Lviv on your blog. Have you been to Minsk? I think I’ll go there as well.
    Libbie Griffin

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      14/09/2018 at 12:40

      Hi Libbie, thank you for your comment! Kiev is amazing and I’m sure you will enjoy it. The city is so diverse, with so much to see and do that you just can’t be bored there. I’ve recently published a post about Lviv, you’re more than welcome to take a look!
      Yes, I’ve been to Minsk few years ago and really enjoyed it. There’s a post about it here as well. I’m going again next March as I’m sure it has changed a bit over the time.

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    Kavleen Kaur
    01/10/2018 at 07:00

    hey! I have read your blog it was amazing. thank you for sharing such a useful blog.

    • Reply
      19/10/2018 at 09:16

      thank you!

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    Carl Muncher
    12/02/2019 at 09:56

    Such a wonderful review Kami, Kyiv is a wonderful city, would be great if you spelt the capital as ‘Kyiv’ instead of ‘Kiev’ though, ‘Kiev’ is the Russian translation into English whereas ‘Kyiv’ is from Ukrainian. Just imagine if a tourist agent did a review on “warschau”, can you imagine?? Also the historical legacy of Kyivan Rus is highly controversial, most historians dont consider it to be “the cultural ancestor of Russia” rather the cultural ancestor of Russia is more the Grand Duchy of Moscow or “Muscovy” as it was known then. Have to agree with you that this is the best time to travel to Kyiv. Since 2014 the city has absolutely lifted off, it even feels more free and democratic than before, they are finally shacking off the shackles of Moscow. Also can’t agree with you more varenyky and syrnyki they are by far the best things to eat there. haha i know Poles think pierogis are theres but rumour has it Saint Hyacinth of Poland brought them from back from a trip to Kyiv. Also must agree with the you about the architecture, the churches are the best, most of the good ones like Pecherska Lavra were built during the Ukrainian Cossack Hetmenate or Cossack-Ukraine. Would love to get some tips from you about visiting Gdansk (Danzig). I have heard it is such a beautiful city, many of my German friends recommend going and say it used to be theres haha.

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      12/02/2019 at 14:14

      Thank you Carl for your nice comment. I did write in the post that I know the correct name of the city is “Kyiv” but I use “Kiev” on purpose as more people use it when searching for information about the city and we all want to spread the word about Kyiv. You must have missed this part of the article :) And to be honest, as much as I love pierogi I prefer varenyky a bit more ;) But don’t tell it to anyone. Gdansk is great and you should definitely visit it if you have a chance. There’s a lot to see and do there, I think you will enjoy it! Just don’t tell anyone it’s a German city, there were short periods of time when Gdańsk was under the German rule but that’s it.

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    01/04/2019 at 18:57

    Hi kame, i am male solo tourist going to europe in may , i am not a sex tourist but i would love to know some ukranien womens, friends , whaever , my question will be wich city you think has better plaes for that, maybe nightlife , or parks , or the people is more open to the tourist , Kiev o Lviv , i can visit just one, ..many thans for any info

    • Reply
      05/04/2019 at 20:59

      I’m sorry but I can’t really help you with your question. Both cities are great and worth a visit.

    • Reply
      18/04/2019 at 11:57

      I would advise to try Kyiv first. This city is full of great places, as well as great people. Bright nightlife, a lot of youth, comfortable infrastructure, and a bunch of different pubs, bars and cafes, also there are beautiful sightseeing and so on. The article is really good, and it is worth to feel the atmosphere :)

      I’ve been living here for 9 years, and love this city so much.

      Next you could try Lviv or Odessa. A little bit different culture

      • Reply
        27/04/2019 at 13:11

        I couldn’t agree more. Thanks!

  • Reply
    02/04/2019 at 17:00

    Kami, thank you for such a good article. I’m from Kyiv and it is very pleasant to read your impression.

    • Reply
      05/04/2019 at 20:59

      Thank you Olena! I’m really glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Reply
    22/05/2019 at 19:36

    Sorry, but I have to report a bug in the text. The correct name is Kyiv( not Kiev). “Kyiv” is the right version as decided by UNCSGN (United Nations Conferences on the Standardization of Geographical Names) and UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names).

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      26/06/2019 at 01:03

      if you read the article carefully you would see that I mentioned that and I explained why I’m using “Kiev” instead of “Kyiv”.

  • Reply
    Matius Teguh Nugroho
    16/06/2019 at 09:33

    Hi, Kami. Greeting from Indonesia! Glad I found your blog.

    I’ve been thinking to visit Kiev recently for my Europe trip in a year or two. Ukraine is one of few European countries where Indonesians are permitted to enter without a visa. The other are Serbia and Belarus. But I think Kiev suits me best!
    Just like you, I’m a fan of architecture and metro systems. I ride the metro in any Asian cities I’ve visited, then review them on my blog. I see Kiev has many things to see, to do, to learn.

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      26/06/2019 at 01:04

      I think you definitely should visit Kiev when you can, it’s such a fascinating city. I’m sure you would enjoy it!

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    16/06/2019 at 16:00

    Hi Kami,

    Thank you for this wonderful post (and for your wonderful blog in general–such a great find!). I am thinking of adding a few days in Ukraine to my upcoming trip to Poland and I love walking tours, especially history-oriented ones, or food/pub tours. I’ve noticed, though, that a lot of Ukrainian tours are either for private groups or charge a higher rate for only one person. Do you know of any tours or companies that offer mainly small-group tours that anybody can join?

    Thanks! Caroline

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      26/06/2019 at 01:09

      Hi Caroline, unfortunately I don’t know any of such tours but why don’t you join my Facebook group about traveling in Eastern Europe and ask there? I’m sure some of the members will be able to help you! Here’s the link:
      All the best and happy travels!

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    01/07/2019 at 18:24

    Ukraine is truly a beautiful country with Kiev having some of the most beautiful cathedrals.I truly enjoyed my trip .I would highly recommend this city .

    • Reply
      20/07/2019 at 12:04

      I’m hapoy to hear that. All the best and safe travels!

  • Reply
    17/07/2019 at 12:39

    Kami, I must say you have outdone yourself in this description of Kiev / Kyiv. All of your travelogues are animatedly descriptive and interesting but reading this one has made me feel I have experienced the city without having been there and I feel most compelled to get there asap.
    So I have been trying to interest a group of friends to chose Kiev as our next destination for a retreat and they were convinced the minute I shared your piece with them.

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      20/07/2019 at 12:41

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m glad you managed to convience your friends to visit Kiev too. Have a great trip!

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    10/08/2019 at 07:49

    This is such a cool article about Ukraine. I’m quite the expert at East European countries myself but I do believe that you’re the top blogger when it comes to countries from the former USSR!

    Well done Kami! :D

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      11/08/2019 at 10:38

      Thank you!

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    14/08/2019 at 19:41

    Hey Kami,

    Thank you for your article. My name is Alexandra and I am from Kiev. It was so nice to read about it. My husband and I are going there in a few weeks. Can’t wait.:)

    Thank you again for such a positive article. Safe travels!!!

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      19/08/2019 at 21:44

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the article, Alexandra. Have a wonderful time in Kiev!

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    20/08/2019 at 14:39

    Arsenalna Station isn’t the deepest in the world. The Pyongyang Metro is deeper. Arsenalna Station has a depth of 346 feet (105.5 meters) The Pyongyang Metro has a depth of 360 feet (109 meters). Therefore the Pyongyang Metro is the deepest metro in the world. Arsenalna is the second deepest.

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      15/09/2019 at 14:38

      Thank you for your comment, I’ve always heard Kyiv has the deepest metro station in the world, guess Ukraine has better marketing for that than North Korea.

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    30/08/2019 at 18:25

    Dear Kami. I am a non Ukraine born Ukrainian who speaks the language fluently. My 20 year daughter and I just came back from a a two week trip, one of those weeks spent in Kyiv, the other in Lviv where I have family Your post about Kyiv was a wonderful starting point, as this was my first time visiting outside of the more familiar to me western Ukraine. Unfortunately the funicular was out of order, but the subway escalators definitely give a thrill. We were there over Independence Day celebrations which were amazing. I have one wish, and that is that you would put labels on your photos so that the spots are easier to identify! Also…. I would actually recommend that people visit Lviv first. It is more intimate, more compact and has less “grunge” than Kyiv. While there is no subway, the trams are from the 50’s and 60’s and provide us westerners with an extraordinary view of how a vibrant city can carry on without the newest in travel technology. I was there 7 years ago and by now the tourist cafe and restaurant environment is extraordinary. Lots of street musicians. The Opera is beautiful and the best tickets are extremely cheap by Western standards.

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      15/09/2019 at 14:43

      I adore Lviv too, it’s such a charming city too and I try to visit it as often as I go to Kyiv! I’m glad you enjoyed Kyiv during your last trip to Ukraine! As for the pictures – it’s a bug I keep working on but I will try to add descriptions again here.

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    Basil Galarnyk
    25/09/2019 at 15:51

    Hi Kami,
    We are planning our first trip to Ukraine in the spring, Kyiv, Lviv, Bratislava & Vienna. Loved this article about Kyiv and wait to share it with my wife.

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      04/10/2019 at 21:12

      This sounds like a great plan! I’m sure you will have a wonderful trip! :)

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    John caroline
    24/12/2022 at 17:47

    Thank you for your article

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      30/12/2022 at 18:30

      you’re welcome!

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    15/05/2023 at 12:43

    Thanks, great article! Have you been to Kyiv after the Russian invasion of Ukraine? What do you think about the war?

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      20/05/2023 at 17:24

      No, unfortunately I haven’t been to Ukraine since the war has started, I don’t think now is the right time to travel there for tourism, although I really miss the place.

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