Andriyivskyy Descent

Also known as the “Montmartre of Kiev”, this quaint, cobbled hill is among the most charming stretches in the city – and one of the coolest. Skip the souvenir vendors as you climb from the Podil neighbourhood to Upper Town, instead making a beeline for cafés and galleries long frequented by Kiev’s artistic crowd.

Bessarabian Market

Located off the main Khreshchatyk Street, this is the largest roofed market in Ukraine. It was built in the late modern style in 1912 with the funds from the sugar producer Lazar Brodsky (who also donated the city’s central synagogue). Today it is an important gastronomic point in Kiev: in addition to buying fresh produce and socialising with charismatic sellers here, you can dine in one of the many cafés which offer beautiful views of the city.

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  • Bessarabskaya Square 2
    01004

Asthik

This multi-brand store is one of the fashion epicentres of the Ukranian capital. A carefully curated collection of international brands such as Loewe, Yeezy, Thom Browne, Jil Sander, and Helmut Lang are on display alongside conceptual Ukrainian designers.

Golden Gate

The district around the Golden Gate – the ancient entrance to Kiev, built in the 11th century – is one of the best for leisurely walks. Explore Old Kiev, Baron Shteingel’s Castle and former palaces-turned-embassies, making time to stop for coffee along beautiful streets lined with the showrooms of independent Ukrainian designers.

  • Volodymyrska Street 40А
    01034

Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex

Located in a historical building directly opposite the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (also known as the Monastery of Caves), Mystetskyi Arsenal is the country’s main exhibition hall. Covering an area of ​​60,000sq m, it hosts most important cultural events on Kiev’s calendar, including the annual Book Arsenal, which brings together the best of literature and art. Go for inspiration and to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.

M.M. Gryshko National Botanic Garden

Stretching over 120 acres and bringing together some 13,000 varieties of plants from across the world, this manicured botanical garden is threaded by paths that connect awesome vantage points and historic monasteries. While there are several gardens in the city, this is the one favoured by locals. Visit at the end of spring to see an awesome display of lilacs in full bloom.

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