Kiev Restaurants and Cafes
Wandering in the streets and sightseeing, you will definitely become hungry, or as Ukrainians use to say, walk yourself into appetite. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants in Kyiv to satisfy any taste. You can have a snack in a bistro or rest with a cup of coffee in the terrace of a small cafe. For those willing to spend a nice evening, there are many places, where you can not only eat different succulent dishes, but also listen to live music and dance. If you need a business lunch or dinner - visit a quiet restaurant. And in case you are a fan of this or that cuisine - the best cooks are waiting for you.
Those restaurants, which are frequently visited by foreign tourists, would have menus in English. Vegetarian dishes are not available everywhere, but can be done at your requiest.
Usually the restaurants open at 11 a.m. and work up to midnight, although many of them work on the last-client basis. Restaurants at night clubs and big hotels work round the clock. Only a reservation would guarantee you supper. In the hot season all tables at terraces may be occupied, while the inside would be empty.
Official dress is a custom only in few restaurants, although Kyivans traditionally tend to dress well, so wearing a skiing costume or SCUBA gear will not make you feel comfortable.
PRICES AND TIPS
Most of the restaurants receive the main types of credit cards, but it is better to define in advance whether your credit card would be received in the particular restaurant. Although food is not expensive in Kyiv in comparison with European prices, the range of prices may be wide. The cheapest dinner will cost you about $10, and connoisseurs of delicacy follow the motto "The price does not matter". It is common to leave a tip to the waiter in sum of 10% of the sum in bill, which it is a good idea to check.
FOOD OF THE WORLD
There are many national restaurants in Kyiv. You will find a big choice of traditional Japanese dishes in TOKYO RESTAURANT. The classical Italian "pasta" is waiting for you in APOLLO. In the LE GRAND CAFE the best of Ukrainian harmonize with the best of French. Gastronomic excursion around the world of Slavonic food is waiting for you at the restaurant ZA DVOMA ZAYTSYMY. It is impossible to visit Kyiv without meeting Ukrainian national food. In TSARSKOYE SELO RESTAURANT all the dishes are prepared in a real Ukrainian oven after old recipes. COSSACK MAMAY RESTAURANT will treat you with the favorite dishes of Ukrainian hetmans.
Real connoisseur will certainly like the exotic atmosphere of the cozy CAFFA CAFE and they will be pleasantly surprised by the wide choice of the sorts of coffee, which aroma tickles nostrils in half-a-block distance. PASSAGE COFFEE HOUSE proposes, except coffee and coffee cocktails, nice small and big cakes. BON-BON CAFE works 24 hours. You can have breakfast here and order a lovely delicacy to dinner at home.
The alcohol drinks are sold without restrictions and in any time of day. The Kyiv bars are the places o meet and socialize. People come here to rest after work. The atmosphere in the bars is especially lively on Friday night and at weekends. So we recommend to book seats in advance. The main course is beer, of course. Its choice is really wide and the prices are reasonable, but different collations may be quite expensive.
FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS
Competition to the McDonald's are Ukrainian restaurants SHVYDKO, that are oriented on the most common dishes to Ukrainians. In the menu there are salads, soups, vareniks and beer - all food is of domestic production, and the prices are unpretentious (dinner costs about 8 UAH - a little more then $1,5). Practically all the metropolitan pizza houses propose take away food on your choice. Many of them suggest delivery. Big choice of dishes and mild prices (dinner - about $5) are attractive.
2 Rodriginskaya Str.
Tel. (38044) 235 0952
This is Ukrainian restaurant. The food is served up in a unique urban interior. It offers live music in the evenings. It should be noted, that this place is comfortable and cozy. You will always have good food and rest.
Tel. (38044) 235 2132
Traditional Ukrainian cuisine. Mon - Fri - business lunch from 12 a.m. till 15 pm..
ZA DVOMA ZAYTSYAMY
34 Andriyivsky Uzviz
Tel. (38044) 416 3516
Restaurant offers turn of the century ambiance and a wide selection of dishes.
DA VINCI FISH CLUB
12 Vladimirskaya Str.
Tel. (38044) 490 3434
Italian restaurant in prime location offering an extensive range of fish dishes along with the best of Italian cuisine. It is considered to be one of the fashionable restaurants.
8 Spassksaya Str.
Tel. (38044) 417 0385
Lively atmosphere helped by great margaritas. Great value Mexican food.
25 Nab. Khreschatinskaya Str.
Tel. (38044) 416 2438
Kyiv's only Southwestern bar and grill, serving steaks, ribs and American-style breakfast plus margaritas and fully stocked bar.
8th floor, 42/4 Pushkinskaya Str.
Tel. (38044) 229 5512
An ethnically-influenced interior and that essential rooftop terrace offering views of the Kyiv downtown skyline, the restaurant also now offers a French/Oriental menu.
3 Rognidynskaya Str.
Tel. (38044) 220 0216
The restaurant now features a mixed European menu and winter garden.
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