Welcome to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and a city that is rapidly emerging from the doldrums of its Soviet past. Like many developing cities, it is running at two speeds. Versace-clad models and their wealthy benefactors zoom along its roads in black SUVs, while elderly babushkas huddle outside Metro stations begging for a few kopecks. You can dine in restaurants with prices that would shock New Yorkers, or join the masses in McDonald’s on Khreschatyk. Kiev has something for everyone.

Attractions

Church of the Assumption at Pechersk Lavra in Kiev, Ukraine

Pechersk Lavra Kiev – Caves Monastery

This Orthodox Christian monastery attracts pilgrims from all over the world. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate it. The place is stunningly beautiful and boasts many interesting features.

St Sophias Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine

St Sophia’s Cathedral

With its 13 golden cupolas Kiev’s oldest church is one of the city’s most visible landmarks. Climb to the top of the huge bell tower for great views.

Ukrainian Orthodox wooden church surrounded by trees at the Pirogovo museum

Pirogovo

Open air museum depicting Ukrainian life in older times. Far from the city centre, but well worth a visit.

Hotels

Desire DeLuxe Room at 11 Mirrors

11 Mirrors

New boutique hotel in the city centre. Close to Khreschatyk and many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and clubs. Offers 49 contemporary rooms, a restaurant, and bar.

InterContinental Hotel, Kiev

InterContinental Kiev

Modern 5-star hotel surrounded by historic attractions. Boasts several restaurants and bars, a spa, and an indoor swimming pool.

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kiev

Hyatt Regency Kiev

Luxury property with striking glass facade and a great location.

Bars & Clubs

Girl smiling in the nightclub

Shooters

Always open, always busy, and always a good night out. Decent prices and a down-to-earth clientele. Prices are reasonable and service good. The Limoncello restaurant is also here.

Girl dancing in Arena

Arena

Large entertainment complex with a nightclub, pub, sports bar, karaoke lounge and more. Enjoys a central location at the end of Khreschatyk.