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Ukraine

Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe, known for its rich cultural heritage, vast agricultural lands, and significant historical events that have shaped its modern identity. It is situated in Eastern Europe, bordered by Belarus to the north, Russia to the east, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and has a strategic coastline along the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

In recent years, Ukraine has been at the forefront of international headlines due to political unrest, territorial disputes, and efforts towards economic and political integration with the West amidst ongoing conflict with Russia.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Discovering Kiev

morning:Start your day with a visit to the beautiful St. Sophia's Cathedral, followed by a leisurely walk in the scenic Mariinsky Park. Enjoy a traditional Ukrainian breakfast at Pervak 🥞.

afternoon:Explore the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of Ukrainian History, and then indulge in some retail therapy at the bustling Andriyivskyy Descent. For lunch, savor authentic local cuisine at Kanapa 🍲.

evening:Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Podil district in the evening, and head to the trendy Closer club for a memorable night-out. 🎶

day 2

Odessa Coastal Escape

morning:Begin your day with a refreshing stroll along the picturesque Potemkin Stairs, and take in the breathtaking views of the Black Sea. Enjoy a delightful breakfast at Kompot 🥐.

afternoon:Discover the history of the city at the Odessa Archaeological Museum, followed by a relaxing time at Lanzheron Beach. Enjoy a seafood lunch at Dacha 🦐.

evening:Savor a romantic evening walk along the Langeron Beach, and then head to Ibiza Beach Club for a lively night-out. 🌅

day 3

Lviv Cultural Exploration

morning:Start your day with a visit to the historic Lviv Opera House, and then stroll around the charming Rynok Square, admiring the stunning architecture. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Lviv Coffee Manufacture 🥯.

afternoon:Explore the impressive exhibits at the Lviv Art Gallery, and then wander through the unique Lviv Outdoor Book Market. Indulge in a hearty lunch at Kryivka 🍺.

evening:Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Old Town in the evening, and head to the iconic Pravda Beer Theatre for a fun night-out. 🍻

day 4

Chernihiv Nature Retreat

morning:Embark on a scenic hike through the lush landscapes of Kachanivka Estate, taking in the natural beauty and serene surroundings. Relish a wholesome breakfast at Kolyba 🍳.

afternoon:Visit the captivating Savior Transfiguration Cathedral, and then explore the picturesque Chernihiv Historical Museum. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Knyazhna Anna 🍲.

evening:Take a peaceful evening stroll along the Desna River, and later, head to the lively Podillya Nightclub for an exciting night-out. 🌌

Ukraine Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Borscht

A beetroot-based soup often including meat and sour cream. Best enjoyed at traditional Ukrainian restaurants like Puzata Hata in Kyiv.

Must-Try!

Varenyky (Pierogi)

Dumplings typically filled with potatoes, cheese, cabbage, or meat, and served with fried onions. Try them at Lviv's Staroyevreyska Karczma for an authentic experience.

Holubtsi

Cabbage rolls filled with rice and meat, often accompanied by a rich tomato sauce. You can savor this dish at Kanapa in Kyiv.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Pirohivskyi Market

Offering a wide array of local street food such as grilled meats, traditional pastries, and pickled vegetables. A must-visit for food enthusiasts in Kyiv.

Privoz Market

Located in Odessa, it's a bustling market where you can find freshly caught seafood, local fruits, and an assortment of street food stalls serving grilled fish, kebabs, and more.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Most restaurants and cafes in urban areas like Kyiv and Lviv offer vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Look for dishes like potato pancakes, eggplant caviar, and vegetable stews.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

While traditional Ukrainian cuisine prominently features bread and wheat-based items, some establishments in major cities are starting to accommodate gluten-free diets. It's advisable to communicate your dietary needs clearly to the staff.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Ukraine

Ostannya Barykada

A restaurant in Kyiv known for its modern take on traditional Ukrainian dishes, offering a cozy atmosphere and a diverse menu to cater to various palates.

Kanapa

Located in the heart of Kyiv, this restaurant serves upscale Ukrainian cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and offers a refined dining experience.

Lviv Handmade Chocolate

This renowned chain in Lviv not only offers delectable chocolate treats but also features a cafe where you can enjoy desserts and hot beverages in a charming ambience.

Things to do in Ukraine

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Popular cities in Ukraine

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