The hookah is one of the Middle East’s best gifts to the world. It was invented so that people could share shisha (flavored tobacco). This tradition is more than centuries old and its popularity has recently taken Kyiv by storm, numerous hookah bars popping up all around the city.
Hookah lounges and shisha bars are where many people go to enjoy their drinks while sharing a pleasantly flavored shisha. There is a variety of flavors. The appeal of a hookah lounge comes from its Arabic and Islamic décor. The idea of embracing a totally different culture and a tradition that is centuries old make it fun and a good way to socialize.
«Destinations» rounds up some most popular hookah bars and lounges in Kyiv.
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Par Bar is a spacious loft with brick walls. Here you can choose not only from different kinds of flavored tobacco but also the hookah itself (artisan clay made, silicon, unusual forms etc). Among most popular tobaccos are Al Fakher, Mazaya, Afzal, Fumari, Social Smoke, Tangiers and others. Shisha masters are creating unique tobacco mixes according to clients’ wishes. Guests can also choose from alcohol and non-alcohol fillers: fruit, mojito, various syrups, brandy, different liquors, absent.
The place also offers a list of delicious food. Guests can enjoy fresh salads, pizza, appetizers and desserts. Drinks menu include a vast list of well mixed drinks, interesting tea blends and well picked wine list.
Address: 10, Shota Rustaveli, Kyiv.
Zmist can be considered a temple of hookah culture in Kyiv. Inside it the guests will find soft plush couches and chairs, soft light and genuinely warm atmosphere. Zmist is a place not only to smoke some hookah but also to explore the culture of this Middle Eastern tradition, its origins and peculiarities.
The Hookah menu offers a detailed description of every kind of tobacco available at Zmist. Guests can explore the origin of the shisha, understand how strong it is and what are the best combinations between different kinds. Zmist hookah lounge in Kyiv offers high quality tobaccos from US, Turkey, UAE, India and Egypt. Experiences hookah masters can create over 100 flavor variations to be enjoyed by guests of the place.
Zmist has some unique hookah variations, which have become popular all over the city, only here guests can order citrus tobacco on hot spiced beer with citrus tobacco hookah, hookahs on cucumber fresh juice, on ice cream, on coconut milk, on Carpathian herbal tea and some others.
Address: 20A, Pushkinska street, Kyiv.
This hip and stylish hookah bar in Kyiv downtown offers a great selection of tobaccos: serbetli, al fakher, fumari, starbuzz, tangiers, afsal, d gastro, darkside and many others. This place is among those few who has Ukrainian tobacco brand Yummie Cloud on stock, which boasts soft rich flavor and deserves a separate mention.
Signature hookah flavors of the place include lime pie, mint, limoncello. Most popular hookah fillers are coffee espresso, absent, cognac, milk or Cream liquor.
Address: 12, Mezhygirska street, Kyiv.
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The bar is located within two-minute walk from Ocean Plaza. The title is naturally about smoke which must be thick. Hookah-bar offers a hall for 60 seats, VIP area for 6-8 persons and a terrace floored with a thick carpet of green grass with tables and sofas, precious shade and breeze where 60 guests could be comfortably located.
Hookahs are also very different: strong, sweet, sugary, fruit and sour. Here guests can even order hookah on Dom Perignon champagne.
Address: 157, Antonovicha, Kiev
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