It doesn’t matter if you are single, taken, or somewhere in-between, «Destinations» rounds up some of the best things to do on Valentine's Day in Kyiv.
In case you are still on the lookout for a cute Valentine’s gift for your significant other, «Destinations» suggest to attend UA Made Fest - popular pop-up fair of local brands and goods. This time it’s UA Made Fest Valentine’s edition so visitors will have a chance to stock up on chocolate and other V Day-themed stuff. The Fair will take place at LAVRA Gallery (1, Lavrska street, Kyiv) on February 11th, 2017.
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For some super sweet experience visit a gingerbread cookies decorating class. You can spend time with your sweatheart baking and decorating Valentines cookies, which is super cute. And what's even better, you can stash those delights fo later and enjoy them with a hot mug of cocoa cuddling together. The workshop will take place at the MazeLab (17, Lvivska street, Kyiv). Prior registration is required, please call +380997955573.
To ensure your V-Day is free of clichés and not at all boring, try to plan something special. There's a reason why couples are always hitting the rink in our favorite rom-coms. Whether you're holding on to your S.O. the entire time, or you two are gliding while holding hands, you're pretty much guaranteed to get close. And once you've had your fill, you may enjoy some hard-earned drinks. Luckily, Kyiv offers a great number of options for an ultimate ice-skating experience.
Opt for Valentine’s romantic breakfast or brunch instead of conventional dinner. Book a table at Milk Bar (1, Shota Rustaveli street, Kyiv) and enjoy the concept of modern American food, in the good sense of it. A tiffany colored terrace with a bench to observe the crowd while drinking your coffee is an ideal setting for breakfast or lunch on a day like this, a take-away window for the desserts that can really blow your mind, new cocktails for each occasion – these are the features of Milk bar in Kyiv.
Under Wonder is another option for a relaxed V-Day meal (21, Velyka Vasyl’kivska, Kyiv). With its multicolored tinted glass, purple tablecloths, lots of woodwork and racks of old newspapers, this place is a kind of magic. And it only gets better when you order. This is a great central place which works around the clock and it serves great breakfasts.
A wine bar crawl can also be of some serious competition to the conventional candle lit dinner. Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop from place-to-place, grab seats at the bar, and order different kinds of wine and tapas all along the way. It's way more interesting than a boring ol' sit-down dinner. Start from something utterly no-fuss, such as 101 Wine Bar in Good Wine (9, Mechnikova street, Kyiv). A bar in a grocery store you may ask? Yeah, but this one is totally worth a try. 101 Wine Bar in Good Wine is a concept wine tasting bar offering 101 (no surprise here) wine brands and a pleasant selection of appetizers. Guests can pair a glass of wine with the cheeses, tapas, tar tar, jamón, prime seafood and ribs. As for you next wine stops, Kyiv offers many places to enjoy a glass of fine wine in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.
For all the music lovers out there, St. Valentine’s Day in Kyiv offers almost endless list of concerts, live gigs and shows. Enjoy an evening of love and jazz with Svitlo Concert. Perfect for lovers, families and friends, Jazz Love Songs Concert is a nice way to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in Kyiv. Kyiv House of Cinema (Dom Kino 6, Saksahanskoho street, Kyiv) will host atmospheric and sincere jazz concerts by Svitlo Concert Musical Foundation on February 13th and 14th. The best Ukrainian jazzmen will share the stage to create a vibrant and romantic ode to love. Jazz Concerts by Svitlo Concert Foundation became a pleasant tradition of Kyiv musical scene. It seems like all the iconic love songs are gathered together in single line-up. Guests will have a chance to enjoy hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King and many others.
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And remember, no matter how you slice it, St. Valentine’s Day is one of the best and the most beautiful holidays of the year, especially for romantic personalities. Even the smallest gift or no-fuss romantic arrangement will show that you really care for the person and will make St Valentine’s day truly magical.