Fine dining

Truly, there’s no better time to include seafood in diet than warm seasons. Multiple Kyiv restaurants offer fresh and delicious fish from the Black Sea, as well as other regions and for those satiated with all kinds of fish there’s a secret weapon — oysters. Let’s see where you can get the best dozen in the capital.

Freelancers and those who work from home often face the too familiar ordeal: an apartment is simply too distracting to work at. The feeling is so universal that Kyiv alone has more than 10 coworking spaces, created specifically so that nothing distracts from the day’s goals. However, cafes and restaurants known for their peace and quietness serve the same purpose just fine.

Got bored of regular coffee shops? Here we have something that will surely revive your interest! Recently opened thematic Sex.Ed.Coffee café in Kyiv invites guests not just to have a cup of good coffee with delicious desserts, but also to experience erotic art and to discuss spicy topics.

Ukrainian cuisine is well-known for its diverse, nutritious and tasty dishes. Usually, when talking about Ukrainian culinary wonders, we instantly mention meat dishes such as delicious borsch and fragrant salo with garlic. However, gastronomic traditions of Ukraine also embrace many attractive options for those who prefer vegetarian food. Appetizing desserts with berries, vegetable soups, potato pancakes with sour cream… Surprisingly, Ukrainian cuisine turns out to be a gift for any vegetarian! Let`s find out which Ukrainian meatless dishes are definitely worth trying.

HayLoft is a conceptual restaurant and party space at the National Expocenter of Ukraine in Kyiv. This area is famous for the picturesque park and forest, so if you visit HayLoft Ukrainian BBQ, you are guaranteed to be surrounded by beauty. The restaurant is a great option for those who wish to enjoy an oasis of nature in the heart of the city, to taste juicy barbecue with refreshing cocktails and to smoke a good hookah.

Wine is a special drink that often accompanies the perfect moments of our life. A romantic date with beloved one, a warm evening with friends, a calm night at home with favorite movies… A glass of good wine brings new notes and taste to any of these situations. And, of course, we need only excellent wines for our precious moments. Let`s consider 5 best Ukrainian wine brands that meet this high standard.

San Tori restaurant located on Podil in Kyiv has been working hard to introduce and popularize Pan-Asian cuisine for more than twenty years. “Usually when you ask locals about Japanese cuisine, all they know is sushi,” — says the restaurant’s chef Takashi Kobayashi. His colleague chef Dodo backs up the statement — his native Thai cuisine is just as underrepresented in Ukraine. The two chefs are determined to change the situation for better.

Last month, Destinations met with the expat ladies who became mothers in Ukraine to talk about the myths and truths of giving birth in Ukraine. This time, we fast-forward a bit to bring the next hot topic of discussion: what are some of the finest kid-friendly dining spots in Kyiv? Five expat women who have kids of different ages answer the question and give their vision on how to improve the situation.

As usual, Kyiv spring is the time of foodie revival: multiple food festivals like Ulichnaya Eda or Kyiv Food and Wine Festival lure in hundreds of locals. Sure enough, the fine dining spots keep up with the latest trends: this month we greet new spots with the Israeli, Indian, and Georgian cuisine, street food, and coffee.

The 10th Kyiv Food and Wine Festival will be held on May 19-20 in the grand Expocenter of Ukraine. The large event will bring together 22 Ukrainian wineries and 9 international representatives to fulfill the great mission — the development of wine culture in Ukraine.

Kyiv’s central street is rich on the new openings: the already famous Bilyi Nalyv Cider House with a regular queue no matter the time, and now a new chill-out spot — Tayger Pizza Bar. The so-called loft pizzeria might be familiar to those who’ve visited the chain’s Shuliavska spot, but even for first-timers, Tayger got interesting things up its sleeve: special pizzas, cocktails, and a lounge zone overlooking Khreshchatyk.

Last winter Kyiv welcomed one more restaurant with a panoramic view of the Dnipro River — Guramma Italiana. The fine dining spot is already called the most authentic Italian place in the city, which offers 5 types of pasta, a real pizza from the oven and much more from the chef Roberto D’Ottavio, who has worked in two Michelin-starred restaurants.

Sometimes tourists and even locals experience cultural shock when it comes to Ukrainian cheese: apparently, here “cheese” always means “cottage cheese”! It often happens in pastry shops and supermarkets, especially in Western Ukraine. Sure enough, not everything is that crude. That’s why Destinations prepared a guide on the best dairies where you can buy real Ukrainian cheese in all its varieties.

The authentic Odesa charm consists of many components: fresh sea breeze, sophisticated architecture, small yards and, of course, cozy cafes and restaurants to spend a nice evening enjoying a perfectly cooked dinner. The list of Odesa dining spots is updated every season, always surprising locals and guests of the city with new unique concepts and variety of delicacies. Let`s see which freshly opened restaurants of Odesa are worth paying a visit this spring.

Coffee shops truly pop up in Kyiv like flowers this spring. First Blur Coffee on the Klovska metro station, then Coffee Shot 61 on Lukianivska, and finally the new spot on Besarabka in the heart of the city. 16.Coffee Place is located in a cozy corner away from the general hubbub, offering various types of roast, cold brew and delicious desserts.

One more spicy addition to Podil venues appeared this April and became a thing of legends despite currently working in a test mode. The main reason is, perhaps, the timely and sarcastic nature of the Za#balo bar, where even the title is a concealed swear word. Moreover, 20+ cocktails and a bartender that will listen to you venting about hardships are hard to pass by. Let’s check it all out.

Merhaba! It’s high time to indulge in the real spring weather with its heat and dreamy thoughts about vacation. Sometimes no matter what the thermometer shows, we still are starved for the pleasant climate after the prolonged winter. While taking a week off might not be an option for many, visiting fine dining spots with the right atmosphere may be a good solution. Destinations gathered a guide of the best Turkish restaurants in Kyiv’s downtown to enjoy the atmosphere and, of course, delights.

Long-awaited spring is in the air, trees and flowers are in blossom, and Kyiv gastronomic scene is also blooming with newly-opened dining spots for any taste and budget. Let`s find out which new cafes and restaurants in Ukrainian capital are worth paying a visit in spring 2018.

Food festival has become an incredibly popular entertainment format in Kyiv during the recent years. It is easily proved by the massive success of Ulichnaya Eda festival visited by many locals and tourists. This April, a new annual food festival will take place at Kyiv River Port.

Mechnykova Street that lies near the Klovska metro station popped up in the news quite a few times this April: from the newly-opened coffee shop Blur Coffee to the new Ukrainian restaurant SHO, now located in the premises of the former Poliana wine shop. According to the owners, SHO is “the biggest restaurant of Ukrainian cuisine in the country”. Let’s see what it has in store.

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