Fine dining

Odesa offers its guests and locals hundreds of diverse cafes and restaurants. What to choose and where to go for a perfect dinner in Odesa? “Destinations” helps you to find the best top-quality restaurants of the city.

Tourists from all corners of the world arrive in this ancient city every summer to enjoy the salty water of the Black Sea and sandy beaches under hot Odesa’s sun. In addition to beautiful nature and exciting history this city can boast numerous cafes and restaurants. Assol, Kumanets, Dacha, U Gostmana and Kartoplyaniki are the most popular of them. Here the locals and tourists can always taste a variety of delicious dishes of Ukrainian cuisine as well as have a friendly chat.

In the modern world there are a lot of places where people can meet to discuss business or have a chat, as well as still their hunger. The list of such restaurants is countless. However, there are only some of them that are really worth visiting. These are the world’s best restaurants.

This year Borysov Gastrofamily can help with all pre-fest preparations. "Kanapa" and "Barsuk" offer to book Easter baskets with all traditional Ukrainian holiday specialties ready to serve.

Recently renamed Dnipro (formerly Dnipropetrovsk) is one of the biggest and most spectacular cities in Ukraine. Located on the picturesque Dnipro River, this Ukrainian city has elegant XIX century buildings, wide boulevards and scenic river vistas. Its dining scene is also dynamically growing offering interesting new restaurants, bars and cafes opening every season. «Destinations» rounds up the best bars and restaurants in Dnipro.

Lala Tarapakina, the founder of "Znaydeno v Ukrayini" (Found in Ukraine) project shares her favorite destinations in Transcarpathian Ukraine to taste the best wine.

If you walk through the historic center of Kyiv, be sure to drop into VaBene Bistro to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine by Matteo Boifava, chef who has worked in different top restaurants of the world as Fat Duck London, Restaurant of the year 2001 by Michelin, owned by Heston Blumenthal. We met with him to learn more about the life of the eminent Italian chief in Ukraine and asked him to share his ideas about gastro-culture and culinary preferences of Ukrainians.

Oliva was Kyiv’s popular chain of restaurants offering affordable Italian cuisine and authentic atmosphere. However, recently Oliva has changed its name to Fayna Familiya and undergone a major re-branding.

Crayfish is popular and affordable seafood in Ukraine. Eating freshwater crayfish and drinking beer is Ukraine’s popular food traditions. The crayfish is boiled with salt, dill and beer, then chilled and eaten fresh from the shell. Raki Club is a restaurant and online shop offering fresh crayfish and an array of other seafood option that would be conveniently delivered to your door.

On March 15th, 2017 Kyiv hosted The Battle of the Bars, one of the biggest bar and mixology themed event of the year. The event aimed at awarding the best bars, barmen and mixologists of Ukraine.

In terms of gastronomic culture Kiev is a multinational city, like any other megapolis in the world. You can find Chinese, Indian, Italian, Pan-Asian, European and many other cuisines and, of course, traditional bars over here. If you are fond of Irish beer you should visit one of the Irish pubs in Kiev.

These days Kharkiv can boast a vibrant hipster culture, rich art and musical scene. This is one of the biggest Eastern Ukrainian cities, which has rich history and cultural heritage. It used to be the center of Ukrainian cultural life and home of prominent Ukrainian science and engineering schools. Sadly, Kharkiv has suffered heavily during WW 2, so it has fairly little to show architecturally-wise. In our days it is a city of soviet monumentalism and rejuvenating Ukrainian traditions.

It seems like first three months of 2017 brought more new restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars to Kyiv than the whole previous year. The dining scene is simply booming. Let us visit the most popular Kyiv new restaurants and bars in this March.

This new restaurant is an addition to Dima Borisov’s gastro-family. Bessarabia is located on Bessarabkska square and it focuses on cuisine of Bessarabia region. Be sure to go there to treat yourself with the freshest seafood, delicious meat and fish main courses, amazing cocktails and delicate desserts with a cup of flavored coffee.

Lviv is home to a wide array of live music venues, from hipster coffee shops with tiny stages, to spacious restaurants that offer a plant of space for bands and their music.  If you are a fan of good food and you are looking for a fun way to spend your evening, why not go out for a dinner with live music? There are several fine places in Lviv that offer evening shows and live performances. «Destinations» rounds up the list of the most popular ones.

In Napule restaurant pizzaiolo Giuseppe Irollo bakes probably the most delicious Neapolitan pizza in the city. The whole technological process is thought out to the last detail: pizza is cooked in the right oven that is built by the Italian expert Stefano Ferrara according to all the rules; delicious ingredients are brought from Italy; and, of course, the tastiest pizza is made by the skillful hands of Giuseppe.

In Casa Nori (Mr. Nori's house), which is located in Podil, you can choose the desired format of the evening: a nice informal chat at the bar with your friends with a glass of wine and a set of snacks in hand with pleasant music on the first floor or comfortable family\romantic evening on the second floor at a table near a window or with a view of the open kitchen.

With local gastro scene booming, Kyiv city dwellers became hard to impress with any new restaurant or bar popping up in the capital of Ukraine these days. To solve this conundrum, the owner of newly opened Dusha («Soul» in Ukrainian) Cocktail Espresso came up with an interesting idea of merging several popular dining and bar concepts to offer an interesting and fresh solution for enjoying food, drinks and unique atmosphere in one place.

Many of us, kids and adults alike, love candies. Luckily, there are vegan brands and makers in Kyiv who produce 100% percent vegan and cruelty free candies and desserts and «Destinations» will tell you where to look for them.

This year Maslyanytsya starts on February 20th, 2017 and will last till February 26th, 2017. It is country’s most picturesque and cheerful holiday, which is traditionally accompanied by songs, dances and large-scale feasts. The east Slavs also call this holiday Butter Week or Pancake Week.

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