Many Kyiv restaurants pride themselves for their signature secret recipes for traditional Ukrainian liqueurs and digestifs. For tourists’ needs «nalyvka»s and «nastoyanka»s are sold in gift bottles and wrappings. «Destinations» rounds up best places to taste that traditional local drink in the capital of Ukraine.
Homemade liqueurs («nalyvka») and digestifs («nastoyanka») are Ukrainian traditional strong drinks very popular in Western Ukraine. They are believed to be stomach-settling miracles after a heavy meal because of the soothing properties of their herbal mixtures. «Nalyvka»s and «nastoyanka»s are a touch sweet, intensely flavored, and often served chilled and sipped slowly.
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Korin’ Bar (Root Bar)
This is the ultimate bar destination to taste the full array of local «Nalyvkas» and «Nastoyankas». These traditional strong drinks are very popular in Western Ukraine, which now begin to conquer the attention of Kyiv gourmands. They are believed to be stomach-settling miracles after a heavy meal because of the soothing properties of their herbal mixtures. They are touch sweet, intensely flavored, and often are served chilled and sipped slowly.
Address: 2, Bessarabska Square, Kyiv.
Prynada Ukrainian Café
Prynada Ukrainian Café is the restaurant of contemporary Ukrainian cuisine. The menu cherishes Ukrainian gastronomical traditions giving them an interesting modern culinary twist. Bar menu offers a great variety of locally made liqueurs («nalyvka») and digestifs («nastoyanka»). Guests can choose from over 20 flavors.
Address: 24, Geroyiv Stalingrady, Kyiv.
Krapka Koma (Full stop Coma) Literature Pub
Krapka Koma Literature Pub offers a sumptuous variety of meat dishes, craft beer and cocktails. Books here are not for sale, you can browse through their selection while enjoying pub’s food and drinks. The place also offers specially delivered from Carpathian region homemade liqueurs. There are 8 flavors on the menu: strawberry, mint, raspberry, lemon, cherry, sea buckthorn (seasonal), honey and kalganivka. We suggest starting with their special degustation set.
Address: 14, Antonovycha street, Kyiv.
There is one feature that differs all restaurants of Dmytro Borysov’s Gastrofamily from the others – great cuisine in a very friendly atmosphere. Kanapka Bar is located in the very mystic and historic part of the city at 30A Andriyivsky Descent, just across the street from famous Kanapa restaurant. The bar was opened in the building constructed in 1905. The design keeps the atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Ukraine with its nice salons, haute couture cuisine and slow rhythm of life.
As for the «nalyvka»s and «nastoyanka»s, Kanapka offers horseradish, raspberry, black currant, sea buckthorn, cranberry, cherry on bourbon, raspberry on gin and many other interesting flavors.
Address: 30A Andriyivsky Descent, Kyiv.
This restaurant on Maydan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv is popular for offering the iconic Danish treat, Smørrebrød Sandwiches. It also offers delicious house-made «nalyvka»s. There are 8 kinds of this traditional Ukrainian drink in Smørrebrød menu: brandy pineapple, dried fruits brandy, bread brandy, cherry rum, raspberry gin, black currant gin, cranberry vodka, dill vodka. There are also some winter season special flavors: apple strudel and brandy peach.
Address: 4, Gorodetskogo str., Kyiv
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Image source: Smørrebrød, Prynada Facebook pages, Jakub Dziubak, Ash Edmonds on Unsplash.