Photo: Lviv Handmade Chocolate Shop
Lviv is known as a tourist mecca of Ukraine. Travelers always want to bring home some little keepsakes that would remind us of the memories associated with this beautiful city once they are back home. We all want to be original and get something really special and unique. In oder to avoid cheap knick knacks from tourist traps, «Destinations» rounded up best souvenir ideas from Lviv.
To avoid getting something you can throw away in a few months, opt for practical and useful souvenirs. Lviv is best known for its coffee and chocolate. These are the perfect options to bring back home as souvenirs and gifts.
For best coffee blends in town visit Svit Cavy (World of Coffee) coffee shop just behind the Latin Cathedral. Svit Kavy, which name is translated as ‘The World of Coffee’, is exactly what it declares: a great place to have coffee. Boasting a prime location, Svit Kavy is the iconic Lviv destination for travelers. It offers over 30 sorts of Arabica coffee, coffee cocktails, signature Lviv-style pies and hot chocolate. You can easily spot a mayor of Lviv casually sipping his morning coffee here before heading to work as well as savy backpackers enjoying early-morning delicious breakfast for less than EUR 2. You can stock up on coffee beans and some very special blend in a gift shop located just near the coffee shop. Here professional baristas will help you up to choose among impressive selection of blends and will wrap it up for you in Svit Cavy signature packages.
Photo: Svit Cavy Facebook Page
Another place to shop for coffee in Lviv is Kopalnya Cavy coffee shop located on the corner building of Rynok Square and Rus’ka street. This is one of the most popular coffee shops in Lviv, where they turn drinking and buying coffee into a whole performance. The name of the coffee shop in Ukrainian means coffee mine and aims at making naive tourists believe that coffee is actually mined at the dungeons beneath the coffee shop. Despite all the touristy buffoonery this place sells a decent selection of coffees and offers really stylish gift wrappings.
Here you can also find the biggest souvenir shop in Lviv downtown with impressive selection of conventional tourist souvenirs.
Photo: Kopalnya Cavy Facebook Page
Moving on, famous Lviv chocolate can be a nice idea for a gift for those with a sweet tooth. Visit Lvivska Maysternya Shokolady (Lviv handmade chocolate shop) for endless selection of chocolate and chocolate-themed souvenirs. The shop offers great variety of handmade chocolate sweets which are sold by piece, so you can pick one or two of any kind you want and create your own set, which will be nicely and stylishly wrapped for you. This place is a real time-saver when it comes to gift and souvenir shopping for friends and family.
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Photo: Lviv Handmade Chocolate Shop Facebook Page
Homemade liqueurs («nalyvka») and digestifs («nastoyanka») also became a popular idea for gifts to bring back home from Lviv. These traditional strong drinks are 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. They are a touch sweet, intensely flavored, and often served chilled and sipped slowly. Many Lviv restaurants pride themselves for their signature secret recipes for liqueurs and digestifs. For tourists’ needs «nalyvka»s and «nastoyanka»s are sold in gift bottles and wrappings. Check out Nalyvka zi Lvova gift shop (8, Ruska street or 24, Staroyevreyska street, Lviv) for great selection of these authentic Lviv liqueurs and digestifs. Or visit mega-popular these days Pyana Vyshnya («Tipsy Cherry») bar (11, Rynok Square) where you can taste all the «nalyvka»s first and buy the bottle of the one you liked the most.
Photo: the interior of Pyana Vyshnya Bar, Facebook
Beautiful handcrafted candle is another option for a souvenir from Lviv. Head to Museum Square (the square in front of the Dominican Cathedral) and pop into Lviv Candle Manufacture shop. It occupies a corner house of the square and offers a cozy cafe, outdoor mini-stage for live gigs and aromatic hot drinks and delicious pastries. You can buy really nice handcrafted candles with most unexpected designs (like cheese or chocolate candles), many of the items are Lviv-themed which makes a perfect souvenir to bring back home.
Photo: the interior of Lviv Candle Manufacture Shop, Facebook
«Osnovy» publishing house has another option for a useful gift to get in Lviv. The series of awesome English language guidebooks is something absolutely special - a unique combination of text and visual content. "Awesome Lviv» guidebook (as well as “Awesome Kyiv" and "Awesome Ukraine») is a perfect present for your foreign friends and guests. Here you can find most peculiar, less known and off the beaten track places you can visit during your next trip to Ukraine. These guidebooks aim to popularize the most interesting and fascinating aspects of Ukrainian travel experience. Available at major bookstores of Lviv.
Photo: Osnovy web page
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We all want to be original and get something really special and unique from our trips, but very often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps. «Destinations» handpicked the most interesting and unusual souvenirs to bring back home from Lviv.