Exploring a new city is always a pleasure and an adventure. Of course, it can be much fun just to stroll along the streets without any particular plan. However, learning some tips about must-see and must-do things in a new place will make your adventure way more exciting! We prepared the list of top 10 things to do in Kiev in summer 2018 to help you get the brightest impressions about Ukrainian capital.
Taste Ukrainian Cuisine
What nice activities can you try in Kiev – the heart of Ukraine? It is obvious that trying local cuisine is one of the first things to do in a new country, so let`s start with an option of tasting traditional Ukrainian food. Ukrainian cuisine is diverse and delicious – just taste borsch, varenyky, fragrant salo with garlic or sweet Lviv pliatsky, and you are guaranteed to get exciting gastronomic experience. Kiev offers plenty of good restaurants to fall in love with Ukrainian cuisine. You can go to such spots as SHO, Gra z Vognem, Kanapa, Pervak or Tsarske Selo to taste the best culinary wonders of Ukraine.
See Kiev from Above
Being an extremely beautiful city located on the green hills of the Dnipro River banks, Kiev is especially charming when observed from height. While picking the best ideas of what to do in Kiev, include a visit to observation platforms to your list. We recommend seeing Kiev from the Motherland monument, Zamkova mountain, Volodymyrska hill, Park of Glory and Maryinsky park. You can also take a ride on ferris wheel in Partizanskoy Slavy park, Pobedy park or Kiev zoo. If you want to combine watching beautiful panorama with extreme flight over the city, you can try a ropeway that starts near Arch of Diversity and finishes at Trukhaniv island.
Read: Where to Find the Best Views in Kyiv
Sculptures at Peyzazhna Alley
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If you want to have fun and make some good photos in Kiev, you should definitely visit Peyzazhna alley. The favorite rest area for many locals and tourists near the Historical museum and Andryivsky Descent impresses with numerous unusual modern sculptures and benches. Here you will see Alice in Wonderland characters, Little Prince and angels, colorful zebra, hares, elephant and a beautiful 30-meter long mosaic cat, well-known for its mysterious smile.
Souvenirs at Andryivsky Descent
The list of the best things to do in Kiev would not be complete without mentioning this wonderful place. Andryivsky Descent, one of the most beautiful and famous streets of Ukrainian capital, connects Higher city (old Kiev) and Lower city (Podil district). This street is a true Mecca for those who search for interesting souvenirs or artworks. Numerous painters, artists and antiquaries sell their works and collection items right on the street or at the small shops on Andryivsky Descent. Besides, here you will see important Kiev sights – St. Andrew`s church, Richard Lionheart`s castle and Mikhail Bulgakov museum.
Read: Kiev Downtown Map: Best Sightseeing
Summer Activities at Expocenter
In summer, the large territory of the National Expocenter of Ukraine with its beautiful parks, forests and monumental Soviet architecture turns into a paradise of exciting activities. Families with kids will enjoy Animal Park contact zoo, insects farm, “Planet of butterflies”, “Country of robots” scientific and entertainment center, “Teleport 360” spherical cinema, “smart” playground for kids and swings park. Those who want to spend an active day can play paintball, have fun at SkyPark ropes course, ride bicycles or learn horse riding in “Gerzog” club. As for relaxation, you can go to “Pierce 39” swimming pool or hammock garden. Many cafes, restaurants and food courts on the Expocenter territory offer appetizing dishes and drinks for any taste.
Exploring City Yards
Many travelers say that soul of an old city lives in its small yards. This saying is surely true for Kiev, which has many yards that hide true wonders. Have you heard about yard with ravens on 9, Reitarska street? Or about Eastern yard on 9, Prorizna street, where you can find alcoves looking like small mosques? Or maybe someone have told you about beautiful green oasis in the yard on 17b, Yaroslaviv Val street? Or about cozy yard coffee shops such as café on 17b, Tereshenkivska street? If no, you should surely visit these atmospheric spots to feel the real spirit of Kiev. You can also check out yards of historical Podil district – they also have much charm and beauty.
Relaxing on the Beach
In summertime, Kiev delights with an option of spending some hours of relaxation on the beach, sunbathing and swimming in the refreshing waters of the Dnipro River. You can go to the central beach – one of the most popular city beaches, or to the beach of UBK summer club, where you can combine clubbing, barbecue party and beach activities. Both mentioned beaches are located on Trukhaniv Island. Venice beach and Children`s beach at Hydropark are also worth attention of those who value good rest by the river. In case you want to relax in high-class conditions with more comfort, check out beach clubs of Kiev such as Olmeca Plage, Mayachok, Bora Bora or Dniprovska Riviera.
Read: Best Beaches in Kiev 2018
If we talk about fun things to do in Kiev, we cannot skip clubbing. Kiev offers clubs for any taste – both luxury and underground ones. As for the best high-class clubs of Ukrainian capital, you may choose such places as Buddha Bar, Carribean or D.Fleur. Those who look for crazy night raves and underground atmosphere should pay attention to Closer, River Port or Green Theatre. After a hot night in a club, you can stroll around the city for a while, watching empty streets and amazing sunrise. You would not regret walking in the city center (Khreschatyk, Maidan, Podil or Dnipro embankment) in the early hours.
Go to Atlas Music Festival
Looking for interesting things to do in Kiev this summer? Do not miss the largest music happening! In 2018, Kiev hosts the 4th Atlas music festival, the top music event of the country. The festival will take place on the territory of the National Expocenter of Ukraine from July 3 to July 8. During 5 days, visitors of the event will enjoy live performances of the best artists from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Europa and the USA. The list of the festival headliners includes such famous artists as The Chemical Brothers, Placebo, Lost Frequencies, Nothing But Thieves and Laura Pergolizzi. More headliners are to be announced in the nearest time.
Shopping and Coffee at Vozdvizhenka
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Elegant Vozdvizhenka, one of the newest and poshest districts of Kiev, is hidden between Podil district and Andryivsky Descent. Walking among clean streets and colorful buildings of this area, you feel like you are in some European capital. Apart from walking, Vozdvizhenka is a great place for coffee and elite shopping. You can drink the most delicious coffee in cozy cafés and buy the best clothes and accessories in numerous fashion boutiques located here.
Now you know where to go and what to do in Kiev in summer 2018. Welcome and have a good time!
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