Kyiv Lifestyle News: First Week of August 2018

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Bridge over Dnipro in Kyiv

The beginning of the end of summer brings good news for Kyiv cyclists, lovers of fashion and street food. Besides, you will also find out why it’s better to skip Paris in favor of Kyiv when it comes to traveling.

New Bicycle Tracks in Expocenter of Ukraine

Bicycle tracks in KyivFollowing the newest recreational space with hammocks, Expocenter of Ukraine also gave the green light to the cyclists of the city. Now those who come to cycle on the huge territory of VDNG with their own bikes or those who rent them at numerous rentals can enjoy the route markings. Holidays, Fridays, and weekends especially are the most crowded time for Expocenter of Ukraine. That’s why the administration decided to put the corresponding markings — for cyclists and pedestrians — for the comfort of both. So far the bicycle routes cover the busiest central part of the Expocenter. The administration then plans to put markings on the paths leading to the center and finally to install the signs in the green area.

First Public Bike Rental

NextBike rental of bicyclesMore great news for Kyiv bike lovers: starting from August 14-15, city cyclists will be able to rent bikes from the NextBike first public bike rental. The company has posted a map with available rental spots on their website already. Most of them are conveniently located in the downtown and Podil as well as near metro stations on the left bank of Kyiv like Pozniaky, Osokorky, Obololn, Minska etc. The rental will be fully automated via mobile app: all you need is to scan a QR code or tap in the bicycle’s serial number. The price for a 30-minute ride is UAH 30. The first half an hour a day is free, second and third costs UAH 5. After that, the standard tariff is applied, i.e. UAH 30. NextBike also offers monthly membership for UAH 199.

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Best August 2018 Festivals in Ukraine

August is the hottest time of summer, and not only in the terms of temperature. In 2018, the third summer month in Ukraine will be full of exciting events and festivals for any taste. Beer & food, jazz, rock, electronic & ethno music, Holi colors and cosplay… Just pick what you like and enjoy summer to the fullest!

H&M Opening and Concert

Girls carrying H&M bagsMany fashionistas of the capital have already saved the date — August 18 marks the opening of the first H&M shop in Ukraine. It will be located in Lavina Mall shopping center out of the city center. As previously told by company officials, Kyiv shop will include all collections available abroad from L.O.G.G. and Divided to exclusive collaborations with famous designers and brands. The grand opening will take place at 11 A.M. on August 18. Popular Ukrainian brand Brunettes Shoot Blondes that was rewarded with a prestigious Los Angeles Film Awards for the visuals in their 'HIPS' will perform at the event.

Illia Muromets Monument

Illia Muromets monument in KyivAt the beginning of the year, Park of Friendship of Peoples located in Desnianskyi district was renamed into the Muromets Park. The ex-Soviet name was ditched in favor of Illia Muromets, a famous folk hero of Kievan Rus known for his incredible strength, generousness and fiery temper. This summer, the park got not only the name but the statue of its namesake. The 11-meter statue of Illia Muromets on the horse was made with 3D printing technologies. Ukrainian strongman Vasyl Virastyuk became the prototype of the folk hero. Several benches are located near the monument as well as an alley with various Kievan Rus artifacts nearby.

New Regular Food Court

NachosThose who often find themselves in trouble of choosing a place to eat may now apply to Khreschatyk Food Fest. Enthusiasts from KyivProject architecture company decided to open a regular-working food court on their premises located on Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street. The open-air court will not only be a place to grab food on the go but also a relaxation spot in the center of Kyiv. The list of food includes but isn’t limited to burgers, fries, hot dogs, Panini, ice cream, Georgian Khachapuri and Khinkali as well as tacos. Khreschatyk Food Fest will work all the year round in any weather. Besides, free concerts are planned to be introduced on weekends.

Skip Paris, Visit Kyiv

Kyiv skyline in the eveningAmerican magazine Forbes has recently recommended including Kyiv in the top of European getaway destinations. According to the article, Kyiv is visited by 1.6 million tourists per year opposed to 83 million in Paris. The drastic difference means that the capital of Ukraine is less crowded and provides easier access to sightseeing, transportation and fine dining.

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Top 7 August 2018 Concerts in Kyiv

The trend for jazz concerts stays strong in the capital — Kyiv meets the end of summer with all kinds of jazz melodies from rich and sensual gospel to dark and lush soul. Moreover, to make sure Ukrainians don’t fret over the coming of autumn, the last day of August is marked by the grand alternative rock performance on the Olympiiskyi stadium.

Photo sources: Expocenter of Ukraine Facebook page, unian.net, nextbike.co.uk, unsplash.com, Sara Sette / Shutterstock.com. All images belong to their rightful authors.

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