Lviv City News: End of September 2018

Panorama of Lviv at night

The first month of autumn in Lviv was full of festivals starting from the famous Lviv Coffee Festival to the book Publisher Forum. The nearing networking event IT Arena Lviv will gather top global minds of the business and technology world. The end of September also brings important news for those who often travel to Poland by train — Intercity will change its schedule and final destination.

The biggest IT conference in Eastern Europe

Man talking at an IT conferenceSeptember 28 marks the opening of the 5th IT Arena, one of the biggest IT events in Europe and the largest Lviv IT conference. This time, visitors will have a chance to meet experts and leaders of opinion from top international companies like Facebook, Uber, Google and others. The conference will last from September 28 to September 30 and will be divided into 4 thematic sections: technology, business, product and startup. The detailed agenda and tickets are available at

West Tattoo Fest 2018

Woman with a tattooFans of tattoo might be interested in one of the largest thematic festivals of the country - West Tattoo Fest 2018 that will be held this September in Lviv. The 9th international convention will gather well-known masters and new names of the industry that will compete for the title of the best artist in more than 15 nominations. Apart from the tattoo contests and shows, visitors will also have a chance to listen to live music and try to win a certificate for a free tattoo. West Tattoo Fest will be held on September 28-30 in Lviv Palace of Arts.

Lviv is one of the safest cities in Ukraine

People chatting in night LvivThis month, Lviv frequently pops up in international media and news. Thus, one of the largest global databases Numbeo has published the rate of the safest cities in the world. Lviv was ranked the 121st with safety index 60.08% today. To compare, the capital of Ukraine ranked at 198th position, making it the least safe from Ukrainian cities.

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Lviv Cheese and Wine Festival

Cheese and wineOne of the most-awaited Lviv festivals, Cheese & Wine Festival, was announced to take place in the magnificent Potocki Palace this October. Guests of the festival will have a chance to explore the Ukrainian cheesemaking culture and, of course, taste fine local wine. The three days will be filled with numerous contests, live music and entertainment for the whole family. Every adult visitor gets a free cup of mulled wine with their ticket.

The main focus of the festival is the cheese & wine fair, where local manufacturers will present their production along the big-name brands. Visitors are also invited to participate in the culinary workshops.

When: October 19-21
Where: Potocki Palace
Admission: UAH 50 per day

Best coffee shop in Lviv in 2018

Coffee and dessert in Virmenka cafe in LvivLviv's coffee culture is so strong that yearly Lviv Coffee Festival attracts numerous tourists from all over the country and beyond its borders. Traditionally, the festival names best coffee spots in various nominations. In 2018, the title of the best coffee shop in Lviv was granted to Virmenka. This iconic spot became the winner for the third time in a row. Other winners include Lviv Coffee Manufacture on Soborna Square ("The coziest coffee shop"), Atlas ("Coffee with history"), 36Po ("Discovery of the year"), Coffee Lab ("Best coffee-to-go") and others.

Lviv beer is one of the best in Europe

beer at Lviv Pravda Beer TheatreThe Guardian has named Lviv’s Pravda Beer Theatre one of the 10 best brewery tap-rooms in Europe. The article notes that the prices are quite cheap for a drink in or take away. Besides, according to the Guardian, Pravda Beer Theatre is Lviv’s “a great spot to enjoy Lviv's Renaissance architecture”.

The bar occupies a corner building on Rynok Square, which used to be an upscale department store with over 200 years of history. Visitors often advise to skip the food and instead check the place's concert schedule online to enjoy an evening of good music and an impressive selection of craft beer brands on offer.

Changes in the schedule of Lviv-Przemyśl Express

Intercity train in UkraineUkrzaliznytsia implemented changes in Lviv-Przemyśl express, which is a popular way to get to Poland from Ukraine. According to the information, during the period of November 12-16, Intercity train #706/705 Lviv-Przemyśl will stop at the Medyka station in Poland. In their turn, Polish railways will organize bus transfers to Przemyśl from Medyka. The bus will leave at 12.37 P.M. and leave from Przemyśl at 2.39 P.M.

Photo sources: IT Arena Facebook pages,, All images belong to their rightful authors.

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