For the best coffee blends in town visit Svit Kavy (The World of Coffee) coffee shop just behind the Latin Cathedral. Svit Kavy 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 Lviv's mayor casually sipping his morning coffee here before heading to work. Many backpackers enjoy their 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. Professional baristas will help you up while picking the right blend impressive selection and will wrap it up for you in Svit Kavy signature packages.
Address: 6, Katedralna Square
Lviv Coffee Mine
Another place to shop for coffee in Lviv is Lviv Coffee Mine, also known as Kopalnia Kavy. The iconic place is located on the corner building of Rynok Square and Rus’ka street. This is one of the most popular coffee shops in Lviv, where staff turns 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. You can also find the biggest souvenir shop in Lviv downtown with impressive selection of conventional tourist souvenirs.
Address: 10, Rynok Square
Lviv Handmade Chocolate
The famous Lviv chocolate can be a nice gift idea for those with a sweet tooth. Visit Lviv Handmade Chocolate (Lvivska Maisternia Shokoladu) for an 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 even create your own set, which will be nicely and stylishly wrapped. This place is a real time-saver when it comes to gift and souvenir shopping for friends and family.
Address: 3, Serbska Street; 5, Sichovykh Striltsiv Street; Viktoria Gardens Mall, King Cross Lviv mall
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 sweet, intensely flavored, and often served chilled to be sipped slowly. Many Lviv restaurants pride themselves with their signature secret recipes for liqueurs and digestifs. For tourists’ needs nalyvkas and nastoyankas are sold in gift bottles and wrappings. Drunk Cherry bar specializes on cherry nastoyanka, which is a timeless classic in Western Ukraine.
Address: 11, Rynok Square
Lviv Candle Manufactory
Beautiful handcrafted candle is another option for a souvenir from Lviv. Head to Museum Square located on the square in front of the Dominican Cathedral and dive into the world of Lviv Candle Manufactory 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 nice handcrafted candles with most unexpected flavors like cheese or chocolate. Many items are Lviv-theme, which makes a perfect souvenir to bring back home.
Address: 1, Muzeina Street
Osnovy Publishing House
«Osnovy» publishing house has another option for a useful gift to get in Lviv. The series of awesome English language guidebooks is 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. In the series you can find the most peculiar, lesser-known and off-the-beaten-track spots to visit during the next trip to Ukraine. The guidebooks aim to popularize the most interesting and fascinating aspects of Ukrainian travel experience. Available at major bookstores of Lviv.
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