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Top things to do in Kiev

The Ukrainian capital Kiev (also spelled Kyiv) has become a popular destination for those looking for a dose of history and modern entertainment.


The famous St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev at sunny day. Photo: Shutterstock

From Maidan to St. Sophia

Start a tour in the city center at Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti). Usually just called Maidan, the square has become famous for political protests, such as the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Euromaidan about ten years later. Walk farther east and you’ll reach St. Sophia Cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage site started in 1011 and one of the few surviving buildings of the era of the Kyivan Rus.

From Maidan to St. Sophia

St. Sophia Cathedral, Vulitsa Volodimirska 24 (metro stop Maidan)

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The Motherland monument. Photo: Shutterstock

From the Motherland Monument to the Cave Monastery

The hills above the shore of River Dnipro offer interesting sights not far from the city center. You can hike up from Metro station Arsenalna or Dnipro in the north or take Bus 55 to approach the 62m-tall Motherland Monument. It’s reminiscent of Soviet times, as are the nearby tanks, artillery and planes in the park and at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.

Motherland Monument

View of the historical streets Andreevsky (Andrew’s ) descent.

Kiev’s montmartre

Visit Kiev’s green lung, the park of Volodymyr Hill and walk up or down Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivskyi uzviz), often referred to as the “Montmartre of Kiev.”Go farther north and you’ll find yourself at the baroque St. Andrew Church with its green towers, and the National Historic Museum of Ukraine on your left. Here begins Andrew’s Descent – a picturesque walk down, with market stalls and restaurants waiting for tourists.

Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivskyi uzviz)

Photo: Puzata Hata

Puzata Hata

Ukrainian cuisine is beloved not only at home but also highly appreciated in surrounding countries. Since the first Puzata Hata restaurant opened in 2003, it’s grown into a chain with over 30 restaurants dotted around the country and several in central Kiev, including one in the Podil district.

Puzata Hata

Kontraktova ploshcha 2/1, Kiev

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Located on other locations as well

Sky Bar

Join the Ukrainians for a night out. One building that brings together several places for entertainment is the Mandarin Plaza shopping mall. Head to a pub, bar, karaoke bar or the Sky Bar, a popular club open on Friday and Saturday nights. Other popular places include the D.Fleur or other clubs west of the center such as Forsage and Sorry Babushka.

Sky Bar

Vulitsa Velyka Vasylkivska 5, Kiev

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