Flights to Kiev
Kyiv – an authentic, magnificent mecca for cosmopolites
Kyiv surprises first time visitors with its sincerity and honesty, offering experiences for all cultural connoisseurs. The amazing architecture, colourful history and delicious national cuisine coupled with hope for a brighter future make this, one of Eastern Europe’s oldest cities, a distinctive and intriguing travel destination. Draped in lilac blossoms in spring, Kyiv is just as special as New York when the cherry trees are blooming.
Kids & families
Kyiv offers superb opportunities for visiting with children, with its lovely parks, museums and interactive activity centres. The youngest family members have two different aquatic centres that are a must-visit – Dream Island in the heart of the city and, 12 kilometres outside of the centre, Terminal Water Park are exciting places for kids both young and old. These parks make for a good visit with the whole family, because they provide separate areas and attractions for each age and interest. Visitors can choose from a selection of different tubes, slides and pools.
When you visit the Terminal Water Park outside the centre, we advise going there with Uber – it’s inexpensive, safe and fast way to get your whole family there and back again.
Blockbuster Entertainment Centre
Blockbuster Experience Centre is truly multifaceted, with something suitable for every family member. There’s an IMAX cinema, a video game world, bowling alley, a children’s centre for the little ones, and 10 different restaurants.
Culture vultures should definitely visit this former weapons factory, which has a new lease on life as a cultural centre, hosting exhibitions, concerts, seminars, fashion shows, festivals and get-togethers. It’s one of the most important places on the Kyiv cultural scene, with plenty of contemporary art represented.
Rodina Mat – the Motherland Monument
On the banks of the River Dnepr is the Rodina Mat monument, the highest, largest and grandest statue in the world. It is 102 metres tall and a relic from the Soviet era, being opened by Soviet premier Brezhnev.
Enjoy the architecture and amazing view – we recommend visiting the monument during the working days, when there are fewer tourists – and also enjoy the view from the highest platform.
Pinchuk Art Centre
Billionaire oligarch Viktor Pinchuk’s art centre holds some of the most important contemporary works of art. Photography, painting, graphic art and sculpture are represented. We recommend visiting the café in the gallery and gulping down the culture that the big, resplendent city offers.
Food, drink and nightlife
Spotykach is one of the most prized restaurants among locals, food critics and tourists. The atmosphere and interior design hark back stylistically to a time when Estonians were still buying their food with vouchers, in contrast to Spotykach’s menu, featuring Ukrainian cuisine standouts.
Attention all pasta and Parmesan lovers – Osteria Pantagruel is the best Italian restaurant in Kyiv and all of Eastern Europe. Osteria Pantagruel is the place to try artisanal pasta dishes.
Order the vareniki dumplings and pair them with borscht for the best of Ukrainian cuisine’s nuance-rich flavours.
Kyiv’s best and most famous cocktail bar, Pink Freud, has put much thought into its drink list. This Old Town bar is an oasis of genuine nightlife where musicians perform and DJs set the mood on weekends.
A store on four levels in the city centre of Kyiv with the biggest selection of products from Ukraine’s own artists and designers. Vsi. Svoi carries jewellery, clothing, footwear and accessories. Even window-shopping here is like visiting an art gallery.
Once a month, the Kurazh Bazar flea market is held. Besides shopping, there are different events, concerts and other entertainment. There are plenty of things to do all day long and even if you aren’t looking to buy anything specific, it is bound to be an event that you can enjoy. Come and enjoy a pleasant day with many younger Kyiv residents.
Depending on the distance, the Metro or Uber are good transport options in Kyiv. Buses, trolleybuses and trams may be in service less frequently, and they take longer to reach the destination. Ticket prices are very affordable in Kyiv, and so is Uber. There’s also a local alternative to Uber called Uklon, use the app to choose the car you want. Official taxi companies are on the steep side and as elsewhere, we advise being cautious, because drivers are adept at squeezing money from their customers.
Uber is a good option for getting around town. The prices tend to be low and many drivers also speak English, unlike the drivers of official taxi cabs. If using Uber, plan on an average of 15 minutes wait.
Did you know...
- Khreshchatyk in Kyiv is the world’s shortest main street
- A Kyiv metro station is the world’s deepest subway station
- Nordica’s direct flight from Tallinn to Kyiv takes 1 hour and 45 minutes
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