This year's celebrations of Christmas and New Year are more humble than usual. In particular, this year there will be no New Year fireworks at Maidan Nezalezhnosti - for the first time in the history of independent Ukraine. Still Kyiv offers many entertaining activities to make Christmas and New Year holidays cheerful. Kyiv Post picked some of the events that can uplift your mood.
In an unexpected twist, Ukraine's year-old revolution spilled into street art, transforming some bleak old buildings into colorful memories of people's uprising - and not just in Kyiv.
The recently opened Hearts Club draws attention with its central location at Lva Tolstoho Square. Having paid a visit to one of its recent parties, I can say that Hearts is a nice choice, but a number of flaws may stop it from becoming the best.
Steak houses have been one of the mainstays of the Kyiv restaurant scene for years despite rising competition and shrinking wallets. The Kyiv Post went out and selected five establishments that offer the juiciest, best done steaks in town.
Going abroad for a week is an adventure, but moving to another country is a life-changing decision.
The hostess at the newly opened Vapiano restaurant in Kyiv’s Arena City makes guests feel like celebrities with her warmth. She also hands out a fancy plastic card that’s still a novelty in Kyiv restaurants. The card can be used for ordering and payment.
White shining gold-encrusted limo carriage has been spotted on Kyiv streets recently.
Every morning the alarm clock rings no later than 4 a.m. for aspiring young bakers in Kyiv. Dozens of young people strive to succeed with their startup bakeries, which they run right at their home kitchens, with an oven as their main asset.
When Ukrainian artists and designers from the Varto group called on the international art community some five months ago, asking them to support Ukraine in hard times, the community responded vigorously. The result of the call, 100 anti-war posters from 45 countries are on display at the "Voice of Peace" exhibition in the Hudgraph gallery in Kyiv through Sept. 1.
When it comes to Ukrainian souvenirs, it’s easy to get lost among the rows of embroidered shirts and salo magnets found on Kyiv’s winding Andriyivsky Uzviz, the city’s ultimate souvenir market. But there are plenty of exceptional gifts from Ukraine that will amaze tourists from abroad.
Then risk an administrative fine of Hr 51 by enjoying a “street beer” for less than $1 when exiting at any of the nearby kiosks that are usually found hugging desolate-looking public places. Despite a nationwide prohibition on carrying open alcoholic beverages, thirsty pedestrians can often get fresh beer on tap at major intersections in summertime. As an added bonus, babushkas sometimes sell loosies, or individual cigarettes, for those who are in denial of their addiction.
If you’re into jogging and would like to know more about Kyiv, there is a new service in town just for that: guided running tours. Volodymyr Dehtyarov, founder of the Kyiv Running Tours service that combines sightseeing and fitness, says his foreign friend who started doing such tours earlier inspired him to do the same in Kyiv. “The idea looked interesting to me,” Dehtyarov says. “I thought I like communicating with people, I speak English, and so why not do the same in Kyiv?”
Even before approaching the door, the sound of deep, controlled breaths echoes from within the room. Once inside, the strong smell of incense and body heat emanates as sweaty men and women practice yoga postures side by side. Mats are lined in two rows facing each other. Everyone on them twists, turns and lifts their bodies into carefully balanced headstands.
This summer environmentalists have got a new amusement - an eco-friendly cycle-in cinema launched in the park near VDNH, or Ukrainian Expo Center.